Pink Floyd Newcastle Odeon 8th November 1974

Pink Floyd Newcastle 1974
floyd74Pink Floyd issued The Dark Side of the Moon in March 1973, over a year after I’d seen them perform early versions of the songs at a concert at Newcastle City Hall. Dark Side of the Moon was a massive and immediate success, topping the US LP chart and reaching No 2 in the UK chart. It remained in the chart for 741 weeks from 1973 to 1988. Pink Floyd did a short winter tour of the UK in late 1974, stopping off for two nights at Newcastle Odeon. I attended the first of the two nights. The concert comprised two sets, the first set consisting of new material, and the second being a performance of their latest album (Dark Side of the Moon). They would retain a similar format for their next tour. Floyd said little to the audience; they wandered quietly on stage and performed the music, illuminated by an impressive light show, and a large circular screen, which showed a series of videos recorded to accompany each song.floydprog The first set consisted of three songs; a lengthy version of Shine on You Crazy Diamond (which was to appear on “Wish You Were Here” the following year and sounded amazing on first hearing) and early versions of Sheep and Dogs (which were to develop and would later appear on “Animals” in 1977). The concert was excellent; technically perfect though the band appeared distant. The programme (pictured here) took the form of a great little “The Pink Floyd” comic: “A Super All-Action Official Music Programme for Boys and Girls!” and featured stories about each band member who became “Rog of the Rovers”, “Captain Mason R.N.”, “Rich Right Ā£”, and “Dave Derring” (Wizzo stuff šŸ™‚ ).
First Set: Shine On You Crazy Diamond; Raving and Drooling (early version of “Sheep”); You’ve Got to Be Crazy (early version of “Dogs”).
Second Set: Speak to Me; Breathe; On the Run; Time; The Great Gig in the Sky; Money; Us and Them; Any Colour You Like; Brain Damage; Eclipse. Encore: Echoes.
Pink Floyd: David Gilmour; Roger Waters; Richard Wright; Nick Mason.
Additional tour musicians: Dick Parry (saxophone); The Blackberries (Venetta Fields & Carlena Williams; backing vocals).
“You reached for the secret too soon, you cried for the moon.
Shine on you crazy diamond” (Pink Floyd, 1974).

10 responses to this post.

  1. Hi Peter, I was at the Odeon in 74 for Floyd. Row E with A and B being removed to get the stage in. The the dry ice and being frozen but loving every minute. A recent documentary on BBC4 about making Wish you were here mentioned they felt distant to the audience on that tour although still one of the gigging highlights for me. Checkout my site on Regards Steve Bell Durham


  2. I was at that gig – I organised a minibus with several other 15 year olds from St Mary’s College, Middlesbrough… fantastic.


  3. Posted by Colin Weatherspoon on December 12, 2015 at 11:50 pm

    I was at that 74 Odeon gig, aged 15. A stunning set – incredible live musicianship, but without a squeak to the audience from any of the band throughout.

    I still pinch myself when I think about it over 40 yrs later.


    • Posted by vintagerock on December 13, 2015 at 7:40 am

      Happy days Colin Cheers Peter


    • Posted by Mike hankey on August 8, 2016 at 10:11 pm

      Great gig and there was one comment from Waters. As i recall, during the first set – in which they played unfamiliar stuff from Wish you were here – somebody yelled “when are you going to start playing some fucking music” to which Waters responded “we ARE playing fucking music” . Not the wittiest response to a heckler but it got a big round of applause all the same.

      Odd that i remember this after all these years! But it was one heck of a concert in a relatively small venue. I will never forget it.


  4. I was at one of the two nights, can’t recall whether it was this one or the following. I do remember the first set of entirely new material, comprising of Shine on and the two tracks that ended up on Animals, then DSOTM in its entirety, sublime. I’ve a strong memory of talking excitedly to my mates at school the following Monday about the gig, as Floyd alongside Zep, the Who and the Stones were probably joint biggest in the world at the time! Saw them another 3 times, ‘The Wall’ at Earls Court in 80, Man City FC in 88 and Earls Court again in 94, plus Gilmour in Manchester in 2006, and Roger W at Wembley Stadium doing ‘The Wall’ in 2013 and again in 2018 at the Liverpool Echo with his new show which included loads of Floyd classics! Side question Peter – do you remember why they stopped having gigs at the Odeon, in my memory I think this was only one of three gigs I saw there, alongside Sabbath and Burn era Purple.


    • Posted by vintagerock on July 14, 2020 at 2:02 pm

      Happy days indeed Craig Floyd were awesome back in the day. You are right about the Odeon stopping big gigs around that period; but they did continue after they made it into 3 screens. The balcony was used as a venue, looking down on the stage. I saw America and Poco in there and also, to my shame, Child who were a kids group at the time. I saw Leo Sayer in there, but I think that was the big Odeon when he was massive and I also saw The Faces in there again in the big Odeon. Happy days Peter


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