Pink Floyd fans will rejoice that Murray Thorne’s In the Flesh performance–which debuted at Stella Blues in 2012–will return this weekend. Keith Langlois of Epic Lighting and Scott Johnson of Dogtown Designs will once again team with Murray to bring the solo, two-night audio/visual experience alive.
“We were looking for a new venue for quite some time because really the only feedback we got from the original Stellas show was that people wanted to see the lights and the screen and everything in a bigger room,” says Thorne. “So we found a bigger room at the Mill House at the Tropical Plantation that enabled us to upsize a bunch of stuff. We added visuals, more lights, more eye candy. We added props, and more to the stage design and we added to the Pink Floyd/The Wall-style visually.”
The show will open to old French cafe tunes on an accordion by Klaus Simmer, which sets the scene for a World War II-themed environment. Thorne says the underlying 1940s motif is something that attracted him to the original Roger Water’s character Pink.
“The story of the character Pink is told lyrically and visually in the original flick,” says Thorne. “He loses his father in the war when he is young and grows up fatherless. So did Roger Waters. That multiplied by some of the other things Pink goes through: over-bearing mother, terrible relationship with women, never having a positive male role model in his life. A lot of what happens to the character losing himself is referenced back to the fact he lost his father to the war.”
Thorne can relate.
“My father died when I was young,” he says. “Fortunately for me, it was not due to war, but I did have an uncle I never met that did die in World War II. My mom and all my uncles on the British side of my family were part of the war era. One of my uncles saw action on the beach on D-Day. I grew up with all this getting passed to me as the first generation after the war. I think that’s what affects me personally.”
Thorne designed the film shown at In the Flesh himself, and plays the soundtrack to the film live. Langois’ visual show backs it up with 360 degrees of light. There will be popcorn and hotdogs, as well as cocktails for purchase.
“I’m not trying to do The Wall like Pink Floyd/Roger Waters in an arena, but I would like to reference the same idea of it,” says Thorne. “To me, that visual of the wall is long and wide. I always wanted to be able to do it in a bigger wider room. Now that some time has passed since I made the movie, I can can concentrate on playing the music. In the last show, I was juggling both at the same time and figuring out my rig, set-up and sound effects. It was all so new to me. Now the show’s much more relaxed.”