Pink Floyd Interstellar Overdrive Live January 27, 1967 UFO Club, London https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oV5rDUhXzBc On Sat 22 July 1967 they finished a short tour in the north of Scotland… they decided that they needed larger venues after seeing the modest Two Red Shoes dancefloor.
Several of the ’60s “beat” bands who performed in the north of Scotland were creating “psychedelic” style music in the late ’60s [notably Pink Floyd, Moody Blues, Yardbirds, Cream, Small Faces, Status Quo, The Pretty Things, The Hollies, and The Beatles. However, The Pink Floyd with Syd Barrett who were pioneers of psychedelic music who influenced several other bands at the time. Before their 3 performances in Scotland July ’67, they had gained a reputation around London having headlined for the “14 Hour Technicolour Dream” [April ’67] which was attended by John Lennon and Paul McCartney and followed by the “International Love-In Festival” [July ’67] also at Alexandra Palace in with musical compositions featured on The Piper at the Gates album [released August ’67]. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OVrembZ7dVE Summer of Love London
Pink Floyd/See Emily Play https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6HFknUsh9E The Moody Blues/Night in White Satin https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9muzyOd4Lh8 The Beatles Tommorow Never Knows https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zd61M256RfM The Beatles Moody Blues Pink Floyd https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLB09F845F46DC9A87 Psychedelicized Radio http://radiotuna.com/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pink_Floyd http://unclejoe.com/recGuide/Moodies.html. “One of the most commercially successful and influential rock bands of all time was Pink Floyd, selling over 200 million albums worldwide. With their progressive and psychedelic rock music, they were known for their philosophical lyrics, audio experimentation, innovative album art, and their ornate live shows.” http://sixtiesbeat.blogspot.co.uk/2011/05/heavy-second-wave.html The Pink Floyd performed at The Two Red Shoes 20 July 1967 and also at The Ballerina Ballroom and The Beach Ballroom in Aberdeen when the band came to the north of Scotland. Allan Cameron: ‘Nairn in Scotland 1967 Ballerina Ballroom, so loud the vocals couldn’t be heard, the audience moved well back from the stage unappreciative of the barrage of sound assaulting their ears & chanted “Gino, Gino ” for Gino Washington who was playing the following week. I’d never heard such exciting music before so was hooked & bought both Barrett’s & all Floyd’s recordings as time went on’. A friend also relayed a memory of going to a party in Aberdeen ’67 and members of The Pink Floyd were there. There was a lot of frivolity with alcohol and pot but had noticed on the band members on a sofa chair reading a book. He then realized that he wasn’t engrossed in the publication since he was holding the book upside-down! I’ve also heard about Elgin’s Two Red Shoes losing its liquor licence [around ’67] resulting in some having their drinks down the street before the shows which meant loss of revenue besides occasional disorderly conduct (like the time Eric Clapton was booed during a performance with Cream). Besides boisterous behaviour, it became more difficult to get up and coming acts to play the smaller venues in Scotland as British pop music industry was becoming more lucrative and attracting attention in abroad. From ‘Syd Barrett: Lost in the Woods’ by Julian Palacios (Plexus, 2009): The Pink Floyd embarked on a long drive to Scotland for a string of one-nighters across the Highlands. They piled into a car at Great Yarmouth at darkest night on Wednesday and drove through the night and the next morning and afternoon to arrive near Elgin at a seaside hotel in Lossiemouth at 4pm. Snatch a few hours’ sleep, order horses for the following morning’s riding, check the local fishing scene and inquire about a round at the local golf club. Disc & Music Echo reported the Pink Floyd were ‘…four unpretentious, easy going, and unaffected boys. Roger Waters, quiet and seemingly cultured, Syd Barrett, quiet and seemingly shy, Rick Wright, and Nick Mason.’ Waters said, ‘I suppose it’s odd, us being up here when we’ve got a big hit going. Still we’re staying up here a couple of nights. Be a break really. No, the hotel people don’t mind our clothes and hair. Think they’d be a bit disappointed if we didn’t turn up in fancy dress.’ Barrett sat on the heath outside with the reporter and said he ‘loved fairy tales and outrageous clothes, and believed in total freedom’. He said he ‘hated to impede or criticize others and hates others to impede or criticize [him].’ Syd stated he ‘didn’t care about money, and wasn’t worried about the future’. He told the interviewer he was ‘a gypsy at heart’ and enjoyed talking to people: ‘I find everyone has something of interest to say.’ Syd said he enjoyed listening to Bob Dylan, Donovan, the Rolling Stones and the Beatles. Then off to a gig at the Two Red Shoes Ballroom, where locals mixed uneasily with squaddies from the nearby RAF base. The band were billed on posters for the gig as ‘the group that brings its own lighting to set the scene oscillating and vibrating with way out sets!’ They played ‘See Emily Play’ under duress on the smallest stage they had yet played on. Roger Waters groused, ‘Terrible stage. We’re going to give up ballroom gigs. Conditions are so bad. We’d like to set up in a big tent, circus style, and take our show around the country.’ The Pink Floyd performed in Scotland several times. The following was their itinerary in the north of Scotland: 1967-07-20 – Pink Floyd – The Red Shoes Ballroom – Elgin – Scotland 1967-07-21 – Pink Floyd – Ballerina Ballroom (Nairn) – Nairn – Scotland 1967-07-22 – Pink Floyd – The Beach Ballroom – Aberdeen – Scotland 1968-12-11 – Pink Floyd – Saint Andrews University – St Andrews – Scotland Syd Barrett was still with the band during their early tour. Here’s an early Pink Floyd video with Syd Barrett from October that year. “One of Syd Barrett’s unreleased (but much-bootlegged) songs with Pink Floyd – recorded during the latter days of his membership in the band – October 1967, right before he went completely off the rails. You can hear that in this song.” https://beatpatrol.wordpress.com/2008/09/01/pink-floyd-vegetable-man-unreleased-1967/