Pink Floyd in Montreal

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Montréal, a historical city
for Pink Floyd

Between selling-out multiple venues and setting attendance records, no one could have expected the events that would follow Pink Floyd arriving in Montréal. The band visited the Canadian city for the very first time in November 1971 for a sold-out show at the CEPSUM (Centre Sportif de l'Université de Montréal). They came back multiple times to perform at the Montreal Forum, the Autostade, and many sold-out nights at the Olympic Stadium.

Pink Floyd’s In The Flesh Tour was the first concert ever at the Olympic Stadium of Montréal. On July 6th, 1977, 78 322 fans gathered for an electrifying show, which still holds the record for highest attendance for a single night at the Big O. A few years later in 1994, the band came back for 3 consecutive sold-out concerts at the Olympic Stadium as part of their Division Bell Tour. Those three nights in May saw a total of 187 302 people, another record for the band at this venue. This was also their last time performing as a group in Montreal.

Their acclaimed album, The Wall, was inspired by an incident which happened during their concert in Montréal back in 1977. This chaotic event in an unfinished stadium inspired them to compose the dark parable of dissociation and loss. Although other events sparked the idea behind the album, Waters shared that this 'infamous' night made him realize how ''a wall had come between the band and its fans''. Despite the negative narrative surrounding this performance, The Wall was one of Pink Floyd’s best-selling albums that got endless recognition worldwide.