Pink Floyd Posters - U.S. Tour 1967

Pink Floyd
U.S. Tour, November 1967
Posters & Handbills

by Vernon Fitch

© copyright Vernon Fitch / The Pink Floyd Archives


This section of the Pink Floyd Poster Gallery documents posters from their first U.S. tour in November 1967.
Ads from magazines and newspapers are not included.

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U.S. Tour 1967
Posters & Handbills

Pink Floyd

  1. Cancelled Pink Floyd Peformances
    1. Pink Floyd-Fillmore Auditorium October 26-28, 1967
      1. Poster
      2. 2003 poster reprint
      3. 2006 poster reprint
      4. Wolfgang's Vault poster reprint
      5. Postcard / handbill
      6. Double postcard
    2. KPFA Benefit, October 30, 1967
      1. Poster
      2. Handbill
    3. Tower Night Out handbill

  2. Actual Pink Floyd Shows
    1. Pink Floyd-Fillmore / Winterland, November 2-4, 1967
      1. Poster
      2. 2005 poster reprint
      3. Postcard
      4. Double postcard
    2. Cheetah Club, November 5, 1967
      1. Poster
      2. Handbill
      3. Handbill reprint
    3. Pink Floyd-Fillmore / Winterland, November 9-11, 1967
      1. Poster
      2. 2005 poster reprint
      3. Wolfgang's Vault poster reprint
      4. Postcard
    4. Cheetah Club, N.Y., November 12, 1967
      1. Commemorative poster
      2. Commemorative handbill


The First U.S. Tour
October-November 1967

After the release of their first album, Piper at the Gates of Dawn, on August 5, 1967, Pink Floyd’s managers, Peter Jenner and Andrew King, realized that a tour of the United States was a necessary step for the success of the band. Negotiations for a U.S. tour began in late September 1967, when Peter Jenner flew to New York to work out the details of the tour with the Richmond Organization, Pink Floyd’s publishers in the U.S. at the time.

Jenner’s initial plans called for a four-week U.S. tour, with two weeks of shows on the West Coast in San Francisco and Los Angeles, one week in Boston, a show in Chicago, and concluding with a few days in New York. General Artists Corporation was handling the bookings, and the first date of the tour was scheduled for the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco, California on October 26, 1967.

During his trip to New York, Jenner also discussed plans for the release of Pink Floyd’s album in the U.S. with Hugh Dallas of Tower Records. Tower Records was a subsidiary of Capitol Records, the record label that would be handling all of Pink Floyd’s record releases in the U.S.

The band was scheduled to leave for the U.S. on October 21st to attend a release party for their album at the Whiskey A Go Go in Los Angeles, California. Seeing as they would be in the States for the release party, Jenner also scheduled two additional concerts at the Whiskey on the 23rd and 24th of October. However, despite all the planning and bookings, the tour ran into trouble even before it began.

Pink Floyd’s managers failed to take into account the laws between the U.S. and Britain for having British citizens work in the United States. A work permit was required and had not been applied for. The tour had to be delayed until the permit could be acquired.

The release party for their album went ahead as planned on October 21st at the Whiskey A Go Go, but without the attendance of the band members, who were not allowed into the country yet. The album, which was renamed "Pink Floyd" for the U.S. market, was released with the songs on the album altered from the original British release to include the song See Emily Play, and dropping the songs Astronomy Domine, Flaming, and Bike from the record. The names of the songs Pow R. Toc H., and Take Up Thy Stethoscope & Walk were also misspelled on the record jacket. It was an ominous beginning.

Since the band was unable to get into the United States, all their shows in the U.S. through the end of October had to be cancelled. These cancellations had to be made despite the fact that tickets had been sold and posters had been made to promote the shows.

The first three shows at the Fillmore with Lee Michaels and Clearlight on October 26, 27, and 28 were hastily rebooked by Bill Graham, and Richie Havens filled in for Pink Floyd.

A KPFA radio show benefit that was to be held at the Fillmore on October 30th with Pink Floyd had to proceed without them.

Pink Floyd performances at Pacific West High School in San Jose, California, and three concerts at the Whiskey in Los Angeles were scrapped at the last minute.


Posters & Handbills for
Cancelled Pink Floyd Performances


Poster for cancelled Pink Floyd performances
Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco
October 26-28, 1967

1a) Fillmore Auditorium poster, October 1967
Date & Venue: Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco, California, October 26-28, 1967
Bands: Pink Floyd, Lee Michaels, Clear Light
Poster Artist: Bonnie MacLean
Poster Size: 21" x 14"
PT: .0095"
Quantity Printed: 3,500
Reference Number: BG 90
Notes: A poster for the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco, California on October 26-28, 1967. Pink Floyd did not perform at these shows.
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1b) 2003 reprint.
Poster Size: 16” X 11”
An unauthorized reprint of this poster was done in 2003. This was a laser printing on #110 card stock.
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1c) 2006 reprint.
Poster Size: 24 1/64" x 18 29/32"
An unauthorized reprint of this poster was done in 2006. This reprint does not have a ticket outlet strip at the bottom of the poster.
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1d) Wolfgang's Vault reprint.

