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Billy Bob Thornton presented Timothy White with the 2017 Achievement in Photography Award. Credit: Emmanuelle CHOUSSY (<a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0">CC BY-SA 4.0</a>)
Billy Bob Thornton presented Timothy White with the 2017 Achievement in Photography Award. Credit: Emmanuelle CHOUSSY (CC BY-SA 4.0)
Billy Bob Thornton once called the Allman Brothers Band his favorite band, "bar none." "Live at Fillmore East made me want to play music," he recalled. "It made me want to go to concerts. It put me in a creek at 3 o'clock in the morning—sometimes I got a notion to go someplace else in another space, if you know what I mean..." ["If I could have the time back that I listened to this record on dope," Thornton once said of Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon, "I'd add another 12 years to my life."] [Thornton once played drums in a ZZ Top tribute band. "My music is southern gothic," he said of his debut album, Private Radio, ...
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Jimi Hendrix performs for Dutch television show Hoepla in 1967. Credit: A. Vente (<a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0">CC BY-SA 3.0</a>)
Jimi Hendrix performs for Dutch television show Hoepla in 1967. Credit: A. Vente (CC BY-SA 3.0)
Jimi Hendrix was rumored to put tabs of acid (LSD) under his bandana before each concert. Then, as he worked up a sweat during the performance, the drug would slowly percolate through his skin. ["If I took one hit," Eric Burdon (of the Animals) once remarked, "Jimi would take four." He also took a variety of other drugs. In 1969, for example, he was acquitted after claiming that a bag of heroin which customs officials in Toronto found in his bag (lying right on top of his clothes) had been planted by a third party.] [Pink Floyd's Syd Barrett once appeared onstage after mixing a handful of crushed Quaaludes with a tube of Brylcreem. Observers watched with astonishment as Barrett's ...
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In 1994, Terence Trent D'Arby made a curious confession: "Believe it or not," he said, "until three months ago, I had never heard of Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon." While on tour, he ventured to bridge this chasm in his musical awareness. "I decided to put it on while I was in the bath," he explained. Why in the bath? "That way, if I wasn't convinced in the first five minutes, I wasn't going to get up and turn it off." [As it turned out, he was "truly moved": "I totally understood why it happened to fit in the Zeitgeist of that particular time."]
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Bob Geldof at the 2014 One Young World Conference in Dublin, Ireland. Credit: Stefan Schäfer, Lich (<a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0">CC BY-SA 4.0</a>)
Bob Geldof at the 2014 One Young World Conference in Dublin, Ireland. Credit: Stefan Schäfer, Lich (CC BY-SA 4.0)
One day on the set of Pink Floyd The Wall, Bob Geldof (playing Pink) was unable to complete a scheduled flying sequence wearing Superman's padded body mold. The problem? Geldof was too scrawny to wear it.  The solution? Geldof wore Supergirl's costume instead.  [Fun fact: Geldof named his children with Paula Yates: Peaches, Pixie, and Fifi Trixibelle.] 
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Pink Floyd's concerts were not entirely devoid of Spinal Tap moments, as drummer Nick Mason once recalled: "We were touring the album [Wish You Were Here] in Pennsylvania and were playing under this inflatable pyramid. It was guaranteed upto winds of 25 mph. Sure enough it was raining with winds upto 28 mph and it took off, then inverted above the stadium. A helium pod fell out and someone yelled 'My God! It's giving birth!' It then fell back to earth, fortunately not killing anyone underneath." [A rider in Pink Floyd's contracts stipulated that a miniature golf course be installed backstage wherever they played.]
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David Gilmour's 70,000 fans gather for his first ever concert in Buenos Aires Hipódormo de San Isidrio, Argentina.The singer-songwriter decided to craft a setlist blending his own solo material with highly anticipated and well-loved Pink Floyd tunes.The first half of the gig brought the audience Dark Side of the Moon classics "Us&Them" and "Money" along with solo cuts " 5 A.M.," "In Any Tongue" and "A Boat Lies Waiting" from his latest studio album, Rattle That Lock.The show saw a similar second set of debut album track "Astronomy Domine," Atom Heart Mother's "Fat Old Sun" and Wish You Were Here fan favorite, "Shine On You Crazy Diamond." As the set continued, the 69-year-old guitar legend rolled out more solo material off of his fourth studio album including "The Girl in the Yellow Dress," "Today," and "On An Island" trailed by his former group's "Sorrow" and The Wall track, "Run Like Hell."Ref: http://www.musictimes.com/articles/58329/20151215/david-gilmour-launches-tour-south-america-mixing-solo-material-classic-pink-floyd.htm. Credit: Jimmy Baikovicius (<a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0">CC BY-SA 2.0</a>)

David Gilmour's 70,000 fans gather for his first ever concert in Buenos Aires Hipódormo de San Isidrio, Argentina.The singer-songwriter decided ...(more)

After the release of The Final Cut in 1983, chief Pink Floyd songwriter Roger Waters quit the band—assuming that the others would follow suit. They did not. So when guitarist David Gilmour and drummer Nick Mason started working on A Momentary Lapse of Reason (1987), Waters sued to resolve "the question of rights to the name and assets of Pink Floyd." In December 1987, Gilmour persuaded Waters to sign an agreement allowing him to use the Pink Floyd name. Waters, however, refused to allow him to use the band's giant trademark flying pig balloons. To Waters's dismay, Gilmour found a solution. "If the pig had been exactly the same as the pig that I designed," Waters later remarked, "I could ...
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Pink Floyd performing on their early 1973 US tour, shortly before the release of The Dark Side of the Moon (<a href=https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/>CC0</a>)

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After fireworks ignited the stage curtains at a Pink Floyd concert in 1980, lucky audience members were showered with pieces of burning fabric. They cheered, thinking the fire was part of the show. 
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From the Album Atom Heart Mother
From the Album Atom Heart Mother
Pink Floyd's fifth album remained untitled until the band was debuting some of the tracks on the BBC and the announcer needed to call it something. Producer Bob Geesin told singer Roger Waters to have a look at the Evening Standard, a London newspaper. Waters noticed an article about a pregnant woman with an atomic-powered pacemaker and used its headline - ATOM HEART MOTHER - for the album. 
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Pink Floyd's concerts were not entirely devoid of Spinal Tap moments. In 1971, for example, the band performed at a "garden party" at a lake in a London suburb. The show climaxed with a display of fireworks as an inflatable octopus shrouded in dry ice rose from the lake. The show received mixed reviews. It impressed the audience, and killed all the fish in the lake. [After fireworks ignited the stage curtains during another concert (in 1980), lucky audience members were showered with pieces of burning fabric. They cheered, thinking the fire was part of the show.]
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One day in 1977, Pink Floyd (a band with more than its share of Spinal Tap moments), convened for a photo shoot (for the cover of Animals) on the outskirts of London. Things went swimmingly—until the 40-foot inflatable pig which the band had commissioned for the shoot suddenly broke free of its moorings between several industrial chimney stacks and, buoyed by the heat, shot up to an altitude of some 10,000 feet and began to drift toward Heathrow Airport... Though the wayward pig eventually crashed in a farmer's field, for several minutes, pilots in the vicinity were amused to hear air traffic controllers warning: "Pig on the loose! Pig on the loose!" [Though someone had been hired to stand by ...