Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Pink Floyd Rehearsals The Festival Hall 1969 (HRV008)

This is about 20 mins of b/w footage shot at the Royal Festival Hall
by Anthony Stern (it sez so right there on the opening slate). It  seems
that Stern was called earlier that day by the band to shoot this  amazing
and unique performance. Unfortunately, he didn't go through all the
proper channels, and only got permission from the RFH to shoot the
rehearsals and only in certain areas of the venue. This becomes  apparent
when the venue's security "busts" him and orders him to turn over all
of his equipment. This all takes place while the camera is still  rolling,
but with audio only! You can hear the escalating dialogue between
Anthony and security/management as he pleads his case. Too bad he
didn't go through the proper channels and pay for the rights to film
the actual show, as he was evidently prepared to do, but at least we
have this incredible rehearsal footage to marvel at. That's the story I
heard and this is how I pieced this thing together. Maybe a phone call
to Mr. Stern would clear things up. I'll get back with an update if he
does. There is also current speculation that the actual performance
was filmed as well (quoted recently by Roger Waters).

A BIG thanks to Simon, who turned this footage over to me recently.
It seems that the last bit (Rick playing the final part of ASoS of  the
huge house pipe organ) was outta synch, but I was able to fix that
properly. Other songs include Biding My Time (with Rick briefly on
trombone), Green is the Color, Cymbaline, and ASoS... all incomplete
but still wonderful to watch!

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