Are you a fan of Pink Floyd, the legendary rock band that defined the genre of progressive rock? If so, you might be wondering if they are still doing tours and where you can catch them live. In this article, we will give you an update on the current status of the band and their touring plans.
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History of Pink Floyd
Pink Floyd was formed in 1965 by Syd Barrett, Roger Waters, Nick Mason and Richard Wright. They achieved international fame with their albums The Dark Side of the Moon (1973), Wish You Were Here (1975), Animals (1977) and The Wall (1979). Their music was known for its experimental and psychedelic elements, as well as its social and political commentary. The band went through several lineup changes, with Barrett leaving in 1968 due to mental health issues and Waters departing in 1985 after a legal dispute. The remaining members continued as Pink Floyd until 1994, when they released their last studio album, The Division Bell.
Post-1994 Activities and Events
Since then, the band has been mostly inactive, with occasional reunions for charity events or special occasions. The most notable one was in 2005, when they performed at the Live 8 concert in London, with Waters joining his former bandmates for the first time in 24 years. Sadly, two of the original members have passed away: Barrett in 2006 and Wright in 2008. The surviving members have pursued their own solo careers, with varying degrees of success.
Current Status of Pink Floyd
So, are Pink Floyd still doing tours? The short answer is no. The band has not officially announced their retirement, but they have not performed together since 2005 and have no plans to do so in the future. Waters has been touring extensively as a solo artist, playing many of the classic Pink Floyd songs in his shows. He has also expressed his interest in reuniting with his former colleagues, but only for a humanitarian cause. Mason has also been active on the road, leading a group called Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets, which focuses on the early Pink Floyd material from the Barrett era. Gilmour, on the other hand, has been more reclusive, releasing only two solo albums since 1994 and performing sporadically. He has also stated that he is not interested in reviving Pink Floyd, saying that it would be “fakery” to do so without Wright.
Therefore, if you are hoping to see Pink Floyd live again, you might be disappointed. However, you can still enjoy their music through their numerous albums, videos and documentaries. You can also check out the solo projects of the individual members or the tribute bands that emulate their style. Pink Floyd may be gone, but their influence lives on!