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Brit Floyd-The Pink Floyd Tribute Show Review

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Review written by: Pat James

Cover bands are a staple in most every music scene. As a matter of fact, they are almost necessary. They keep things going at smaller venues, on weeknights and at weddings. Every so often, a cover band progresses into a tribute band, choosing to focus on covering the music of one band. It’s not every day when a tribute band takes its show on the road, let alone embarks on a world tour. It’s even more rare when that tribute band actually sees some members of the band they are a tribute to join them on stage. This is all true of Brit Floyd. Formed in 2011 by Damian Darlington (formerly of ‘The Australian Pink Floyd Show’), the band has fully dedicated themselves to emulating and recreating the sound, soundscape, visuals and lighting of the live Pink Floyd experience. I must say, they have done one hell of a job. I never thought I’d find myself writing a review for a cover band, but I’m enthused to be writing this one.

I rolled into Stir Cove about a half hour early not fully knowing what to expect. I had done a little research on the band and knew they had to be pretty good – considering the fact they were on a full tour of the US, UK and Europe. I will tell you, I was absolutely blown away at just how good they are. Every member of the band is an obvious master at his or her own craft and I can’t even imagine the dedication and time spent on getting every detail right. I may not have ever had the opportunity to see Pink Floyd live, but I have watched a lot of DVDs/videos of Pink Floyd live and Brit Floyd is damn near spot on. If you walked into a Brit Floyd show not knowing they were a tribute band, a lot of people could be duped into thinking this is the real thing.

One of the most impressive things of the night for me was Ian Cattell (Bass Guitar & Vocals) and just how much he sounds and plays like Roger Waters. I’d be very interested in hearing what Waters’ opinion of Ian would be. On several of the songs that Water’s took the lead on for Pink Floyd, I would close my eyes and convince my brain that that really is Roger Waters on stage. Another highlight for me was Angela Cervantes (Backing Vocals) on ‘Great Gig in the Sky’. This is one of those songs that I’ve seen a cover band try to encapsulate a few times. Mostly, the band would play a tape/digital file of Clare Torry over the cover band’s music. A couple times, the cover band had brought out a vocalist that would do her best. However, Angela Cervantes did more than her best. This woman almost does it better than Torry (or possibly any vocalist ever brought out by Pink Floyd for this song) ever did. I do not say this lightly, as Great Gig in the Sky is one of my all-time favorite Pink Floyd songs as the raw emotion in Torry’s voice is just amazing. Ms. Cervantes’ rendition of this classic song brought out goose bumps and brought the entire crowd at Stir Cove to their feet for the first of several standing ovations.

As good as the entire band is, let us not forget Bryan Kolupski. Mr. Kolupski is the media director for the band, taking full responsibility for the Animation & Video for the stage show. The full set up really pulled the whole thing together. The visual landscape of the night was one that’d be hard pressed to be outdone by anyone except the masters themselves (yes, Pink Floyd). From the circular video screen, the surrounding lights, the lasers, the little clips of Pink Floyd shown throughout – it all brought together into a visual cornucopia that played so well with the music and the theme of the night that, even at 3 hours, I wasn’t exactly ready for the show to end. If you missed this show and you ever get the chance to catch Brit Floyd (Pink Floyd fan or not), do not hesitate to go…I certainly won’t.

To see images from the show, please click the following link: http://nightlifeco.com/omaha/gallery/brit-floydthe-pink-floyd-tribute-show

 

Setlist:

Set 1

  • Intro

  • What Do You Want From Me

  • Welcome to the Machine

  • Coming Back to Life

  • Another Brick in the Wall part 1

  • The Happiest Days of Our Lives

  • Another Brick in the Wall part 2

  • Lost for Words

  • One of These Days

  • Us & Them

  • Brain Damage

 

Set 2

  • Astronomy Domine

  • Pigs on the Wing part 1

  • Dogs

  • Time

  • Great Gig in the Sky

  • Money

  • Wish You Were Here

  • Shine on You Crazy Diamond parts 1-5

  • Comfortably Numb

 

Encore

  • Not Now John

  • Run Like Hell

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