Pink Floyd is a world-famous band. But did they ever perform in Asia, the largest and most populous continent on Earth?
The answer is no, Pink Floyd never played a concert in any Asian country during their active years from 1965 to 1994. However, some of their former members have visited Asia as solo artists, and there are tribute bands that have performed Pink Floyd’s songs in various Asian venues.
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Roger Waters, the co-founder, bassist and lyricist of Pink Floyd, is the only original member who has played in Asia. He visited China in 2007 as part of his Dark Side of the Moon Live tour, where he performed the classic album in its entirety at the Beijing Workers’ Stadium. He also played in India, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Singapore during his The Wall Live tour from 2010 to 2013, where he recreated the iconic stage show of Pink Floyd’s 1979 album The Wall.
David Gilmour, the guitarist and vocalist of Pink Floyd, has never performed in Asia as a solo artist or with Pink Floyd. However, he did record some parts of his 2006 album On an Island in Mumbai, India, where he collaborated with Indian musicians such as A.R. Rahman and B.J. Cole. He also donated a guitar to a charity auction for victims of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.
Nick Mason, the drummer of Pink Floyd, has also never played in Asia as a solo artist or with Pink Floyd. However, he did visit Japan in 2018 to promote his book Inside Out: A Personal History of Pink Floyd, where he signed copies and gave interviews to local media.
Richard Wright, the keyboardist and vocalist of Pink Floyd, who passed away in 2008, never performed in Asia as a solo artist or with Pink Floyd either.
Syd Barrett, the original leader and guitarist of Pink Floyd, who left the band in 1968 due to mental health issues and died in 2006, never visited Asia at all.
As for tribute bands, there are several that have performed Pink Floyd’s music in Asia, such as The Australian Pink Floyd Show, Brit Floyd and The Wall Live Extravaganza. The Australian Pink Floyd Show is considered one of the best tribute bands in the world, and they have played in countries such as China, Japan, Singapore and India. Brit Floyd is another popular tribute band that has toured extensively in Asia, including China, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan. The Wall Live Extravaganza is a Canadian tribute band that recreates the spectacle of The Wall live show, and they have performed in China and Japan.
In conclusion, Pink Floyd never performed in Asia as a band, but some of their members have visited the continent as solo artists or for other purposes. There are also tribute bands that have brought Pink Floyd’s music to Asian audiences. However, it is unlikely that we will ever see a reunion of the surviving members of Pink Floyd on an Asian stage, as they have stated that they have no plans to play together again.