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Delicate Sound Of Touring ’87-‘90 – A history of the Momentary Lapse Of Reason 1987-1990 Tour By Christian Bobocea

Pink Floyd's A Momentary Lapse of Reason Front Cover as designed by Storm Thorgerson.
Pink Floyd’s A Momentary Lapse of Reason Front Cover as designed by Storm Thorgerson.

After Roger Waters left the band in 1985 there was a lot of tension between Pink Floyd (Nick Mason & David Gilmour) and Roger. According to the band, Roger was pressuring them to stop making any new material or tour without him. David didn’t give an answer according to him and waited until the summer of 1986 when he contacted Nick Mason and said that he was ready to make another Pink Flloyd Record.

During the recording of the album, Roger tried to stop the band, he didn’t succeed and A Momentery Lapse Of Reason was realesed in 1987 and hit #3 in the Billboard Charts.

After that Pink Floyd kicked off in what was ment to be a short tour. Uncertien if the tickets would sell only a few dates where put in for sale on a few veneues. And… the tickets sold very fast ,every concert was sold-out. The Pinkmania has begun.

The first concert of the tour was in Landsdown Park, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada in September 9th . Where they have played a short set of songs (compared to the other shows witch had the entire Momenary Lapse Of Reason album and a set-list of 22-23 songs) . The tour spred throught all of Canada and the United States ending in December 10th. The first year was a big success the concerts where played in stadiums and large arenas. Wherever they went, whenever they announced shows the tickets where all selling in a short period of time. The local radio stations were putting on air mostly only Pink Floyd songs like the new record and classics like Dark Side Of The Moon, Wish You Where Here and The Wall.

That year was wonderfull for them , in the mean time Roger Waters was putting his Radio KAOS show, realy nice concerts (note to NPF I will have an article about this one in another issiue) was only selling half an arena, playing concerts to 2.000-3.000 maximum while the Floyd where playing up to 70.000 people depeding on the venue. The entire Gerorgia, Atlana show was filmed using 23 Panavision cameras it was said that they wanted it to be shown on European Televisions for there upcoming tour, but for unknown reasons it was canceld. It is still available thought in “bootleg” forms in internet groups of trading groups as “Omnipresent”.

Pink Floyd's stage at Estadio Sarria Espanol FC, Barcelona, Spain on 20-08-1988
Pink Floyd’s stage at Estadio Sarria Espanol FC, Barcelona, Spain on 20-08-1988

The second leg of the tour stared in New Zealand in January 22 1988 they played gigantic shows in Australia, Japan, USA, France, Netherlands, West Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Norway, Denmark and England. Most sold-out. In this tour all four concerts where filmed in Nassau Colosieum,New York,USA for the VHS Delicate Sound Of Thunder. It was a Picture Music International realase.

This tour also featured Pink Floyd in some clubs, yes clubs, in January Pink Floyd made an appearance in the Round Midnight Clubs in King’s Cross, Sydney, Australia. In Feb. David and the tour mussicans played at the Corrner Hotel, Melbourne to some 200 people!

Big man pig man! Pink Floyd's pig!
Big man pig man! Pink Floyd’s pig in Spain on 20-08-1988!

Before the show in Holland the crowd were entertained by plains performing. They also played a wonderful concert in Place d’Armes du Chateau de Versailles, Versailles, France. Realy wonderful there where fireworks and beds crashing, the great pig floating on the Palace.It was filmed but only a small part was put in one in Omnipresent and the other in Delicate Sound Of Thunder both in Great Gig In The Sky.

In July 28 the entire crowd sang Happy Birthady to Keyboard player Richard Wright.

The last leg of the tour, started in May 12 1989 in Belgium, many great concerts.In this tour they had a few gigs in Moscow where they were paid with timber. It this part of the tour they played in Venice in the Grand Canal, 200.000 people watched as it was a free-concert, and it was shown live by satellite to an audience of 100 million. Despide the protest it was a great success and a nice way to end a tour.

Props & Technology

Pink Floyd stage in Verona, Italy on 17-05-1989
Pink Floyd stage in Verona, Italy on 17-05-1989

The props they used in this tour were very attractive like a large disco ball witch opens like a flower. Lasers and light effects. Flying hospital beds that crash in the stage, Telescan Pods and of course the well known 32-foot round screen (known by us fans as Mr.Screen) where they would project video footage.

The sound of the shows where fantastic because, in the Floyd tradition, they had quadraphonic sound. Witch is by far one of the best (if not thy best) examples of it’s use in popular music.