Poster Size: 37" x 25"
PT: .0097"
Quantity Printed: 500
Printing Information: Smooth glossy stock paper.
Note: An authorized reprint of the Fillmore poster was done in 2010 by the Bill Graham Archives LLC. It has a Wolfgang's Vault notation in the lower right hand margin.



Postcard/handbill for cancelled Pink Floyd performances
Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco
October 26-28, 1967

1e) Fillmore Auditorium handbill, October 1967
Date & Venue: Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco, California, October 26-28, 1967
Bands: Pink Floyd, Lee Michaels, Clear Light
Handbill Artist: Bonnie MacLean
Handbill Size: 6 7/8" x 4 1/2"
PT: .0094"
Quantity Printed: 10,500 (handbill with blank back)
Reference Numbers:
1) BG-90-PC-A (postcard with "place stamp here" on reverse)
2) BG-90-PC-B (handbill with blank back)
Notes: A handbill for the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco, California on October 26-28, 1967.
Some of these handbills have a place stamp on the back, while others have a blank back.
Pink Floyd did not perform at these shows.



Double card for cancelled Pink Floyd performances
Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco
October 26-28, 1967

1f) Fillmore Auditorium double card, October 1967
Date & Venue: Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco, California, October 26-28, 1967
Bands: Pink Floyd, Lee Michaels, Clear Light
Handbill Artist: Bonnie MacLean
Handbill Size: 14" x 4 1/2"
PT: .0096"
Reference Number: BG-89 & BG-90
Notes: A double postcard of BG-89 and BG-90, with a blank back on the BG-90 side, and a bulk rate permit on the back of BG-89. Some issues of this double postcard were mechanically addressed to people on the Fillmore mailing list.



Poster for cancelled Pink Floyd performance
KPFA Benefit
October 30, 1967

2a) KPFA Benefit Concert poster
Date & Venue: Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco, California, October 30, 1967
Bands: Pink Floyd, The Incredible Fish, Sopwith Camel
Poster Artist: Devore
Poster Size: 27 ½” X 19 ¼”
PT: .0075"
Notes: A die cut poster for the KPFA Benefit concert at the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco, California on October 30, 1967.
Pink Floyd did not perform at this show.



Handbill for cancelled Pink Floyd performance
KPFA Benefit
October 30, 1967

2b) KPFA Benefit Concert handbill
Date & Venue: Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco, California, October 30, 1967
Bands: Pink Floyd, The Incredible Fish, Sopwith Camel
Handbill Artist: Devore
Handbill Size: 7 9/16” X 5 1/2”
PT: .0038"
Notes: A handbill with blank back for the KPFA Benefit concert at the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco, California on October 30, 1967.
Pink Floyd did not perform at this show.



Handbill for cancelled Pink Floyd performance
Tower Night Out
October 31, 1967

3) Tower Night Out handbill
Date & Venue: Pacific West High School, San Jose, California, October 31, 1967
Bands: Standells, Chocolate Watchband, Them, Pink Floyd
Notes: A handbill for Tower Night Out at Pacific West High School in San Jose, California on October 31, 1967.
Although they are listed on the handbill, Pink Floyd did not perform at this show.
This handbill is pictured on the back of the Chocolate Watch Band 1984 compilation LP, Forty Four.


Posters & Handbills
for
Actual Pink Floyd Shows

Pink Floyd were finally allowed into the U.S. at the beginning of November, with their first full day in the country being Thursday, November 2nd. They had previously scheduled two days of concerts at the Fillmore in San Francisco on November 2nd and 3rd, and a Saturday performance at Winterland in San Francisco on November 4th. However, they did not play the Thursday night appearance due to issues relating to their light show. They had brought Peter Wynne Wilson, their lighting man, along for the tour, but their lighting equipment wasn’t functioning properly. Joshua Lights, a San Francisco lighting company, ended up doing the lights for the shows. Their first performance in the U.S. took place on Friday, November 3rd at the Winterland Auditorium in San Francisco, California, and is represented by this poster by artist, Bonnie MacLean.


