Pink Floyd is undoubtedly one of the most influential bands in history spanning almost five decades of musical genius. Having sold around 250 million records in the span of their career and playing the best and most elaborate live concerts in history, Pink Floyd is indeed vital to the evolution of modern rock and has spawned countless bands to date. With the release of their conceptual albums such as The Dark Side of the Moon and Wish You Were Here among others, it’s no surprise that Pink Floyd has reached an incredible fan base in France and all over the world. In 1994, Pink Floyd toured France and held two gigs in Montpellier and Bordeaux which was part of the Division Bell Tour and was, at that time, the most successful tour ever by any band raking in over 150 million pounds worldwide.
Enjoying Pink Floyd’s music is not really an acquired taste like French caviar or escargot, but if you appreciate incredible guitar solos and just plain musical greatness, Pink Floyd is definitely on the top tier. With David Gilmour’s majestic riffs and sublime guitar tone and Roger Waters’ steady yet solid bass playing, songs like Echoes, Shine on You Crazy Diamond, The Great Gig in the Sky, Us and Them, Wish You Were Here and Comfortably Numb would make for the best playlist out there. Whether you are relaxing or just having some down time, listening to music has been proven to soothe the soul and heal the mind and spirit and the French know how to appreciate these pleasures in life. France has produced some of the best classical composers out there such as Charles Camille Saint-Saens, Maurice Ravel and of course, Claude Debussy. Another activity that can help you relax is playing online games. If you’re into card games such as poker, you can play Partypoker.fr using its newest android app. You can play anytime and anywhere with its easy to use game interface and interesting game play without the hassle of dressing up and going to a real casino. But if you’re looking for the thrill of live poker, you can join the tables at Lucien Barriere Casino in Cannes.
Dogs and Sheep are some tracks off the Animals album that have some uncanny poker references in it. The lyrics from Dogs “You gotta sleep on your toes, and when you're on the street, you gotta be able to pick out the easy meat with your eyes closed. And then moving in silently, down wind and out of sight, you gotta strike when the moment is right without thinking.” can be referenced to aggressive poker players. While Sheep’s lyrics, “Hopelessly passing your time in the grassland away; only dimly aware of a certain unease in the air. You better watch out, there may be dogs about…” can pertain to passive players. The poker scene in France is slowly but surely evolving with players such as Bertrand Grospellier and David Benyamine who may be the best poker players in the scene right now. Best to check out the European Poker Tour in Deauville and don’t forget to bring your lucky Pink Floyd playing card set.