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July 3. 1977
NYC Madison Square Garden

GREG: I was at the Pink Floyd Animal's concert July 3, 1977 at Madison Square Garden. I remember looking in the concert book and seeing a picture of Snowy as an additional guitarist with the band. I had the Animal's 8 track tape which I later found out was the only version of Snowy on the album.

It was unusual in the 1970's for established bands to have additional musicians on stage rather than playing off stage.

The concert turned out to be one of two historic concerts played fourth of July weekend which eventually inspired Roger Waters to write The Wall Album. I remember the in creditable amount of fireworks being set off inside the building that night. I remember during the Dark Side of the moon segment, inflatable characters being inflated behind the band on stage and variety of fireworks were shot at the stage to try and hit them.

I remember several large explosions in the lover level. The concert was stopped twice by the band. The first time the band walked off the stage and then came back. David Gilmour told the audience to stop the fireworks and a comment about what if your "fucking fathers" saw what was going on here.

The scariest part was during Pigs Three Different Ones, their world famous inflatable pig which was the size of a school bus flew at eye level to where I was sitting in the first row of the upper level. A barrage of bottle rockets, roman candles were being shot at this helium filled zeppelin of a pig. The guy sitting next to me and my girlfriend and some friends, made and attempt to shoot it down, but the explosive shot off in his hand. Before I could say something security rushed down to his seat and issued him a warning, that if he tried that again they would eject him. My friend Dean who was a body builder at the time told him if he tried that again, he would kick his ass.

The second time they stopped the show and they announced that if the fireworks didn't stop they were canceling the concert and walking off stage. That seemed to somewhat control the crowd.

I also attended two of The Wall concerts at Nassau Coliseum in February 1980, one of only three venues where Pink Floyd performed The Wall. I was glad to see Snowy again part of this concert. He had memorable guitar solo's during Another Brick in the Wall Part 2 and Comfortably Numb.

It was amazing theatrical show, especially for that era.

I do have some original concert shirts from The Wall shows.

Over the years I have become a huge Snowy fan and I very happy to find out The Way it is Live DVD, came with a bonus audio CD.

I know it is not in Snowy's best financial interest to play dates in the USA, but I know several of his fans here in NYC, who would do anything to see him perform.

Best Wishes
Greg


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