Footage of Pink Floyd performing at ABC Television’s American Bandstand Show during their 1967 US Tour has been colorised.
The band had been stateside, promoting their debut album The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, when they were invited to perform at the show. This was hosted by Dick Clark.
This performance has been colorised, frame by frame by a Swedish artists known as Artist On The Border. This breathes new life to Pink Floyd’s mannered performance.
“I started the project in February 2021″, the Swedish artist said. “It ended on the 30th of December 2021. I’m not doing this again, like this”.
Check it out for yourselves below.
“a different headspace”
This tour also saw Pink Floyd being invited to stay with the Alice Cooper Band. They stayed at the group’s shared apartment at Beethoven Street in Venice Beach.
“The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn was already a mainstay of our listening”, Cooper said back in 2020.
“We totally got it, because it was like us, so weird and left-field – we didn’t think anyone else knew who they were. I remember that Glenn Buxton, our guitar player, really bonded with Syd Barrett, because they both used to play guitar through an Echoplex unit: they’d sit in Glenn’s room and get high and play guitar together all night”.
Alice Cooper also revealed that Syd Barrett was struggling with mental health issues. These issues subsequently cost him a place in the band.
“Syd was in a different headspace”, he said. “One night he got onstage, strummed one single chord, and got a shock from his guitar and mic: he stood there like a statue for an hour while the other guys just played around him”.
Cooper continued, “I remember one morning I walked into the kitchen and Syd was sitting with a box of cornflakes in front of him, laughing, and he goes, ‘This is really cool, watch them!’” Cooper continues. “I’d no idea what he was talking about, there was nothing to see, but he was so high that he thought that the cornflakes were putting on a little show for him, singing and dancing, and he was having the best time watching them, he thought it was the most entertaining thing on the planet. I left the room and I could hear him laughing to himself for ages. At that point, I kinda had the feeling that he may be on the way to losing his mind…”.
In more recent times, it emerged that the 12 live Pink Floyd albums would be made available from streaming services.
These cover the band’s first three years of the 1970s. More on that here.