Long before complete album concerts became the rage, Pink Floyd decided to perform Dark Side of the Moon at select shows on their 1994 Division Bell tour. The run wrapped with a fourteen night stand at London's Earls Court, and despite years of lawsuits and acrimony, they invited Roger Waters to join them for a show. "I thought it would be a good thing for the fans," said David Gilmour. "But also with the safety cushion of knowing that he wouldn't do it. It was a genuine offer, though." Needless to say, Waters declined. "There would have to be some other reason for me to stand on stage with David Gilmour and play Dark Side of the Moon," he said. "There's too much history.
The absence of Waters did little to dampen enthusiasm for the concerts, however. Like the entire tour – which played to over five million people and grossed over $250,000,000, an industry record – the fourteen Earls shows sold out almost instantly. The tour wrapped there on October 29th, and the band taped the performance for the live album and video Pulse. David Gilmour clearly thought he had nothing more to prove, because he quietly ended the band afterwards and focused on starting a family with his new wife, Polly Samson.
Pink Floyd (with Waters) briefly reunited at Live 8 in 2005, and Nick Mason and David Gilmour joined Waters in 2010 at one of his Wall concerts, but for all practical purposes, the Floyd ended at Earls in 1994.This article originally appeared on Rolling Stone: Pink Floyd Play 'Dark Side' in 1994
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