Pink Floyd mark 50th anniversary by unveiling plaque at site of band’s formation – watch

Roger Waters and Nick Mason visited the University Of Westminister (formerly London Polytechnic) this week

Pink Floyd have returned to the site of their formation to mark their 50th anniversary as a band.

Founding members Roger Waters and Nick Mason unveiled a plaque at London’s University Of Westminister (formerly Regent Street Polytechnic) on Thursday (May 28), with Mason telling BBC News: “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.” Mason added: “We weren’t terribly good,” to which Waters replied: “We were effing awful.”

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The band formed at the Polytechnic in 1965, initially going by the name Sigma 6, with keyboardist Richard Wright joining the group soon after. Wright died in 2008. David Gilmour did not attend the event because he didn’t join the band until 1967.

Watch a clip of Pink Floyd unveiling a ceremonial plaque to mark their formation below. You can also listen to an interview with Radio 4.

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Last November, Pink Floyd secured their first Number One album since 1995 with new record ‘The Endless River’, beating Foo Fighters’ ‘Sonic Highways’ to the top spot.

At the time of its release, Waters issued an angry statement about his lack of involvement in the album. Writing a message to his fans via Facebook, Waters explained that he had nothing to do with the album and that he was no longer a member of the band, he also told fans hoping for him to rejoin to “get a grip”.

Later, in an interview with The Times, Waters said: “A reunion is out of the question… Life after all gets shorter and shorter the closer you get to the end of it and time becomes more and more precious and in my view should be entirely devoted to doing the things you want to do. One can’t look backwards.”