Pink Floyd, Salt Lake City, 1970

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This is a very rare poster from Salt Lake for the 1970-era Pink Floyd. Especially so because the band rarely promoted themselves with photos of the band members. As David Gilmour noted as acrimony split Roger Waters off from the rest of the group, “the reason we could go on being Pink Floyd [without Roger] was that we were not promoting ourselves as individuals as much as a band - and a band with a distinctive sound and approach.”

 

 

 

The Terrace Ballroom was located on 464 South Main Street, in Salt Lake City. During the 1930s, when it was called "Coconut Grove", there was no larger ballroom in the United States. The name was changed in 1959 to the Terrace Ballroom, capacity around 4,000. Due to small press runs and its location in the heart of Mormon country, posters from the Terrace are scarce today. Further, the poster is exceptionally thin and we have had it backed professionally with linen to preserve it.

 

 

 

Pink Floyd's North American Atom Heart Mother tour began September 26 at Philadelphia's Electric Factory and ended on October 25 at the Boston Tea Party. This October 15th show came just 5 days after the US release of the album, their fifth for the Floyd. The cover was designed by Hipgnosis, and was the first one to not feature the band's name on the cover, or contain any photographs of the band anywhere. This was a trend that would continue on subsequent covers throughout the 1970s and beyond.

 

 

 

The band played a touring arrangement of Adam Heart Mother without brass or choir, paring it down from 25 minutes to fifteen by omitting the "collage" sections and closing reprise of the main theme. The setlist: Astronomy Domine, Fat Old Sun, Cymbaline, Atom Heart Mother, Embryo, Green Is the Colour, Careful With That Axe, Eugene, Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun, Encore: A Saucerful of Secrets.

 

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