On Sep 20, 2008, at 12:30 PM, tEd ® KiLLiAn wrote: > > I was born in 1953 and have been a fan since i bought "Umagumma" as > a brand new double LP at the corner record shop in 1969. > > I picked up on some of their earlier more psychodelic stuff after > that and have bought everything ever since. > > I even find their early soundtrack albums, although weaker > generally, to be still very enjoyable from time to time. > Even some of the Gilmour era "reconstituted" Floyd is pretty darn > good (much like Gilmour's solo efforts). > > News of Richard Wright's departure from this mortal coil was much > to me like news of the death of Hendrix, Morrison, or Lennon. > > The end of an era. > Ted, you've got an notable similarity to me in every word above. Same age (- a year), same album, same feelings. Seeing my 1st Floyd show in March 1973, Dark Side of the Moon changed my life. It changed my aim in life. It had EVERYTHING: True Quadrophonic sound, a great light show, a backdrop film, pyrotechnics! (massive explosion/ mushrooming fireball in "Careful w/ that Axe, Eugene"), Rock guitar, spacey electronics, appealing lyrics/ concept, sexy backup singers. It was very 3 (or maybe 4 or 5) dimensional to me. After 2 years in college I got a synth, got a 4 track reel to reel (w/ sound-on-sound!), & found a girl who'd been a Floyd fan even before me. Tried chasing the band for a few shows on subsequent tours. I always made audience tapes. Got backstage a few times & once gave band members Indian arrowheads (ones I'd found). Rick seemed pleasantly down-to-earth the first time I got to say "hi". They'd just seen "Star Wars" in Cleveland and he loved it . They were about to play to 77,000 fans @ Cleveland's Stadium (with no opening act). It set a new record at the time. The band obviously hit a "Grand Slam" homerun w/ DSOTM. They were my "heroes" for both their sound, and their low-key style. The Live at Pompeii film also showed their sense of humor pretty well. Very Sad to lose him. The music though, remains & continues .... it shines on..... Favorite albums: DSOTM, Wish You Were Here, Obscured by Clouds, Meddle, & all the others.. Scott D.