Watch One Of Pink Floyd’s Greatest Show In Venice 1989
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After the departure of Roger Waters from Pink Floyd in 1985, he assumed that the band will no longer operate, given that they’re nothing but a “spent force” already. Now, with the remaining members: David Gilmour, Richard Wright, and Nick Mason all out in the open to try and establish solo careers, they came to a conclusion that they will never achieve success far better than what they experienced inside Pink Floyd. And so Gilmour revived the band (minus Waters) with a 13th Pink Floyd album, A Momentary Lapse of Reason in 1987.
Whether the album is good or bad is up for debate, but it did establish an impressive status in the US, surpassing quadruple platinum. But the remaining Pink Floyd were insecure if the album would sell, so they planned out to only perform on several occasions, including their unforgettable and phenomenal Venice concert back in 1989.
With a crowd of over 200,000 people and broadcasted live in over 20 countries which had an estimated audience of over a hundred million; this was historic and made possible since this free concert had been planned to happen in the St. Mark’s square, joining the celebration of Feast of the Redeemer, which angered some Italians, who thought that the historic art might be trampled by thousands of people.
And so it was decided: instead of 100 decibels, it was narrowed down to 60. It was also decided that Pink Floyd will instead perform at a floating stage, and while it is iconic for that reason alone, it stirred countless controversies.
But there’s no point in refusing to watch something so ethereal and mind-blowing of a performance. With that in mind, you can watch the band’s 1989 Venice Concert, remastered in 4K, below.