Ode to Pink Floyd's 1973 live show
After their spectacular and multiple five-star reviewed show The Wall 40 Years, Pink Floyd Project now takes you back to 1973. The year in which Pink Floyd transforms from underground band to world act. A spectacular journey back in time in which the band presents a show as Pink Floyd themselves played 50 years ago, inspired by the performance in the unique 'Live at Pompeii' concert film.
On stage, Pink Floyd Project experiments with songs like 'Obscured by Clouds', 'Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun' and 'Careful with that Axe, Eugene'.
With the 23-minute 'Echoes' at the end of the first part, the band steps up to Pink Floyd's big breakthrough in 1973 with the album 'The Dark Side of the Moon'. This album is among the best-selling albums of all time and will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2023.
After the interval, Pink Floyd Project will play an integral performance of this 'classic album', including classic Floyd songs like 'Time', 'The Great Gig in the Sky', 'Us and Them' and, of course, 'Money'.
Pink Floyd Project brings the undeniable sound, look & feel of the timeless music of one of the most influential bands of all time, once again steeped in a unique and grand visual spectacle.
After the departure of co-founder and sound director Syd Barrett, Pink Floyd embarked on a musical quest in 1968, experimenting with albums such as 'Ummagumma', 'Atom Heart Mother' and 'Obscured by Clouds'. From sweet listening songs and electronic cut-and-paste to blues rock and dreamy psychedelia. All those experiments fell into place in 1971 on 'Echoes', the prize single from the 'Meddle' album. That record paved the way for the all-important 'The Dark Side of the Moon', which two years later earned Pink Floyd a permanent place in the ranks of world acts.
On 'The Dark Side of the Moon', Roger Waters processes the stresses he is now experiencing first-hand as a rock artist. The speed at which life passes ('Breathe'), travel ('On the Run'), time ('Time'), death ('The Great Gig in the Sky'), money ('Money'), human contradictions ('Us and Them') and madness ('Brain Damage').
In early 1973, when the band is in the final stages of the album, Roger Waters decides to add another important element to the album. He bombards people in the EMI studio, such as the doorman and musicians like Henry McCollough and Paul and Linda McCartney, with questions linked to the album's themes, such as "Are you afraid of death?", "Were you right in that argument?" and "Do you still think you were right in that argument?". The recorded voices form sound collages that run like a thread through the album, becoming almost as important as the lyrics and music.
And then there is the heartbeat: from the opening collage 'Speak To Me' (attributed to Nick Mason) to 'Brain Damage' and 'Eclipse', in which the heartbeat can again be heard. It is the most logical connection on an album about tensions and obsessions in life.
The group worked on the album for over a year and when the record was released in March 1973, it was quickly seen as a major milestone in Pink Floyd's oeuvre. 50 years on, the album's impact is still as great as when it was released. The cover with the prism, the heartbeat at the beginning and end of the record; they are inextricably linked to this classic album. 'Time', 'Money' and 'Us And Them' have become classic Floyd tracks as well as regulars in the annual NPO Radio 2 Top 2000.
In the years that followed, Waters' timeless lyrics continued to appeal to generations because of their concrete and universal character. The album also marks the high point of Pink Floyd as a group. Never again have the four band members worked together so intensively.