Design of the show started in March 1987 with former roadie but now concert production director Robbie Williams, the set designer Paul Staples and old Pink Floyd desiner Mark Brickman helping to put the show together with the band. Mark Brickman also did stage design for Pink Floyd during the Animals and The Wall tours and has also worked on David’s & Roger’s solo concerts.

The lights came from 5 different sources:

-Samuelson’s for the basic lights
-LunaTech Ltd. for explosives
-Varilite for the Telescans
-Laser Media for lasers
-Associates&Farren for film projection.

The first stage was built by FM Productions in San Francisco. They have put in four droids, witch are light robots that come up from under the stage, made by Colour Ray&Laser Media. So they had 85 Verilites (part of them surround the round projection screen (aka.Mr.Screen) while the others are the tracking pods , witch during Comfortably Numb come all around David Gilmour), 24 Telescans, the four droids and two colour and powerfull lasers.

The Sound in the venues was realy great, they had 130 audio channels, and two Otari 8 tracking machines. Of course in the Floyd Tradition all was quadraphonic sound so you can realy hear the sound effects. Imagine listening to On The Run there. Buffoard Jones was there to mix the sound after being live with David Bowie, Lynryd Skynryd, ZZ Top, James Taylor and others.

The film used in this tour was mostly the old ones shot in the 70’s like On The Run, Welcome To The Machine and others. But the first half which was mostly Momentery Lapse Of Reason songs were shot in 1987. The filmwork was shot in Grantchester Medows.

THE MUSICIANS:

  • David Gilmour-Guitars, Vocals
  • Rick Wright-Keyboards, Hammond Organs, Vocals
  • Nick Mason-Drums,Percussion

With:

  • Jon Carin-Keyboards, Synthesizers, Vocals
  • Guy Pratt-Bass Guitars, Vocals
  • Tim Renwick-Guitars, Vocals
  • Scott Page-Saxophones, Guitars
  • Gary Wallis-Percussion, Keyboards on Comfortably Numb

 

SET LIST:

The usual set list for the shows was:

EchoesShine on you crazy diamond (pt.1-5)
Signs of life
Learning to fly
Yet another movie
Round and around
A new machine (pt.1)
Terminal frost
A new machine (pt.2)
Sorrow
The dogs of war
On the turning away
One of these days
Time
On the run
Wish you were here
Welcome to the machine
Us and them
Money
Another brick in the wall (pt.2)
Comfortably numb
One slip
Run like hell

In 1988 and 1989 they didn’t do Echoes and sometimes some songs wheren’t played at some gigs or the order would change.

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Christian Bobocea
christian1pinkfloyd@yahoo.com

Interstellar Pink Floyd Paris Exhibition Review

Coming out of the metro (Station Porte de Pantin, Line 5) I stand directly in front of the Cité de la Musique. One cannot miss the display announcing the PINK FLOYD INTERSTELLAR EXHIBITION and the multiple posters at the side of the portal.

I walk into the direction of the entrance and discover at my left hand the huge flatable Pig (Animals Tour 1977) on top of the exit of the amphitheatre. On the ground in front of that exit, three blue pyramids are placed from The Dark Side Of The Moon.

At the entrance door is “Fat Man” located also from the Animals Tour. A small sign at the wall explains for those who are not that familiar with Pink Floyd how the displayed items are named and when or where they were used. Too bad it’s all written in French language and not as well explained in English (a minor point noted).

Immediately when you are inside, you hear music from Pink Floyd. It’s the Dark Side of the Moon they are playing, which brings you directly into the right mood. After buying the ticket (€ 6.50) I wander towards to source of the music and discover an igloo behind the cashier, placed under five paintings, used on the Division Bell cover; inside the igloo the 5.1 surround version of DSOTM is demonstrated.

5 paintingsFrom the igloo towards the library (you need to walk through the library to get at the actual exhibition rooms) you’ll pass the two huge heads well known from the division bell. On the windows there are several lyrics pasted such as “Time”, “Another Brick In The Wall (part 2)” and “Set the controls for the heart of the sun”. At the ceiling before the library you can admire the “mirror-flower” used in the 1974 Tour of DSOTM. Walking through the library brings me before the entrance: A dark corridor with only blacklights at the ceiling. Dates, placed on the walls (the release dates from their records), are glowing phosphorus.

