After directing Roger Waters: The Wall in 2014, Black Dog director Sean Evans extended his tour visuals to what many considered the best performance of the once in a life time experience that was Desert Trip.
Located at the home of the acclaimed Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, CA, Desert Trip spread across a total of six nights and showcased six of rock and roll’s most influential and iconic artists. Where most performances revolved around an artists’ lyrical expressions, melodies and rhythms intended to seep into the listeners’ heads and hearts, Roger Waters and his fellow art rockers used their performance as a tool for touring the human psyche, complete with visuals from director Sean Evans.
Sean Evan’s visuals evoked scenes of galactic wonder and imaginative animated sequences that danced across the huge 240-foot wide screens. Stars danced across the screen for “Shine on You Crazy Diamond Parts I-V”, animated skeleton rats made an appearance for “Welcome to the Machine,” and rainbow laser lights gleamed through the night sky during “Dark Side of the Moon”. The sound system and visual set up was one of epic proportions and one that Waters promised was exclusive to Desert Trip. Not only did this mean that 75,000 people got to experience Pink Floyd like never before, but also experience the politically and socially charged messages expressed throughout the production. Evans upgraded some visuals from the original shows and replaced many other sequences to broaden the story. “Everything has a meaning,” Evans said. “He (Waters) is not into pretty pictures just for the sake of pretty pictures.”
The big reveal came with the emergence of four massive smokestacks that rose above the video screens, onto which were projected the image of an institutional prison. Near the show’s conclusion, not long after the second presidential debate had ended, a the flying pig slowly flew over the festival grounds, while Waters took shots at Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
The show’s visuals were arguably the wildest of the festival and combined with Waters’ performance were received with an explosive roar of cheers and celebration. It’s safe to say that ending Desert Trip with this particularly epic production ensured that the festival was indeed a once in a lifetime experience for all in attendance.
Images compliments of Sean Evan’s social media and website.