Our friends over at The Pink Floyd Research Group have dropped two new films in the last week and a half. The first being a lent scanned copy of Pink Floyd live at the LA Sports Arena on April 27th, 1975 and the second being newly obtained footage just this year of Pink Floyd’s famous Montreal show in QC on July 6th, 1977 (the famous spitting incident) do check them out as they are worthy of repeat viewings! If you have any archival material you’d like to have color timed and synced up do send them an email as its a labor of love for them and they share these films for free to fans all over the world.
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Major thanks to John Waters!!!
The Pink Floyd Research Group are proud to unveil a BRAND NEW Super 8mm film of Pink Floyd performing in Los Angeles, April 27th, 1975. If this date sounds familiar to you, it’s because we already have a film from this date; making this another source 2 for Pink Floyd!
This film is one of many duplicate concert film prints that were distributed through Creem & Hit Parader magazines back in the 1970s. You would see an advertisement, and you could order a copy. Unfortunately the whereabouts of the original master reels are lost.
This particular duplicate reel is owned by film archivist John Waters, who was gracious enough to lend me a scanned copy. I asked if I could share it online for everybody, and he said go for it! Endless thanks to him! – TPFRG
Filmed by Daniel Graham Here is the infamous second film source of Montréal 1977 that appeared online a few months ago, synced up to a multi-recording matrix done by Davide Capolongo, as well as a colour correction. This is the legendary concert where Waters was so fed up with the rowdy American crowds that he ended up spitting in the face of a fan who was climbing up the front of the stage.
Waters claims in interviews that this moment was during a “quiet bit”. Chris Cockram — a roadie for the 1977 tour, working around the stage — claims that the spit did indeed happen during ‘Money’, and that the famous Wray Ellis account — who was not even near the stage after Animals — is simply untrue. The shot of Waters whistling at 4:13 clearly shows him facing upward. Judging by his upward stance and very pig-based dialog (a la, 1980-81), it is more than safe to assume — if not confirm — that the spit did NOT happen during Pigs, and that he was simply yelling at the inflatable. The clip of Waters at 14:08 during ‘Money’ shows him yelling angrily at somebody in the crowd, and giving them the middle finger. At 14:16, during the “quiet bit” to ‘Money’, Waters is seen lunging forward, in a spitting motion. This is very likely to be the historical moment captured on film. This will teach you; don’t believe everything you see on the internet, unless there is footage of it. – TPFRG