The dark tunnel represents a time-tunnel (with sound fragments) bringing me back to the very beginning (the first room): The birth of a new band. Four Cambridge art students form a band named Pink Floyd. The room is mainly dedicated to Syd Barret the genius of the band; here posters from the UFO club, a “Pink Floyd family tree”, the famous light-projector (used by Peter Wynne Wilson) and many more items from that period have been placed in this room.

The time schedule is from 1962 towards The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn (1967) and A Saucerful Of Secrets (1968). In a neighbouring room you’ll see Richard Wrights “Farfisa” Organ (1960) and a “Fender” bass-guitar from David Gilmours Collection. This bass-guitar is also called the “Psychedelic Bass” due to its flamboyant design.

Leaving this room brings me at Ummagumma (1969)/Atom Heart Mother (1970) and the movies “Zabriskie Point” and “More”. There is a special “one-person-listening-cabin”, so you can enjoy the Pink Floyd sound from those days without being disturbed by other visitors. The Friesian Cow, posters and a short movie, accompany the sound fragments that are being played in the background.

Next is Meddle (1971). A room set into a psychedelic blue scene by a liquid-oil-projector. On the left at the wall there is a picture of Roger, Nick, David and Richard, on the right side a Hammond organ type Quadpod and a Stratocaster from David Gilmour. Richard Wright used the Quadpod in the movie “Live at Pompeii” (1972).

After crossing the time tunnel we enter the Dark Side Of The Moon (1973) the most impressive period of the band. Also, for me, the most impressive room: the lighted DSOTM logo will catch your eye immediately. You’ll see it everywhere in this room, mirrored back by glass (which is placed in front of the instruments) or mirrored back by the instruments itself. Nick Mason’s“Ludwig” drumkit, Richard Wright’s Hammond Organ, The VCS3 Sound Effect Machine (used on DSOTM), Roger Waters Bass Guitar, and another Stratocaster are all there to be admired. Also, in the air you’ll see the Rocket aeroplane, which was used during the tour in 1973.

Wish You Were Here (1975) and Animals (1977) are the following areas. Pictures from Battersea power station with the escaping pig, a Copyright Registration Form for Wish You Were Here , notes from Roger writing the lyrics for Have a Cigar, recording session photos etc. are to be seen here. After “Animals” I’m coming close to an end of the first part of this exhibition.

The Wall (1979) in all its impressive forms is presented. From computer animated technical drawings to sketches from the wall, a flightcase used for The Wall World Tour, the four masks used for the cover of the double Live Album, the puppet used during the show, the flatable teacher’s head, two Soundcraft mixing consolesstage passesclothing used for the wall movie and many more items are brought together and showed in this time period.
The end of part 1 is where I’m looking at a showcase of “The Final Cut” (1983) with a video clip (not now John/the gunners dream) and the soldier in front of the granary field.

So far the first part of the Interstellar.

Now I must leave these rooms to travel a bit in place and time. The Post Waters period is placed in a different part of the Cité de la Musique. By following the signs I find another corridor, filled with covers of all kind of Pink Floyd records. Many back stage passes, tickets for their shows, stuff like that. At the end of this corridor is the time-period 1987/1994 placed with the records “A Momentary Lapse Of Reason” and the “Division Bell”.

BulbMan, (the guy with a jacket covered with light bulbs) known from the cover of the live album “Delicate Sound Of Thunder” (1988) is sitting on a huge bed. This bed has been used during the live performance of DSOT.
On the right side the guitars and WEM amplifiers with effect pedals from David Gilmour are to be seen. Inclusive his Leslie (high speed rotating speakers) effect. Huge pictures of the P.U.L.S.E. Live record (1995) are covering the walls. At the left side of this room we find a masterpiece of stage designer Mark Fisher. It’s a model of stage for the Division Bell tour.
On a circular video screen are snapshots projected of the P.U.L.S.E. concert, recorded at Earls Court. Also the metal heads from Pulse are placed on the desk beside the pulse-stage-model. On a PC screen are moving technical drawings presented, which give you a fair impression how these shows are designed. (Click on number to see another drawings: 1 – 2 – 3 – 4)

Leaves me to mention only that there are T-shirts, posters and CD’s/Video’s and guitar notebooks offered at the library. No rare collector items however.
About the movies/documentaries played in the Amphitheatre during the opening weekend, I can only say the BBC or other companies have already broadcast the most of them. I found the documentary “Behind The Wall” very interesting because that was one of the documentaries which I had not seen until then.

J. Evers
report.info@xs4all.nl

The exhibition is up until 25th January 2003.

Report Version 2.2 (Updated 13th Nov. 2003)