It’s hard to overstate the popularity and impact that Pink Floyd has had on the world of modern music. Since their days as the house band at the UFO club in swinging London, the psychedelic pop of the Syd Barrett era and the giant blockbuster albums, the band’s music continues to be a remarkably current and vital presence.
The band’s live shows are the stuff of legend, filled with gargantuan special effects, mysterious dialogue snippets and monstrous cosmic power chords. One of their final small venue shows was at the Auditorium Theatre in the early seventies. The show was a little light on the theatrics, but there were large quadrophonic speakers set up in the audience section and a mind-altering light show. The concert featured Dark Side of the Moon (before it was released) and space ripping classics like “Careful With That Axe Eugene” and “Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun” and all 24 minutes of “Echoes”. I fell asleep in my perch in the nosebleed section, but it was more of a trance than restful slumber. The show has been heavily bootlegged and has yet to be released officially.
Enjoy lots of Pink Floyd this week during our Friday Feature.