A Momentary Lapse of Reason Tour

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A Momentary Lapse of Reason Tour
Tour by Pink Floyd
Associated album A Momentary Lapse of Reason
Start date 9 September 1987
End date 30 June 1990
Legs 7
Shows 197
Pink Floyd concert chronology
The Wall Tour
(1980–81)
A Momentary Lapse of Reason Tour
(1987–1989)
The Division Bell Tour
(1994)

A Momentary Lapse of Reason Tour was a concert tour by the British rock band Pink Floyd from 1987–1989 in support of their album A Momentary Lapse of Reason. The tour was the band's first since The Wall Tour in 1981, and also the first without the band’s original bassist Roger Waters. Furthermore, it was also the first tour in 10 years where people seeing Pink Floyd were treated to any other music besides The Wall album. The band reprised the set-list and stage show of this tour for their performance at Knebworth Park in 1990.

History[edit]

Initially, there was a great deal of uncertainty around the tour. Pink Floyd had not played live since 1981, and had not embarked on a full-fledged tour since 1977. Roger Waters left the band in 1985, believing the band would not continue. However, Gilmour and Mason decided to continue as Pink Floyd. Waters threatened legal action against Gilmour and Mason, as well as any promoters who promoted shows as "Pink Floyd." However, by the end of 1987, with the success of the album and first stages of the tour, the new lineup had established itself commercially, and the band reached a settlement with Waters in December.

Having the success of The Wall shows to live up to, the concerts' special effects were more impressive than ever. The initial "promotional tour" was extended, and finally lasted almost two years, ending in 1989 after playing around 197 concerts to about 5.5 million people in total, including 3 dates at Madison Square Garden (5–7 October 1987) and 2 nights at Wembley Stadium (5–6 August 1988). The tour took Pink Floyd to various exotic locations they had never played before such as shows in the forecourt of the Palace of Versailles, Moscow's Olympic Stadium, and Venice, despite fears and protests that the sound would damage the latter city's foundations.[citation needed] The tour marked the first time that the band played in Russia, Norway, Spain and New Zealand, and was the first time they had played in Australia since 1971 and Japan since 1972.

Pink Floyd was the second highest grossing act of 1987 and the highest grossing of 1988 in the U.S. Financially, Pink Floyd was the biggest act of these two years combined, grossing almost US$ 60 million from touring, about the same as U2 and Michael Jackson, their closest rivals, combined. Worldwide, the band grossed around US$ 135 million.

A further concert was held at the Knebworth Festival in 1990, a charity event that also featured other Silver Clef Award winners. Pink Floyd was the last act to play, to an audience of 125,000. During this gig Clare Torry joined Vicki and Sam Brown in providing backing vocals, Candy Dulfer contributing saxophone solos. The £60,000 firework display that ended the concert was entirely financed by the band.

These shows are documented by the Delicate Sound of Thunder album and video, and Live at Knebworth '90 video.

Tour band[edit]

Additional musicians:

  • Jon Carin – keyboards, sound effects, vocals
  • Scott Page – saxophones, guitar
  • Guy Pratt – bass guitar, vocals
  • Tim Renwick – guitars, backing vocals
  • Gary Wallis – percussion
  • Rachel Fury, Durga McBroom - backing vocals
  • Margret Taylor – backing vocals (during the 1987-88 dates)
  • Lorelei McBroom - backing vocals (at The Omni shows 1987 and the 1989 dates)
  • Roberta Freeman - backing vocals (at The Omni shows 1987)

Knebworth Festival additional musicians:

Set list[edit]

Tour[edit]

The first set mainly consist of songs from A Momentary Lapse of Reason and the second of hits and older songs.

First Set:

  1. "Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts 1-5)" replaced "Echoes" after only 11 shows.
  2. "Signs of Life"
  3. "Learning to Fly"
  4. "Yet Another Movie"/"Round and Around" (moved to this position after 6 performances. It was originally performed after "The Dogs of War".)
  5. "A New Machine (Part 1)"
  6. "Terminal Frost"
  7. "A New Machine (Part 2)" ("A New Machine" [both parts] & "Terminal Frost" were sometimes left out of sets)
  8. "Sorrow"
  9. "The Dogs of War"
  10. "On the Turning Away" (ended the first half of the show)

Second set:

  1. "One of These Days"
  2. "Time" (omitting "Breathe (Reprise)")
  3. "On the Run" (performed on all dates except Japan shows where it was replaced by "The Great Gig in the Sky")
  4. "The Great Gig in the Sky" (added to the set in 1988)
  5. "Wish You Were Here"
  6. "Welcome to the Machine
  7. "Us and Them"
  8. "Money"
  9. "Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)"
  10. "Comfortably Numb"

Encore:

  1. "One Slip"
  2. "Run Like Hell"

Second Encore:

  1. "Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts 1-5)" (This was only performed at a few of the Canadian dates and the Cleveland Municipal Stadium's first show in 1987 and was under-rehearsed. It was also performed in a second, unplanned, encore at the Philadelphia show at JFK Stadium.)

