16 February 2010

Echoes lost in 1987

Rene Gonzalez from Pacoima asks:  "Why did the band drop Echoes from the setlist shortly after the beginning of the 1987 comeback tour?"

Mason, talking in late 1987 about the early Floyd material which was sounding somewhat dated, touched on the briefly played Echoes: "Dave didn't really feel comfortable singing about albatrosses and sunshine."  I suspect the real reasoning behind this was that it was not a track the whole band could be involved in successfully.  Mason couldn't play for bullocks on that tour and Wright wasn't exactly going for it either, so there may have been some difficulty in the live performance.  Pity really.

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