A Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) gold record for Pink Floyd’s “The Dark Side of the Moon” recently sold for $25,000.
The record, signifying $1 million in sales and once owned by Floyd’s Rick Wright, was sold at auction by Nate D. Sanders Auctions in Los Angeles. Minimum bid for the item was $20,000. The winner’s identity was not made public.
The framed record included a letter of authenticity from Wright’s first wife, Franka.
Wright’s platinum RIAA album for “The Wall” sold in 2005 for more than $40,000.
Starting with its inception in 1958, an album’s gold status was determined by $1 million in sales. That criterion was later amended to also require 500,000 units sold.
Album platinum status, created in 1976, indicates 1 million units sold.
One of the best-selling records in history, “Dark Side,” ironically, only achieved platinum status in 1990, because it was released three years before the platinum designation.
On June 4, 1998, the RIAA certified it 15× platinum.
Fathom Events offered a similar arrangement for “Roger Waters The Wall” in September 2015. Also originally billed as a “one-night only” affair, in that case, an additional screening was added immediately after the first one concluded.
We’ve posted online last week’s interview with Pierre Dufour, General Director, of Productions Opera Concept MP in Montreal.
Pierre spoke with us about his production of “Another Brick in the Wall,” an opera based on Pink Floyd’s “The Wall.” The show runs through tonight at Place Des Arts in Montreal, and will come to Cincinnati in 2018.
Last night in Montreal, “Floydian Slip” attended the premiere of “Another Brick in the Wall,” a new opera based on Pink Floyd’s “The Wall.”
The crowd outside the entrance of Place Des Arts‘ Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier theater grew steadily as we approached the 7:30 curtain time. Two or three television camera crews were there reporting on-scene, likely adding to the crowd as passers-by stopped to see what the commotion was.
Roger Waters arrived about 15 minutes before the performance and posed for photos with other production personnel on the red carpet. Inside, Waters sat in the center of the audience, receiving a standing ovation when we was acknowledged from the stage during pre-show announcements.
We enjoyed the show, and imagine other Floyd fans — opera beginners, like us, or otherwise — would, too.
The Abbey Road mixing console Pink Floyd used when making its seminal 1973 album “The Dark Side of the Moon” will be auctioned off this month.
Auction firm Bonhams will place the item on the block March 27 as part of its “TCM Presents … Rock and Roll Through the Lens” sale.
The console, a custom-built EMI TG12345 MK IV pulled from Abbey Road studio two, was used between 1971 and 1983. In addition to Floyd, the console was used by artists such as Paul McCartney and Wings, George Harrison, Ringo Starr and Kate Bush.
It still works, and comes with a letter of provenance from Ken Townsend, former Abbey Road Studio Manager.
The console will be on view at Bonhams Knightsbridge March 19 until the auction and is expected to easily fetch a “significant” six-figure price.
Finding the space for it in your rec room is your problem.