On this day (20 January) 40 years ago, Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon made its first public appearance at The Dome in Brighton.
This was just under a month before the album’s press launch at the Rainbow Theatre in Finsbury Park, five months before its Abbey Road recording started and a full 13 months before its release.
Unfortunately Dark Side’s first breaths needed an asthma pump to get it on the run, because halfway through Money the band’s equipment broke down and the concert had to be stopped.
This meant Portsmouth’s Guildhall saw the first whole performance a day later.
Dark Side is widely considered to be one of the best and greatest albums ever made, selling an estimated 50 million copies worldwide, second only to Michael Jackson’s Thriller.
It has spent over 1,000 weeks in the US Billboard Charts of which 741 of these were successive, the longest run of any album.