March 27 - Pink Floyd released Is There Anybody Out There? The Wall Live 1980-81 in the U.K. 14 years ago today. The live album was mixed from multiple performances of The Wall recorded almost 20 years earlier at Earls Court, August 7-9, 1980 and June 13-17, 1981.
The cover shows the four Floyd masks worn by the “surrogate band” (Andy Bown as Roger Waters, Snowy White in 1980 and Andy Roberts in 1981 as David Gilmour, Peter Wood as Rick Wright, and Willie Wilson as Nick Mason) at the start of the show. The deception played off the idea that Pink Floyd concerts were such grand spectacles that it didn’t really matter who was on stage.
Goodbye Blue Sky and part of Run Like Hell are from the June 17, 1981 concert, which was the final performance of Pink Floyd with Roger Waters until the Live 8 reunion in 2005.