Pink Floyd Live Backing Musicians


Pink Floyd Live Backing Musicians

Starting in 1973, after the epic "The Dark Side of the Moon" was released, the band started using regular backing musicians. Many of the musicians that Pink Floyd used as backing musicians were part of the studio recordings of albums such as Dick Parry, who played saxophone on "Money" and The Blackberries who did the backing vocals for "Shine On You Crazy Diamond".

The Dark Side of the Moon Tour 1973

The Black Grass were backing musicians for the March and May 1973 performances. Nawasa Crowder was not present in the June 1973 concerts. The Blackberries provided backing vocals for two October 1973 performances while Vicki Brown, Liza Strike, and Clare Torry provided backing vocals for two November concerts held on the same day. The setlist usually consisted with the first half being material before made up of albums before Dark Side of The Moon and the second half being the album.

* Dick Parry — saxophone
* Black Grass (Nawasa Crowder, Mary Ann Lindsey, and Phyllis Lindsey) — backing vocals
* The Blackberries (Billy Barnum, Venetta Fields, and Clydie King) — backing vocals
* Vicki Brown, Liza Strike, and Clare Torry — backing vocals

French Concert Series 1974

Dick Parry played saxophone while the Blackberries were the backing vocalists for seven June shows. The setlist consisted of Shine on You Crazy Diamond, Raving and Drooling, Echoes making up the first half and the Dark Side of the Moon making up the second.

* Dick Parry — saxophone
* The Blackberries (Venetta Fields & Carlena Williams) — backing vocals

British Winter Tour 1974

Dick Parry and the Blackberries were additional musicians for the September, November and December shows. The setlist consisted of having a first half of Shine on You Crazy Diamond, Raving and Drooling, You've Got to Be Crazy with the second half being Dark Side of the Moon.

* Dick Parry — saxophone
* The Blackberries (Venetta Fields & Carlena Williams) — backing vocals

North American Tour 1975

Dick Parry and The Blackberries were the backing musicians for the April, June, and July shows. The first half of the setlist consisted of Raving and Drooling,You Gotta be Crazy,Shine on you Crazy Diamond (now split into two halves by)Have A Cigar and the second half consisted of "The Dark Side of the Moon".

* Dick Parry — saxophone
* The Blackberries (Venetta Fields & Carlena Williams) — backing vocals

In the Flesh 1977

Dick Parry and Snowy White assisted Pink Floyd during the entire tour which lasted from January to July 1977. The setlist featured "Animals" in the first half and "Wish You Were Here" in the second.

* Dick Parry — saxophone
* Snowy White — guitars, bass (on "Sheep", "Dogs" and "Welcome To The Machine")

The Wall 1980-81

The Wall made up the entire shows during these two years. There were eighteen shows in 1980 during the months in the months of February and August. There were thirteen shows in 1981 in February and June. In 2000, Pink Floyd released Is There Anybody Out There? The Wall Live 1980-81 which was a CD made up of various concerts from 1980 and 1981.

1980

* Snowy White — guitars
* Andy Brown — bass guitar, acoustic guitar on "Outside the Wall"
* Peter Wood — keyboards, acoustic guitar on "Outside the Wall"
* Willie Wilson — drums, percussion
* Joe Chemay, Stan Farber, Jim Haas, Jon Joyce — backing vocals

1981

* Andy Roberts — guitars
* Andy Brown — bass guitar, acoustic guitar on "Outside the Wall"
* Peter Wood — keyboards, acoustic guitar on "Outside the Wall"
* Willie Wilson — drums, percussion
* Joe Chemay, Stan Farber, Jim Haas, Jon Joyce — backing vocals

A Momentary Lapse of Reason 1987-89

The Momentary Lapse Tour, according to Tim Renwick, was only supposed to last 11 weeks. Originally the band would play a show at Wembley Stadium, tour the United States Of America, and finish back again at Wembley, much like what Roger Waters was doing on his Radio K.A.O.S tour.

A Momentary Lapse of Reason Tour 1987

The tour began on September 9th 1987 at Lansdowne Park Ottawa Canada and finished at The B.C. Place Stadium in Vancouver Canada on the 10th December 1987. The first half of the setlist consisted of Echoes (replaced by Shine On You Crazy Diamond from late September, 1987 onward) followed by A Momentary Lapse of Reason with the second half made up of various Floyd material from over the years.

