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PINK FLOYD LAUNCHES SPECIAL WEBSITE FOR 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF 'DARK SIDE'

3/22/2013

In celebration of the 40th anniversary of Pink Floyd's The Dark Side Of The Moon album, the band has launched a special website, darkside40.pinkfloyd.com. At 7:01 PM ET on Saturday, March 23rd, the site will be streaming the legendary album in its entirety. Floyd fans and followers are "encouraged to send messages and photos related to the album via Twitter using the hashtag #DarkSide40. The tweets will automatically cause a side of a specially-designed moon on the group's website to darken." Running through Sunday (March 24th), the site will feature new variation of the album's iconic cover, which Floyd is planning to use for a downloadable commemorative poster. (Ultimate Classic Rock)

Although David Gilmour is obviously proud of the band's accomplishments, he finds the exploitation of their album's major anniversaries -- like that of The Dark Side Of The Moon -- slightly off-putting: "I hate to be reminded of my album's birthdays, because I just know that the record company and other people are going to want to celebrate it by promoting it again (and) get poor unsuspecting punters (laughs) another copy. It's our pivotal, breakthrough album. How could I not love it, it's just brilliant. It's the point where our career moved into a different gear -- for better and for worse. Our lives changed forever at that point. There was a lot of good, and some bad, that went along with that."

Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters has made no bones about his fierce support of the Palestinians in regards to the two-nation plans for the state of Israel. He spoke about trying to convince other musicians to stay away from country, which remains the only Jewish state in the world, saying, "I think that the kind of boycott that was implemented against the apartheid regime in South Africa back in the day is probably the most effective way to go because the situation is that the Israeli government runs an apartheid regime in Israel, the occupied territories and everywhere else it decides. Let us not forget that they laid waste to most of Lebanon around the time I started getting involved in this issue. They destroyed airports, hospitals, any public buildings they could. They are running riot and it seems unlikely that running over there and playing the violin will have any lasting effect." (Electronicintifada.net)


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