“Their Mortal Remains”: Pink Floyd in Montreal

«Their Mortal Remains&raquo ;: Pink Floyd in Montreal

An example of the kind of scenic elements that can be admired in the exhibition Their Mortal Remains.

The exhibition Pink Floyd – Their Mortal Remains, presented at Arsenal contemporary art from November 4 to December 31, pays tribute to the legendary group, among other things through a famous concert which had welcomed nearly 80 000people at the Olympic Stadium. 

Montreal, July 6, 1977. During Pink Floyd's last show for the tour of In the Flesh,a spectator tries to climb the front of the stage. Displeased, Roger Waters spit in his face, an event that prompted the artist to write one of the group's most famous albums, The Wall

The producer show executive and long-time Pink Floyd collaborator Michael Cohl said at a press conference Thursday that he wanted the show to take place in Montreal first, but that didn't work. not been possible with the pandemic. 

Their Mortal Remainspresents a rich collection drawn from the archives of the members of the group and composed of scenic elements, instruments, accessories, photographs, music, films, works of art and artifacts for the public to admire , accompanied by an audio guide interacting directly with the exhibition. 

A great challenge 

Present at the press conference, Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason didn't believe, when the idea was pitched to him, that it would be possible to gather enough material to make an exhibition. 

«Their Mortal Remains»: Pink Floyd in Montreal

Nick Mason, founding member, drummer of Pink Floyd and exhibition consultant for the band. Photo: JF Galipeau, Metro

Project initiator Aubrey Powell admitted that it was a big challenge to make Their Mortal Remains, “going from dream job [to] nightmare”. On the other hand, he specified that David Gilmour and Roger Waters had “fortunately” not had too much time to interfere in the creation of this exhibition, since they were monopolized elsewhere, which made the people present laugh. Are we to understand that the two artists would have made Aubrey Powell's task more complex if they had gotten involved in the exhibition? To ask the question is to answer it. 

In addition to his role as curator and creative director of the exhibition, Aubrey Powell is responsible for several Pink Floyd album covers, including that of The Dark Side of the Moon.&nbsp ;

If he recognizes that this cover is the most “iconic” of the group and that it is generally the one that today's “kids” wear on their sweater, Aubrey Powell prefers the Wish You Were Here one, representing a burning businessman.  

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Wish You Were Here is the ninth studio album by British rock band Pink Floyd. It was released on September 12, 1975. Photo: JF Galipeau, Métro

And if Nick Masson had to choose just one song? That would be A Saucerful Of Secrets, he replied, although as a drummer, it is Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun that he prefers to play. 

At the origin of the album The Wall  

Asked about the famous 1977 concert at Olympic Stadium, Nick Masson said no matter how big the crowd, a performance is still a performance, but the stage may have been a factor in tonight's problems there, since it was rather small for a concert with so many people. 

As for the role this show played in the creation of The Wall , the Pink Floyd drummer jokingly said that everyone who attended this concert should claim royalties from the sales of this album. 

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Arsenal contemporary art is a contemporary art center located in Montreal, in the Griffintown sector of the Le Sud-Ouest borough. Photo: JF Galipeau, Metro

As an entertainment producer and promoter, Michael Cohl was asked about today's ticket costs for music concerts, far higher than when Pink Floyd was making tours.

Not wishing to comment too much on the subject, Michael Cohl, on the other hand, made a point of specifying that the tickets for the exhibition Pink Floyd – Their Mortal Remains were very affordable, a declaration which caused another times the hilarity of people attending the conference. 

One thing is for sure, affordable or not, this exhibition is worth seeing! 

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