A Pig Over Oakland, 1977

AOR 4.47  1977 Pink Floyd poster by Randy Tuten advertising Pink Floyd concerts May 9-10, 1977 in Oakland. A giant pink pig is floating over the clouds and towards the Golden Gate Bridge

Randy Tuten

 

A Pig Over Oakland, 1977

 

First printing, lithograph, Condition: Very Good

 

Framed: 36" tall x 27 7/16" wide

 

$$$

 

 

Close-up of frame

Description

A popular and enduring image used to promote a large Pink Floyd concert. The flying pig became an icon of the band and was used on many other posters over time.  This is one of the most sought out Bill Graham posters from the late seventies and is becoming increasingly more difficult to locate in undamaged good condition like this copy, because, let’s face it, it’s probably been displayed, taken down, moved, re-displayed and more many times over the last 40 years.

 

 

Pink Floyd’s, “In The Flesh,” tour, promoting the Animals album, featured large inflatable puppets, as well as a pyrotechnic "waterfall", and one of the biggest and most elaborate stages to date, including umbrella-like canopies that would rise from the stage to protect the band from the elements. At some venues, paper sheep and pigs designed by Tim Hunkin were fired over the audience and parachuted back to earth.

 

 

In the first half of the show, the band played all of Animals in a different sequence to the album, starting with "Sheep", then "Pigs on the Wing (Part I)", "Dogs", "Pigs on the Wing (Part II)" and "Pigs (Three Different Ones)".

 

 

The second half of the show comprised the Wish You Were Here album in its exact running order ("Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts I–V)", "Welcome to the Machine", "Have a Cigar", "Wish You Were Here" and "Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts VI–IX)"). This was the first time "Welcome to the Machine" and "Wish You Were Here" were played live, with the latter being played differently than the studio album. It featured an extended guitar solo, a reprise of the second verse and Richard Wright closing the song with a piano solo. The encores were "Money" and often "Us and Them" from The Dark Side of the Moon.

 

 

At the Oakland, California show on May 9, they played "Careful with That Axe, Eugene" as a second encore; this was the first time it had been played since 1974 and the last time it was ever performed.

 

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