It goes without saying that Pink Floyd created an impressive musical legacy during their career spanning in excess of 50 years. And whilst the legendary English progressive rock group are no longer actively touring or creating new music as a band, they have left behind somewhat of a vast musical songbook for others to feast upon, and their songs and music will, of course, live on forever.
Whilst there are many acts who have tried to grapple and emulate the music of Waters, Gilmour et al, one band who has taken this challenge to a whole new level is Brit Floyd.
Widely regarded as the world’s greatest Pink Floyd tribute band, Brit Floyd has performed in some of the most celebrated stages, arenas and theatres on the planet including Radio City Music Hall in New York, the Royal Albert Hall in London and Red Rocks in Colorado, to name but a few. Tonight a capacity crowd of die-hard Floyd fans eagerly await the band’s return to the Sage Gateshead, for their second show in this very room inside of the last three years.
This year marks the 40th anniversary of Pink Floyd’s seminal album The Wall and subsequently, this international ensemble fronted by musical director Damian Darlington are celebrating this treasured album in Floyd’s impressive back catalogue. Subsequently, tonight’s musical marathon which features two sets spanning in excess of two hours centres on The Wall.
During the opening set of the evening, Brit Floyd performs the first side of The Wall album in its entirety. From the opening notes of multi-instrumental Ryan Saranich’s clarinet intro to “In The Flesh”, through to timeless classics such as “Another Brick In The Wall” and “Mother”, the audience is transfixed throughout.
Brit Floyd spares no expense, bringing with them in tow one of the most impressive stage productions to have been housed inside of this building. This includes stunning visuals which are perfectly sequenced in time to the music and a laser light show which is second only to Pink Floyd themselves.
There are many stand out moments throughout the course of the night. The band’s rendition of “The Great Gig In The Sky” being one of the many highlights. The number features some impressive pedal steel playing from Darlington along with a superb display of vocal acrobatics from Ella Chi. The latter of which features as one of an uber-talented trio of backing vocalists accompanying the group this evening.
Other highlights from the first half of the show include a psychedelic-tinged airing of “Fearless”, along with Floyd classics from the Dark Side of the Moon album such as “Time”, “Breathe” and “Us and Them”.
Each song in the set is executed with flawless precision, by this exquisite group of musicians. Throughout the course of the evening, the sound is consistently crisp and precise and the incredible acoustics inside of the majestic Hall One of the Sage Gateshead only enhances this even further.
Although this emphasis of this evening’s show may well be The Wall, there are plenty of hits along with the occasional deep cut from other records within Pink Floyd’s extensive discography. This including a harmonious rendition of “Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts I-V)”, an atmospheric airing of “Hey You” along with the unmistakable “Wish You Were Here”.
Brit Floyd brings their main set to a close with “Comfortably Numb”, which also includes a stunning guitar solo from Damian Darlington. The room filled with light reflected from a giant mirror ball suspended above the stage, throughout the number.
Tonight it goes without saying that Brit Floyd delivers what is quite possibly one of their most ambitious live shows to date. This time around, the group has really pushed both their creativity and artistry. Whereas a lot of tribute bands will simply echo or replicate the music of their namesakes, Brit Floyd truly brings to life the treasured compositions of their idols. With Pink Floyd’s musical legacy now committed to the history books, an evening with Brit Floyd is as close you will come to experiencing the real thing.
Event Date: 16-Mar-2019