#FridayFive: The Music of Pink Floyd

Symphony Nova Scotia presents the music of the iconic rock band at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium January 24-26

Rock legends get the symphonic treatment in The Music of Pink Floyd.
Rock legends get the symphonic treatment in The Music of Pink Floyd.

Symphony Nova Scotia and The Jeans ‘n Classics band team-up this weekend for The Music of Pink Floyd.

Opening today and continuing through Sunday, it is a celebration of one of the most iconic groups in the history of rock music. Featuring full symphonic versions of classic hits like Another Brick in the Wall and Comfortably Numb, the concert will also include a complete rendition of the multi-million-selling album The Dark Side of the Moon.

To get you in the mood to rock-out with the Symphony, here are five fun facts about Pink Floyd:

1. What’s in a name #1

No, there is no Pink Floyd in the band. The name came from two of guitarist and lead-vocalist Syd Barrett’s favourite Carolina bluesmen, Pink Anderson and Floyd Council.

2. What’s in a name #2

Before coming Pink Floyd, the band also performed as The Tea Set, Sigma 6, Meggadeaths, the Abdabs and the Screaming Abdabs, Leonard’s Lodgers, and the Spectrum Five.

3. Don’t get you knickers in a knot

The song Arnold Layne was based on a real-life person bass guitarist and vocalist Roger Waters knew who would steal women’s clothes and undergarments from washing lines.

4. 45 and 3

The Dark Side of the Moon is one of the most commercially successful albums, selling more than 45 million copies worldwide. While experts don’t always agree, it is often touted the third best-selling album of all time behind Michael Jackson’s Thriller and AC/DC’s Back in Black.

5. Impressive covers

Graphic designer Storm Thorgerson was a childhood friend of guitarist David Gilmour and went to the same school as Barrett and Waters. He worked with the band through most of their career and is credited with most of the band’s iconic album covers including The Dark Side of the Moon. Thorgerson also created the cover art for other artists such as Peter Gabriel, The Cranberries and Wings.

The Music of Pink Floyd opens at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium (6101 University Ave, Halifax) on January 24 and continues with three performances until January 26. Visit symphonynovascotia.ca for the complete schedule, tickets and more information.