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Pink Floyd to launch tour of North America in March


Legendary rock band Pink Floyd will embark on its first North American concert tour in nearly five years on March 30 at Joe Robbie Stadium in Miami.

Pink Floyd now consists of original members David Gilmour on guitar and vocals, Nick Mason on drums and Rick Wright on keyboards and vocals. The band has added John Carin on keyboards, Tim Renwick on guitars and vocals, Guy Pratt on bass and vocals, Gary Wallis on percussion, Dick Parry on saxophone and Durga McBroom, Sam Browne and Claudia Fontaine on backing vocals.

Estranged founding member Roger Waters, the bassist and vocalist often considered one of the masterminds behind Pink Floyd, will not perform on the tour. His last shows with Pink Floyd were during "The Wall" tour in the early 1980s; he left the group in 1985.

The new tour, in support of the group's as-yet-untitled forthcoming release on Columbia Records,will span nearly four months. As announced last week, it consists exclusively of stadium dates in more than 40 cities across the continent.

Pink Floyd will hit the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on April 16; tickets go on sale Feb. 12.

Other scheduled dates include April 3 in San Antonio; April 9-10 in Mexico City; April 14 in San Diego; April 18 in Las Vegas; April 21 in Oakland, Calif.; April 24 in Phoenix, and April 29 in Dallas. Other dates will follow.

A total of 48 trucks of steel stage components, 120 men and three days will be needed to erect one of the largest and most complex stages used for a concert tour. In order to meet demands of performing in several cities each week, three identical stages will zig-zag around the continent.

Mr. Gilmour said the concerts will incorporate both the stage set and the audience to create "what we hope will be the ultimate live spectacle." They plan to use gold lasers, which have been banned in certain parts of the world because of their purported atom-splitting strength.

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