Listen Free to Dark Side of the Moon Live at Wembley 1974 (Friday 5pm)
The Official Pink Floyd YouTube channel has made the full recording of Dark Side of the Moon Live at Wembley 1974 available for you to listen to online, for free. This follows them making the main album recording free to listen to last Friday. Lucky us!
You can listen to the free recording below from 5pm GMT on Friday 31st March 2023. Alternatively, you can get it on Vinyl separately or in the new box set for the 50th Anniversary.
Pink Floyd Live
Pink Floyd performed at the Empire Pool, Wembley (now known as Wembley Arena) in London, England, as part of their “The Dark Side of the Moon” tour. The concerts took place on November 14, 15, 16 and 17th, 1974. These performances were notable for their elaborate stage productions, with visual and sound effects, including the use of the iconic circular projection screen.
From 5pm Friday, you can discover the magic of Pink Floyd’s “Live at the Empire Pool,” a captivating live concert recording that showcases the legendary progressive rock band at the peak of their powers. Recorded by BBC Radio 1 during the British Winter Tour in 1974, this historic performance took place at the iconic Empire Pool (now Wembley Arena) in London, England.
Although never released until now as a standalone album, pieces of the concert can be found in various Pink Floyd releases, including “The Dark Side of the Moon” and “Wish You Were Here” Immersion box sets (2011), as well as “The Early Years 1965-1972” box set (2016). Fans can relive the brilliance of early versions of “Shine On You Crazy Diamond,” “Sheep” (as “Raving and Drooling”), and “Dogs” (as “You’ve Got to Be Crazy”) – not to mention one of the last performances of “Echoes” before its brief revival in 1987, featuring Dick Parry on saxophone.
Pink Floyd Tour Dates at Empire Pool
Pink Floyd played at Empire Pool for the first time in 1972 on their UK/European tour. They were back a couple of years later for 4 nights which is when the recording for the live recording was done. A few years later they were doing their In The Flesh tour for the animals tour, where they had a much bigger budget therefore more elaborate stage setups, projection screens and props like Stuka dive bomber flying over the audience.
1972 UK/European Tour
1972-10-21 : Empire Pool, London, England
1974 British Winter Tour
Animals Tour ‘In The Flesh” 1977
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
In 1977, Pink Floyd embarked on their “In the Flesh” tour to promote their album “Animals.” The tour began on January 23, 1977, in Dortmund, West Germany, and concluded on July 6, 1977, in Montreal, Canada. This tour marked a shift in Pink Floyd’s live performances as they started using elaborate stage setups, including inflatable animals and massive screens for projections. It was their first tour to primarily feature stadiums and large arenas.
The setlist during the “In the Flesh” tour typically included the entire “Animals” album, as well as the whole “Wish You Were Here” album, and a few tracks from “The Dark Side of the Moon.” One of the most infamous moments of this tour occurred on July 6, 1977, during the concert in Montreal, when Roger Waters spat on a fan who was trying to climb the stage. This incident, along with Waters’ increasing disillusionment with the stadium rock experience, inspired him to write the band’s next album, “The Wall,” which delved into themes of isolation and the barrier between artists and their audiences.