Thursday, August 27, 2015

Pink Floyd pig up for auction

The giant inflatable pig featured on the cover of Pink Floyd’s 1977 album, “Animals”, is among the items headed to auction next month.

BBC reports the item is among 30 years of work being auctioned by Halesworth, UK-based Air Artists.

The Pink Floyd pig – named Algie – famously halted flights over Heathrow after breaking loose from its moorings over Battersea Power Station during a 1976 photo shoot for the iconic album cover.

The September 15 auction event by Durrants also includes stage props used by AC/DC and the Rolling Stones, among others.

"It's time for someone else to take them for a walk,” says creator Rob Harries. “I'm sad to see them go but they very rarely see the light of day and so I would be quite happy for someone else to take them for a walk.

"The clear-out has been quite cathartic and brought back a lot of memories, but I do feel I've been there and done that now, and it's time to move on."

David Gilmour recently reconfirmed his position that Pink Floyd are finished as a band.

The guitarist initially revealed the news last fall while promoting the release of “The Endless River”, a project billed as a tribute to keyboardist Rick Wright, who died from cancer in 2008 at the age of 65.

Gilmour is now restating the band’s status as he promotes the September 18 release of his fourth solo album, “Rattle That Lock.”

“I'm done with it,” says Gilmour. “I've had 48 years in Pink Floyd - quite a few of those years at the beginning, with Roger (Waters). And those years in what is now considered to be our heyday were 95 per cent musically fulfilling and joyous and full of fun and laughter.

“And I certainly don't want to let the other five per cent color my view of what was a long and fantastic time together. But it has run its course, we are done - and it would be fakery to go back and do it again."

"To do it without Rick would just be wrong,“
added the guitarist.

See also:

AUDIO: David Gilmour covers The Beatles on new compilation
VIDEO: David Gilmour previews 5AM from Rattle That Lock
David Gilmour reconfirms Pink Floyd is over
VIDEO: David Gilmour premieres Rattle That Lock
Search Pink Floyd at hennemusic