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Pink Floyd 1994 North American Tour Production Manual
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The complete Pink Floyd 1994 North American Tour Production Manual - The extensive nuts and bolts of a two hour rock show. No detail left to chance - including the cleanliness of the catering crew's fingernails.
posted by davebush (59 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite

 
It was a pretty elaborate and entertaining set.
posted by Burhanistan at 2:20 PM on September 5, 2007


Wow. They really managed to capture the feel of the circa-1994 web there too.
posted by le morte de bea arthur at 2:22 PM on September 5, 2007


Do not try to steal it as any computer it is put on will start to act strangely and give you alot of grief. This is copyrighted material and noone has permission to use it, display it, or share it. Read it here and enjoy it.

Presumably this "noone" also includes the operators of this web site, who I doubt have permission either.

Of course there is the obligatory obnoxious context menu blocker which doesn't appear to work on modern Firefox. And the HTML source code of the page is actually encoded using JavaScript!
posted by grouse at 2:33 PM on September 5, 2007


!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
posted by takeyourmedicine at 2:34 PM on September 5, 2007


And… it's a rider. It's not like they sorted the m&ms.
posted by klangklangston at 2:35 PM on September 5, 2007


Wow! They have 28 tractor trailers and 8 crew buses. Plus the band.
posted by grouse at 2:36 PM on September 5, 2007 [1 favorite]


why the hell is this site constantly asking if it can use my clipboard? (yes I'm stuck with IE)
posted by dirtynumbangelboy at 2:36 PM on September 5, 2007


dirtynumbangelboy: Without checking, I'd bet it's trying to delete all the stuff in the clipboard to prevent you from OMG copying parts of their precious web site full of content they probably don't own.
posted by grouse at 2:42 PM on September 5, 2007


why the hell is this site constantly asking if it can use my clipboard? (yes I'm stuck with IE)

Same here.
posted by ericb at 2:48 PM on September 5, 2007


That tour was the one and only time I saw Pink Floyd.
posted by Sailormom at 2:50 PM on September 5, 2007


maybe it's a gay thing, ericb?

DAMN DISCRIMINATING WEBSITE


why yes I forgot to take my pills today
posted by dirtynumbangelboy at 2:50 PM on September 5, 2007


why the hell is this site constantly asking if it can use my clipboard? (yes I'm stuck with IE)

Maybe it's the paperclip.

why yes I forgot to take my pills today

Look for the paperclip.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 2:53 PM on September 5, 2007


That tour was the one and only time I saw Pink Floyd.

Same here. I thought the Pink Floyd crowd would be cool and laid back, instead they turned out to be a hostile, alcohol-fueled battalion of burnouts.

But on the plus side, the sound was simply amazing!
posted by malocchio at 3:11 PM on September 5, 2007


Funny, there's no mention of Syd anywhere in the rider...
posted by item at 3:24 PM on September 5, 2007


ARE YOU READY TO ROCK, LAWYERS?
posted by kuujjuarapik at 3:43 PM on September 5, 2007 [2 favorites]


Sweet! That Division Bell show was pretty much my first big-arena rock concert.

Yes, I was 18 before I went to a big-arena rock concert. Before that my Friday nights mostly revolved around the leet warez and dialup games of networked Bolo.
posted by killdevil at 3:49 PM on September 5, 2007


Wow. I bet they all took long naps after trying so fucking hard. Clearly it's all about the music for these loads.
posted by KevinSkomsvold at 4:03 PM on September 5, 2007 [1 favorite]


Same here. I thought the Pink Floyd crowd would be cool and laid back, instead they turned out to be a hostile, alcohol-fueled battalion of burnouts.

I saw it at RFK on D.C. I have been to a lot of rock concerts and lived in Baltimore, D.C., and Los Angeles, and to this day that is the biggest collection of drunk, drugged-out freaks I have ever seen in one place.

After the show we were walking through the parking lot. A guy rolled up and held up the the stub end of one of those big-ass pretzels they sell. He had chewed it down to almost nothing. "I'll sell you this big fucking pretzel for 35 cents!!" he proclaimed. I declined.

But yeah, cool show.
posted by drjimmy11 at 4:35 PM on September 5, 2007


Same here. I thought the Pink Floyd crowd would be cool and laid back, instead they turned out to be a hostile, alcohol-fueled battalion of burnouts.

This is probably the case chiefly because Pink Floyd is such a ubiquitous classic rock draw. Bikers, stoners, yuppies, hipsters, hippies, etc etc tend to like the Floyd. When they had their big tour it was to be expected that all kinds of f'ed up schmoes would come out of the woodwork to see all the tired old classics trotted out.
posted by Burhanistan at 4:41 PM on September 5, 2007


I vaguely remember that show. I distinctly remember being bored shitless by it, too.

