April 5, 1994 |
PINK FLOYD "The Division Bell" Columbia ** 1/2 "To martyr yourself to caution is not gonna help at all," sings David Gilmour; he's talking about the ways of love, and we know what he means. Had he only heeded his own words when it came to this, Pink Floyd's first album in seven years, the hallmark of which would have to be caution aplenty. (It's due in stores today.
November 28, 1987 |
"O h, by the way ... which one's Pink?" That was the wry punchline to an old Pink Floyd song that spoofed a record industry type who was so dim that he didn't even know the Floyd moniker referred to a group, not an individual. Yet it's no longer a joke, but a legitimate question now that the pioneering art-rock group has split into warring factions: former creative leader Roger Waters (now touring and recording on his own) vs.
October 12, 1986
How can anyone say the trend of "classic rock" is disturbing? It's the best thing that's happened to radio in years! The music today is, for the most part, terrible. I also disagree with the notion that "nobody wants kids anymore." I am 16 and I love the classic rock stations. I also know a lot of people my age who like the better music of the '60s and '70s and agree that today's music is trash. Until someone with real talent comes along--like Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin or Pink Floyd--then I don't think record companies even need to sign new bands, because I'll still be listening to the better music of days gone by. DAVID WEINER Los Angeles
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March 11, 2008 |
Norman Smith, a leading record producer who was the original sound engineer for the Beatles through 1965 and later signed the band Pink Floyd to a recording contract, died March 4 of cancer in East Sussex, England, British newspapers reported. He was 85. Smith, who later had a No. 1 hit in the U.S. singing under the name Hurricane Smith, was selected by Beatles producer George Martin to handle the controls when the group cut its first session June 6, 1962, which included the early hit "Love Me Do."
May 11, 2011
Neil Patrick Harris will once again be putting on a tuxedo to host the Tony Awards ceremony, which will take place June 12 at the Beacon Theatre in New York. The actor, who stars in the CBS sitcom "How I Met Your Mother," previously hosted the Tonys in 2009. Last year's host was Sean Hayes. The ceremony saluting Broadway's best will be broadcast on CBS. In a statement released Tuesday, Harris said, "We've got a fantastic mix of live performances, a few secret surprises and, since they're closed for retooling, we're using all the rigging equipment from 'Spider-Man.' What could possibly go wrong?"
June 18, 1995
Michael Jackson probably let out a loud scream when he saw the pop singles chart. He's undoubtedly happy with The Times' Southern California chart, which he tops with "Scream." But, after the hurricane of hype, he can't be happy about the single being "only" No. 3 nationally. Rapper Notorious BIG, without help from a multimillion-dollar promotional campaign, rocketed to No. 1 nationally with "One More Chance," selling 20% more copies than "Scream."
April 24, 1994
No one has been able to bump R. Kelly's "Bump 'n' Grind" out of the top spots of The Times' Southern California pop singles chart and the national pop singles chart. This long-running hit is the big selling point for his "12 Play" album--which is No. 12 on The Times' chart. Pink Floyd's "The Division Bell" album, on the heels of the group's Rose Bowl shows last weekend, continues to do strong business, topping The Times pop chart.
June 23, 2000 |
When Pink Floyd toured the stadiums of the world in the late '80s and mid-'90s without principal musical architect Roger Waters, the English group sounded lifeless. The notes were all there, the inflated pigs were there, but the heart was gone. Waters' performance Wednesday at the Universal Amphitheatre made it easy to see why his 1986 departure damaged Floyd irreparably.