On this day in 1968. Pink Floyd released their 2nd studio album A Saucer Full of Secrets . It is notable today as the only time the (5) members of Pink Floyd would appear on any single track together. That track was the amazing Set Controls for the Heart of the Sun, which we believe is the first glimpse of what Pink Floyd would ultimately become. It featured original members Syd Barrett, Roger Waters, Nick Mason, and Richard Wright along with newly recruited Cambridge- pal David Gilmour. Gilmour, a childhood friend of Barrett’s, had been brought on to cover singing and guitar duties to pick up the slack that was becoming more frequent because of Syd’s advancing mental health issues.
Drop the needle of this early jewel from the Pink Floyd crown, or even better, get out the see Nick Mason’s Saucer Full of Secrets World Tour when it passes by you. We promise you, this is not some tired nostalgia tour. It is amazing and gives a “fleeting glimpse” of what it might have felt like seeing Pink Floyd in the late 60s or early 70s ahead of the Dark Side of the Moon.
Check out the current slate of KnuckleBonz Pink Floyd Limited Edition Statue and Collectibles here.
As Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon creeps up on the 50th Anniversary next year, it’s important to remember the impact the album had musically. However, for us here, it’s even more vital to remember the impact Pink Floyd would have on live concert performance that can be traced back to this era. Evolving from the liquid light shows in the Syd Barret era, The Floyd introduce Mr. Screen in France 1973 along with the short films of Ian Emes. These short films loosely tell the story of the individual tracks of the 42:49 minute Dark Side of the Moon. A touchstone moment. Pink Floyd also performed Dark Side live with the Roland Petit Ballet, an unbelievable mash-up for 1973. The success of Dark Side of the Moon allowed the band to expand on these live performance ideas that would grow into the gold standard for what a stadium rock concert experience would become. Pink Floyd was the 1st to take their own custom sound and light equipment out on the road. The original lighting stage dress featured cherry pickers with stage lights that moved during the show…an cool concept that was born out of necessity because of the issues surrounding a traditional light truss. There is little pro-shot film for video from this era…the stills we have must tell the story. What an amazing time for music…
We hope to create some of the moments for the KnuckleBonz Collectors and Pink Floyd fans around the world later this year.
Nick Mason Opens Pink Floyd: Their Mortal Remains Exhibition in LA.
Hollywood Boulevard was alight Sept 2nd as Pink Floyd founding member, drummer Nick Mason, cut the ribbon to open the the “Their Mortal Remains” Exhibition. Even Floyd Superfans might forget that Nick Mason is actually the only member of Pink Floyd to appear on every recording and play every Pink Floyd show since the bands 1st days with Syd Barrett.
Over (350 Pink) Floyd artifacts are on display the at the Vogue Multicultural Museum in Los Angeles thru Jan 9th 2022. We were lucky enough to be invited to the grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony. Here’s some pictures of some of the items that have inspired KnuckleBonz® work with Pink Floyd…The Pink Floyd Pig “Algie” floats above the exhibition opening crowd. The original pick was flown above the Battersea Power Station in the UK. The Pig broke lose of the tether and floats over the UK disrupting air traffic and landing in a farmers field in Kent. Our Rock Iconz® On Tour™ Pink Floyd Pig Collectible is on back order here…reserve your now. Only 1977 are being cast for Pink Floyd Superfans worldwide.
Pink Floyd Division Bell Stage Mock Up was on display. This is cool as you can see “Mr. Screen” in the center of the concert rigging. Note the light banks that line the stage. This was the inspiration for the statue base design of our On Tour Limited Edition Collectible for the Division Bell Pink Floyd Screen Collectible. Production has wrapped on this design and is on the way to our US warehouse. Reserve yours here with a pre-order. Limited to 1994 worldwide.
Pink Floyd “Time” short film animation cell created by Ian Emes was on full display. Notice the square aspect ratio of this production animation cell. It’s squared versus the typical landscape format. This was because this animation was bound for the 1st use of the Pink Floyd circular projection screen on the 1972 Pink Floyd “Dark Side of the Moon” world tour. Life would never be the same for David Gilmour, Roger Waters, Nick Mason and Richard Wright after this…
Check out all the Pink Floyd Collectibles from KnuckleBonz here.
Working on the color box design for our Pink Floyd Division Bell Screen Rock Iconz On Tour Collectible today here at the KnuckleBonz Studio.
Came across the US Tour Intenerary this AM while going thru all the Division Bell art assets for potential use in the design. The date July 10th 1994 jumped out. We were there at RFK Stadium to witness what would be the final major tour for Pink Floyd. The set list was amaizing of course, but I recall highlights being the opening number of “Astronomy Domine” from early in the David Gilmour years and “One of These Days.” The 2nd half of the show saw the Pink Floyd screen rotate 90 degrees to hover above the band like something from “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.” A once in a lifetime experience. The egress from the stadium and Washington, DC was a challenge…ahh the good ole’ days.
Production on this Pink Floyd Rock Iconz On Tour collectible is going well and on schedule for a Dec/Jan release.
You can pre-order the Pink Floyd Division Bell Screen from the Rock Iconz ON Tour Collectible Series here.
Also check out our Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here 3D Vinyl Collectible and the Pink FLoyd On Tour Collectibles Here.
Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” – Simple Designs Can Be the Most Complex
When we began the initial discussions for our 3D Vinyl® Limited Edition State Series in 2017, the initial focus what to create something in statue and collectible form for Superfans™ that for what ever reason, did not dig the statue category. There was a ton of creative motivation obviously, but that was the touchstone moment.
Once we decided to move forward with a new KnuckleBonz collectible series, the real fun began; what albums should we initially create in 3D? We all blurted out our obvious favorites. Some were perfect for the 3D Vinyl format and could be expressed easily in statue form. Others, although amazing albums, with equally great cover art would prove elusive. One album that we all defaulted to and wanted to consider, was Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon.” The gold standard for concept albums, and the 8th studio release for Pink Floyd. The power of artist Storm Thorgerson’s pyramid with the prism light beam? Sounds great right? We are now 4 years into the 3D Vinyl Collector Series and we still have not pulled the trigger on any Dark Side of the Moon designs for 3D Vinyl. However, we are sneaking up on it and might submit something to Pink Floyd for consideration soon…Staytuned.
Rock Hard! Kbonz