Pink Floyd started their sessions for their next album ‘Wish You Were Here’ today at Abbey Road Studios, London, 1975. This was their ninth album and was released on September 12th 1975. ‘Shine On You Crazy Diamond’, features on this album. The song served as a tribute to Syd Barret who left the band seven years earlier due to a mental breakdown. The album topped record charts in both the US and UK and EMI was unable to meet demand and print enough copies. It appeared on Rolling Stone’s list of ‘The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time’ even after initially receiving mixed reviews. Both David Gilmour and Richard Wright cited the album as their favourite Pink Floyd album.
Today in 1963, The Rolling stones played at Ricky Tick Club, Star and Garter Hotel, Windsor, Berkshire. This 1960’s rhythm & blues club in Berkshire hosted many influential artists which also included Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, The Who, Eric Clapton and Cream. John Mansfield recalls the first time he saw The Stones. The music promoter was in search of bands to put on his newly established club’s stage. He heard about The Rolling Stones before and booked them to play at Ricky Tick for the first time in December 1962. The Stones, now a multi-million-album-selling band, got their first big break in Windsor and actually played Ricky Tick’s at least 39 times during 1962 to 1964.
David Gilmour returned to ancient Italian city’s millennia-old amphitheatre in Pompeii in 2016 for a brilliant two-night stand almost 50 years after Pink Floyd played before an audience of ghosts in the empty amphitheatre. The amphitheatre was once razed and buried by the volcano Vesuvius. Gilmour’s performance featured songs from his recent solo LP, Rattle That Lock, and a selection of Pink Floyd classics playing for only a couple thousand concertgoers. The show was complete with pyrotechnics and circular projection screen and it was the first time an audience had watched any performance in the amphitheatre since Roman times. This performance was all part of Gilmour’s vision to create out-of-this-world experiences for his fans and the pressure was heavy as he had a unique history there. Before the show, Gilmour stated that the one original Pompeii song he absolutely would not perform was “Echoes,” as their band’s late keyboardist, Rick Wright, would be the only one willing to complete the song and instead included tributes to Wright, who played in Gilmour’s solo band in 2006, in the set.