Founded in 1964, British psychedelic prog-rock band Pink Floyd has made a significant mark on music history. They’re known for revolutionizing the rock world with their experimental style and crafting cutting, oftentimes philosophical, lyrics. Their grandiose concerts provide audiences with at truly unique performance experience, combining transcendent music with astounding visual effects. The group has legions of fans around the world, and Montrealers are no exception. Between 1971 and 1994, Pink Floyd performed in the city a number of times.
Did you know that the band’s famous album The Wall was actually inspired by a concert they played in Montreal? In 1977, Montreal’s Olympic Stadium was the last stop on the group’s In The Flesh world tour, promoting their album Animals. The arena was still in its infancy, as it was built for the Olympic Games the year before. Did you know that the band drew more spectators than the games themselves? Over 80,000 people showed up for their concert, while only 72,000 attended the Olympic Games Opening Ceremony. During the show, a group of intoxicated concertgoers standing close to the stage were being obnoxious and disrespectful. Roger Waters, a band member who had always had a good relationship with his fans, had an unusual reaction to the behaviour: he spat in their direction. This incident inspired their next album, The Wall. The Wall was a sort of metaphor for the blockade between an artist and the public. The album was released in 1979 and would be adapted to film in 1982.
A unique, historical event is currently being prepared for Montreal’s 375th anniversary: a lyrical “happening” presented at the Montreal Opera called Another Brick In The Wall. This opera is an original work that amalgamates the talents of composer Julien Bilodeau, librettist Roger Waters and director Dominic Champagne. You won’t want to miss this once in a lifetime experience; it’s sure to go down in our city’s history books!
Livre : Pink Floyd, l’histoire selon Nick Mason NED
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