Quote: "I've never heard One Direction and I never will... There have always been artists who are controlled by some svengali character in the background... You make a band and then you promote them and some strike a chord with a whole generation of eight-year-olds and they become hugely important in financial terms because they sell a lot of tickets for a couple of years and then they're gone." Pink Floyd rocker Roger Waters explains the boyband phenomenon.
Quote: "There was a Pink Floyd song that I wanted very badly as a source cue from Dark Side of the Moon and Pink Floyd just didn't want to go down the favoured nations road, which led to an even greater song, ELO's Laredo Tornado. Is there one called Inside Outside or Upside Down, something like that? I'm not sure because I was too high listening to those records to really know what the titles were." PINK FLOYD refused to let director Jonathan Demme use their song Us & Them for his new Meryl Streep movie Ricki and the Flash.
Fact: Former Pink Floyd star Roger Waters will serve as host of this year's Music Heals benefit concert, featuring Billy Corgan, Sheryl Crow and Tom Morello. The event will be held at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C. on 16 October (15). Proceeds will benefit organisations which aid injured service members and their families.
Fact: Former Pink Floyd star Roger Waters will help Newport Folk Festival officials celebrate the 50th anniversary of Bob Dylan's controversial electric guitar performance when he makes his first appearance at the Rhode Island event this summer (Jul15). Waters joins a bill that also features Sufjan Stevens, J Mascis and Iron & Wine. This year's Newport Folk Festival will mark the 50th anniversary of a 1965 protest, sparked by Dylan's first electric guitar performance. At the time, many fans were appalled by the folk legend's decision not to play acoustically, with many booing him and turning their back on his performance.
Fact: Pink Floyd rocker David Gilmour has unveiled plans for his first European tour in nine years. The singer and guitarist will kick off the trek in Croatia on 12 September (15) and travel across the continent, wrapping up the live shows with a three-night stint at London's prestigious Royal Albert Hall. The tour will coincide with the upcoming release of his untitled fourth solo album, the first since Gilmour's 2006 project On An Island.
Fact: Pink Floyd's new album The Endless River will feature physicist Stephen Hawking's artificial voice on the track Talkin' Hawkin'. The band previously recruited the scientist to serve as narrator on their The Division Bell single Keep Talkin'.
Fact: Rockers Phish recruited legendary Pink Floyd producer Bob Ezrin to work with them on Fuego, their first new album in five years, after realising that he had been behind the controls for many of their favourite releases.
Quote: "The only other thing I would ever consider doing is starting a church. Then you don't have to pay income tax. All you need is the gift of the gab, you need to be able to lie really well and you make a fortune with almost no talent." Pink Floyd star Roger Waters jokes about his career opportunities outside music.
Fact: Pink Floyd fans have been invited to share their favourite memories, photos and anecdotes from listening to classic album The Dark Side Of The Moon on the band's website to mark its 40th anniversary this Sunday (24Mar13). As the messages roll in, the site will gradually darken an image of a moon as a tribute to the iconic release.
Fact: Universal Music has sold off its iconic Parlophone label, the home of legendary bands including Blur, Coldplay and Pink Floyd, to Warner Music Group in a $767 million (£487 million) deal. The agreement does not include a licence for The Beatles' archive owned by Parlophone.
Quote: "I woke up one day and found him staring at a box of Corn Flakes the way I watch television. Just sitting there and laughing. He was a paranoid schizophrenic... The band thought it was only drugs, but it was a much deeper problem." Alice Cooper on tragic Pink Floyd star Syd Barrett.
Quote: "We're getting away from that too-precious-for-our-own-good thing of never releasing anything considered as substandard. Everything there is going to be out in one way or another." Pink Floyd star David Gilmour on the band's deluxe-box-set releases of hit albums Dark Side of The Moon, The Wall and Wish You Were Here, which will feature outtakes, live recordings and video.
Fact: Roger Waters performed Pink Floyd's In The Flesh with the Foo Fighters on TV in America on Tuesday (27Sep11) as part of late night chat show host Jimmy Fallon's week-long tribute to the classic rock band. Pearl Jam and MGMT will also perform Pink Floyd classics as part of the celebration.
