Fallon plans Pink Floyd-themed shows

Sept. 23, 2011 at 10:17 PM
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NEW YORK, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- U.S. talk show "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" is devoting a week of episodes to the work of the British rock band Pink Floyd, NBC said.

Each night next week, featured artists such as The Shins, Foo Fighters, MGMT, Dierks Bentley and Pearl Jam will pay tribute to Pink Floyd's rock 'n' roll legacy by performing classic songs from the band's catalog.

Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason will be interviewed on Monday's edition of the show, while vocalist/bassist Roger Waters is to appear as a guest Tuesday. Waters is also to perform "In The Flesh" with the Foo Fighters.

"Pink Floyd is one of the most influential and commercially successful rock bands of all time," NBC said in a news release Thursday. "Despite having ceased recording and touring, the band continues to inspire new generations of listeners with such genre-defining albums as 'The Dark Side of the Moon,' 'The Wall' and 'Wish You Were Here.'"

The tribute week on "Jimmy Fallon" is timed to the Tuesday start of Pink Floyd's "Why Pink Floyd?" campaign with EMI. The campaign includes the release of the band's 14 remastered studio albums, a boxed 16-CD "Discovery" collection of the albums and two expanded editions of "The Dark Side of the Moon," including a 6-disc boxed set with extensive previously unreleased audio and video content, NBC said.

On Nov. 8, "Wish You Were Here" will also be released in two expanded editions, along with a new collection, "A Foot In The Door -- The Best Of Pink Floyd." The campaign will continue with the Feb. 28 release of "The Wall" in two expanded editions.

Pink Floyd performed and recorded from 1965 to 1996, with a reunion in 2005. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.

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