That one show made me wish I lived in a major city when it came to big acts like Floyd. It was so obvious they were phoning it in at the show I saw.
posted by Thorzdad at 4:47 PM on September 5, 2007


I saw Pink Floyd in 1976, the Wish You Were Here tour. I win.
posted by jokeefe at 4:59 PM on September 5, 2007


dnab: no clipboard issues in IE over here... but I'm merely bi.
posted by heeeraldo at 5:00 PM on September 5, 2007


HHGTG fans?

They tour with their own towels.
posted by coust at 5:17 PM on September 5, 2007


I'm guessing demands like these are why my dinky local venue is getting the PINK FLOYD Experience!! later this month.
posted by RavinDave at 5:33 PM on September 5, 2007


Websites that go to so much trouble to keep me from copying their content really make me want to figure out how to. In this case, one could load the page with JavaScript on, then disable it and right-click on the image.

Or just access each image directly with no kind of protection at:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39

If you're going to save them, they're JPGs.

Why are contracts like this printed in all caps? It's less legible and makes promoters feel hated.

"Should the production require additional labor, above and beyond that listed above it must be provided without question." --page 18. Hmm.

"IT IS ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL, THAT WHEN THE PRODUCTION CALLS FOR HOUSE LIGHTS TO GO BLACK, ALL AMBIENT LIGHT BE EXTINGUISHED. THIS INCLUDES ALL SCORE BOARDS, ADVERTISING SIGNS, LIGHTS IN ANY/ALL RESTAURANTS AND PRIVATE BOXES. THIS SHOULD ALSO INCLUDE ALL PARKING LOT LIGHTS AND ANY OTHER LIGHTING SOURCES THAT MAY INTERFERE WITH THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE PERFORMANCE. CONCESSION AND MERCHANDISING STANDS SHOULD ALSO BE PREPARED TO EXTINGUISH THEIR LIGHTS DURING THE PERFORMANCE, IF THEY ARE VISIBLE FROM INSIDE THE STADIUM." --Page 5. Gotta see those lighters SHINE!

Wow. They brought their own laundry facilities on tour. And required hookups. And charged the promoters by the day for the courtesy.

50kg of dry ice to be delivered to the production office 2 hours before the advertised show time.

It's like running a portable village. They even required a qualified doctor to be backstage on show day.

"One large room for use as the band lounge.... easy chairs and/or couches to accommodate thirty people... Care should be taken to ensure that this room is decorated with fllowers, plants, etc. in order to transform it from a sterile environment into a pleasant area to relax and entertain in."

The list of prohibited items for guests includes alcohol and "large containers," recording devices, bottles and cans, but not food or drugs.

I once organized an outdoor dance with a DJ and free refreshments for ~2500 people. I can't imagine being responsible for all the details in this booklet.
posted by lostburner at 5:35 PM on September 5, 2007


my mom wouldn't let me go see the dark side of the moon tour in 1973. i made it to wish you were here in 1975 (pittsburgh). my friend did a megahit of acid and spent the entire concert in the first aid tent. i was so stoned i didn't even know she was gone until we had to go claim her after the show. i still kick myself for not making the trip to new york for the wall (poor college student) in 1980. last one was the 1987 momentary lapse of reason (cleveland). by the time they did the 1994 tour, i was floyded out. so either i win, jokeefe, or we tie.
posted by msconduct at 5:35 PM on September 5, 2007


I've been fascinated by this stuff since I saw those time-lapse videos of arena concerts being set up on PBS in the 80's. Was it KISS, maybe?

Has anyone ever read a good book or article on the subject?
posted by smackfu at 6:04 PM on September 5, 2007


Not precisely a book, by great material for comparison is Iggy's rider , first posted here almost a year ago.

And I never got to see Pink Floyd live. I was born in 1977, so the only time I could have seen them was in 1994, in Mexico City, and by then it was obvious to me that without Roger or Syd it was pretty much only going to be an impressive light show, backed with bad renditions of songs I really liked. For that, I would rather go see the light-and-sound show at the pyramids in Teotihuacan,
posted by micayetoca at 6:28 PM on September 5, 2007


Forgot to say, great post, nonetheless, davebush, it's very interesting to get to see things like this.
posted by micayetoca at 6:29 PM on September 5, 2007


Derail: Anyone know where I can find a decent recording of an actual The Wall concert, as opposed to the Roger Waters one with Cyndi Lauper stripping?
posted by TheOnlyCoolTim at 6:30 PM on September 5, 2007


Great post.