Fact: Jamiroquai frontman Jay Kay and Pink Floyd star Nick Mason were celebrating this weekend (08-09May10) after completing the Mille Miglia 2010 race in Italy, which sees 375 classic cars clock up 1,000 miles (1,600 kilometres) on a drive to Rome.
Fact: Pink Floyd legend Dave Gilmour will be handed a honorary doctorate from his hometown's Anglia Ruskin University. The guitarist will be made a Doctor of Arts at the ceremony, which will take place in Cambridge, England in November (09).
Fact: Former child star Corey Feldman's Pink Floyd-inspired band Truth Movement features the rock supergroup's one-time saxophonist Scott Page, and their Technology Analogy album featured artwork created by Dark Side of the Moon artist Storm Thorgerson.
Fact: Bon Jovi will top the bill at a one-off Live Earth concert taking place in India next month (Dec08). The rockers will be joined by will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas and Pink Floyd's Roger Waters at Al Gore's latest climate change awareness concert, which takes place in Mumbai on 7 December (08).
Quote: "I don't think the occasional rock 'n' roll tour is of deep relevance to this. If all the factories pumping out stuff every day were made fairly carbon neutral or made as efficient as they could possibly be, and all the power stations and power-producing units throughout the world were made as efficient as possible... all those sorts of things seem to be much more important." Pink Floyd guitarist Dave Gilmour insists environmentally-friendly bands should keep on rocking.
Fact: Jerry Cantrell and heavy rock couple Scott Ian and PEARL ADAY are to perform an acoustic version of Pink Floyd's WISH YOU WERE HERE as part of a tribute to slain Pantera/DAMAGEPLAN guitarist 'DIMEBAG' Darrell Abbott at Ozzfest in Dallas, Texas on Saturday (09Aug08).
Fact: Legendary guitar manufacturers Fender are launching a replica of Pink Floyd rocker David Gilmour's signature Stratocaster guitar. The instrument will be available from 22 September (08) to coincide with the release of the star's live album LIVE IN GDANSK.
Quote: "I'm doing that album just like Pink Floyd's THE WALL - it's a movie more than an album... It's the best work I've ever done." Super producer Timbaland has high hopes for rocker Chris Cornell's upcoming solo album.
Fact: The cast of Amy Adams' new film MRS. PETTIGREW LIVES FOR A DAY recorded the film's soundtrack in Abbey Road's fabled Studio 2, where THE Beatles and Pink Floyd worked on some of their most famous albums.
Fact: Pink Floyd rocker Nick Mason is such a big motoring enthusiast, he's applying for the position of president of the Guild of Motoring Writers. The classic car fan will put his name forward for the prestigious organisation's election in April (08).
Fact: Pink Floyd are the band most people want to see reunited in a new poll.
Quote: "I watched The Wizard of Oz - a big tradition at my house." George Clooney, who screened a special edition of the film with Pink Floyd's DARK SIDE OF THE MOON as the soundtrack, on how he celebrated on New Year's Eve.
Quote: <p>"I'm a big admirer of Pete Townshend. In fact it was one of those rare times when the whole of Floyd agreed on something when we all said we wanted Pete to induct us into the (UK Music) Hall Of Fame." Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason insists the infamously-feuding band have agreed at least once. </p>
Fact: <p>Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour will play a one-off gig at a London venue in the first week his solo album ON AN ISLAND is released. The album, his first in 22 years, is out on 6 March (06) - the star's 60th birthday. </p>
Quote: <p>"I might be prepared to make a record, but there's no f**king way I'm going to argue with him about how to make it." Rocker Roger Waters gives Pink Floyd fans reasons to hope for a new album, even if he still has major differences with bandmate David Gilmour. </p>
Fact: <p>Rockers Yes rockers STEVE HOWE, Rick Wakeman, CHRIS SQUIRE, Alan White and BILLY SHERWOOD and DEEP PURPLE stars Glenn Hughes and STEVE MORSE are among the actors featured on a new Pink Floyd tribute album, Back Against the Wall. </p>