Syd Barrett - Madcaps Last Laugh
Barbican Hall, London, May 11th 2007
This incredible event was a tribute to the late Syd Barrett, a founder member of Pink Floyd, produced by Nick Laird-Clowes (of Dream Acadamy and Trashmonk fame) with associate producer Joe Boyd (early Pink Floyd's producer and founder of legendary UFO club in London). Surprise performances from Roger Waters himself with Jon Carin then the entire current Pink Floyd line-up (David Gilmour, Richard Wright, Nick Mason) were absolutely unbelievable!
The numerous other artists performing Syd Barrett's music included Damon Albarn (Blur/Gorillaz), Chrissie Hynde (The Pretenders), The Bees, Vashti Bunyan, Captain Sensible, Robyn Hitchcock. The house band included Andy Bell (bass, Oasis), Simon Finley (drums, Echo & The Bunnymen) and Ted Barnes (guitar, Beth Orton).
Lighting legend and Pink Floyd's original lighting designer, Peter Wynne-Willson, provided a stunning giant-scale psychedelic light-show across the large venue, aided by Neil from Optikinetics, Geoff, Sid, Lightning Rod and co - this really was a lighting dream team! The effects were amazing, including numerous liquid/oil based effects, cassettes, the giant Sploda, polarised crystal wheels and Total Eclipse. We were on hand to photograph the event from both in front and behind the projectors! These included numerous Solar 575 projectors, K4, modified OHPs, 2 massive ETC 6kW xenon projectors with external ducted cooling and Peter's range of amazing large scale attachments including his giant Spoldascope!
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