The Division Bell Tour


The Division Bell Tour
The Division Bell tour
Tour by Pink Floyd
Associated album The Division Bell
Start date March 30, 1994
End date October 29, 1994
Legs 2
Shows 110
Pink Floyd tour chronology
A Momentary Lapse of Reason Tour
(1987-1989)
The Division Bell Tour
(1994)

The Division Bell Tour was a concert tour by British rock band Pink Floyd in 1994 to support their album The Division Bell. In 1995 the band released the live album Pulse to commemorate the tour, which would turn out to be the final Pink Floyd tour, although members of the band have continued to perform the band's songs on solo tours.

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History

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.

The concerts featured even more impressive special effects than the previous tour, including two custom designed airships.[1] 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, U2, The Police and Madonna remain the only acts ever to achieve a higher worldwide gross from a tour, even when adjusting for inflation.

These shows are documented by the Pulse album and DVD.

The final concert of the tour on October 29, 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 July 2, 2005.

Tour band

  • David Gilmour – guitars, lead vocals, lap steel guitar
  • Rick Wright – keyboards, secondary vocals, backing vocals
  • Nick Mason – drums, percussion

Additional musicians:

Sets

There were two typical sets used throughout the tour. The first was used all tour, and the second was introduced on July 15, 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. "Take It Back"
  6. a third song from The Division Bell (sometimes two were played)
    ("A Great Day for Freedom" [30x], "Poles Apart" [29x], "Coming Back to Life" [28x], and "Lost for Words" [5x])
  7. "Sorrow"
  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. "Breathe"
  3. "Time"
  4. "High Hopes"
  5. "The Great Gig in the Sky"
  6. "Wish You Were Here"
  7. "Us and Them"
  8. "Money"
  9. "Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)"
  10. "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"
  4. "Take It Back" (replaced by "Lost for Words" for October 19 performance)
  5. "Coming Back to Life" (replaced by "A Great Day for Freedom" for October 19 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"
  2. "Comfortably Numb"
  3. "Run Like Hell"

The songs included in the sets, that were not played regularly were:

  • "One Slip" (only played 1 time [Oakland 22]) - between "The Great Gig in the Sky" and "Us and Them" ("Wish You Were Here" was instead played after "Us and Them" at this show)
  • "Marooned" (only played in Oslo, Norway [2 times]) - before "Run Like Hell"