Iggy's rider has the funny, though.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 6:31 PM on September 5, 2007


"THE CATERING RUNNER SHOULD OBTAIN A MEMBERSHIP CARD TO A WHOLESALE CLUB LIKE: SAM'S, PACE, COSTCO, WAREHOUSE CLUB, ETC."

Rock on.

I used to wonder why concert tickets are $135 these days.
posted by stargell at 6:34 PM on September 5, 2007


Here you are. All pages initialized. In triplicate. It says the white copy goes back to you. We keep the goldenrod.

Oh! By the way, which one's pink?
posted by hal9k at 6:34 PM on September 5, 2007 [1 favorite]


"IN MANY SITUATIONS, THE BAND WILL DO A "RUNNER" IMMEDIATELY UPON CONCLUSION OF THEIR PERFORMANCE."

And wow, I just got to the schedule. They start 4 days prior and finish one day after. No wonder they play multiple dates. And the band could basically fly home between cities.

"UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES A FLASHLIGHT TO BE USED AS A WEAPON."
posted by smackfu at 6:43 PM on September 5, 2007


Holy cow, that Iggy rider is funny.
posted by stargell at 6:44 PM on September 5, 2007


My biggest regret in life is not going to the Pulse tour when I easily could have.

(Yes, my biggest regret in life, even more than shooting that man in Reno just to watch him die.)
posted by The Deej at 7:00 PM on September 5, 2007


They start 4 days prior and finish one day after. No wonder they play multiple dates. And the band could basically fly home between cities.

That tour, they ran two complete stage sets, and the band group (the band and key production crew) flew from city to city as the sets were made. They also played a goodly number of multiple day stands,

As the first two full months of the sked shows, they played far more than one date in five days.

April

1. 3 - Alamo Dome, San Antonio, Texas
2. 5 - Rice Stadium, Houston, Texas
3. 9 - Autodromo Hnos. Rodriguez, Mexico City, Mexico
4. 10 - Autodromo Hnos. Rodriguez, Mexico City, Mexico
5. 14 - Jack Murphy Stadium, San Diego, California
6. 16 - The Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California
7. 17 - The Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California
8. 20 - Alameda Oakland Coliseum, Oakland, California
9. 21 - Alameda Oakland Coliseum, Oakland, California
10. 22 - Alameda Oakland Coliseum, Oakland, California
11. 24 - Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, Arizona
12. 26 - Sun Bowl, El Paso, Texas
13. 28 - Texas Stadium, Irving, Texas
14. 29 - Texas Stadium, Irving, Texas

May

1. 1 - Legion Field, Birmingham, Alabama
2. 3 - Bobbie Dodd Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia
3. 4 - Bobbie Dodd Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia
4. 6 - Tampa Stadium, Tampa, Florida
5. 8 - Vanderbilt University Stadium, Nashville, Tennessee
6. 10 - Carter Finley Stadium, Raleigh, North Carolina
7. 12 - Death Valley Stadium, Clemson, South Carolina
8. 14 - The Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana
9. 18 - Foxboro Stadium, Foxboro, Massachusetts
10. 19 - Foxboro Stadium, Foxboro, Massachusetts
11. 20 - Foxboro Stadium, Foxboro, Massachusetts
12. 22 - Stade du Parc Olympique, Montreal, Canada
13. 23 - Stade du Parc Olympique, Montreal, Canada
14. 24 - Stade du Parc Olympique, Montreal, Canada
15. 26 - Municipal Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio
16. 27 - Municipal Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio
17. 29 - Buckeyes Stadium, Columbus, Ohio
18. 31 - Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
posted by eriko at 7:03 PM on September 5, 2007


I thought the Pink Floyd crowd would be cool and laid back, instead they turned out to be a hostile, alcohol-fueled battalion of burnouts.

That's a bad combination for a crowd, but when you can call the band you're watching a "hostile, alcohol-fueled battalion of burnouts" you're probably at the right show. By which I mean a Motorhead show.
posted by thatswherebatslive at 7:05 PM on September 5, 2007


Wow, that's a serious schedule. And two sets? Insane.

On another topic, anyone know why the Iggy rider specs instruments? I thought rock stars were super particular about that kind of thing.
posted by smackfu at 7:06 PM on September 5, 2007


Best part of the show was the remote speakers at faraway ends of the stadium (The OSU horseshoe). Sound was incredible. The bass bins mowed down the first forty rows like Sauron just before he lost the ring.

Worst part: the pigs (two of them!) sprouting out from the top of either PA columns. Half the crowd went "Wooooo!" while the rest of us... can you actually hear a collective eyeroll?

