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Saturday, December 1, 2012

Pink Floyd USA Tour 1967 Itinerary

Pink Floyd USA Tour 1967
Pink Floyd USA Tour 1967
There has been a lot of discussion and speculation about the, ill-fated, first Pink Floyd USA Tour in 1967. The first American tour was a disaster from the start. A first series of dates scheduled for 22oct to 1 nov 1967 had to be canceled when the band failed to get their work permits ready on time. This resulted in the first week of shows being cancelled. Evidence shows they arrived in the US around the 2nd and left shortly after the 11/12 show so they only played 5-6 shows plus some TV appearances.

The tour of America was rife with stories of Syd's eccentric behavior. The band played on 'American Bandstand' and Syd refused to lip sync the words to 'See Emily Play'.  He stood facing the camera, lips impassively shut. Later, when the band were taken on a tour of Hollywood and reached the corner of Hollywood and Vine, Syd wandered about wide eyed and said, 'Wow! It's great to be in...Las Vegas!'  Syd was slipping into his (well documented elsewhere/everywhere) "problems"; no doubt accelerated by his prodigious consumption of LSD.

On a second TV appearance on the 'Pat Boone Show' the band played their song and Pat Boone came to banter with the band.  Boone's comments were greeted by silence with Syd who seemed to be staring straight through him.


Please remember that you can click on any document and view it in much larger size! Thanks to Mark Scobac for the newspaper clippings and advice.

PINK FLOYD USA TOUR 1967:

23 October      PF      Whisky A Go Go, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA, USA (cancelled)
24 October      PF      Whisky A Go Go, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA, USA (cancelled)
26 October      PF      Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco, CA, USA (cancelled)
27 October      PF      Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco, CA, USA (cancelled)
28 October      PF      Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco, CA, USA (cancelled)
28 October     PF     Dunelm House, University of Durham, Durham, England
30 October      PF      KPFA Benefit, Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco, CA, USA (cancelled)
30 October      PF      Whisky A Go Go, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA, USA (cancelled)
31 October      PF      Whisky A Go Go, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA, USA (cancelled)
1 November      PF      Whisky A Go Go, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA, USA (cancelled)


I've never seen one ad for any of the three reported Whiskey shows in the LA area underground papers. The Cheetah show is in several. The Cheetah ad says ``On Sunday The Pink Floyd makes the L.A. debut direct from England''. According to producer Malcolm Jones, the Abbey Road Studio logs show Pink Floyd recording Apples and Oranges at Abbey Road Studios in London on October 30, and November 1, 1967.


2 November      PF      Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco, CA, USA (cancelled)


Peter Albin, of Big Brother, remembers seeing them backstage at the Fillmore but they did not play because all their equipment hadn't arrived.



3 November      PF      Winterland Auditorium, San Francisco, CA, USA


3 November      PF      Caves Club, Chislehurst Caves, Chislehurst, England (cancelled)
4 November     PF     Winterland Auditorium, San Francisco, CA, USA
5 November     PF     Cheetah Club, Venice, Santa Monica, CA, USA (Groovy, KHJ Channel 9 TV, broadcast 16 November) Two Shows.
 



They did party with the Alice Cooper Group after the show at the Cheetah. John Speer said they played great but Syd was in poor shape after the show. The "other'' LA appearance at the "Cheetah Club'' in Venice (Santa Monica), on November 5th, is documented in print. A review of the show (wildly positive!) appeared in the LA Free Press newspaper. The reporter states that this gig is (was) the only area appearance for the band. Strange he should forget about the one at the Whiskey 4 days before...

Pink Floyd USA Tour 1967
Pink Floyd USA Tour 1967
Pink Floyd USA Tour 1967
Pink Floyd USA Tour 1967
6 November     PF     KHJ TV Studios, Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA, USA (Pat Boone In Hollywood, KHJ Channel 9 TV, broadcast 4 December)

This is the most famous early Floyd TV appearance, even though it's never been since its original broadcast. Pink Floyd headed off to the States for a November tour, which was a disaster from the word go, with several dates cancelled and rescheduled due to to late arrival of of permits. Syd Barrett, suffering from what was later described as nervous exhaustion, failed to perform to any consistent standard, and the band were recalled to England. On this occasion, Barrett stared blankly at Boone during a Q and A session and later remained motionless as they mimed See Emily Play, his arms hanging limply by his side as he refused to mouth the words. Roger Waters spared Boone's embarrassment by stepping up to the mike.


