3 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Pink Floyd
Whether you are a Rock ‘N Roll fan or not, you will have heard of the legendary band that is Pink Floyd. Pink Floyd has been around since the 60’s and is well known for being one of the greats of Rock ‘N Roll. They are considered to be rock band royalty and they rank 7th in the list of all-time best-selling music artists, with over 250 million records sold over the years.
Floyd was formed in London by 4 young students in 1965, they were Syd Barrett, Roger Waters, Nick Mason and Richard Wright, and the legendary David Gilmour joined the band in 1967 as the fifth member.
The band started finding popularity in the London underground music scene, and very quickly found their footing on the world-wide Rock ‘N Roll stage. They have always been famous for their anti-establishment, psychedelic, and progressive rock. Pink Floyd has always set themselves apart from every other band on the planet, still to this day, by their sonic sound effects, deep and philosophical lyrics, their unbelievable live shows and thought-provoking extended compositions.
Here are 3 facts about Floyd that you probably didn’t know:
They Weren’t Always Called Pink Floyd
Everyone knows the name Pink Floyd, but they weren’t always known by this epic name. Over time, they picked up and dropped several names. Some of the unusual and random names they had over the years, were: The Tea Set, Megadeaths, Sigma 6, The Screaming Abdabs, The Abdabs, Leonard’s Lodgers and even The Pink Floyd Sound. Of all the above choices, we reckon they definitely stuck with the coolest name of all.
They’re Named After Barrett’s Favourite Bluesman From North Carolina
Most bands look to the lead and founder for inspiration on band names. Syd Barrett was the founder and principal songwriter, guitarist, and lead singer for the group. He chose the name Pink Floyd and it was inspired by the combination of the names of two of his favourite American blues singers; Pink Anderson and Floyd Council, both from South Carolina. Unfortunately, these two blues legends both passed away within a year of Pink Floyd releasing one of their most successful albums, Wish You Were Here.
They Were The First Rock Band To Use Live Surround Sound At A Concert:
Having the luxury of surround sound at a concert is something we are used to in today’s day and age when we can play at an online casino in Dubai from anywhere. But it was not a common thing back in the 60’s when Floyd first appeared on the scene. They were the first ever rock band to utilize the majestic usage of surround sound at their concert in 1967.
They used live surround sound using the Azimuth Coordinator quadraphonic sound system, this was a huge leap in concert sound and completely blew the minds of concert fans and attendees. Five years later, in 1972, Pink Floyd upgraded their already revolutionary sound systems to give 360-degree quality sound which created a rock concert experience unlike anyone had ever seen before.
Pink Floyd’s music will live on forever in the Rock ‘N Roll Hall of Fame, and in the hearts of the millions of fans across the globe.
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