Pink Floyd A Momentary Lapse of Reason Tour
Many of us Gen Xers first learned and heard about Pink Floyd not from their iconic albums like The Dark Side of the Moon or The Wall; but from their 1987 release A Momentary Lapse of Reason, the subsequent tour, and/or the music video for "Learning to Fly." Because of this, we decided to create our first officially licensed print for Pink Floyd that celebrates that era of rebirth and continuation of one of the most important live performers in music history.
A Momentary Lapse of Reason tour was the band's biggest and boldest up to that point, and the special effects were more impressive than ever. The initial promotional tour started on September 9, 1987 and ended on August 23, 1988 including 3 dates at Madison Square Garden (5–7 October 1987) and 2 nights at Wembley Stadium (5–6 August 1988). The tour took Pink Floyd to various exotic locations they had never played before such as shows in the forecourt of the Palace of Versailles. When it was all done, A Momentary Lapse of Reason tour was the highest-grossing tour of the 1980s.
The work of Pink Floyd has been an integral part of my life since I was old enough to listen to music. In order to illustrate their thirteenth’s album, I wanted to pay tribute both to the work of the photographer Robert Dowling who made the cover of the album (with the hospital beds lined up on the beach) as well as to the videographer Storm Thorgerson who’s behind the Learning to Fly music video.The idea was to freeze in time the climax of the song, this moment when the young Native American jumps off the cliff to transform into a red-tailed hawk in order to fly like a bird. I found that this rebirth / take off metaphor genuinely sticks to the skin of this album. - Patrick Connan