Thursday, December 17, 2020

Rock News Artist Of The Year No. 1: PINK FLOYD

As part of the 2020 hennemusic Rock News Awards, the daily news site is counting down the Top 10 Rock News stories of the past year.

Finalists for the 11th annual hennemusic Rock News Awards are chosen by readers: the Rock News Story Of The Year is determined by page views, while the Rock News Artist Of The Year is based on the combined total page views of the top 50 hennemusic rock news stories of the past twelve months.

Today we unveil the No. 1 hennemusic Rock News Artist Of The Year!

2020 Rock News Artist Of The Year – Top 10

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Rock News Artist of The Year No. 1 – PINK FLOYD

Pink Floyd closed out last year with the release of a new 16-disc box set entitled “The Later Years 1987-2019”, which featured remixed and restored material from the era.

In late January, former member Roger Waters announced dates for a summer tour of North America, while drummer Nick Mason’s Saucerful Of Secrets shared details for the planned spring release of “Live At The Roundhouse”, featuring a 2019 performance at the famed London venue.

As the global pandemic kicked in and entire industries were forced to shut down, Mason and his band postponed a spring tour of the UK and Europe, just days before Waters put a hold on his North American summer series.

In April, Pink Floyd announced plans to launch a weekly series of full concert videos online to keep fans engaged during the health crisis; the news went viral on its way to becoming the most-read story in hennemusic history.

A 1994 London show from the band’s Division Bell tour kicked off the series, which also featured their 1972 film “Live At Pompeii”, David Gilmour’s 2016 concert in Pompeii, and “An Hour with Pink Floyd: KQED”, a rare 1970 performance special originally broadcast by a public broadcasting station in San Francisco, CA.

In May, Mason rescheduled a European tour to the spring of 2021 and moved the release of the “Live At The Roundhouse” set to the fall, while Waters shared a new isolation video performance of the 1979 Pink Floyd classic, ”Mother.”

The former Pink Floyd bassist called out Gilmour over his claims that the guitarist has banned mentions of his solo work from the official band website, ahead of the digital release of his 2019 concert film, “Us + Them”, in June.

Pink Floyd continued to stay in touch with fans with the launch of a new “daily evolving playlist” feature in May while Waters delivered a second isolation video performance of the 1983 Pink Floyd rarity, “Two Suns In The Sunset”, the following month.

In July, Gilmour released his first new song in five years; “Yes, I Have Ghosts”, and Mason moved his UK dates to the spring of next year before Waters shared an isolation video performance of a pair of track from “The Wall.”

A planned October worldwide cinema screening of Pink Floyd’s 1988 concert film, “Delicate Sound Of Thunder”, was cancelled ahead of the November release of expanded editions of the live project.

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