* Jon Carin — keyboards and vocals
* Scott Page — saxophone and guitar
* Guy Pratt — bass guitar and vocals
* Tim Renwick — guitars and vocals
* Gary Wallis — percussion
* Rachel Fury and Margaret Taylor — backing vocals
* Durga McBroom — backing vocals (from November, 1987 onward (first performance was at Omni Arena in Atlanta in November, 1987)
* Roberta Freeman and Lorelei McBroom — additional backing vocals for the band's aborted filmed shows from Atlanta in November, 1987.

World Tour 1988

The World Tour began at Western Springs in Auckland, New Zealand on 23rd January 1988 and finished at the Nassau Coliseum, Long Island on August 23rd 1988. The first half of the setlist consisted of Shine On You Crazy Diamond followed by A Momentary Lapse of Reason with the second half made up of various Floyd material from over the years. A recording of this set can be found on The Delicate Sound of Thunder.

* Jon Carin — keyboards and vocals
* Scott Page — saxophone and guitar
* Guy Pratt — bass guitar and vocals
* Tim Renwick — guitars and vocals
* Gary Wallis — percussion
* Rachel Fury, Durga McBroom and Margaret Taylor — backing vocals

Another Lapse 1989

In the Spring and Summer of 1989, the band did another European leg of the tour dubbing it "Another Lapse". They toured during May, June, July of 1988. The setlist remained the same as the 1988 World Tour.

* Jon Carin — keyboards and vocals
* Scott Page — saxophone and guitar
* Guy Pratt — bass guitar and vocals
* Tim Renwick — guitars and vocals
* Gary Wallis — percussion
* Rachel Fury, Durga McBroom and Lorelei McBroom — backing vocals

Knebworth Festival Benefit Concert 1990

On June 30th of 1990, Pink Floyd performed for the Knebworth Festival benefit concert. Pink Floyd's setlist included Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Part 1-5), Sorrow, Wish You Were Here, The Great Gig In The Sky, Money, Comfortably Numb, and Run Like Hell.

* Candy Dulfer — saxophone
* Jon Carin — keyboards and vocals
* Guy Pratt — bass guitar and vocals
* Tim Renwick — guitars and vocals
* Gary Wallis — percussion
* Michael Kamen — piano harmonium
* Durga McBroom, Sam Brown, Vicki Brown, Clare Torry — backing vocals

King Edward VII Hospital Benefit Concert 1993

On September 18th, 1993, Pink Floyd played a three piece set for the King Edward VII Hospital. The band performed Run Like Hell, Wish You Were Here, and Comfortably Numb.

* Tim Renwick — guitars
* Gary Wallis — percussion
* Mike Rutherford — bass guitar
* Paul Young — vocals
* Adrian Milne — keyboards, backing vocals

The Division Bell Tour 1994

The Division Bell tour lasted from March to October 1994. The first half of the setlist on shows where Dark Side of the Moon was not played in its entirety would consist of material from The Division Bell and A Momentary Lapse of Reason plus Astronomy Domine and One of These Days. The second half made up of various Floyd material from Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, The Wall and The Division Bell. On shows where all of Dark Side was played in the second set, the first half of the setlist consisted of material from Division Bell, A Momentary Lapse, The Wall, Wish You Were Here and Meddle with the second half being The Dark Side of the Moon with encores of Wish You Were Here, Comfortably Numb, and Run Like Hell. A recording of this tour can be found on P*U*L*S*E.

* Dick Parry — saxophone
* Jon Carin — keyboards and vocals
* Guy Pratt — bass guitars and vocals
* Tim Renwick — guitars
* Gary Wallis — percussion
* Durga McBroom, Sam Brown, Claudia Fontaine — backing vocals

Live 8 Concert 2005

On July 2nd, 2005 Pink Floyd reunited with Roger Waters to help promote awareness to global poverty. The setlist included Speak to Me/Breathe/Breathe (Reprise), Money, Wish You Were Here, and Comfortably Numb.

* Jon Carin — keyboards and vocals
* Dick Parry — saxophone
* Tim Renwick — guitars
* Carol Kenyon — backing vocals


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