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When did Syd Barrett leave the band?

“When did Syd leave?”

[Thanks to Jon Rosenberg and Ray O’Hara]:

Shortly after New Years, 1968 (probably the 5th or 6th of January) David Gilmour was asked to join Pink Floyd. The original intent was for Dave to “shadow” Syd on stage, stepping in to cover for him whenever necessary. This didn’t last very long, though. The band played as a five-piece for about four shows before deciding that they could do well enough without Syd. So one night, on the way to a gig, they simply didn’t pick him up.

The band’s first performance as a five-piece was Aston University, on January 12th. Following that, they played

Weston Super Mare 13 Jan
Lewes Sussex 19 Jan
Hastings Sussex 20 Jan

The next show, at Southampton University on January 26th, was the one Syd was not picked up for. Following this, the band hoped to keep Syd on as a songwriter, but have Gilmour be their performing guitarist. But Syd’s songwriting efforts (notably “Have You Got It Yet?”) seemed destined for commercial failure, and the rest of the band didn’t agree with his plan to add banjo and sax players to the group. So it was decided, on March 2, to break up the management partnership of Blackhill Enterprises, and Syd was thus formally and officially out of the group. The press wasn’t informed until April 6th.

4 comments on the “When did Syd Barrett leave the band?” page

  1. March 22nd, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    nick mason

    i wish syd never left. most people hat epink floyd with syd barrett, but i think they kick ass with him. to bad syd had to over dose it too. rip syd barrett

  2. June 25th, 2012 at 12:21 pm


    this is kind of sad. I really liked them with Syd and I like their other things too.

  3. June 4th, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    Steve Rosiak

    I do agree that eventually there had to be a change at the helm where Syd was concerned but the way they went about it was terrible just not pickin him up for a gig. WOW!!! Im especially surprised at waters who was supposedly his best friend to go about it this way but i guess money came before this friendship huh!?

  4. August 3rd, 2016 at 8:45 am

    Karl Carpenter

    While I love Syd, comments like those of Steve Rosiak are just silly, it was well documented that he had become a liability on stage and was not in a state to play, it had nothing to do about “money coming before friendship” if you have someone on stage who is disrupting the show or not contributing there is only one thing that is going to happen in the end.

    There is no way the situation could have continued, yes it is very sad but see it from the other band members point of view as opposed to some over dramatic imagined tale of betrayal, Syd destroyed himself and was mentally ill, I wish everybody would get over it and stop pointing the blame at the band members. Now who was it who helped him make sure that The Madcap Laughs was finished so the project was not cancelled, who helped him put Barrett together………………… oh it was he other members of Floyd, why is no one mentioning that ?????


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