Sunday, 07 August 2022

Symphonic album is going live at the O2

A HENLEY man who produced a “symphonic” version of Pink Floyd’s landmark 1975 album Wish You

A HENLEY man who produced a “symphonic” version of Pink Floyd’s landmark 1975 album Wish You Were Here will see it performed live at London’s O2 Arena this weekend.

Pete Smith is a music publisher who previously managed The Kinks and Roger Waters and played a key role in making Live Aid happen in 1985.

The album, Pink Floyd’s Wish You Were Here Symphonic, was recorded at Abbey Road Studios and released in February on the Decca Classics label.

Rock legend Alice Cooper provided vocals on the title track after first-time producer Pete flew out to New York to oversee the session at Avatar Studios — an experience he wrote about in the Henley Standard last August.

On Sunday the album — a pink vinyl version of which has just been released — will be performed live for the first time as part of the Stone Free Festival weekend.

Alice Cooper headlines the Saturday night, while keyboardist Rick Wakeman, who also played on the album, headlines the Sunday.

The Darkness, Marillion and Therapy? are among the other acts on the bill.

Mr Smith, who lives in St Mark’s Road, said: “It’s going to be great to have one of my favourite albums performed on the O2’s main stage by one of my favourite groups, the Raymond Gubbay Concert Orchestra, whose usual home is the Royal Albert Hall.

“Add to that Dave Fowler and Steve Mac of the Australian Pink Floyd Show on electric and acoustic guitars and its shaping up to be something that really rocks.”

For full details of the Stone Free Festival, visit the website

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