Fillmore / Winterland poster
November 2-4 1967

1a) Fillmore / Winterland poster, November 2-4, 1967
Date & Venue: Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco, California, November 2, 1967, and Winterland Auditorium, San Francisco, California, November 3-4, 1967
Bands: Big Brother & the Holding Company, Pink Floyd, Richie Havens
Poster Artist: Bonnie MacLean
Poster Size: 21 3/16” X 14 1/8”
Quantity Printed: 3,500
Reference Number: BG 91
Notes: A poster for the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco, California on November 2, 1967, and Winterland Auditorium in San Francisco, California on November 3-4, 1967. This poster commemorates the first concert ever played by Pink Floyd in the United States, at the Winterland Auditorium on November 3, 1967.
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1b) 2005 poster reprint.
Poster Size: 17” X 11”
An unauthorized reprint of this poster was done in 2005 on heavy card stock. Possibly made in Canada.



Fillmore / Winterland postcard
November 2-4 1967

1c) Fillmore / Winterland postcard, November 2-4, 1967
Date & Venue: Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco, California, November 2, 1967, and Winterland Auditorium, San Francisco, California, November 3-4, 1967
Bands: Big Brother & the Holding Company, Pink Floyd, Richie Havens
Postcard Artist: Bonnie MacLean
Postcard Size: 6 15/16" x 4 1/2"
PT: .0082"
Reference Number: BG-91-PC-A
Notes: A postcard, with "place stamp here" on reverse, for the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco, California on November 2, 1967, and Winterland Auditorium in San Francisco, California on November 3-4, 1967.



Fillmore / Winterland double postcard
November 2-4 1967

1d) Fillmore / Winterland double postcard, November 2-4, 1967
Dates & Venues:
Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco, California, November 2, 1967, and Winterland Auditorium, San Francisco, California, November 3-4, 1967, and
Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco, California, November 9, 1967 and Winterland Auditorium, San Francisco, California, November 10-11, 1967
Bands: Big Brother & the Holding Company, Pink Floyd, Richie Havens
Postcard Artist: Bonnie MacLean
Postcard Size: 21" x 14"
PT: .0094"
Reference Number: BG-91 & 92-PC-B
Notes: A double postcard of BG-91 and BG-92, with a blank back on the BG-91 side, and a bulk rate permit on the back of of BG-92 side, for the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco, California on November 2, 1967, and Winterland Auditorium in San Francisco, California on November 3-4, 1967. Some issues of this double postcard were mechanically addressed to people on the Fillmore mailing list.


On Saturday, November 4th, the band was flown in the morning from San Francisco to Los Angeles to appear on the U.S television show, American Bandstand with Dick Clark. It was on this show, which was not actually broadcast until December 16, 1967, that they mimed to Apples and Oranges and spoke with Dick Clark about the tour. It is apparent from the American Bandstand video that Syd Barrett was not functioning properly. He was lackluster in his miming to the song Apples and Oranges, although he does respond to the interview questions from Dick Clark with intelligence.

After the American Bandstand appearance, the band was flown back to San Francisco for their show at Winterland that night, before flying back to Los Angeles the following day for an appearance on the Pat Boone television show. The Pat Boone Show proved that Barrett’s state of mind was not well at all. When Pat Boone attempted to talk to Barrett live on the air, Barrett responded with a blank stare. He would not respond to Boone’s questions. As a result of this appearance, tour manager Andrew King quickly cancelled other scheduled television appearances on such shows as Boss City and Groovy. However, despite the cancellation of their TV appearances, Pink Floyd continued making their scheduled live performances.

The night of the Pat Boone Show found them performing at the Cheetah Club in Santa Monica, California with Smokestack Lightning and The Candymen.


Cheetah Club, Santa Monica poster
November 5, 1967

2a) Cheetah Club, Santa Monica poster
Date & Venue: Cheetah Club, Santa Monica, California, November 5, 1967
Bands: Pink Floyd, Smokestack Lightnin’, The Candymen
Poster Artist: Eugene Hawkins
Poster Size: 28.5” X 21.4”
Notes: A poster for the Pink Floyd show at the Cheetah Club in Santa Monica, California on November 5, 1967



Cheetah Club, Santa Monica handbill
November 5, 1967

2b) Cheetah Club, Santa Monica handbill
Date & Venue: Cheetah Club, Santa Monica, California, November 5, 1967
Bands: Pink Floyd, Smokestack Lightnin’, The Candymen
Handbill Artist: Eugene Hawkins
Handbill Size: 12" x 8 17/32"
PT: .0043"
Reference Number: OHB-A
Notes: A handbill for the Pink Floyd show at the Cheetah Club in Santa Monica, California on November 5, 1967. On the back is a map with directions to the club.
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2c) Handbill reprint.

Handbill Size: 12" x 8 9/16"
PT: .004"
Note: This handbill was reprinted in 1969 on pink paper with a blank back.

