Floyd in space
From page 23 of Classic Rock Magazine December 2004
WHEN PINK FLOYD WENT ON TOUR AFTER the settlement with departing founder member Roger Waters, guitarist David Gilmour put a chunk of his considerable fortune on the line.
“Nick [Mason, drummer] and I had to raise an awful lot of money to put this thing together,” Gilmour commented later, adding: “You have to go for broke.”
The resulting live album, ‘Delicate Sound Of Thunder’, released this month, soared to No.11 in both the UK and US charts.
‘Delicate Sound Of Thunder’ also became the first rock album to be played in space. Gilmour and Mason had been present at the launch of the Soviet-French Soyuz 7 mission, and this month the astronauts on board were able to relax by listening to a cassette copy of the album. Appropriate song titles included ‘Learning To Fly’, ‘Round & Around’ and ‘Wish You Were Here’.