The Division Bell Tour

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The Division Bell Tour
Tour by Pink Floyd
TheDivisionBellTour94.jpg
Associated album The Division Bell
Start date 30 March 1994
End date 29 October 1994
Legs 2
Number of shows 112 (2 canceled)
Pink Floyd concert chronology

The Division Bell Tour was a concert tour by the English rock band Pink Floyd in 1994 to support their album The Division Bell. It turned out to be the final Pink Floyd tour, although members of the band have continued to perform the band's songs on solo tours.

In 1995 the band released the live album Pulse to commemorate the tour.

History[edit]

The Division Bell Tour in 1994 was promoted by Canadian concert impresario Michael Cohl and became the highest-grossing tour in rock music history to that date, with the band playing the entirety of The Dark Side of the Moon in some shows, for the first time since 1975. While preparing for the tour, Pink Floyd spent most of March rehearsing in a hangar at Norton Air Force Base in California.[1]

The concerts featured even more impressive special effects than the previous tour, including two custom designed airships.[2] Three stages leapfrogged around North America and Europe, each 180 feet (55 m) long and featuring a 130-foot (40 m) arch resembling the Hollywood Bowl venue. All in all, the tour required 700 tons of steel carried by 53 articulated trucks, a crew of 161 people and an initial investment of US$4 million plus US$25 million of running costs just to stage. This tour played to 5.5 million people in 68 cities; each concert gathered an average 45,000 audience. At the end of the year, the Division Bell Tour was announced as the biggest tour ever, with worldwide gross of over £150 million (about US$250 million). In the U.S. alone, it grossed US$103.5 million from 59 concerts. However, this record was short-lived; less than a year later, The Rolling Stones' Voodoo Lounge Tour (like the Division Bell Tour, also sponsored in part by Volkswagen) finished with a worldwide gross of over US$300 million. The Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Metallica, U2, The Police, Bon Jovi, Roger Waters and Madonna remain the only acts ever to achieve a higher worldwide gross from a tour, even when adjusting for inflation.

A Volkswagen Golf Pink Floyd Edition

The tour was sponsored in Europe by Volkswagen, which also issued a commemorative version of its top-selling car, the "Golf Pink Floyd", one of which was given as a prize at each concert. It was a standard Golf with Pink Floyd decals and a premium stereo, and had Volkswagen's most environmentally friendly engine, at Gilmour's insistence.[3]

These shows are documented by the Pulse album, video and DVD.

The final concert of the tour on 29 October 1994 turned out to be the final full-length Pink Floyd performance, and the last time Pink Floyd played live before their one-off 18-minute reunion with Roger Waters at Live 8 on 2 July 2005. Their performance at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey on July 18, 1994 would also go on to be the last ever Pink Floyd concert in North America.

Tour band[edit]

Additional musicians:

Set list[edit]

There were two typical set lists used throughout the tour. The first was used all tour, and the second was introduced on 15 July at the Pontiac Silverdome, and rotated with the first typical set list for the remainder of the tour.

Typical set list one:

First set:

  1. "Astronomy Domine" (in Europe would sometimes open the second set)
  2. "Learning to Fly"
  3. "What Do You Want from Me?"
  4. "On the Turning Away"
  5. Song(s) from The Division Bell
    (Any one, or occasionally two, of "A Great Day for Freedom" [39x], "Poles Apart" [24x], "Coming Back to Life" [43x], and "Lost for Words" [8x])
  6. "Sorrow"
  7. "Take It Back"
  8. "Keep Talking"
  9. "One of These Days"

Second set:

  1. "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" (Parts 1-5 & 7) (in Europe would sometimes open the first set)
  2. "Speak to Me"
  3. "Breathe"
  4. "Time"
  5. "High Hopes"
  6. "Wish You Were Here"
  7. "Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)"
  8. "The Great Gig in the Sky"
  9. "Us and Them"
  10. "Money"
  11. "Comfortably Numb"

Encore:

  1. "Hey You"
  2. "Run Like Hell"