The other show was Perry Como's show. Next to no details exist for that one save for a handful of vague memories that they mimed and Como spoke about them with his audience in a rather patronizing manner. It is possible this may still exist someplace, but been no sight nor sound of it.

7 November      PF      Cafe Au Go Go, Manhattan, New York City, NY, USA (cancelled)
7 November      PF      ABC TV Studios, Burbank, Los Angeles, CA, USA (American Bandstand, ABC Channel 7 TV, broadcast 18 November)


Dick Clark stated twice during his interview with the Pink Floyd on American Bandstand that they had only been in the country 2 days. This is an important piece of information because it contradicts the long standing belief that the American Bandstand appearance was on Monday, November 6th. Since American Bandstand was generally recorded on a Saturday (delayed broadcast was on Thursday nights), that would put the American Bandstand appearance on Saturday, November 4th, and Clark's comments would support the arrival date of November 2nd.

Also on the American Bandstand appearance, Dick Clark asked Syd Barrett how long they would be in the U.S., and Barrett replied that they were here for 10 days. Richard Wright also stated during this interview that they were going to New York. Since their New York date was at the Cheetah Club on November 12th, for them to be in the country for 10 days as Barrett indicated, they would have arrived on November 2nd. This second American TV performance followed the format of the previous day's show. After miming to See Emily Play the group participated in an insane question and answer session with host Dick Clark.

This was followed by a mimed performance of their latest single, Apples And Oranges. A poor quality black and white film of the latter song has recently surfaced but the rest of the show remains unseen since its original transmission. The visual evidence of Syd's wasted stat confirms that his days with the band indeed were numbered.



8 November      PF      Cage Au Go Go, Manhattan, New York City, NY, USA (cancelled)
8 November      PF      KHJ TV Studios, Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA (Boss City, KHJ Channel 9 TV, broadcast 11 November)
9 November      PF      Cage Au Go Go, Manhattan, New York City, NY, USA (cancelled)
9 November     PF     Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco, CA, USA
10 November      PF      Cage Au Go Go, Manhattan, New York City, NY, USA (cancelled)
10 November     PF     Winterland, San Francisco, CA, USA
11 November      PF      Cage Au Go Go, Manhattan, New York City, NY, USA (cancelled)
11 November     PF     Winterland, San Francisco, CA, USA Fans remember this show.
12 November      PF      Cheetah Club, NYC


Pink Floyd USA Tour 1967
It is a fact that the band caught a flight back to NYC to play the Cheetah Club on 11/12/67 (see the Vanity Review below). Home would be 3,000 miles closer and they could make some money. There is an article from Variety Magazine talking about how the band did an hour long set at the NY Cheetah before going back to London. For those of you who need more "proof"; please see an actual eyewitness account to the Cheetah Club, NYC gig. Click on it to view full size.
Thanks to Mark Scobac for clearing this up.

Pink Floyd USA Tour 1967
Pink Floyd USA Tour 196
12 November            Cage Au Go Go, Manhattan, New York City, NY, USA (cancelled)

By the way, here's info on Pink Floyd's other TV appearances (from Long Beach newspapers that list the Los Angeles TV channels).

Saturday, November 11, 1967, 6:00pm KHJ, ch. 9 LA
9 (C) 'Boss City'
Sam Riddle (host), the Standells, Pink Floyd, the Stone Poneys, Bobby Hebb.


Thursday, November 16, 1967, 6:00pm KHJ, ch. 9, LA
9 (C) 'Groovy'
Michiel Blodgett, Pink Floyd, the Clingers

Monday, December 4, 1967, syndicated series shown 2:30pm on KHJ-9 LA 9 (C) 'Pat Boone in Hollywood'
George Jessel, Joanie Sommers. Pat Collins, Lou Holtz, the Pink Floyd



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