Pink Floyd Info



The band forms with Bob Klouse, Roger Waters, Nick Mason, Richard Wright and Chris Dennis. Dennis is quickly replaced by Syd Barrett. Klouse leaves before the bands first single "Arnold Layne" was recorded. Their first album The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn is released.


Syd Barrett is replaced with David Gilmour due to mental heath issues. A Saucerful Of Secrets is released followed by two albums. Ummagumma which is a double album and More which is the sound track for a movie.


Atom Heart Mother is released. The band plays a free concert in London's Hyde Park for 20,000 people. Thier gear is later stolen at a tour stop in New Orleans. First Pink Floyd tour of Japan, Hong Kong and Australia. Meddle is released late 1971. "Free Fun" from the album Obscured By Clouds is the first Pink Floyd single to get significant radio airplay in the United States. In 1973 The Dark Side Of The Moon is released with sales of over 40-million copies worldwide.


Pink Floyd sets new standards for live shows at the Knebworth Festival. Wish You Were Here released as a tribute to Syd Barrett. In 1977 Animals is released. Rick Wright said in a 1994 BBC interview,"I didn't really like a lot of the music on the album. I think it was the start of the whole ego thing in the band."


The Wall is released. Waters banishes Wright to a minor role in the group for the next few years.


Conflicts between Waters and Gilmour over the band's stylistic direction continue to grow during the recording of The Final Cut, which will turn out to be the final Pink Floyd album for Waters. Participation of other band members is so little(Waters assumes so much control that participation from the others is sparse) that Waters suggests releasing it as a solo album, but the idea doesn't fly.


Roger Waters leaves, proclaiming the end of the band. But when Gilmour, Mason and Wright continue to perform as Pink Floyd, Waters goes to court to try and stop them from using the name. In the end, he loses that fight, and Pink Floyd, minus Waters, continues for the next couple decades.



A Momentary Lapse Of Reason is released. It started as a David Gilmour solo project but turned into the first post-Waters album. A planned 11-week tour in support of the album ultimately lasted almost two years.


in 1994 Pink Floyd's final studio album The Division Bell is released. The following year a double live album is released called p·u·l·s·e. all following albums are mixes and live versions of already existing albums.


Pink Floyd is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. All except Waters and Barrett attend the induction ceremony.


The last Pink Floyd concert that included both Gilmour and Waters occurred in London in July 2005 at the Live 8 benefit. There were enough of the old tensions apparent during rehearsals to cast doubt on the prospect of anything more than a one-off reunion. That seemed to be borne out in 2007 when Waters performed solo while Gilmour, Mason and Wright performed together at a benefit for their late bandmate, Syd Barrett.


Syd Barrett died at the age of 60 in July of 2006. Barrett wrote most of Pink Floyd's groundbreaking debut album, The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn, released in 1967. He left the band in 1968 as his increasing mental instability was made worse by heavy drug use. He recorded two solo albums before leaving the music business altogether. He died in Cambridge, England, where he was born and had lived quietly since dropping out of public view.


Keyboardist Rick Wright died of cancer at the age of 65 in September 2008. Wright was a primary architect of the band's early experimental sound. In recent years, Wright had frequently toured and recorded with David Gilmour.