Typical set list two:

First set:

  1. "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" (Parts 1-5 & 7)
  2. "Learning to Fly"
  3. "High Hopes" (replaced by "Wish You Were Here" for 4 September performance)
  4. "Take It Back" (replaced by "Lost for Words" for 19 October performance)
  5. "Coming Back to Life" (replaced by "A Great Day for Freedom" for 19 October performance)
  6. "Sorrow"
  7. "Keep Talking"
  8. "Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)"
  9. "One of These Days"

Second set:

  1. "Speak to Me"
  2. "Breathe"
  3. "On the Run"
  4. "Time"
  5. "The Great Gig in the Sky"
  6. "Money"
  7. "Us and Them"
  8. "Any Colour You Like"
  9. "Brain Damage"
  10. "Eclipse"

Encore:

  1. "Wish You Were Here" (replaced by "High Hopes" for 4 September performance)
  2. "Comfortably Numb"
  3. "Run Like Hell"

Songs rarely played during this tour were:

  • "One Slip" (only played once on 22 April 1994 in Oakland, California between "The Great Gig in the Sky" and "Us and Them"; at this show, "Wish You Were Here" was played after "Us and Them")
  • "Marooned" (only played twice on 29 and 30 August 1994 in Oslo, Norway before "Run Like Hell")

