I have always been a Pink Floyd fan starting way back in the early 80â€™s when I was just a young pup. The album The Wall was my first taste of the Floyd and it was one of those musical 180 degree turns that happen only so often. Back in the early 80â€™s I was an avid listener of Casey Kasemâ€™s American Top 40 and was jamming to music like Styx, John Cougar, Prince, Journey, Michael Jackson, Lionel Ritchie, etc. So it was literally like colliding into a brick wall (no pun intended) when I heard Pink Floyd for the first time.
When I was young, I never really knew whether I should love Pink Floydâ€™s music or be scared of it. Regardless, I was always intrigued by it. It was really in the late 80â€™s when I purchased the great album, A Momentary Lapse of Reason, that I became a fan and started to consider Floyd as one of my all time favorite bands. I saw Floyd live on the Division Bell tour in Ames, Iowa on June 16th, 1994 and it is still one of my all-time favorite shows. It’s highly unlikely that we will see Pink Floyd on another national tour ever again, so I am happy to see Brit Floyd is picking up where Pink Floyd left off.
Billed as ‘The Worlds Greatest Pink Floyd Tribute Show’, Brit Floyd is without question one of the best tribute bands I have seen perform. Brit Floyd has been reproducing Pink Floyd shows since early 2011 and have mastered the nuances that have made Pink Floyd shows so captivating. 2014 has Brit Floyd on a worldwide tour named Discovery after the recently released Pink Floyd box set of the same name. I was very curious if Brit Floyd was going to bring the light and laser show, and the true sound of Pink Floyd. They did and executed with spectacular precision.
Its hard to pinpoint any one particular thing that made this show such an entertaining evening. It is the level of detail taken and the multiple pieces of the overall puzzle coming together that makes a Brit Floyd performance more of an event. It’s very much like when a watching a great movie, you donâ€™t want to get up and miss part of the plot; that’s how I felt watching this event unfold.
From the 30-foot round video screen playing video clips and showing old Pink Floyd pictures to the very authentic sound of the performer’s vocals; all the details were in place. Amazing guitar, thundering drums, stunning backup vocals, and spot-on keyboards and sound effects would generally be all one could ask for in a live show; Brit Floyd brings it all. The lights were spectacular and hard to put into words; lights were moving all over the stage, crowd, and ceiling. Wild lasers would flash and streak all over the room with amazingly vivid bright color. The large round video screen was awesome in how it was encircled with a ring of lights that move around and make crazy patterns and would give a real three dimensional depth to the stage.
The whole show was masterfully scripted and executed in front of a capacity crowd. The three-hour show was a fantastic combination of Pink Floydâ€™s entire career from 1967 to 1994. It was great to see them perform some of the music from the lesser known earlier albums as well. It truly is difficult to put words together that accurately represent the talent and detail to attention the Brit Floyd Discovery tour brings to town. If you are a Pink Floyd fan or just want to see an amazingly well done stage performance, do yourself a favor and take in a Brit Floyd show. You wonâ€™t be disappointed!