We were within easy field goal range but on the wrong side of sonic nirvana though. Always wondered if their opener "Astronomie Domine" was live or piped through.
posted by hal9k at 7:10 PM on September 5, 2007


anyone know why the Iggy rider specs instruments

it doesn't. it specs backline amps and sound gear.
posted by quonsar at 7:26 PM on September 5, 2007


OK, well I've taken all those images and created a PDF, which you can get here. Unfortunately the small pages have been rotated (I used MS's photo print wizard to send all of the images to PDFCreator), but hopefully it's a bit easier to use.
posted by bruzie at 7:49 PM on September 5, 2007 [1 favorite]


Previous snarking aside, great post DB. I'm always fascinated by this stuff.

We all remember the Van Halen brown M&M thing, right? I had never really read up on it until this post. David Lee Roth seems to have his head on straight.
posted by KevinSkomsvold at 7:54 PM on September 5, 2007


bruzie, mate, you are a star. My sis works in production and I was wondering how could I show this to her in case it gets pulled.
posted by micayetoca at 8:00 PM on September 5, 2007


The Houston one got rained out.
posted by Burhanistan at 8:31 PM on September 5, 2007


I seem to recall that no less than John Tesch did the same thing for the same reason as Van Halen (except he demanded something odd like a Star Wars action figure.)
posted by RavinDave at 8:42 PM on September 5, 2007


In terms of business this thing doesn't seem very tight. Where's the force majeure? You could probably drive a truck through the loop-holes. Technical stuff--a 60 ton crane is not that big. I've spec'ed 210 on cranes for moving Phoenix canariensis around my villa(s). Hippies probably were astounded by the acumen.
posted by wallstreet1929 at 8:48 PM on September 5, 2007


Apparently Van Halen has updated their rider. M&Ms have been replaced by peanut butter cups. But the list of booze is impressive.
posted by Sailormom at 8:54 PM on September 5, 2007


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Oooh...I hacked their k0dez! Nice, they keep copying " " to the clipboard to ensure that there's no way you could ever copy this really important stuff.
posted by milnak at 1:52 AM on September 6, 2007


Unlike most of these production manual things, where I just read it and roll my eyes and think "What dicks", with this one, all I can do is feel sorry when I imagine all of the mistakes that must have happened in order to get the type of specificity they have. "A drainage system beyond the barricade or in an emergency egress area is not acceptable!!!!" is the kind of sentence that pretty much guarantees that at an earlier show, the promoters had the water drain into an emergency exit. That kind of thing.
posted by Bugbread at 2:52 AM on September 6, 2007


My favorite paragraph is about the "Bus Shower Power". Hilarious!
posted by Hollow_MarkeD at 4:40 AM on September 6, 2007


I saw Pink Floyd back around the Momentary Lapse of Reason tour. It seemed that they were playing every single song note-for-note exactly like it was on the album, and I couldn't really see the actual band through all the smoke effects, lasers, movies, and flying inflatable pigs and hospital beds. It cost me $25 for a ticket. A few weeks later I saw a band called Wig play a $2 show in a dive bar. They were an awesome band, energetic and talented and charismatic, and nice guys to drink beer with afterward. I vowed never to see another expensive rock concert again.
posted by Cookiebastard at 5:22 AM on September 6, 2007


Initialed as read.
posted by internal at 6:13 AM on September 6, 2007


Along those same lines Cookiebastard, I remember specifically seeing live footage of this tour on MTV. I remember the stage being like 70' high and a buffer zone of about 70' between the band and the crowd. If you were in the first row, you'd probably need binoculars to see them. I'm almost positive they had a mote-like system with alligators and crocs to prevent "common folk" from trying to reach the stage. I do remember thinking at that time, "what a bunch of pompous assholes!" and now I've got 32 pages of demands to validate my perceptions after all these years later.
posted by KevinSkomsvold at 7:36 AM on September 6, 2007


"I vowed never to see another expensive rock concert again."

Wow, your indie cred slays me. ;-)

I vaguely remember this time because the week that Pink Floyd was taking up the Oakland Coliseum, I was a stagehand at the Concord Pavilion and we also had shows going on. All of the normal union (IATSE) guys were at the PF show so we got 'overhire' folks. Still very talented folks, fortunately, but not the regular crew.

I think the current Rolling Stones tour is actually larger, production-wise.
posted by drstein at 10:51 AM on September 6, 2007


Indie cred? Dude, I was into indie-cred wayyy before anyone else.
posted by Cookiebastard at 1:35 PM on September 6, 2007


I saw this tour in New Orleans and a police man ended up having to shoot a concert goer for some reason or another. Awesome show though!
posted by Justin Case at 1:39 PM on September 6, 2007


I vowed never to see a show for less than $1000 ever again. It's been working out ok so far.
posted by Kwine at 3:38 PM on September 6, 2007


Initialed as read.

You meant:

Metafilter: Initialed as read.
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