Syd Barrett a founding member of Pink Floyd was born on this day, 1946. Throughout his life, Barrett created music that blended psychedelia, folk-rock and experimental pop. We were yet to have the “progressive rock” moniker the would become synonymous with Pink Floyd. Syd was one of the first to suggest a music performance might be more of a “look at” event multi-media experience vs. a dance event. His solo career included two albums that included Madcap Laughs.
After Syd’s exit from The Floyd due to metal illness he became the muse for much of the Floyd themes and song writing. Roger Waters is open about Syd’s influence on his writing from Wish You Were and through Pink Floyd The Wall.
KnuckleBonz created a Rock Iconz Ltd. Edition Statue to celebrate Syd from his solo years in 2017. That has been SOLD OUT for many months, but you can still check out out here.
We have created a new Syd Barret Rock Iconz Statue design and hop to release it later in 2023. Hard to believe the 50th anniversary for Dark Side of the Moon is almost upon us…what happened?
Check out all the KnuckleBonz Wish You Were Here, Division Bell, Animals Pink Floyd Collectibles here.
Rock Hard !
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.
On this day on 1994, Pink Floyd released Division Bell. This was the 14th Studio Album for the band and the 1st to be recorded without a shroud of legal issues stemming from the exit of Roger Waters. The album was co-produced by David Gilmour and Bob Ezrin. There we reportedly (65) pieces of music the band had improvised that were whittled down to become the 58:47 minute LP running time. Rick Wright would receive song credits for the first time since Wish You Were Here in 1975.
The world tour for Division Bell was the most elaborate in the storied history of Pink Floyd. It would see “Mr. Screen” tower behind and over the band during the show like an alien space craft. An articulated Mirror Ball hovered over stadiums around the world and would morph into a flower as the band closed the show with Shine On You Crazy Diamond. An amazing site we were fortunate to see at RFK Stadium in Washington, DC. You can experience this tour in the amazing “Pulse” video. That’s worth a re-visit for any true Floydian.
Maybe we should have, but little did we know, this would be the last world tour for Pink Floyd…the Ringing of the Division Bell had begun.
KnuckleBonz is celebrating the Division Bell with our Limited Edition Statue for our On Tour Series. This hand-cast and detailed statue is officially licensed with Pink Floyd and ships with a hand-numbered Certificate of Authenticity on the statue base. Order Your Here…
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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.
Photographer Mick Rock was rock…as much part of the music scene and industry of the 70s and beyond as any musician or performer.
Mick Rock said that he stumbled into photography and had no real understanding that it could be a career. A lot like many of the performers in the early days of rock and popular music. Mick Rock and his photography are responsible for capturing live and candid moments of many of the greatest performers ever like David Bowie, Queen, Syd Barrett, Joan Jett and Debbie Harry. His QUEEN II cover photo is one of the most iconic in music. Mick Rock died today at 72, but like the music we all dig, he lives on forever in his work….
For us at KnuckleBonz, the visual aspects of music are equally important as the music itself. It the only reason we are company focused on creating for Superfans like you. Great images like the photos of Mick Rock are the rocket fuel that will propel us everyday…RIP MICK ROCK
Check out some of Muck Rock’s subjects here in the Rock Iconz and 3D Vinyl Collectible Series at www.KnuckleBonz.com
Rock Hard this Holiday Season.
On this day in 1975 Pink Floyd released their follow up album to Dark Side of the Moon, “Wish You Were Here.” This was the 2nd full-on concept album from the band and was written exclusively by Roger Waters. After the life changing success of Dark Side, Waters laments about the loss of the talent and friendship of Syd Barrett and the bands growing distaste for the music business. It’s no surprise that music critics would knee-jerk and write that the new material was largely uninspired. However, fans disagreed and the album went to #1 in birth the USA and the UK. Both David Gilmour and keyboardist Richard Wright have said Wish You Were Here was their favorite Pink Floyd album.
Wish You Were Here was one of the 1st creation in our 3D Vinyl Limited Edition Statue Series that celebrates the great album art of the last 50 years. Check out Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here 3D Vinyl here.
This will not be a news flash for Pink Floydians, but I have been surprised recently in conversations of the number of people who are not aware of a really great documentary of the making of Pink Floyd “Wish You Were Here.” If there has ever been pressure on a band to follow up after breakthrough commercial success in music, this is it. If you recall, Wish You Were Here was the follow up album to Dark Side of the Moon, need we say more.
The (59) minute film was released in 2012 and has interviews with all four Pink Floyd members, Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Richard Wright and Nick Mason. There is a a focus on specifics for all the tracks like Have a Cigar and Welcome to the Machine, but there is also a large section on how the record was inspired by co-founder Syd Barrett. The band gives candid insight on the relationship each member had with him. We were struck by the sincere sadness you could see from Roger Waters and David Gilmour about the loss of this great talent and great friend.
Also, there are awesome interviews with the visual side of Pink Floyd in cartoonist Gerald Scarfe and designer Storm Thorgerson. They are both heroes to us here at KnuckleBonz.
