Chris Soullas Wins The Wing Fling Giveaway (Week of Oct 14th)
I gotta admit, when I heard Chris was an hour away from Pizza Boys in New York Mills, I was like dang his pizza’s gonna be cold by then but hey let’s make a fall drive out of it and hopefully he’ll have a microwave on hand to heat it up!
I rolled up to the Town of Vienna Codes Office and was greeted with smiles from everyone as they all knew what I was there for! (It’s amazing when you bring free food, people come from all over, haha! I mean you should see what happens when people drop free food at the radio station! I got body checked into the wall as we all literally ran for the Moe’s sitting on the conference table last week!)
Meeting Chris made me forget about the drive instantly as we just started chatting about anything and everything, but I had to let him go so he could chow those BBQ wings with his co-workers. Once again it was great to meet another amazing and active Oldiez listener that I wish I could see through the microphone that I could finally put a face to.
If you’d like some free pizza and wings delivered to your doorstep this coming Thurs/Fri, click the button below and keep entering often and it’s only a matter of time before I get to meet you!
Long before their initial rise to psychedelic fame with 1967's 'The Piper at the Gates of Dawn,' to say nothing of David Gilmour's arrival, Pink Floyd were a trippy five-piece featuring two guitarists: Syd Barrett and Bob Klose. In fact, that's how Waters ended up on bass. Klose left after working on a pair of unreleased demos, 'Lucy Leave' and 'I'm a King Bee.'
This lineup recorded two successful singles ('Arnold Layne' and 'See Emily Play,' both of which reached the U.K. Top 20), and then Pink Floyd's whacked-out debut, a No. 6 U.K. hit. But even as they began to pick up commercial stream, Mason, Waters and Wright began to find working with Barrett untenable as his use of mind-altering drugs escalated. They were forced to cancel an appearance at the National Jazz and Blues Festival, and a subsequent U.S. tour was marred by increasingly eccentric behavior.
Pink Floyd added Gilmour as a fifth member in December 1967, hoping to limit Barrett's public exposure while he continued to work behind the scenes as a creative partner. But by early the next year, it was clear Barrett's tenure in the band was ending. 'A Saucerful of Secrets' would include a final Barrett original called 'Jugband Blues,' and he would participate in a five-man take on Waters' darkly atmospheric 'Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun.'
Pink Floyd's best-known lineup would release a string of career-making moments through the '70s, most notably 'Meddle,' 'The Dark Side of the Moon,' 'Wish You Were Here' and 'Animals.' But by the time the group reassembled for the decade-ending opus 'The Wall,' Wright found himself at odds with modern-era mastermind Waters. Wright would end up as a contract laborer on the subsequent tour, and he wouldn't return to the lineup until after Waters' departure in the early '80s.
The bulk of this era was spent fighting over the rights to the Pink Floyd name, and the group managed only a single studio album, 1983's Waters-dominated 'The Final Cut.' By then, Pink Floyd had essentially been reduced to Waters' backing band. Lawsuits ensued when Waters chose to leave. Gilmour and Mason, it quickly became clear, wanted to continue forward as Pink Floyd. And so arguments in the press continued for years, even as the individual members began releasing solo albums.
Finally cleared to move forward, Pink Floyd emerged with their first album in five years, now being led by Gilmour and Mason. Because of ongoing legal entanglements, however, Wright once again worked only as a paid sideman on the subsequent album and tour. 'Momentary Lapse of Reason,' which shot to No. 3, also saw the return of longtime Pink Floyd cover artist Storm Thorgerson, who hadn't worked with the group since 'Animals' in 1977. The legal issues weren't over yet, though: Waters initially sued concert promoters over the use of the Pink Floyd name.
As Pink Floyd returned for their second post-Roger Waters release, their time in court seemed to be over for good. Moreover, Wright was officially in tow again as a third member. He'd make his first songwriting contributions since 1975's 'Wish You Were Here' on 'The Division Bell,' and become a regular touring partner with both Pink Floyd on the supporting tour and with Gilmour on his solo jaunts through 2008, when Wright succumbed to cancer. Pink Floyd's 2014 album, 'The Endless River,' grew out of these sessions.
On July 2, 2005, the '70s-era lineup reunited for the first time in nearly 25 years, brought together for one improbable night by the Live 8 benefit concert at London's Hyde Park. The show, which was dedicated by Roger Waters in part to Syd Barrett (who died the following year), included 'Speak to Me,' 'Breathe' and 'Money' from 'Dark Side,' the title track from 'Wish You Were Here' and 'Comfortably Numb' from 'The Wall.' Pink Floyd reportedly turned down millions for a reunion tour.