Steven Van Zandt Says He’s Not A Fan Of Post Syd Barrett Era Pink Floyd

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Steven Van Zandt recently responded to a fan who asked him his favorite Pink Floyd song and admitted that he didn’t like the band’s music efforts after Syd Barrett’s departure.

Formed in 1965 by Syd Barrett, Nick Mason, Roger Waters, and Richard Wright, Pink Floyd rose to prominence as one of the first psychedelic bands in the UK. Barrett took over the leadership after the band’s formation and contributed to the band with his enthusiastic and experimental approach.

With Syd Barrett, Pink Floyd recorded four singles, their debut album ‘The Piper at the Gates of Dawn,’ and some parts of their second album, ‘A Saucerful of Secrets.’ However, the musician struggled with addiction then, and his behavior changed significantly. Initially, Barrett developed severe mental issues and couldn’t cooperate with the band.

As Barrett’s condition grew worse, the band reached a crisis point. As a result, Barrett left in April 1968, and David Gilmour joined as the new member. Waters became the band leader during his tenure within the band, and Pink Floyd released several hit albums under his leadership, such as ‘Wish You Were Here’ and ‘The Dark Side of the Moon.’

In a recent tweet, one of his fans told Steven Van Zandt that they were going to see Roger Waters perform. The fan also asked the guitarist about his favorite Pink Floyd song. Van Zandt responded by saying he liked the Barrett-era songs before Waters took over. The guitarist also said he is not a fan, but it’s unclear whether he’s not a fan of Waters or the Waters-led era’s Pink Floyd songs.

One of his fans asked Steven Van Zandt the following in a tweet:

“Stevie! We are going to see Roger Waters tonight! What is your favorite Pink Floyd song?”

Van Zandt then responded:

“The Syd Barrett songs before he took over. I’m not a fan.”

You can check out the tweets below.