Pink Floyd: One of the Greatest Bands to See Live

If you’re a fan of rock, you have doubtlessly heard of Pink Floyd. The psychedelic rock band of the 70s made waves in the music world with a legacy that lasts to this day. Their most popular album, The Dark Side of the Moon, “topped the Billboard Top LPs & Tapes chart for a week and remained in the chart for 741 weeks from 1973 to 1988.” In addition, the album has sold an estimated 45 million copies sold and is one of the best-selling worldwide. If I could pick one band to see live, it would definitely be them.

Pink Floyd was also known for their innovative live performances. They often used new techniques at their shows including the then newly introduced quadraphonic speaker systems, which projected the sound 270 degrees around a venue. One of their most memorable performances, the In The Flesh tour, employed the use of a large inflatable floating pig named “Algie”. The pig was filled with helium and propane and exploded mid-concert while floating above the audience.

One of my personal favorite performances, however, is the 10-minute version of “Comfortably Numb”, one of their most popular songs, which was performed in 1994 as part of their The Division Bell tour. This version included a 6-minute guitar solo combined with a dazzling light show and a giant disco ball which would descend and open in the middle of the show.

All in all, Pink Floyd’s live performance experimentation made them one of the most entertaining bands to see perform live. I would pay a considerable amount of money to see all of them perform live again. However, given that one of their key members, Richard Wright, died in 2008, this would involve some sort of time travelling device.

What about you? What band would you love to see live? Write about it and get an entire hour of volunteer time! It couldn’t be easier!

The Comfortably Numb Hour

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College radio is a symbol for subculture, underground music, and ideas outside the mainstream.  Without creative thinkers who have a place to express themselves, life would be boring and tedious.  When I stopped by the KSSU table at orientation last summer, I was surprised to see we had a student run radio station, and that it was free form – which means the DJ’s can create their shows any way they want, as long as basic rules and regulations are followed.  I have fancied myself as someone who embraces most forms of creative expression, so I jotted my contact info down and hoped I would be given the opportunity to at least speak with the director and maybe even – gasp – get my own show.

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Song Review – Living With Giants “The Moment We Escaped”

I’m not going to lie. This radio gig certainly has it’s perks. I land interviews with my heroes, I get on the guest list for shows, and I occasionally get some swag.  Recently a band I adore, Living With Giants, contacted me to check out an upcoming song of theirs and write about it. Not only is this a new perk, this is an honor.


It has been a long while since I have heart new recorded material from the band and I was very exited when the band asked for my thoughts on the demo version of the upcoming single.

The full review and a sample of the track after the jump…

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Interview – Blake Judd of Nachtmystium

Blake Judd is the guitarist, vocalist and sole consistent member of the black metal band Nachtmystium. The band is about to release the album Silencing Machine, which is the follow-up to the acclaimed Black Meddle albums that present Judd and company’s musically adventurous side.

Here is a phone conversation I had with Judd in which he discusses his earliest musical memories, that awkward moment when a fan calls you your black metal pseudonym in front of your parents, his introduction to black metal, the new album, that scene in Family Guy with a guy who looks A LOT like him and more.

Here the full interview and examples of Judd’s work after the jump.

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Interview – Arjen Anthony Lucassen

Arjen Anthony Lucassen is a legend in modern progressive metal. He is the mastermind of Ayreon, the all-star rock opera series that includes the albums The Human Equation, Into the Electric Castle, and 01011001. He is also member of the bands Star One, Guilt Machine, and Ambeon.

Most recently, Lucassen released his second solo album, Lost in the New Real, via Inside Out Music.

Here is a phone conversation in which we discuss the new album, his garage studio, how he came in contact with collaborators Mikael Åkerfeldt, Devin Townsend and Rutger Hauer (Yes, the Rutgar Hauer from Blade Runner), and much more.

Listen to the full interview with samples of the new album after the Jump…

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