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Pink Floyd plaque unveiled for 50th anniversary

Roger Waters and Nick Mason yesterday attended the unveiling of a plaque to mark the 50th anniversary of Pink Floyd’s formation.

The Regent Street Heritage Plaque has been added to the wall of Regent Street Polytechnic – now part of the University of Westminster – where Waters, Mason and Rick Wright studied in 1965 as they began their climb towards musical success.

But the pair admitted their early years weren’t their best. Mason said: “Put it like this, if we’d gone up for Britain’s Got Talent, I don’t think we would have made it past the audition stage. We weren’t terribly good.”

Waters added: “We were effing awful!”

The band are the subject of the second-ever Regent Street Heritage Plaque, after the first was hung on Heddon Street to mark the location used for the cover of David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust album.

Floyd last year released final album The Endless River. David Gilmour, who didn’t join the band until 1967, is currently working on a solo album and he’ll tour in the autumn.

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Martin Kielty

Not only is one-time online news editor Martin an established rock journalist and drummer, but he’s also penned several books on music history, including SAHB Story: The Tale of the Sensational Alex Harvey Band (opens in new tab), a band he once managed, and the best-selling Apollo Memories (opens in new tab) about the history of the legendary and infamous Glasgow Apollo. Martin has written for Classic Rock and Prog and at one time had written more articles for Louder than anyone else (we think he's second now). He’s appeared on TV and when not delving intro all things music, can be found travelling along the UK’s vast canal network.