I asked my Facebook friends what they’d like me to write about for my next blog post and the subject that seemed to interest people most is the difference I find in singing with the Aussie Floyd compared with the real Pink Floyd.
PINK FLOYD BACKING VOCALISTS
(From top left to right) LORELEI MCBROOM, DURGA MCBROOM, RACHEL FURY - CLARE TORRY - THE BLACK BERRIES - RACHEL FURY, MACHAN TAYLOR, ROBERTA FREEMAN - LESLIE DUNCAN - DURGA MCBROOM - CLAUDIA FONTAINE, DURGA MCBROOM, SAM BROWN, DAVID GILMOUR – THE BLACK BERRIES (VENETTA FIELDS, CARLENA WILLIAMS) - LORELEI MCBROOM, DURGA MCBROOM, RACHEL FURY
I grew up in the golden era of rock, pop and soul music (‘60s, ‘70s and early ‘80s). ‘The Dark Side of the Moon’ was my first exposure to Pink Floyd and their ‘concept album’ was revolutionary; songs flowing from one into the next was something I’d never heard before. The opportunity to tour with Pink Floyd as my FIRST tour was nothing short of extraordinary!T heir artwork never featured the band members, so I didn’t know what David Gilmour, Rick Wright or Nick Mason looked like until I met them. I’m certain that made them more approachable than most rock stars. I found them very nice and humble. They had recently split with Roger Waters and “Momentary Lapse of Reason” was their first venture without him. The band took a huge gamble going on tour without Roger. It paid off royally, thank goodness!
Left: DURGA MCBROOM, ROBERTA FREEMAN, LORELEI MCBROOM (Atlanta)
Right: DURGA MCBROOM, the late manager STEVE O’ROURKE, production assistant ANGELA CHE, LORELEI MCBROOM, ROBERTA FREEMAN (Atlanta).
Rachel Fury and Margret Taylor (now known as Machan Taylor) were already singing backing vocals. Luckily for my sister Durga McBroom (now McBroom-Hudson,) Roberta Freeman and myself, we were chosen to “add some color” and extra voices to the backing vocal section. The song “On the Turning Away” had a choral section at the end of it and they were filming videos to promote the CD during these live shows.
Left: RACHEL FURY, LORELEI MCBROOM
Right: JON CARIN, RACHEL FURY, LORELEI MCBROOM (Atlanta)
Official music videos for “On the Turning Away” and “The Dogs of War” came out of the shows we did at Atlanta’s Omni Theater (November 3, 4, 5th 1987.)
I was hired to continue in Los Angeles at the Memorial Sports Arena, playing shows on November 26-28, 30th and December 1st 1987. They asked me to join the world tour, but I was signed to Capitol Records, anticipating the release of my album, and it was a 14 month commitment. I suggested they take Durga and she became the longest running female backing singer to tour with Pink Floyd. Subsequently Capitol Records fired the entire staff from the president down, and I lost my deal. Thankfully Pink Floyd asked me back for their European ‘Delicate Sound of Thunder’ and ‘Another Lapse’ tours in 1989.
“Pink Floyd Live in Venice” was spectacular! The band played on a barge in front of Saint Mark's Square. We had upwards of 350,000 people viewing that show as it was broadcast live throughout Europe. The water in front of the stage was full of gondolas, and the Square was overflowing with listeners.
PINK FLOYD LIVE IN VENICE – AERIAL VIEW
VENICE BACKSTAGE PASS, POSTER FROM VENICE SHOW, CROWD SHOT AT PIAZZA DE ST. MARCO, FIREWORKS AT SHOWS END
LORELEI SINGING THE THIRD PART OF GREAT GIG IN THE SKY “LIVE IN VENICE” 1989
Left: LORELEI MCBROOM, DAVID GILMOUR –GREAT GIG IN THE SKY
Right: LORELEI MCBROOM, RACHEL FURY – GREAT GIG IN THE SKY