15 Brain-Melting Pink Floyd Facts And Figures
A band so legendary, you could probably hear their music if you were actually on the dark side of the moon. And as you take in this rock and roll history lesson, don't forget to cue up Spotify – now streaming the Pink Floyd catalog!
1. Roger Waters, Nick Mason, and Richard Wright all initially met as architecture students at London Polytechnic in 1963.
2. Lead singer Syd Barrett named the band by fusing together the names of two East Coast blues men known for their bass-driven finger-picking style of play – Pink Anderson and Floyd Council.
3. The band was signed to their first record deal with EMI in 1967 – a mere month after recording their first single, "Arnold Layne."
4. Their first album, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, was recorded at Abbey Road in 1967 – directly adjacent to The Beatles, who were recording Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band at the same time.
5. The band headlined the first-ever live concert in London's Hyde Park on June 29, 1968.
Other bands on the bill included T. Rex and Jethro Tull.
6. They were the first rock band to pioneer live surround sound, in the form of the Azimuth Co-Ordinator quadrophonic sound system.
Richard Wright used joysticks to propel sound 270 degrees around the auditoriums they played beginning in 1967. In 1972, they upgraded to a system that created 360-degree surround sound.