It was at the show at the Cheetah Club, in Santa Monica that the Alice Cooper band, who were living in a house in Venice, California, met the Pink Floyd and invited them to stay with them at their house for the reminder of the tour. Reports of the Pink Floyd’s stay with the Alice Cooper Band are sketchy, although Glen Buxton, the guitarist with the Alice Cooper Band at the time, stated in an interview for Trouser Press magazine that he couldn’t remember Syd Barrett ever saying two words. Buxton explained, “He never talked, but we’d be sitting at dinner and all of a sudden I’d pick up the sugar and pass it to him, and he’d shake his head like ‘Yeah, thanks.’ It was like I heard him say ‘Pass the sugar.’ It’s like telepathy, it really was. It was very weird. You would find yourself right in the middle of doing something, as you were passing the sugar or whatever, and you’d think ‘Well, damn, I didn’t hear anybody say anything!’ That was the first time in my life I’d ever met anybody that could actually do that freely. And this guy did it all the time.” Buxton also gave some insight into the state of Syd Barrett during the tour. He said, “The crew used to say he was impossible on the road. They’d fly a thousand miles, get to the gig, he’d get up on stage and wouldn’t have a guitar. He would do things like leave all his money in his clothes in the hotel room, or on the plane. Sometimes, they’d have to fly back and pick up his guitar. I didn’t pick up that he was a drug casualty, although there were lots at the time who would do those exact things because they were drugged out. But Syd was definitely from Mars or something.”


During their second week in the U.S., Pink Floyd took Monday through Wednesday off from performing, although some A & R men from Capitol Records gave the band a sightseeing tour of Hollywood. Pink Floyd resumed their scheduled concerts at the Fillmore on Thursday, November 9th, and at Winterland on Friday and Saturday, November 10th and 11.


Fillmore / Winterland poster
November 9-11, 1967

3a) Fillmore / Winterland poster, November 9-11, 1967
Date & Venue: Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco, California, November 9, 1967, and Winterland Auditorium, San Francisco, California, November 10-11, 1967
Bands: Procol Harum, Pink Floyd, H.P. Lovecraft
Poster Artist: Nicholas Kouninos
Poster Size: 21” X 14”
PT: .0091"
Quantity Printed: 3,500
Reference Number: BG 92
Notes: A poster for the Pink Floyd show at the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco, California, November 9, 1967.
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3b) 2005 poster reprint.
Poster Size: 17” X 11”
An unauthorized reprint of the poster was done in 2005 on heavy card stock. Possibly made in Canada.
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3c) Wolfgang's Vault reprint.

Poster Size: 35 15/16” x 24 3/8”
PT: .0096"
Quantity Printed: 500
Note: An authorized reprint of this poster was done by the Bill Graham Archives LLC in 2013. The reprint is on glossy paper and bears a Wolfgang's Vault notation in the lower right hand margin.



Fillmore / Winterland postcard
November 9-11, 1967

3d) Fillmore / Winterland postcard, November 9-11, 1967
Date & Venue: Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco, California, November 9, 1967, and Winterland Auditorium, San Francisco, California, November 10-11, 1967
Bands: Big Brother & the Holding Company, Pink Floyd, Richie Havens
Postcard Artist: Bonnie MacLean
Postcard Size: 6 11/16" x 4 1/2"
PT: .0094"
Reference Number: BG-92-PC
Notes: A postcard, with "place stamp here" on reverse, for the Pink Floyd show at the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco, California, November 9, 1967.


After their shows at the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco, Pink Floyd were flown to New York for a sole appearance at the Cheetah Club in New York City on Sunday night, November 12th, before flying directly back to Europe the night of the show. No posters were made for the New York show.



Cheetah Club, N.Y. commemorative poster
November 12, 1967

4a) Cheetah Club, N.Y. commemorative poster, November 1967
Date & Venue: Cheetah Club, New York City, New York, November 12, 1967
Bands: Pink Floyd
Poster Artist: Psychedelic Solution Galley
Poster Size: 17 7/8” x 11 ½”
PT: .0097"
Notes: This is a commemorative (fake) concert poster. This poster was created by the Psychedelic Solution Galley in New York in the 1990s.



Cheetah Club, N.Y. commemorative handbill
November 12, 1967

4b) Fillmore / Winterland commemorative handbill, November 1967
Date & Venue: Cheetah Club, New York City, New York, November 12, 1967
Bands: Pink Floyd
Handbill Size: 7 1/16" x 5"
Notes: This is a commemorative (fake) concert handbill made by the Psychedelic Solution Galley in New York. It is not an original concert handbill used to promote the show.


This was the final concert of the 1967 U.S. tour, which lasted a total of ten days.