Ten years ago, the world lost one of its most talented songwriters in Syd Barrett. The lost leader of Pink Floyd slowly lost his grip on reality, eventually being forced to leave the band after giving the world Piper At The Gates Of Dawn in 1967. While Pink Floyd led a thoroughly successful career without Syd Barrett, their entire ethos was inspired by him. As they grew in popularity, they eventually retraced their roots and put out Wish You Were Here, an ode to their former champion.As the story goes, the band had not seen Syd Barrett since the 1960s, but they were working on a new album in 1975 that subtly paid tribute to him and his legacy. While they were recording the song “Shine On You Crazy Diamond,” Barrett himself made an impromptu appearance in the studio with a completely shaven head and eyebrows. He was almost unrecognizable, and his unintelligible conversation drove Roger Waters to tears.This story becomes relevant, as Barrett unfortunately passed away in July of 2006. Naturally, the music world was hit hard by the loss, as Barrett was the spiritual foundation for all psychedelic art rock. The String Cheese Incident would pay tribute to the late great Barrett in a performance at the Radio City Music Hall in NYC, played on this date exactly ten years ago. There, with saxophonist Kenny Brooks, the band broke out into a tremendous version of “Shine On You Crazy Diamond.” The crazy diamond, of course, was Syd Barrett, and his legacy did indeed shine on that night.Listen to the whole show recording, which also includes a crazy “I Know You Rider” featuring all of Ratdog, streaming below. Audio is provided courtesy of taper Tony S.
All aboard! Additional casting has been announced for the new Broadway revival of the classic tuner On the Twentieth Century, starring Tony winner Kristin Chenoweth and Peter Gallagher. Mamie Parris (Wicked), Preston Truman Boyd (Bullets Over Broadway) and more will appear in the Roundabout Theatre Company production, which will begin performances on February 12, 2015 and play a limited engagement through July 5. Opening night is set for March 12 at the American Airlines Theatre.Joining Parris and Boyd in the ensemble will be Phillip Attmore (After Midnight), Justin Bowen (Chaplin the Musical), Paula Leggett Chase (Bye Bye Birdie), Ben Crawford (Les Miserables), Jenifer Foote (Follies), Bahiyah Hibah (Chicago), Kevin Ligon (Bullets Over Broadway), Erica Mansfield (Pippin), James Moye (Bullets Over Broadway), Linda Mugleston (Cinderella), Andy Taylor (Once), Jim Walton (The Mystery of Edwin Drood) and Richard Riaz Yoder (White Christmas). Rick Faugno, Drew King and Analisa Leaming will be making their Broadway debuts in the production.Directed by Scott Ellis, with a book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green and music by Cy Coleman, On the Twentieth Century follows a down-and-out Broadway producer named Oscar Jaffe (Gallagher), who struggles to convince his former muse and lover, Lily Garland (Chenoweth), now a successful film actress, to return to Broadway in a (non-existent) epic drama about Mary Magdalene. While dealing with Lily Garland’s jealous new lover and a religious fanatic aboard a luxury train, Oscar hopes he can lure her back to the stage and salvage his sinking career.The original Broadway production was directed by Hal Prince and opened in February 1978 at the St. James Theatre. The musical received five Tony Awards, including Best Book of a Musical and Best Original Score.The cast will also feature the previously reported Andy Karl, Mark Linn-Baker, Michael McGrath and Mary Louise Wilson. On The Twentieth Century View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on July 19, 2015 Related Shows Star Files Kristin Chenoweth