Knebworth Park 1990[edit]

  1. "Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts 1-5)"
  2. "Sorrow"
  3. "Wish You Were Here"
  4. "The Great Gig in the Sky"
  5. "Money"
  6. "Comfortably Numb"
  7. "Run Like Hell"

Grand Canal, Venice - Live TV Concert[edit]

This was a special performance, for live Italian TV and was also broadcast worldwide. Due to time restrictions of live TV some songs were left out and others shortened in places.

'The Venice show was great fun, but it was very tense and nerve-wracking. We had a specific length of show to do; the satellite broadcasting meant we had to get it absolutely precise. We had the list of songs, and we'd shortened them, which we'd never done before. I had a big clock with a red digital read-out on the floor in front of me, and had the start time of each number on a piece of paper. If we were coming near the start time of the next number, I just had to wrap up the one we were on. We had a really good time, but the city authorities who had agreed to provide the services of security, toilets, food, completely reneged on everything they were supposed to do, and then tried to blame all the subsequent problems on us.'

  1. "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" (Part 1 intro only)
  2. "Learning to Fly"
  3. "Yet Another Movie"
  4. "Round and Around"
  5. "Sorrow" (shortened outro)
  6. "The Dogs of War"
  7. "On the Turning Away"
  8. "Time"
  9. "The Great Gig in the Sky"
  10. "Wish You Were Here"
  11. "Money" (shorter than had previously been performed on the tour)
  12. "Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)"
  13. "Comfortably Numb"
  14. "Run Like Hell"