Tour dates

Date City Country Venue
North America
March 30, 1994 Miami Gardens, Florida United States Joe Robbie Stadium
April 3, 1994 San Antonio, Texas Alamodome
April 5, 1994 Houston, Texas Rice Stadium
April 9, 1994 Mexico City Mexico Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez
April 10, 1994
April 14, 1994 San Diego, California United States Jack Murphy Stadium
April 16, 1994 Pasadena, California Rose Bowl
April 17, 1994
April 20, 1994 Oakland, California Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum
April 21, 1994
April 22, 1994
April 24, 1994 Tempe, Arizona Sun Devil Stadium
April 26, 1994 El Paso, Texas Sun Bowl Stadium
April 28, 1994 Irving, Texas Texas Stadium
April 29, 1994
May 1, 1994 Birmingham, Alabama Legion Field
May 3, 1994 Atlanta, Georgia Bobby Dodd Stadium
May 4, 1994
May 6, 1994 Tampa, Florida Tampa Stadium
May 8, 1994 Nashville, Tennessee Vanderbilt Stadium
May 10, 1994 Raleigh, North Carolina Carter-Finley Stadium
May 12, 1994 Clemson, South Carolina Memorial Stadium
May 14, 1994 New Orleans, Louisiana Louisiana Superdome
May 18, 1994 Foxboro, Massachusetts Foxboro Stadium
May 19, 1994
May 20, 1994
May 22, 1994 Montreal, Quebec Canada Olympic Stadium
May 23, 1994
May 24, 1994
May 26, 1994 Cleveland, Ohio United States Cleveland Stadium
May 27, 1994
May 29, 1994 Columbus, Ohio Ohio Stadium
May 31, 1994 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Three Rivers Stadium
June 2, 1994 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Veterans Stadium
June 3, 1994
June 4, 1994
June 6, 1994 Syracuse, New York Carrier Dome
June 10, 1994 Bronx, New York Yankee Stadium
June 11, 1994
June 14, 1994 Indianapolis, Indiana RCA Dome
June 16, 1994 Ames, Iowa Cyclone Stadium
June 18, 1994 Denver, Colorado Mile High Stadium
June 20, 1994 Kansas City, Missouri Arrowhead Stadium
June 22, 1994 Minneapolis, Minnesota Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
June 25, 1994 Vancouver, British Columbia Canada BC Place Stadium
June 26, 1994
June 28, 1994 Edmonton, Alberta Commonwealth Stadium
July 1, 1994 Winnipeg, Manitoba Winnipeg Stadium
July 3, 1994 Madison, Wisconsin United States Camp Randall Stadium
July 5, 1994 Toronto, Ontario Canada Exhibition Stadium
July 6, 1994
July 7, 1994
July 9, 1994 Washington, D.C. United States RFK Stadium
July 10, 1994
July 12, 1994 Chicago, Illinois Soldier Field
July 14, 1994 Pontiac, Michigan Pontiac Silverdome
July 15, 1994
July 17, 1994 East Rutherford, New Jersey Giants Stadium
July 18, 1994
Europe
July 22, 1994 Lisbon Portugal Estádio José Alvalade
July 23, 1994
July 25, 1994 San Sebastián Spain Velodrome de Anoeta
July 27, 1994 Barcelona Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys
July 30, 1994 Chantilly France Chateau de Chantilly
July 31, 1994
August 2, 1994 Cologne Germany Mungersdorfer Stadion
August 4, 1994 Munich Olympic Stadium
August 6, 1994 Basel Switzerland Fussballstadion St. Jakob
August 7, 1994
August 9, 1994 Montpellier France Amphitheatre du Chateau de Grammont
August 11, 1994 Bordeaux Esplanade des Quinconces
August 13, 1994 Hockenheim Germany Hockenheimring
August 16, 1994 Hannover Niedersachsenstadion
August 17, 1994
August 19, 1994 Vienna Austria Wiener Neustadt - Flugfeld
August 21, 1994 Berlin Germany Olympic Stadium
August 23, 1994 Gelsenkirchen Parkstadion
August 25, 1994 Copenhagen Denmark Parken Stadium
August 27, 1994 Gothenburg Sweden Ullevi
August 29, 1994 Oslo Norway Valle Hovin Stadion
August 30, 1994
September 2, 1994 Werchter Belgium Festivalweide
September 3, 1994 Rotterdam Netherlands Stadion Feijenoord
September 4, 1994
September 5, 1994
September 7, 1994 Prague Czech Republic Strahov Stadium
September 9, 1994 Strasbourg France Stade de la Meinau
September 11, 1994 Lyon Stade de Gerland
September 13, 1994 Torino Italy Stadio delle Alpi
September 15, 1994 Udine Stadio Friuli
September 17, 1994 Modena Festa Nazionale dell Unita
September 19, 1994 Rome Cinecittà
September 20, 1994
September 21, 1994
September 23, 1994 Lyon France Stade de Gerland
September 25, 1994 Lausanne Switzerland Stade Olympique de la Pontaise
October 13, 1994 London England Earls Court Exhibition Centre
October 14, 1994
October 15, 1994
October 16, 1994
October 17, 1994
October 19, 1994
October 20, 1994
October 21, 1994
October 22, 1994
October 23, 1994
October 26, 1994
October 27, 1994
October 28, 1994
October 29, 1994

External links

References

  1. ^ VOLA Archive, retrieved 22 March 2006

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