Pink Floyd memorabilia from Sydney in 1971. Can anyone help?

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I am looking for some photos (any photos in any condition etc) of Pink Floyd performing at Randwick Racecourse in 1971. I already have the GTK footage (including the backstage interview and the Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun promo etc). I am seriously hopeing someone out there took some photos of the band performing on August 15 1971 or any other memorabilia from the show for that matter. Thanks.

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Wasn't their show in Melbourne on 13th September 1971 the first Australian show :) ?

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Yes, Melbourne on the 13\8\1971 was their first Australian show. I am after photos etc from their 2nd show which was performed in Sydney on 15\8\1971. It was an afternoon gig played outdoors in freezing conditions as it was the middle of winter at the time.

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My point is, 8 in your dates stands for August, while the first show was in September, which is 9. So I assume the Sydney show was in September, right :) ?

I'll try to help you, though I simply am after this correction :)

How about this


Some comments on the whole tour leg, including the Sydney show
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All that I could Google for now.

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Moom, first show was on 13/8/1971 - Mellbourne. Two days later PF performed in Sydney 15/8/1971.

Pink Floyd - 1971-08-13 - Melbourne, Australia

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Pink Floyd first performed in Australia on Friday 13th August 1971, at Melbourne Festival Hall, and on Sunday 15th August at Randwick Racecourse in Sydney.

The Melbourne Festival Hall is renowned for its poor sound, but the Floyd along with their quad sound were able to overcome the hall's shortcomings. The hall was only about half full owing to almost non-existant promotion. At both concerts Pink Floyd were supported by other bands, a very rare occurrence indeed! Pirana came on first and played for one hour followed by Lindsay Bourke. Both bands were well below the Floyd standard of extreme freeform improvisation.

After a ten minute break (9:30pm approx), Pink Floyd came on stage and Roger announced "Good evening. This is called Atom Heart Mother". They then went into a sixteen minute non-orchestrated performance of the piece. After a minute or so of tuning up, Roger announced, "We're just going to retune then we're going to do two things together. The first of which is a song from the soundtrack from the film More, which I hear was banned over here, and it's called Green Is The Colour. And the second is an instrumental called Careful With That Axe, Eugene". Both songs together lasted fourteen and a half minutes. This was either the last, or the penultimate, performance of Green Is The Colour (I'm not sure if it was played in Sydney).

After that, Roger said "This next thing is a new piece, and it's called Echoes. And it's going to take us a minute or two to get it together because one of our lenses has burnt out". This was the first time it was announced as "Echoes" (and lasted twenty two minutes), but it still had the alternate lyrics for the first verse and chorus, and the quick ending without the multi-tracked choir as at the Montreaux 1971 gig.

The band then played a twelve and a half minute Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun without announcing it. They then played an eleven minute Cymbaline before Roger proclaimed "Okay. This is going to be our last tune. Thank you all for coming. It's called A Saucerful Of Secrets and we'll see you again some time". Unfortunately the original tape ran out after five and a half minutes into Saucerful. The show was recorded about fifty yards from the stage using a Sony TC80 mono portable cassette recorder, smuggled in a schoolbag, and a normal position BASF cassette (chrome wasn't available in 1971)

01. Atom Heart Mother (16:09)
02. Green Is The Colour (4:04)
03. Careful With That Axe, Eugene (10:56)
04. Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun (12:48)
05. Echoes (22:10)
06. Cymbaline (11:08)

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jtull, I know, and I have that boot, but the guy wants Sydney.

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Sorry to appear rude, but "THE GUY" does indeed want photos etc from sydney on August 15 1971 . I am not sure moom why you keep thinking that Pink Floyd played in sydney in september of 1971 when it was without a doubt August.

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I'm sorry if my language has insulted you. That was never intended. I hope you stay on the forum :)


Ah wait, now I got it... I mistook this thing - I thought the shows were in september. Sorry, my bad.

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pinksmile wrote:I am looking for some photos (any photos in any condition etc) of Pink Floyd performing at Randwick Racecourse in 1971. I already have the GTK footage (including the backstage interview and the Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun promo etc). I am seriously hopeing someone out there took some photos of the band performing on August 15 1971 or any other memorabilia from the show for that matter. Thanks.
Hello pinksmile, I found the taper of melbourne 71 nearly 20yrs ago (I wrote the article quoted by jtull), I had the GTK segment With interview on vhs again nearly 20yrs ago...

however SYDNEY has remained elusive...

Have you found any information yet? As shown in the footage there are a few cameras and looks like there should be another Film portion in existence. From Mr Butler I received the GTK and it was from umatic from ABC and there does not appear to be any unused or excerpt footage in the archives JUST the 8min45sec Axe, Int, Sun.

Would be interested in anything you find. I only have info on the Melbourne show.

I think the only Sydney thing around is the advertisement that appeared in Jon Rosenbergs "A Journey Through Time and Space with Pink Floyd".

My melbourne cassette has the ad from melbourne and ticket stub...

I just realised I have never seen a TICKET from sydney... just numerous melbourne tickets...

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Since no other replies here is photo of everyone at Melbourne Airport 11th August 1971.

Good Luck finding Sydney stuff!

Here is a review of the SYDNEY CONCERT.

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I, too, attended the Sydney show
in question, in 1971. Unfortunately it was a very poor show, and the
author above is right in blaming the organisers... it was not at all
the fault of the band.
There was a gale force wind
blowing across the audience and the band was huddled together on a
small, makeshift stage that barely contained their equipment. The
sound, that we the audience heard, was just a loud din, barely
recognisable as music. I can still remember the look of frustration and
distress on David Gilmour and Roger Waters faces as they tried to make
the best of the appalling conditions. I made up for it, however, by
seeing them again, under ideal circumstances this time, whilst visiting
the UK some years later. This later show remains one of the main
highlights of my more than thirty years of concert going.
Please understand, though, I was
only thirteen years old at the time, and had not yet developed any
sense of the importance of what I was witnessing on that day in 1971.
However, even as a boy, I was quite perceptive and able to recognise
the fact that the problems of that afternoon were not of the bands'
making.
What also surprised me was the
small size of the crowd. I don't know the exact numbers but it couldn't
have been more than four or five thousand people. That, and the "host",
"on-stage announcer", call him what you will, pleading with the crowd,
"Please, people, The Pink Floyd are perfectionists!". This, in response
to the moans and groans from the audience about the delays in getting
the show started.

-- The above was written in response and in addition to my original article --

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Great stuff, karmania!! :D

Is that Steve in the middle on the photo :) ?

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Pictures of a Mellbourne concert poster and ticket:

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Nick's eyes in the above picture looks like he's 'on' something. lol

Also, is it me or does David looks somewhat um... effeminate? His girly smile and eyes as well as the way he was sitting with the legs crossed. LOL. :lol: (not that there's anything wrong with that).

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jtull wrote:Pictures of a Mellbourne concert poster and ticket:

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The flyer is from the newspaper - I cannot recall ever seeing actual Posters for the gig... Rock Concert Club were not very good at promoting bands... Just good at promoting Rock Concert Club itself... I have somewhere photocopies of these items from the originals - Just missing the 10" circular purple promo sheet about the RCC that was on the seats at the gig!

The ticket is M--- P------'s, that is, the man who taped the concert and the ticket is the actual seat where Melbourne show was taped.

And I was just testing on the photo - It is not Steve O'Rourke, not me, but Australian Gary Mac of Go-Set Newspaper.

Hope this thread comes up with anything else from Sydney!

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