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
North America #1
9 September 1987 Ottawa, Ontario Canada Lansdowne Park
12 September 1987 Montreal, Quebec Montreal Forum
13 September 1987
14 September 1987
16 September 1987 Cleveland, Ohio United States Municipal Stadium
17 September 1987
19 September 1987 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania JFK Stadium
21 September 1987 Toronto, Ontario Canada CNE Stadium
22 September 1987
23 September 1987
25 September 1987 Rosemont, Illinois United States Rosemont Horizon
26 September 1987
27 September 1987
28 September 1987
30 September 1987 Milwaukee, Wisconsin Milwaukee County Stadium
3 October 1987 Syracuse, New York Carrier Dome
5 October 1987 New York City, New York Madison Square Garden
6 October 1987
7 October 1987
10 October 1987 East Rutherford, New Jersey Brendan Byrne Arena
11 October 1987
12 October 1987
14 October 1987 Hartford, Connecticut Hartford Civic Center
15 October 1987
16 October 1987 Providence, Rhode Island Providence Civic Center
17 October 1987
19 October 1987 Landover, Maryland Capital Centre
20 October 1987
21 October 1987
22 October 1987
25 October 1987 Chapel Hill, North Carolina Dean Smith Center
26 October 1987
30 October 1987 Tampa, Florida Tampa Stadium
1 November 1987 Miami, Florida Miami Orange Bowl
3 November 1987 Atlanta, Georgia Omni Coliseum
4 November 1987
5 November 1987
7 November 1987 Lexington, Kentucky Rupp Arena
8 November 1987
10 November 1987 Pontiac, Michigan Pontiac Silverdome
12 November 1987 Indianapolis, Indiana Hoosier Dome
15 November 1987 St. Louis, Missouri St. Louis Arena
16 November 1987
18 November 1987 Houston, Texas Astrodome
19 November 1987 Austin, Texas Frank Erwin Center
20 November 1987
21 November 1987 Dallas, Texas Reunion Arena
22 November 1987
23 November 1987
26 November 1987 Los Angeles, California Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena
27 November 1987
28 November 1987
30 November 1987
1 December 1987
3 December 1987 Oakland, California Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum
4 December 1987
5 December 1987
6 December 1987
8 December 1987 Seattle, Washington Kingdome
10 December 1987 Vancouver, British Columbia Canada BC Place Stadium
Australia and New Zealand
22 January 1988 Auckland New Zealand Western Springs Stadium
27 January 1988 Sydney Australia Sydney Entertainment Centre
28 January 1988
29 January 1988
30 January 1988
31 January 1988
1 February 1988
2 February 1988
3 February 1988
4 February 1988
5 February 1988
7 February 1988 Brisbane Brisbane Entertainment Centre
8 February 1988
11 February 1988 Adelaide Thebarton Oval
13 February 1988 Melbourne Melbourne & Olympic Parks
14 February 1988
15 February 1988
16 February 1988
17 February 1988
18 February 1988
19 February 1988
20 February 1988
24 February 1988 Perth East Fremantle Oval
Japan
2 March 1988 Tokyo Japan Budokan
3 March 1988
4 March 1988 Yoyogi Olympic Pool
5 March 1988
6 March 1988
8 March 1988 Osaka Osaka-jo Hall
9 March 1988
11 March 1988 Nagoya Rainbow Hall
North American #2
15 April 1988 Los Angeles, California United States Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
18 April 1988 Denver, Colorado Mile High Stadium
20 April 1988 Sacramento, California Charles C. Hughes Stadium
22 April 1988[A] Oakland, California Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum
23 April 1988[A]
25 April 1988 Phoenix, Arizona Phoenix Municipal Stadium
26 April 1988
28 April 1988 Irving, Texas Texas Stadium
30 April 1988 Orlando, Florida Citrus Bowl
4 May 1988 Raleigh, North Carolina Carter–Finley Stadium
6 May 1988 Foxborough, Massachusetts Sullivan Stadium
8 May 1988
11 May 1988 Montreal, Quebec Canada Olympic Stadium
13 May 1988 Toronto, Ontario CNE Stadium
15 May 1988 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania United States Veterans Stadium
16 May 1988
18 May 1988 Cedar Falls, Iowa UNI-Dome
20 May 1988 Madison, Wisconsin Camp Randall Stadium
21 May 1988 Rosemont, Illinois Rosemont Horizon
22 May 1988
24 May 1988 Minneapolis, Minnesota Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
26 May 1988 Kansas City, Missouri Arrowhead Stadium
28 May 1988 Columbus, Ohio Ohio Stadium
30 May 1988 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Three Rivers Stadium
1 June 1988 Washington, D.C. RFK Stadium
3 June 1988 East Rutherford, New Jersey Giants Stadium
4 June 1988
Europe #1
10 June 1988 Nantes France Stade de la Beaujoire
13 June 1988 Rotterdam Netherlands Feijenoord Stadion
14 June 1988
16 June 1988 Berlin Germany Reichstagsgelande
18 June 1988 Mannheim Maimarkt-Gelände
21 June 1988 Versailles France Palace of Versailles
22 June 1988
25 June 1988 Hanover Germany Niedersachsenstadion
27 June 1988 Dortmund Westfalenhallen
28 June 1988
29 June 1988
1 July 1988 Vienna Austria Ernst-Happel-Stadion
3 July 1988 Munich Germany Olympiastadion
4 July 1988 Katowice Poland Spodek
6 July 1988 Turin Italy Stadio Olimpico di Torino
8 July 1988 Modena Stadio Alberto Braglia
9 July 1988
11 July 1988 Rome Stadio Flaminio
12 July 1988
15 July 1988 Grenoble France Stade du Municipal
17 July 1988 Nice Stade Charles-Ehrmann
20 July 1988 Barcelona Spain Estadi de Sarrià
22 July 1988 Madrid Estadio Vicente Calderón
24 July 1988 Montpellier France Espace Richter
26 July 1988 Basel Switzerland Fussballstadion St. Jakob
28 July 1988 Lille France Stadium Nord
31 July 1988 Copenhagen Denmark Gentofte Stadion
2 August 1988 Oslo Norway Valle Hovin
5 August 1988 London England Wembley Stadium
6 August 1988
8 August 1988 Manchester Maine Road
North America #3
12 August 1988 Richfield, Ohio United States Richfield Coliseum
13 August 1988
14 August 1988
16 August 1988 Auburn Hills, Michigan The Palace of Auburn Hills
17 August 1988
19 August 1988 Uniondale, New York Nassau Coliseum
20 August 1988
21 August 1988
22 August 1988
23 August 1988
Europe #2 ("Another Lapse of Reason")
10 May 1989 Warsaw Poland Tor wyścigów konnych Służewiec
13 May 1989 Werchter Belgium Rock Werchter
16 May 1989 Verona Italy Verona Arena
17 May 1989
18 May 1989
20 May 1989 Monza Autodromo Nazionale Monza
22 May 1989 Livorno Stadio Armando Picchi
23 May 1989
25 May 1989 Cava Dei Tirreni Stadio Simonetta Lamberti
26 May 1989
31 May 1989 Athens Greece Olympic Stadium
3 June 1989 Moscow Soviet Union Olympic Stadium
4 June 1989
6 June 1989
7 June 1989
8 June 1989
10 June 1989 Lahti Finland Lahti Stadium
12 June 1989 Stockholm Sweden Globen
13 June 1989
14 June 1989
16 June 1989 Hamburg Germany Festwiese Im Stadtpark
18 June 1989 Cologne Mungersdorfer Stadion
20 June 1989 Frankfurt Festhalle Frankfurt
21 June 1989
23 June 1989 Linz Austria Linzer Stadion
25 June 1989 Stuttgart Germany Neckarstadion
27 June 1989 Paris France Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy
28 June 1989
29 June 1989
30 June 1989
1 July 1989
4 July 1989 London England London Arena
5 July 1989
6 July 1989
7 July 1989
8 July 1989
9 July 1989
10 July 1989 Nijmegen Netherlands Goffertpark
12 July 1989 Lausanne Switzerland Stade Olympique de la Pontaise
15 July 1989 Venice Italy Grand Canal
18 July 1989 Marseille France Stade Vélodrome
30 June 1990[B] Stevenage England Knebworth Park
Festivals and other miscellaneous performances
A This concert was part of Day on the Green
B This concert was part of The Silver Clef Award Winners Concert

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Rightful Heir?". Q Magazine #48. September 1990. Retrieved 2011-07-23. 

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