THE AUSTRALIAN PINK FLOYD @ Hallenstadion – Zurich

27.02.2024

TAPFS do not disappoint. If you’re a Pink Floyd fan you need to go when they are in town. And that’s exactly why I was there with many other almost filling the shortened Hallenstadion with an average age a few years north of 50.

Coming on stage around 7.30pm and opening with Obscured by Clouds it wasn’t long before the Dahli-esque clock in the shape of Australia heralds the awesome Time with a thumping heartbeat.
After being immersed in the next few tracks from DSOTM and arriving at Brain Damage, the video was an amusing, yet chilling, reminder of the more recent baddies/idiots of the current world: Putin, Boris Johnson, the shaman who invaded the US Senate, Sean Hannity (Fox News), Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg, Alex Jones, Prince Andrew, Sam Bankman-Fried – to list many of them. A visit to The Wall ends the first set and the Teacher puppet is left up on stage for the audience to enjoy some photo opportunities with.

After a 25 minute pit-stop, the second set opens with a driving Arnold Lane documenting his misdemeanours before heading off to Wish You Were Here territory. For me, the best track of the night was Pigs which had a relentless energy and drum beat that really the feet tapping and heads nodding. Back to The Wall for the closing numbers and a fine version of Comfortably Numb brought he show to a close around 10.15pm with the crowd fully showing their appreciation.

As I said, you have to see these guys and girls ‘in the flesh’ next time they pass your way. Well worth it.

Check out the photos by Urs:

Set 1:
Obscured by Clouds
When You’re In
Learning to Fly
Time
Breathe (Reprise)
The Great Gig in the Sky
Money
Brain Damage
Eclipse
Coming Back to Life
In the Flesh?
The Thin Ice
Another Brick in the Wall, Part 1
The Happiest Days of Our Lives
Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2

Set 2:
Arnold Layne
Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts I-V)
Wish You Were Here
Marooned
Take It Back
Pigs (Three Different Ones)
Empty Spaces
Young Lust
One of These Days
Run Like Hell

Encore:
Comfortably Numb

Ian
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