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue Tickets sold/available Box office
Rehearsals
3 March 1994 San Bernardino United States Norton Air Force Base
23 March 1994 Orlando Universal Studios
North America
30 March 1994 Miami Gardens United States Joe Robbie Stadium 54,738 / 54,738 (100%) $1,975,665
3 April 1994 San Antonio Alamodome 44,331 / 44,331 (100%) $1,499,188
5 April 1994 Houston Rice Stadium 45,021 / 47,000 (96%) $1,502,047
9 April 1994 Mexico City Mexico Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez 90,476 / 90,476 (100%) $5,235,862
10 April 1994
14 April 1994 San Diego United States Jack Murphy Stadium 51,610 / 51,610 (100%) $1,594,069
16 April 1994 Pasadena Rose Bowl 129,060 / 129,060 (100%) $4,703,290
17 April 1994
20 April 1994 Oakland Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum 155,662 / 155,662 (100%) $5,249,778
21 April 1994
22 April 1994
24 April 1994 Tempe Sun Devil Stadium 63,827 / 63,827 (100%) $2,259,833
26 April 1994 El Paso Sun Bowl Stadium 34,945 / 37,000 (94%) $1,148,228
28 April 1994 Irving Texas Stadium 87,400 / 87,400 (100%) $2,944,618
29 April 1994
1 May 1994 Birmingham Legion Field 55,169 / 55,169 (100%) $2,944,618
3 May 1994 Atlanta Bobby Dodd Stadium 71,272 / 80,000 (89%) $2,426,720
4 May 1994
6 May 1994 Tampa Tampa Stadium 55,987 / 55,987 (100%) $2,038,815
8 May 1994 Nashville Vanderbilt Stadium 41,169 / 41,169 (100%) $1,348,505
10 May 1994 Raleigh Carter–Finley Stadium
12 May 1994 Clemson Memorial Stadium
14 May 1994 New Orleans Louisiana Superdome
18 May 1994 Foxborough Foxboro Stadium 137,175 / 137,175 (100%) $4,975,365
19 May 1994
20 May 1994
22 May 1994 Montreal Canada Olympic Stadium 187,302 / 187,302 (100%) $5,301,117
23 May 1994
24 May 1994
26 May 1994 Cleveland United States Cleveland Stadium 108,205 / 110,000 (98%) $3,807,153
27 May 1994
29 May 1994 Columbus Ohio Stadium 75,250 / 75,250 (100%) $2,406,920
31 May 1994 Pittsburgh Three Rivers Stadium 55,054 / 55,054 (100%) $1,879,330
2 June 1994 Philadelphia Veterans Stadium 152,264 / 152,264 (100%) $5,091,120
3 June 1994
4 June 1994
6 June 1994 Syracuse Carrier Dome 38,901 / 38,901 (100%) $1,338,073
10 June 1994 New York City Yankee Stadium 103,690 / 103,690 (100%) $3,765,090
11 June 1994
14 June 1994 Indianapolis RCA Dome 44,762 / 44,762 (100%) $1,487,448
16 June 1994 Ames Cyclone Stadium 46,273 / 46,273 (100%) $1,514,838
18 June 1994 Denver Mile High Stadium 69,788 / 69,788 (100%) $2,375,714
20 June 1994 Kansas City Arrowhead Stadium 57,003 / 57,003 (100%) $1,914,318
22 June 1994 Minneapolis Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
25 June 1994 Vancouver Canada BC Place
26 June 1994
28 June 1994 Edmonton Commonwealth Stadium 57,701 / 57,701 (100%) $1,834,004
1 July 1994 Winnipeg Winnipeg Stadium 42,616 / 42,616 (100%) $1,234,117
3 July 1994 Madison United States Camp Randall Stadium 60,960 / 60,960 (100%) $1,942,780
5 July 1994 Toronto Canada Exhibition Stadium 158,593 / 158,593 (100%) $4,431,108
6 July 1994
7 July 1994
9 July 1994 Washington, D.C. United States Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium 98,570 / 98,570 (100%) $3,313,378
10 July 1994
12 July 1994 Chicago Soldier Field 51,981 / 51,981 (100%) $2,056,105
14 July 1994 Pontiac Pontiac Silverdome
15 July 1994
17 July 1994 East Rutherford Giants Stadium
18 July 1994
Europe
22 July 1994 Lisbon Portugal Estádio José Alvalade
23 July 1994
25 July 1994 San Sebastián Spain Velódromo de Anoeta
27 July 1994 Barcelona Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys
30 July 1994 Chantilly France Château de Chantilly
(Hippodrome de Chantilly)
31 July 1994
2 August 1994 Cologne Germany Mungersdorfer Stadion
4 August 1994 Munich Olympiastadion
6 August 1994 Basel Switzerland Fussballstadion St. Jakob
7 August 1994
9 August 1994 Montpellier France Amphitheatre du Chateau de Grammont
11 August 1994 Bordeaux Esplanade des Quinconces
13 August 1994 Hockenheim Germany Hockenheimring
16 August 1994 Hanover Niedersachsenstadion
17 August 1994
19 August 1994 Vienna Austria Flughafen, Wiener Neustadt
21 August 1994 Berlin Germany Olympiastadion
23 August 1994 Gelsenkirchen Parkstadion
25 August 1994 Copenhagen Denmark Parken Stadium
27 August 1994 Gothenburg Sweden Ullevi
29 August 1994 Oslo Norway Valle Hovin
30 August 1994
2 September 1994 Werchter Belgium Rock Werchter
3 September 1994 Rotterdam Netherlands Stadion Feijenoord
4 September 1994
5 September 1994
7 September 1994 Prague Czech Republic Strahov Stadium
9 September 1994 Strasbourg France Stade de la Meinau
11 September 1994 Lyon Stade de Gerland
13 September 1994 Turin Italy Stadio delle Alpi
15 September 1994 Udine Stadio Friuli
17 September 1994 Modena Festa de l'Unità
19 September 1994 Rome Cinecittà
20 September 1994
21 September 1994
23 September 1994 Lyon France Stade de Gerland
25 September 1994 Lausanne Switzerland Stade Olympique de la Pontaise
13 October 1994 London England Earls Court
14 October 1994
15 October 1994
16 October 1994
17 October 1994
19 October 1994
20 October 1994
21 October 1994
22 October 1994
23 October 1994
26 October 1994
27 October 1994
28 October 1994
29 October 1994

There was going to be: a concert on 1 September 1994 in Olympiastadium, Helsinki, Finland but it was canceled for some reason; and a concert on 12 October 1994 in Earls Court, London but due to a lot of stands collapsing and injuries, it had to be canceled.

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