17 February 2010

Obscured By Clouds live

David from Succasunna, NJ:  "Did the Floyd ever perform material from Obscured By Clouds in concert? If so, where can I find it?"

Yes, the Floyd premiered the bone-crunching song Childhood's End on December 1, 1972 at the Palais Des Sports, St. Ouen, France.  They would later go on to replace Set The Controls for the first six dates of their 1973 American tour with this song, showcasing Dave's natural rock n' roll instincts as a fundamental highlight of the show.  The title track and When You're In were added in January 1973 for Roland Petit's ballet, and served as energetic show openers during the 1973 Dark Side tour (Childhood's End was quickly dropped for some reason).  This tour was well-bootlegged as a visit to your local bootleg emporium will demonstrate.  The first CD that comes to mind is "Obscured at the Rainbow", a Rainbow Theater show performed to benefit ex-Soft Machine member Robert Wyatt, whom had a life-changing accident early that year when he fell out a fourth story window during a party (permanently paralyzing him from the waist down).

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