In the Flesh (1977 Pink Floyd 'Animals' tour)
|In the Flesh Tour|
|Tour by Pink Floyd|
|Start date||23 January 1977|
|End date||6 July 1977|
|Pink Floyd tour chronology|
The In the Flesh Tour, also known as "Animals Tour", was a concert tour by the English rock band Pink Floyd in support of their album Animals. It was divided in two legs, one in Europe and another in North America. The tour featured large inflatable puppets, as well as a pyrotechnic "waterfall", and one of the biggest and most elaborate stages to date, including umbrella-like canopies that would raise from the stage to protect the band from the elements.
Pink Floyd's market strategy for the In the Flesh Tour was very aggressive, filling pages of The New York Times and Billboard magazine. To promote their four-night run at Madison Square Garden in New York City, there was a Pink Floyd parade on 6th Avenue featuring pigs and sheep.
This was the first tour since their 1973 tour that Pink Floyd didn't use female backing singers. The musicians that augmented the band for the tour was sax player Dick Parry (occasionally playing keyboards too out of view of the audience) and guitarist Snowy White, who also played bass on "Sheep" and "Pigs (Three Different Ones)" while Waters played acoustic guitar.
In the first half of the show, the band played all of the Animals album in a slightly different sequence to the album, starting with "Sheep" then "Pigs on the Wing (Part I)", "Dogs", "Pigs on the Wing (Part II)" and "Pigs (Three Different Ones)". During "Pigs (Three Different Ones)", Waters would shout the number of the concert on the tour, such as "1-5!" for the fifteenth show. Waters did this so that recordings of the shows would be easy to distinguish from each other. The second half of the show comprised the Wish You Were Here album in its exact running order ("Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts I–V)", "Welcome to the Machine", "Have a Cigar", "Wish You Were Here" and "Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts VI–IX)"). The encores would usually consist of either "Money" or "Us and Them" from The Dark Side of the Moon or both. At the Oakland, California show on 9 May they played "Careful with That Axe, Eugene" as a third encore; it was the last time it was ever performed live. The final night of the tour on 6 July at Montreal's Olympic Stadium had a third encore of "More Blues" which saw David Gilmour sit out the final encore as he was unhappy with the band's performance that night. Snowy White played a bluesy guitar solo with the rest of Pink Floyd in Gilmour's place.
During the tour Waters began to exhibit increasingly aggressive behaviour, and would often yell abusively at disruptive audiences who wouldn't stop yelling and screaming during the quieter numbers. In the New York shows they had to use local workers as lighting technicians due to union problems with their own crew. They had several difficulties with the workers; for example, Waters once had to beckon one of the spotlights to move higher when it only illuminated his lower legs and feet while he was singing.
The Montreal show, 6 July 1977, the final performance of the tour, ended with Pink Floyd performing a blues jam as the roadies dismantled the instruments in front of the insatiable audience who refused to let the band leave the stadium. A small riot at the front of the stage followed the band's eventual exit. Earlier that night, Waters spat in the face of a disruptive fan; The Wall grew out of Waters' thoughts about this incident, particularly his growing awareness that stardom had alienated him from his audience.
Although the Animals album had not been as commercially successful as the previous two, the band managed to sell out arenas and stadiums in America and Europe, setting scale and attendance records. In Chicago, the band played to an estimated audience of 95,000; in Cleveland and Montreal, they set attendance records for those venues by playing to over 80,000 people.
- David Gilmour - lead guitar, vocals
- Roger Waters - bass guitar (except where noted), guitar, vocals
- Richard Wright - keyboards, vocals
- Nick Mason - drums
- Snowy White - guitar, bass guitar on "Sheep", "Pigs (Three Different Ones)", and "Welcome to the Machine"
- Dick Parry - saxophone, backing keyboards
- "Pigs on the Wing (Part I)"
- "Pigs on the Wing (Part II)"
- "Pigs (Three Different Ones)"
Set II - Wish You Were Here:
- "Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts I–V)"
- "Welcome to the Machine"
- "Have a Cigar"
- "Wish You Were Here"
- "Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts VI–IX)"
- "Careful with That Axe, Eugene" (performed once in 9 May 1977 Oakland, California)
- "Blues" (with Snowy White) (performed once in 6 July 1977 Montreal, Quebec)