With their elaborate live performances and a unique sonic innovation which led to the creation of some of the most recognisable moments in contemporary music, Pink Floyd have taken their place in history as one of the most influential and important acts of all time.

The band’s history at the Royal Albert Hall is a fascinating one and has continued into the 21st century with huge solo performances by member David Gilmour.

We’ve gone back through the archives to find out the full story of their historic performances here and have uncovered everything from roaming gorillas and lifetime bans, and cameos from Hendrix and Bowie:

1966/1967: Syd Barrett era

Before David Gilmour joined the band in 1968, Pink Floyd performed at the Hall on two occasions.

Their debut appearance came on 12 December 1966 as part of an Oxfam benefit concert. They returned the following year on 14 November 1967 to support Jimi Hendrix on his UK tour, joining the likes of The Move, The Amen Corner and The Nice on an impressive line-up of the biggest names in psychedelic rock.

Poster: Pink Floyd and Jimi Hendrix at the Royal Albert Hall, 1967)

By the time of the Hendrix tour, guitarist Syd Barrett’s behaviour had become increasingly erratic and unpredictable. On what would be his last tour with the band, he was often replaced by guitarist David O’List from The Nice.

Shortly after the tour, David Gilmour joined Pink Floyd as cover for the struggling guitarist – later becoming a full-time member of the band following Barrett’s eventual departure.

1969/1970: Gorillas, organ solos and a ‘lifetime ban’

Pink Floyd’s first Hall appearance with Gilmour came on 26 June 1969, during a period of great change for the venue. The musical revolution of the 60s resulted in new genres, and consequentially new audiences, occupying a Victorian concert hall more accustomed to choral and classical performances.

Adapting to the cultural, technical and behavioural changes that came with the new music trends was often problematic for the Hall, and had in previous years led to an attempt by venue management to cancel a planned appearance by The Beatles and would later see a Frank Zappa concert pulled at short notice due to his controversial lyrics.

Pink Floyd programme, 1969)

This Pink Floyd concert, dubbed ‘The Final Lunacy’, was the culmination of the band’s The Man and The Journey UK tour and is considered as one of the band’s most experimental concerts. The evening saw exploding cannons, keyboardist Richard Wright constructing furniture on stage, and even featured a crew member dressed as a gorilla roaming the audience.

At the end of the show the band let off a huge pink smoke bomb, an action which was considered too extreme by the Hall’s Council. They promptly handed Pink Floyd a ‘lifetime ban’ from the venue.

‘The Final Lunacy’ was recently revived by the news that a recording of Wright rehearsing his solo on the Hall’s Grand Organ for the concert made its way onto Pink Floyd’s 2014 album, The Endless River.

The band’s ban appears to have been forgotten by venue management as quickly as it was enforced, as the band returned to the Hall just under 8 months later for a concert on 7 February 1970. To much relief from the Royal Albert Hall staff, this concert passed without any controversial incidents!

David Gilmour: Remember That Night

Aside from a brief performance at a Chelsea Arts Club Ball in October 1992 and a special guest appearance with Jools Holland at the 2004 Teenage Cancer Trust season, it would be some 36 years until David Gilmour would return to perform at the Hall, during which time Pink Floyd had risen to become one of the most influential and commercially successful groups of all time, before eventually splitting in 1994.

He returned in memorable style with three solo headline concerts from 29-31 May 2006 as part of a world tour celebrating the release of On an Island, his first solo album in 22 years.

Immortalised on the live recording Remember That Night, Gilmour presented work from the album as well as favourites and rarities from Pink Floyd’s back-catalogue.

Over the three nights, Gilmour was joined by a host of special guests, including David Crosby, Graham Nash, Richard Wright, Soft Machine’s Robert Wyatt and the legendary David Bowie.

Rattle That Lock

David Gilmour made a spectacular return to the Hall on 23 September 2015 for the first of five concerts at the venue to celebrate the release of his follow-up album, Rattle That Lock.

_David Gilmour at the Royal Albert Hall. Photo: Christie Goodwin_)

As ever, Gilmour presented a spectacular lighting and visual presentation designed especially to fit the venue, on an evening made all the more special having come on the same day that the album had hit No. 1 in the UK Album Chart.

Flanked once again by Crosby and Nash, Gilmour treated the packed auditorium to songs from across his revered back-catalogue, from classic Floyd material to favourites from his solo releases.

This article was last updated on 16 February 2016