The story of Pompeii, which appears to have been a thriving Roman city until it was destroyed by the sudden volcanic eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79AD, has fascinated me since I first learned about it in grade school. The lava and ash spewed by Vesuvius froze in tableau a city going about its daily grind: working, playing, sleeping, perusing a little pron, enjoying restaurant meals, relaxing with a beer (or whatever they drank in those days). Like this guy:
At least that’s what it looks like to me 😉
…and the city lay quietly under metres of ash and lava until it was rediscovered over 1500 years later.
In 1972, Pink Floyd put the Pompeii amphitheatre to good use with a concert featuring music from a new album called “Meddle”. I can’t think of a better backdrop for a song like “Echoes”: