Published:  01:19 AM, 28 October 2017

The enigmatic 'Pink Floyd'

The enigmatic 'Pink Floyd' Pink Floyd line-up from left to right-David Gilmour, Roger Waters, Nick Mason and Richard Wright during the concert called Live 8 at the Hyde Park in London, where they performed together after 24 years on 2nd July, 2005. -AP

Pink Floyd is one of the most influential and famous rock bands ever in the history of music.  This band is potentially distinguished by their uniqueness, comprehensive music composition, sonic-sound experimentation, sophisticated live performance, thoughtful lyrics and musical skill.  In London, 1965 Pink Floyd was formed by students Syd Barrett on guitar and lead vocals, Nick Mason on drums, Roger Waters on bass and vocals, and Richard Wright on keyboards and vocals.

After releasing two singles and one debut album 'The Piper at the Gates of Dawn', David Gilmour joined in December, 1967 as the guitarist and vocalist. In fact Gilmour had taken over the position of Barrett as he was mentally depreciated. However, the journey of this phenomenal musical expedition had begun. Pink Floyd is considered as the first psychedelic band in the UK as well as one of the greatest experimental rock bands ever in the world. Rolling Stone narrated that, "By 1967, Pink Floyd had developed an unmistakably psychedelic sound, performing long, loud suite like compositions that touched on hard rock, blues, country, folk, and electronic music."

The fifteen incredible albums of Pink Floyd are The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (1967), A Saucerful of Secrets (1968), More (1969), Ummagumma (1969), Atom Heart Mother (1970), Meddle (1971), Obscured by Clouds (1972),  The Dark Side of the Moon (1973),  Wish You Were Here (1975),  Animals (1977), The Wall (1979), The Final Cut (1983), A Momentary Lapse of Reason (1987), The Division Bell (1994) and the final album- The Endless River (2014).

The band successfully made tour globally as follows: Pink Floyd World Tour (1968), The Man and The Journey Tour (1969), Atom Heart Mother World Tour (1970), Meddle Tour (1971), Dark Side of the Moon Tour (1972-73), French Summer Tour (1974), British Winter Tour (1974), Wish You Were Here Tour (1975), In the Flesh Tour (1977), The Wall Tour (1980-81), A Momentary Lapse of Reason Tour (1987-90) and The Division Bell Tour (1994).

Sadly, Barrett died in Cambridge on 7th July, 2006, but no Pink Floyd member attended at the crematorium. However, Wright mentioned that "The band members are very naturally upset and sad to hear of Syd Barrett's death. Syd was the guiding light of the early band line-up and leaves a legacy which continues to inspire."

After that rest of the members performed for Barrett tribute concert at the Barbican Centre in London. Soon after on 15 September, 2008, Wright died of an anonymous cancer. Naturally the band mates paid homage to his death. The American Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996 and the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005 admitted Pink Floyd with great honor. The band had sold more than 250 million records globally by 2013, including 75 million certified units in the United States.

Apart from all this sorrowful incidents as no band mate performed together for more than 24 years and death of two members; still fans, well-wishers and musicians from all over the world keep them in soul.

The writer is a musician and also journalist at The Asian Age

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