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 A Reflection on Pink Floyd’s The Wall by Jordan Hennessy Formed in 1964, Pink Floyd started under many different names such as Sigma  6, Tea Set, and The Abdabs. Finally they decided on The Pink Floyd Sound, but ‘Sound’  was quickly dropped and David Gilmour was known to use ‘The’ in the band name as  late as 1984. Originally formed under Syd Barrett as the lead vocalist and guitarist,  Roger Waters was added as a bassist and backup vocals, Nick Mason on drums and  percussion, and Rick Wright who started at wind instruments and switched to keyboards  and backing vocals. Their first album  The Piper at the Gates of Dawn  is now considered  one of the best examples of British psychedelic rock. Eventually however, Barrett  became increasingly unstable because his increased use of “psychedelic” drugs, such  as LSD, so he was replaced onstage by David Gilmour during concerts. Due to his  increasingly unbearable nature and the fact that he couldn’t write like the band had  wanted him to, they eventually had to say goodbye to Barrett, and they split the song  writing and lead vocals between Gilmour, Waters, and Wright. With Barrett gone, the band started a new, progressive rock sound in which  everyone played a crucial role. The main idea from here on out was the idea of concept  albums that both told a story and had a higher meaning to all of the songs.  Wish You 
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Were Here  and  The Wall  dealt with the loss of Syd Barrett and loss in general as things  became more tense with the band and they started to drift apart.  The following is a quote from an exhibit in the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland,  OH. “In the old days, pre-Dark Side of the Moon, Pink Floyd played to  audiences which, by virtue of their size allowed an intimacy of connection  that was magical. However, success overtook us and by 1977 we were  playing in football stadiums. The magic crushed beneath the weight of  numbers, we were becoming addicted to the trappings of popularity. I found myself increasingly alienated in that atmosphere of avarice  and ego until one night in the Olympic Stadium, Montreal. Some crazed  teenage fan was clawing his way up the storm netting that separated us  from the human cattle pen in front of the stage, screaming his devotion to  the "demi-gods" beyond his reach.
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