Pink Floyd In the Flesh Tour (1977)

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The Pink Floyd “In the Flesh” Tour, conducted in 1977, was a significant chapter in the band’s history, known for its ambitious scale, complex performances, and the internal tensions it revealed within the band. This tour was primarily in support of their album “Animals,” released in January 1977. Here are some key aspects of the “In the Flesh” Tour:

  1. Album Promotion: The “In the Flesh” Tour was tied to the promotion of “Animals,” an album that marked a departure towards a more cynical and conceptually unified approach in Pink Floyd’s music. The album was a critique of the socio-political conditions of 1970s Britain and featured extended compositions with darker themes.
  2. Tour Schedule: The tour spanned from January to July 1977, with performances in Europe and North America. It was one of the band’s most extensive tours, reaching a wide range of audiences.
  3. Setlist and Performances: The concerts typically featured most of the “Animals” album, including lengthy pieces like “Dogs” and “Pigs (Three Different Ones).” The band also played songs from “Wish You Were Here” and ended shows with the entire “Dark Side of the Moon” album.
  4. Stage and Sound Production: True to Pink Floyd’s reputation, the tour featured elaborate stage designs, including inflatable props (like the famous giant pig), elaborate lighting, and quadraphonic sound systems. The visual and auditory experience was a significant part of the appeal.
  5. Notable Incidents and Tensions: The “In the Flesh” Tour is perhaps infamously remembered for the rising tensions within the band and between the band and their audience. The most notable incident occurred during a concert at the Olympic Stadium in Montreal, where Roger Waters spat at a fan, an event that later inspired the concept for their next album, “The Wall.”
  6. Impact on the Band: The tour highlighted and perhaps exacerbated the internal strife within Pink Floyd, particularly involving Waters’ dissatisfaction with the stadium rock environment and the perceived disconnection with the audience. These issues would heavily influence the band’s future direction.
  7. Legacy: Despite the internal conflicts, the “In the Flesh” Tour was a critical and commercial success. It is remembered for its powerful performances, technical innovations, and as a turning point in the band’s history, leading to the creation of “The Wall.”

The “In the Flesh” Tour stands as a landmark in Pink Floyd’s career, showcasing their musical prowess and conceptual depth, while also revealing the personal and creative challenges that would shape their future work.

Pink Floyd In the Flesh Tour Dates

1977-01-23 : Westfalenhalle, Dortmund, Germany
1977-01-24 : Westfalenhalle, Dortmund, Germany
1977-01-26 : Festhalle, Frankfurt, Germany
1977-01-27 : Festhalle, Frankfurt, Germany
1977-01-29 : Deutschlandhalle,, Berlin, Germany
1977-01-30 : Deutschlandhalle,, Berlin, Germany
1977-02-01 : Stadthalle, Vienna, Austria
1977-02-03 : Hallenstadion, Zurich, Switzerland
1977-02-04 : Hallenstadion, Zurich, Switzerland
1977-02-17 : Sportpaleis Ahoy, Rotterdam, Netherlands
1977-02-18 : Sportpaleis Ahoy, Rotterdam, Netherlands
1977-02-19 : Sportpaleis Ahoy, Rotterdam, Netherlands
1977-02-20 : Sport Palais Vorst Nationaal, Antwerp, Belgium
1977-02-22 : Pavillion De Paris, Paris, France
1977-02-23 : Pavillion De Paris, Paris, France
1977-02-24 : Pavillion De Paris, Paris, France
1977-02-25 : Pavillion De Paris, Paris, France
1977-02-27 : Olympiahalle, Munich, Germany
1977-02-28 : Olympiahalle, Munich, Germany
1977-03-01 : Olympiahalle, Munich, Germany
1977-03-15 : Empire Pool, London, England
1977-03-16 : Empire Pool, London, England
1977-03-17 : Empire Pool, London, England
1977-03-18 : Empire Pool, London, England
1977-03-19 : Empire Pool, London, England
1977-03-28 : New Bingley Hall, Stafford, England
1977-03-29 : New Bingley Hall, Stafford, England
1977-03-30 : New Bingley Hall, Stafford, England
1977-03-31 : New Bingley Hall, Stafford, England
1977-04-22 : Miami Baseball Stadium, Miami, Florida, USA
1977-04-24 : Tampa Stadium, Tampa, Florida, USA
1977-04-26 : The Omni Coliseum, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
1977-04-28 : Assembly Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA
1977-04-30 : Jeppesen Stadium, Houston, Texas, USA
1977-05-01 : Tarrant County Convention Center, Forth Worth, Texas, USA
1977-05-04 : Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Phoenix, Arizona, USA
1977-05-06 : Anaheim Stadium, Los Angeles, California, USA
1977-05-07 : Anaheim Stadium, Los Angeles, California, USA
1977-05-09 : Oakland Coliseum Arena, Oakland, California, USA
1977-05-10 : Oakland Coliseum Arena, Oakland, California, USA
1977-05-12 : Memorial Coliseum, Portland, Oregon, USA
1977-06-15 : County Stadium, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
1977-06-17 : Freedom Hall, Louisville, Kentucky, USA
1977-06-19 : Super Bowl Of Rock n Roll, Chicago, Ilinois, USA
1977-06-21 : Kemper Arena, Kansas City, Missouri, USA
1977-06-23 : Riverfront Coliseum, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
1977-06-25 : World Series Of Rock, Cleveland, Ohio, USA
1977-06-27 : Boston Garden, Boston, Massachussets, USA
1977-06-28 : Spectrum Theater, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
1977-06-29 : Spectrum Theater, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
1977-07-01 : Madison Square Garden (Manhattan), New York, New York, USA
1977-07-02 : Madison Square Garden (Manhattan), New York, New York, USA
1977-07-03 : Madison Square Garden (Manhattan), New York, New York, USA
1977-07-04 : Madison Square Garden (Manhattan), New York, New York, USA
1977-07-06 : Stade Du Parc Olympique, Montreal, Quebec, Canada