Saturday, November 5, 2011

Concert Review: Pink Floyd Imported From Australia To Connecticut

Pink Floyd is one of the most well-known bands in music history. Their album “Dark Side of the Moon” set records for the longest running album on the music charts and on their final tour in 1994, Pink Floyd sold out stadiums around the world. Since then, the band has performed only a few times for charity reasons.

In 1988, a group of five musicians from Australia decided to begin a tribute band of Pink Floyd’s music. They called themselves the Australian Pink Floyd Show. Since then, they have become one of the best Pink Floyd tribute bands in the world and last Friday night, they brought their talents to Connecticut to the Mohegan Sun Arena.

Upon entrance into the arena, we were given 3-D glasses to be worn in the second half of the show. The stage was set up almost identical to Pink Floyd’s last tour including the large circular screen in the background. As the lights dimmed, the music began with the keyboard intro to “Shine On You Crazy Diamond.” The first chords of the guitar were strummed and you felt the vibration it was that loud. The music was probably loud enough to hear at the back of a large football stadium. Their first set was filled with some of the more obscure Pink Floyd classics like “Welcome To The Machine,” “Arnold Layne,” and the twenty-minute epic “Dogs.” At times, you could close your eyes and swear it was Pink Floyd on the stage performing, but if you did, you would have missed the laser and light show during “Sorrow” and “Learning To Fly.”

The end of the intermission was signaled by the heartbeat that begins “Dark Side of the Moon.” This was also the time to use the 3-D glasses that were given to the sold out audience. The effects worked well during “Breathe” and “On The Run,” but then it lost its appeal during “Time.” The trio of back-up singers each got their moment to shine, showing off their vocal talents during “Great Gig In The Sky.” The band blasted your eardrums during the screams of “Careful With That Axe, Eugene,” but finally got the audience to their feet for “Another Brick In The Wall.” During the song, the band members became like students to a 25-foot tall teacher from Pink Floyd’s movie “The Wall” as he pointed his finger up and down to the beat.

The audience sang along and cheered during “Wish You Were Here” as pictures of the original members of Pink Floyd were displayed in the background. The bass groove of “One Of These Days” brought out a 25-foot kangaroo to hop along to the song’s tempo. The Australian Pink Floyd Show finished the evening with one of Pink Floyd’s most well-known songs “Comfortably Numb,” shinning a disco ball during the song’s amazing guitar solo.

Without the original Pink Floyd performing live, this is as close as we will get these days to hearing and seeing them live. But it is still great to hear some best rock music of all time performed by one of the best tribute bands on the planet.

Set I: Shine On You Crazy Diamond, Welcome To The Machine, Coming Back To Life, Arnold Layne, Sorrow, Learning To Fly, Dogs

Set II: Speak To Me, Breathe, On The Run, Time, The Great Gig In The Sky, What Do You Want From Me, Careful With That Axe Eugene, Money, The Happiest Days Of Our Lives/Another Brick In The Wall (Pt. 2), Wish You Were Here, One Of These Days, Comfortably Numb

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