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Pink Floyd film ‘Delicate Sound of Thunder’ is returning to cinemas worldwide

It has been confirmed that Pink Floyd film Delicate Sound of Thunder is returning to cinemas around the world for a one-night-only event on 15 October.

Screenings will take place subject to local venue COVID-19 measures and, given the health crisis, dates are subject to change based on the status of local cinema re-openings.

In 1987, Pink Floyd made a triumphant resurgence. The legendary British band, formed in 1967, had suffered the loss of two co-founders: keyboardist/ vocalist Richard Wright, who left after sessions for The Wall in 1979, and bass player and lyricist Roger Waters, who had left to go solo in 1985, soon after the 1983 album The Final Cut.

The gauntlet was thus laid down for guitarist-singer David Gilmour and drummer Nick Mason, who proceeded to create the multi-platinum A Momentary Lapse Of Reason album, a global chart smash, which also saw the return of Richard Wright to the fold.

Released in September 1987, A Momentary Lapse Of Reason was quickly embraced by fans worldwide, who flocked to attend the live tour dates, which started within days of the album’s release. The tour played to more than 4.25 million fans over more than two years, and, as a celebration of the enduring talent and global appeal of David, Nick and Richard (supported by eight other stellar musicians on stage), was unsurpassed at the time.

Filmed at Long Island’s Nassau Coliseum in August 1988 and directed by Wayne Isham, the Grammy Award-nominated Delicate Sound Of Thunder comes to cinemas for the first time in this global event release. This 2020 version is sourced directly from over 100 cans of original 35mm negatives, painstakingly restored and transferred to 4K, and completely re-edited by Benny Trickett from the restored and upgraded footage, under the creative direction of Aubrey Powell-Hipgnosis. Similarly, the sound was completely remixed from the original multitrack tapes by longtime Pink Floyd engineer Andy Jackson with Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour, assisted by Damon Iddins.

Pink Floyd’s supporting cast included: Jon Carin (Keyboards, Vocals), Tim Renwick (Guitars, Vocals), Guy Pratt (Bass, Vocals), Gary Wallis (Percussion), Scott Page (Saxophones, Guitar), Margret Taylor (Backing Vocals), Rachel Fury (Backing Vocals) and Durga McBroom (Backing Vocals).

The setlist carefully balances the then-new material and Pink Floyd classics, including four songs from The Dark Side of the Moon (Time, On the Run, The Great Gig in the Sky and Us and Them), the anthemic title track of Wish You Were HereThe Wall’Comfortably Numb and a cathartic Run Like Hell. From A Momentary Lapse of Reason came the atmospheric instrumental Signs of Life, the powerful Learning to Fly, and the lyrical On the Turning Away

As a record of the creative power of David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Richard Wright at their incendiary best, Pink Floyd’s Delicate Sound of Thunder in the cinema is an engrossing and uplifting event, to be enjoyed by any rock music fan.  

Marc Allenby, CEO of Trafalgar Releasing added: “Trafalgar Releasing are pleased to be collaborating with Pink Floyd, Sony Music Entertainment and Warner Music Group to bring this seminal concert film from one of the most celebrated rock bands of all time, to cinemas around the world. Featuring a stellar setlist, outstanding visuals and completely restored, remixed and re-edited, this Grammy Award nominated film is a true celebration for the band and their fans.”

Delicate Sound of Thunder will be screened in cinemas worldwide on 15 October (in Dolby Atmos in selected cinemas). Tickets will be on sale from 27 August the official website, where fans can find the most up-to-date information regarding participating theatres.

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