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Did you know that the first Pink Floyd concerts, such as those in UFO club lasted as long as from 8 pm to 1 am with just a twenty-minute break. Did you know that during one of the concerts Roger Waters told a drunk fan to come closer to the stage and then spat on him? Did you know that Pink Floyd needed 49 trucks to move all the things necessary for the Division Bell tour?
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Kamen, Michael

Musician, composer, conducto

Michael Kamen, April 15th 1948 – November 18th 2003, graduated from High School of Music and art, New York and The Julliard School, New York.

Michael Kamen often collaborated with Pink Floyd. For the first time they met in 1979, when he was working on the symphonic arrangements of The Wall with Bob Ezrin. Michael conducted the orchestra in New York while the band was recording in Superbear Studios in France. Kamen met his employers for the first time when all the work was already done. Few years later, Pink Floyd asked Kamen to collaborate again, this time to arrange the soundtrack of Pink Floyd The Wall.

In 1983, when Pink Floyd were recording The Final Cut and Rick Wright was not a member of the band, Kamen took over his role. He also coproduced the album.

Michael Kamen then took part in making Waters’ and Gilmour’s solo albums. He toured with Waters as a keyboardist during his The Pros And Cons Of Hitch Hiking Tour. In Knebworth he played the keyboards along with Wright. He is responsible for the orchestral arrangements of Division Bell.

Michael Kamen collaborated with many famous artists: George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Ray Cooper, David Bowie, Kate Bush, Metallica, Liona Boyd, Eurythmics or the British National Philharmonic Orchestra.

In 2002 he performed a series of semi-acoustic concerts with David Gilmour. There is a DVD of the concerts named David Gilmour In Concert.

Michael Kamen died of serious illness at the age of 55.

Michael Kamen took part in making these PF albums:
The Wall
The Final Cut
A Momentary Lapse Of Reason
Knebworth
The Division Bell

Michael Kamen took part in the following solo albums:
David Gilmour
About Face
The Pros and Cons Of Hitch Hiking
The Wall Live in Berlin
Amused To Death

 

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