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Unique photograph unearthed of Syd Barrett’s Pink Floyd at Ritz Ballroom before Anniversary Concert
A unique photograph of the legendary band, Pink Floyd, on the stage of King’s Heath’s old Ritz Ballroom has been sent to pop historians Bob Prew and Ken Whittaker ahead of a
Still fronted at that time by the charismatic but increasingly erratic Syd Barrett, Pink Floyd’s appearance on 16 December 1967 was one of their first in the Midlands and came shortly after the release of their second single See Emily Play and their first album ‘The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn’. On the same
Joining Syd Barrett on the tiny Ritz Ballroom as part of Pink Floyd were Roger Waters, Rick Wright and drummer Nick Mason who was born in the loc area of Edgbaston, Birmingham.
The exciting photograph was sent to the pop historians by Tom Murphy now aged 72. “I traveled to the concert from Coventry with a bunch of mates. Luckily we had a camera with us. We were big fans of Pink Floyd and wanted to hear them play live. I remember them playing Arnold Lane, See Emily Play and Astronomy Domine. Syd Barrett was very much the frontman and wrote their early singles and most of their first album. It was a great shame he had to leave the group”
He left the group in April 1968 and was replaced by David Gilmour. Despite releasing a couple of solo albums, he never achieved the same level of success as with Pink Floyd and had mental health problems until he died of cancer in July 2006.
Pink Floyd went on to become one of the most bestselling and influential groups of all time and
From 3 pm to 6 pm a great selection of local musicians including Peters & Dog whose last single was about Syd Barrett, Brum Radio’s Layla Tutt, Joey Smith, Tim Walkerdine and others will perform their
Tickets cost £4 in advance from the Kitchen Garden Cafe or £4.40 from www.wegottickets.com/event/
Any remaining tickets will cost £5 on the door.
At 7 pm doors will then open at the Hare & Hounds opposite for an amazing two and a half hour full lighting and laser show by the Coventry based,
Advance Tickets are selling fast and cost £8 from Kitchen Garden Cafe or £8.80 from www.skiddle.com/e/13143744
Any remaining tickets will cost £10 on the door.
Local residents Bob Prew and Ken Whittaker, who have
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Ian Barrett, Syd Barrett’s cousin, who helps run the official Syd Barrett website, said, ” As a family, we are delighted this anniversary event is being held in King’s Heath again. We have been thrilled and amazed that the music Syd created is still loved so much after his death. His music and art are enjoyed by so many across the globe and this shows no sign of abating”.
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