The Story of Wish You Were Here It is easily streamed on a number of video services. We caught it this weekend on the music streaming service Qello.
We have lots in the works with Pink Floyd now in all 3 of our collector series, Rock Iconz®, 3D Vinyl® and On Tour ™. Check that out here.
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Pink Floyd Exhibition “Their Mortal Remains“ Los Angeles was set to open next week at the Vogue Multicultural Museum in Los Angeles. However, like all of us that need to move things Internationally, they have been met with shipping delays. The new opening date is Sepmeber 3rd. We hope to see some of you Floydians there.
There will be lots of great gear and other museum displays to capture Pink Floyd from their origins in the Syd Barrett era all the way thru their last tour Division Bell. We are particularly are excited to see some of Nick Mason’s early drum kits and the art of the amazing Gerald Scarfe. Scarfe is the illustrator/cartoonist that was the visual fuel for Pink Floyd the Wall album art and motion picture animation.
You can pre order tickets to Pink Floyd Exhibition “Their Mortal Remains” here.
We are currently in production on three Pink Floyd Limited Edition statues for the Rock Iconz® On Tour Collectible Series and 3D Vinyl®. Check out The Pig and road case from the Pink Floyd Animals Tour, The Stage Screen from Division Bell and Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here 3D Vinyl® here.
Also of note, a new Syd Barrett of Pink Floyd Rock Iconz statue is in design. Here’s a look at our original design for Syd, Syd Barrett Rock Iconz Ltd. Edition Statue.
If you are paying attention, you will see we have announced the newest piece for our Rock Iconz On Tour® Collectible Series. From the stage of the PInk Floyd, we have created the projection screen used in live shows dating back to 1972. This design had several details that needed to be solved to be able to produce a hand cast limited edition statue. The 1st issue to tackle was cost. We always to to keep the price consistent in our Rock Iconz®, 3D Vinyl® and On Tour Series. To tool and cast the truss that supports the screen in metal was going to costs a kings ransom and simply was not an option for a short run 500 piece limited edition. That’s right, our Division Bell Projection Screen edition number is only 500. No FoMO… So we had to figure our a way to simulate the truss with some other materials. We decided to sculpt the truss shapes then cast the entire part in clear resign. That would allow us to paint the truss metal structure leaving the rest as a polished clear surface. That allowed us to solve our cost and design issues. A byproduct of this is that though this ON Tour Collectible from the Division Bell era of Pink Floyd has no working lights, the clear resign does catch the light in interesting ways and makes for spectacular display. The live shot from the KnuckleBonz studio in the blog here has a single light behind the truss to make the edges glow…really fun to shoot this for the product launch.
The limited edition pages are live now and you can pre-order the Division Bell Pink Floyd Projection Screen now.
PRE-ORDER HERE Pink Floyd Division Bell Projection Screen Collectible Here
We has also created the Pink FLoyd Pig for the Rock Iconz On Tour Series as well as Wish You Were Here for 3D Vinyl. Check those limited editions out here.
I found a cool video on Youtube today that has some hi-res of the videos played on the screen in 1994 from the Pink Floyd Vision Bell tour…check them out here:
If you have been following along this spring you will have noticed KnuckleBonz® has added the ability to buy your favorite Vinyl LPs at https://knucklebonz.com/product-category/vinyl-records/. It’s a select offering to start, focusing on the artists we have created for our Rock Iconz®, 3D Vinyl® and ON Tour™ Collector Series over the past 18 years.
To celebrate this new category at KnuckleBonz.com , will soon be offering special bundles for bands that have been released in our 3D Vinyl Limited Edition Statue Series. The bundles will include the actual Vinyl LP that was the inspiration for our 3D Vinyl statue design. Up first will be KISS Destroyer and Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here…
KISS Destroyer Resurrected was released in 1976, and many KISS fans believe this is the high water mark for the band’s studio recordings. This classic KISS album is revisited and resurrected on 180g virgin vinyl by original producer extraordinaire Bob Ezrin. The album also features the amazing painting by the master Ken Kelly of Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss in the amzing stage costumes from this era. “staytuned here and via our email list for details…check out KISS Destroyer 3D Vinyl Here: KISS Destroyer 3D Vinyl Limited Edition Statue
Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here 3D Vinyl will also be offered as a special bundle with this 1975 release. The 3D Vinyl design pulls from the inner sleeve design by Storm Thorgerson of the robotic hand shake. At this point, Pink Floyd is in the vacuum created by the once in a lifetime release of Dark Side of the Moon and all of the success and fame that followed. Wish You Were Here’s title track as well as “Shine on You Crazy Diamond“ is a tribute to founding member Syd Barrett which by this time is firmly in the grips of mental illness. It also touched on the alienation and disillusionment with the music business experienced by David Gilmour and Rogers Waters via “Have a Cigar” and “Welcome to the Machine.” Check out Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here 3D Vinyl Here: Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here 3d Vinyl Limited Edition Statue
Stay tuned for more info about Vinyl of all kinds from KnuckleBonz, Inc.