by Jimmy Cox
Pink Floyd began as an English band in the late 60s, and they became known for extremely thought provoking songs, experimental music and outstanding live performances.
Today this group of musicians is known to be one of the most successful rock bands in history with sales of more than 200 million albums throughout the world. Almost half of the record sales have been in the United States where Pink Floyd merchandise has become highly collectible.
Syd Barrett headed the group during their psychedelic 60s stage, but was eventually replaced with bassist, David Gilmour. When Gilmour joined the ranks this English group soon gained worldwide visibility with "Dark Side of the Moon" which was released in 1973.
Even today this album remains one of the most popular of all the group's recordings. The single, "Money" in the 1973 album, "Dark Side of the Moon", would help propel the album to Number One status in the US. It also stayed in the list of Billboard top 200 albums for 741 weeks. Today there are almost a quarter million sales of this one album which makes it one of the history making albums of all time.
Pink Floyd is actually a recreated band that first formed in 1964. Some of the former names of the group were the Screaming Abdabs, Sigma 6 and the Meggadeaths. Although the band was becoming extremely popular in their native UK, their fan base in the US began when they toured with Jimi Hendrix. While their music is unique and enthralling it is the tours and live shows that have attracted even more attention.
The group stages explosive and visually creative live performances that feed all of the senses. They use pyrotechnics, smoke, psychedelic art patterns and high tech audio to deliver lavish and elaborate spectacles. Pink Floyd is known for producing some of the most unusual live stage shows that contain giant inflatable balloons, multi colored lasers and other special effects.
They had a show in 1977 with the In the Flesh tour that used inflatable Nuclear Family balloons to show Mom, Dad and 2 children. One of the most well known productions is the one the group has staged for their album, "Another Brick in the Wall". This massive performance is the one by which all rock shows will forever be measured.
Some of the best known of the Pink Floyd releases include "Animals"; "The Wall"; "Ummagumma": "Dark Side of the Moon" and "Wish You Were Here". Along with great videos the group has an amazing amount of Pink Floyd merchandise that fans avidly collect. Some dedicated souls have compiled photos, albums, hats and programs from every concert the group has performed.
In 2005 Pink Floyd gave a performance at the London Live 8 Concert venue. This was the first time that Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Richard Wright and Nick Mason had performed together since 1981 and it was a smashing success.
Since 2005 the Pink Floyd band has been inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame and they have received many additional honors.
At the present time there are no plans for any tours, but you never can tell what the future holds for these incredibly gifted performers. Even without active tours the demand for Pink Floyd merchandise and albums will no doubt remain very high.
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