Pink Floyd cover band plays familiar beat

By Katie Engell
October 30, 2008

On Friday, Oct. 10, the Australian Pink Floyd performed at the Tower Theatre in Upper Darby. The show was nothing short of amazing and fans of all ages were treated to a full sensory music experience. The band not only played Pink Floyd’s music in a hauntingly similar fashion, but also presented a top-notch laser light show.

Throughout the course of music history few bands have made such an impact as Pink Floyd.. Since their disbanding in the early
1990s fans all around the world have turned to tribute bands to fulfill their Pink Floyd needs.

Of all the bands currently playing Pink Floyd’s music “The Australian Pink Floyd Band” stands far above the rest.

Originally known as “Think Floyd,” the members of this tribute band are from Adelaide, Australia. It was here that they realized their dream of recreating the magic of one of the most respected rock bands of all time, Pink Floyd.

During the late ’80s, tribute bands had not yet become popular.

In the Australian Pink Floyd’s case, the five original musicians sought out to change the dynamics of the “cover band” and cover songs in a more realistic manner.

Their goal was to completely restore all the elements needed to achieve the same sound as Pink Floyd and give Pink Floyd fans a dose of what they knew and loved.

“Shine On You Crazy Diamond” and “Money” were two of the first songs that they accomplished as a tribute band. After a month of constant rehearsing, the band had honed their skills well enough to perform all of Pink Floyd’s music correctly.

Their performing career began in 1993 when they debuted at the First International Pink Floyd Fan Convention in London, England.

Since 1993, the Australian Pink Floyd has been constantly touring the globe and keeping Pink Floyd’s music alive. They’ve traveled the United States, Germany, Canada, Italy, Switzerland as well as numerous South American countries. They have done such a good job that they have been demanded back to countless venues year after year.

The Australian Pink Floyd has also been the only tribute band to directly play for a member of the original Pink Floyd. In 1996, they played at guitarist David Gilmour’s 50 birthday party. Gilmour has claimed that the Australian Pink Floyd performs their music better than they did.

At this particular show at the Tower Theater, the bands played “The Wall” album from start to finish. After taking a quick 15- minute intermission, the band came back out with an impressive greatest hits set that left the audience in awe. It is no wonder this is such a popular show to see.

Of all the bands that are currently playing the music of Pink Floyd, none of them present the songs in the fashion that the Australian Pink Floyd does. They play each song with precise detail and truly capture the mood associated with the original recordings. This band presents a high quality performance that any fan of music can appreciate.

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