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The Dark Side Of The Moon Tour

The Dark Side of the Moon tours (1972-1973) “When was Dark Side Of The Moon performed for the first time?”

The very first time they played it was on 20 January 1972, at The Dome, Brighton. They had to stop at the opening sound effects of “Money” due to technical problems. They played all but “Eclipse” the next night — “Eclipse” had yet to be written. In its place, they played a instrumental jazzy song. Roger didn’t feel this was a dramatic enough finale, however, and wrote “Eclipse” for the Bristol show in early February (the 5th, according to Miles). The Bristol show was then the first time the whole “album” was performed.

(“Album” in quotes because early performances were substantially different from DSotM as it was eventually recorded and released. Early renditions of _Dark Side_ had a jam version of “On the Run” instead of the synthesizer piece, a slower version of “Time,” and a vocal-less, organ-based “Great Gig in the Sky” with a tape of preachers running in the background.)

“Set lists”

Almost all 1972 shows had the following set list: Set 1: Dark Side of the Moon Set 2: One of these Days, Careful, Echoes Encore: A Saucerful of Secrets or Set The Controls, and sometimes a blues jam as an extra encore.

Song order occasionally varied (echoes as an encore, DSOTM as second set)

The 1973 shows were roughly using the following set list: Set 1: OBC/When You’re In; StCftHotS; CWTA,E; Echoes Set 2: DSOTM Encore: OOTD

The first few shows of march had Childhoods End instead of Set The Controls, Set list for the first few shows also varied a little (Echoes as opener, no StCftHotS).

On 4nov73 Pink Floyd performed 2 concerts for the Robert Wyatt benefit at the Rainbow Theatre in London (supported by The Soft Machine) and played DSOTM OBC/WYI.

“Roland Petit Ballet”

The Floyd performed a handful of concerts accompanying the Roland Petit Ballet (22-26nov72, 13,14jan and 3,4feb73 and 15jan – 28jan73 (audio playback only).

The Ballet was performed in 3 sections, the first 2 were based on classical music, the 3rd section was The Pink Floyd ballet. A ballet in 4 movements:

One Of These Days
Careful, with that axe, Eugene
OBC/WYI
Echoes

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04 : What were the household objects

“What were those Household Objects songs?”
Following the success of Dark Side of the Moon, the Floyd were in something of a quandary as to what to do next. One idea they had was to try to create an entire album using only sounds produced by common household objects. The Floyd used a number of recording sessions in the latter months of 1973 to experiment with such unconventional instruments as wine bottles, aerosol spray cans, rubber bands, tape, and others.

The Pink Floyd encyclopedia lists 1-4, 8-10 and 22-31 October; 12-14,19-21 and 26-28 November; 3-5 December 1973 as the recording dates.

In the end, they managed to get three songs recorded before giving up on the project as “a bit daft.” However, some bits and pieces (the wine glass sounds) were used in the beginning of SOYCD.

1 response on the “The Dark Side Of The Moon Tour” page

  1. August 31st, 2012 at 3:25 pm


    john duval

    I saw the Dark Side tour on September 28th 1972 at the memorial coliseum in portland oregon. At that time i was only familiar with Meddle and Dark Side. Echoes was one of the most amazing songs I’d heard in a long time. The concert just blew everyone away here in the then backwater of portland. Nobody here had ever seen anything like the show these guys put on. They used a quad PA system and when the heartbeat started to open the show it just traveled all around the arena and of course it was made all the more spooky because the place was entirely blacked out. At the end of the show the house lights slowly came on and of course the band was gone. Eight thousand people stood totally dumbfounded. No applause,. .no nothing. Everyone was too blown away and just filed out of the venue and left. Years later I thought that recollection was just my fuzzy memory but twenty years ago I ran into two others who had been at that gig and they both said the exact same thing. The concert was so overpowering that the audience didn’t know what to do. Outrageous! So blown away by sight and sound that they just turned around and left. One of the best gigs I’ve ever seen and I’ve seen some great one including the Beatles.

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