Last night in Montreal, “Floydian Slip” attended the premiere of “Another Brick in the Wall,” a new opera based on Pink Floyd’s “The Wall.”
The crowd outside the entrance of Place Des Arts‘ Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier theater grew steadily as we approached the 7:30 curtain time. Two or three television camera crews were there reporting on-scene, likely adding to the crowd as passers-by stopped to see what the commotion was.
Roger Waters arrived about 15 minutes before the performance and posed for photos with other production personnel on the red carpet. Inside, Waters sat in the center of the audience, receiving a standing ovation when we was acknowledged from the stage during pre-show announcements.
We enjoyed the show, and imagine other Floyd fans — opera beginners, like us, or otherwise — would, too.
The Abbey Road mixing console Pink Floyd used when making its seminal 1973 album “The Dark Side of the Moon” will be auctioned off this month.
Auction firm Bonhams will place the item on the block March 27 as part of its “TCM Presents … Rock and Roll Through the Lens” sale.
The console, a custom-built EMI TG12345 MK IV pulled from Abbey Road studio two, was used between 1971 and 1983. In addition to Floyd, the console was used by artists such as Paul McCartney and Wings, George Harrison, Ringo Starr and Kate Bush.
It still works, and comes with a letter of provenance from Ken Townsend, former Abbey Road Studio Manager.
The console will be on view at Bonhams Knightsbridge March 19 until the auction and is expected to easily fetch a “significant” six-figure price.
Finding the space for it in your rec room is your problem.
The exhibition was originally to open in Milan in September 2014. But Evolve Devolve, the Italian promoter of the event, issued a statement a month before launch saying the complexity of the installation made it impossible for the company to meet the timeline.
The London event, promoted by Michael Cohl and Iconic Entertainment Studios, has the involvement of all surviving members of the Floyd.