Pink Floyd guitarist Roger Waters | Wikimedia Commons
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New Delhi: To keep fans entertained during quarantine, English rock band Pink Floyd will stream its full-length archival concerts for free every Friday, starting 17 April, on YouTube.

“Starting later today, at 5 pm UK time (12 pm EST) is the @YouTube Film Festival, which Pink Floyd and David Gilmour are participating in. Whilst the band have been running #PinkFloydFriday for a couple of years, releasing a different music video at 5 pm UK every seven days to start the weekend in style, for the next four weeks, a full concert performance will be available at YouTube.com,” the band posted Friday on its Facebook page.

The first concert to be streamed is ‘Pulse‘, the 90-minute concert film recorded in 1994 at the Earls Court in London during the band’s ‘Division Bell Tour’.

Until now, this legendary music band had been sharing snippets and short video clips from its archives, but with the UK extending its lockdown period to at least another three weeks, Pink Floyd has decided to stream concerts for free.

Earlier this month, the band had hinted at giving people some “interesting and diverting” music to help them get through the lockdown.

“We’d like to wish you all the best, and hope that you and your families are staying safe and well in these difficult times. With many people confined to home, we will continue to post as normal to hopefully give you some interesting and diverting images, music and video to help us all get through this,” the band had posted on its Facebook page on 1 April.


Also read: How an interview with Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters in London made us celebrities back home


Other initiatives

Pink Floyd isn’t the only music band offering free concerts during the coronavirus pandemic. Other iconic bands like Radiohead and Metallica have also been sharing full-length concerts to help fans overcome this grim period.

On Easter Sunday, opera singer Andrea Bocelli’s live concert ‘Music for Hope’ that was shot at the deserted Duomo di Milano in Italy broke world records with 35 million people viewing the 30-minute performance.

In an attempt to help frontline healthcare workers, Global Citizen is also hosting a virtual concert series on 18 April (Saturday). Called ‘One World: Together At Home‘, it will have artistes playing from across the world for a global audience.

All funds raised in this concert will go to the World Health Organization’s Solidarity Response Fund to help fight the coronavirus pandemic. The lists of artistes who will perform include Andrea Bocelli, Billie Eilish and Billie Joe Armstrong, among others.

The concert will be hosted by Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, and Stephen Colbert. Bollywood actors Shah Rukh Khan and Priyanka Chopra have also pledged to join the initiative.


Also read: ‘The Wall’ cemented Pink Floyd’s fame – but destroyed the band


 

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  1. Pink Floyd guitarist Roger Waters… You might need to verify your sources. Waters did play the guitar on a couple of songs, but in order, Pink Floyd guitarists were Bob Klose, Syd Barrett and David Gilmour/David Gilmore/Dave Gilmour (the spelling differs on early albums). But that’s not all. Waters has been a member of Pink Floyd, as he co-founded it, but he hasn’t been a member ever since the 80s, although he played alongside them for the Live8. And, as a fan, I find it insulting that after what he said in an interview in the past few days, you’d use his picture to symbolise Pink Floyd when either Gilmour or even better, Nick Mason would have been much more representative of the actual band, as it survives nowadays. Now, I’m not shocked that people might not know everything about the band, but publishing anything in an article would at least require a simple wiki search… Which obviously wasn’t even done. Please, verify the info you’re publishing, before maybe causing certain disputes amongst a certain group of people (there’re quite often fights over the Waters vs Gilmour topic, but one thing’s for sure, neither is Waters the guitarist, or is he a member of the band anymore, and would have a hard time joining them again after what he did or said throughout the years).

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