Yes, we are back on tour in North America once again – 40 something days, 28 shows and hopefully a whole load of crazy American and Canadian Pink Floyd fans! The set is once again the ‘Set the Controls’ show that we did throughout the UK and Europe earlier in the year, and the ‘choose the set list’ concept is very much still available on this very website, so come on, get on there and make your song choices.
This year the tour started in Seattle just last Friday. It’s been a while since we played in Seattle so it’s nice to have the chance to come back. Seattle has a rich rock music heritage with the whole ‘grunge’ scene – Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden etc., but perhaps its most famous musical export was one James Marshall Hendrix. We’re all big fans of Jimi in this band, and one of the things I knew I would make time for in this city was a visit to the EMP Museum (Experience Music Project). If you’re ever in Seattle check it out, it’s really great. They have a fantastic collection of guitars in there, plus visiting exhibitions – this time around they had a load of Science fiction movie memorabilia which was interesting to see. On my way out of the museum I had to stand and watch for a moment the huge video wall which was showing Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock. His rendition of ‘The Star Spangled Banner’ reminded me at substantial volume which country I am currently in!
Back-tracking a couple of days, an interesting thing happened on the flight from London to Seattle. Thumbing through the available in-flight entertainment, specifically the ‘latest releases’ Movie section, I decided to get things moving along with the latest offering from Marvel in their ‘X-men’ franchise, ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’. The story finds the lead character, Wolverine, travelling back in time to 1973 to try to change the future for the better. He goes to find a fellow mutant, Quicksilver, who can help him, and the first thing I notice is that Quicksilver is wearing a Pink Floyd T-shirt! Of all the things available to them, the costume designers and art directors for the film decided that the best way to conjure up 1973, was to put the character in a Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon shirt! Now that says something about the importance of Pink Floyd in history and of arguably the most iconic album cover of all time. Great choice.
See you next Monday, when I will be on a day off between Denver and Minneapolis – a drive of about 1000 miles, give or take. It will also be the middle of a ten show run over eleven days – ouch, I’ll let you know how that’s going! In the meantime, I’m sure some of my band mates will thrill you with their own tales from the tour!