CMU School of Drama

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Pink Floyd Plays in Venice on a Massive Floating Stage in 1989; Forces the Mayor & City Council to Resign

Open Culture: When Roger Waters left Pink Floyd after 1983’s The Final Cut, the remaining members had good reason to assume the band was truly, as Waters’ proclaimed, “a spent force.” After releasing solo projects in the next few years, David Gilmour, Nick Mason, and Richard Wright soon discovered they would never achieve as individuals what they did as a band, both musically and commercially. Gilmour got to work in 1986 on developing new solo material into the 13th Pink Floyd studio album, the first without Waters, A Momentary Lapse of Reason.


Angel Zhou said...

So, this all occurred in the 1989’s and 1990’s, and is just now being written about in an article? I don’t have much background knowledge on Pink Floyd apart from the fact that their name often comes up on shirts nowadays, so I was very confused almost all the way through the article. I had originally thought this concert had happened recently, and the entire article didn’t quite make sense as a result of this confusion. After some outside research, I now realize that I was wrong. I’m curious as to why the author decided to write about this now, since no defense or explanation was given. While I’m very intrigued by the fact that an entire governing force stepped down because of one concert, this seems like outdated information. Has something comparable happened in the present day? Is this analogous to any global or national news? I’m not sure, and it’s never mentioned, so I generally find this article to be somewhat misplaced.

Sarah Boyle said...

There is a real concern to be had with concert music and art. I know that there has been a rising trend in hosting events with live or loud music at art museums, which can be damaging to the artworks themselves. Venice has even more history in their art than that. And by setting the performance to clash with a historical celebration in the city only serves to get those more likely to be concerning about the statues and such more angry to begin with. But it doesn’t make sense to decide that concert events can only occur in cities without any historical architecture. The float stage seems like a good solution and a really unique concert experience. Even though the show was free, there needed to be more crowd control. I suppose it is hard to anticipate 150,000 more people than in city limits, but there should have been more bathrooms or fewer people at that show. Actually, there should have been more bathrooms regardless, that seems like a basic requirement.