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Saturday, July 4, 2009

(The Day Before) Yesterday's Gig

On July 2 1967, The Pink Floyd played the Digbeth Civic Hall in Birmingham, Warwickshire (billed as Midnight City)

Syd Barrett (on whether he had taken too much LSD): "Well, I don't know, it doesn't seem to have much to do with the job. I only know the thing of playing, of being a musician, was very exciting. Obviously, one was better off with a silver guitar with mirrors and things all over it than people who ended up on the floor or anywhere else in London. The general concept, I didn't feel so conscious of it as perhaps I should. I mean, one's position as a member of London's young people's (I don't know what you'd call it, underground wasn't it?) wasn't necessarily realised and felt, I don't think, especially from the point of view of groups. I remember at UFO, one week one group, then another week another group, going in and out, making that set-up, and I didn't think it was as active as it could've been. I was really surprised that UFO finished. Joe Boyd did all the work on it and I was really amazed when he left. What we were doing was a microcosm of the whole sort of philosophy and it tended to be a little bit cheap. The fact that the show had to be put together; the fact that we weren't living in luxurious places with luxurious things around us. I think I would always advocate that sort of thing, the luxurious life. It's probably because I don't do much work. It was all, I suppose, related to living in London. I was lucky enough...I've always thought of going back to a place where you can drink tea and sit on the carpet. I've been fortunate enough to do that. All that've just reminded me of it. I thought it was good fun."


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