Brit Floyd brings epic Pink Floyd tribute show to Cuse
Brit Floyd, a Pink Floyd tribute band, performed recently to a full house at the Crouse-Hinds Theater in Syracuse, NY. More than just a cover band, Brit Floyd is a full blown Pink Floyd experience. While Pink Floyd members Dave Gilmour and Roger Waters still perform solo tours, Pink Floyd properly haven’t toured since 1994 after the release of The Division Bell. This might be the closest many, especially younger adults, will come to being able to see what a Pink Floyd show was really like.
The stage design is modeled heavily on that 1994 Division Bell tour with the focal point of the set being the huge circular projection screen rimmed by lights at the rear of center stage. Images, montages, patterns, and videos were shown throughout the show. One video montage showed notorious world leaders both past and present during the song “Brain Damage.” Sometimes the rim lights would simply shine on the blank screen producing beautiful patterns.
The light show was spectacular and by itself was worth the price of admission. Multi-colored lasers and spotlights were always moving around and changing in intensity to fit whatever song was playing. Different members of the band would be lit up for their solos or vocals.
The set list included songs that spanned the entirety of Pink Floyd’s history. The instrumental “Cluster One” from The Division Bell opened the show, while “Astronomy Domine,” which was the first track on their debut album, opened the second half of the show. All four of their classic albums from the 1970s were represented. All but two tracks from Dark Side of the Moon were played including “Time,” “Money” and “Us and Them,” “Shine On You Crazy Diamond,” “Welcome to the Machine,” and the title track from “Wish You Were Here.” From Animals came “Pigs on a Wing Part 1” and “Dogs.” And from The Wall were classics “Another Brick in the Wall Part 2” and “Run Like Hell.”
All the musicians were spot on with their playing. Only the keenest of Pink Floyd aficionados would really be able to tell the difference. On lead guitar and vocals was musical director Damian Darlington. He performed most of the Gilmour vocals. Bassist Ian Cattell covered most of the Waters vocals. Guitarist Edo Scordo also jumped in to do lead work on occasion, most prominently when he did all three solos on the fan favorite “Coming Back to Life.”
While Darlington and Cattell turned in strong performances as lead singers, the stand out vocal performance of the night came from one of the backup singers. Angela Cervantes took the spotlight on the song “The Great Gig in the Sky.” For those unfamiliar, the song has no lyrics and instead features a female singer doing vocal improvisation. Cervantes’ performance kept swelling throughout the song until it felt less like singing and more like the manifestation of pure emotion. The crowd was totally enthralled. Over the course of the song she received not one, not two, but three standing ovations.
The main set was closed out by “Comfortably Numb” from The Wall. The song features one of the most legendary guitar solos ever recorded, and back on that ‘94 tour Pink Floyd famously employed a gigantic, spinning mirror ball bathed in spotlights in the center of the arena. The entire building would be swimming in moving light during the solo. Brit Floyd recreated this same moment, if only on a somewhat smaller scale. The mirror ball came down from above the stage and flooded the entire Crouse-Hinds Theater in that same dancing light.
Brit Floyd has earned a reputation as one the premiere Pink Floyd tribute bands in the world. If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then the members of Pink Floyd must be very flattered indeed. Brit Floyd continues their U.S. tour through the middle of July before heading to Europe through October. If you missed the Syracuse show they will be at ArtPark Amphitheater in Lewiston (near Niagara Falls) on July 18th.
James Suits / James Suits Photography / The Fuze Magazine
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