Pink Floyd, The Tribute
The Australian Pink Floyd
The Australian Pink Floyd Is Bringing The Music Of The Legendary Band To A New Audience With A Wink To Aussie Spirit
Colin Wilson plays base and vocals for the Australian Pink Floyd Show. Photo by Man Alive! and used under a Creative Commons License.
By Jeff Moses
Modern Times Magazine
Sept. 12, 2012 — Pink Floyd is arguably the greatest band of all time.
Unfortunately for the millions of Floyd fans throughout the globe, the band has seldom performed together since splitting due to creative differences which morphed into many other issues.
But when such a powerful and popular band splits, the fever to see them perform live doesn’t go away.
But it is not all bad news for die-hard Floyd fans. The Australian Pink Floyd Show, or the Aussie Pink Floyd for short, is as close to the enigmatic original as might be possible.
While Pink Floyd’s record sales and transcendent tunes have put them in the argument for greatest band of all time, the Aussies have a hands down lock as the greatest cover band to ever play.
“We try to do the most faithful show possible,” said Aussie Pink Floyd Bassist Colin Wilson, “but you can’t please everyone. The biggest difference is we are not Pink Floyd, we don’t look like Pink Floyd.”
Even Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmore agrees, giving his stamp of approval by inviting the Floyd from down under to play his 50th birthday party in 1996.
“It was amazing. We felt like school children playing for our teachers,” he said. “We weren’t expecting to be invited, and we played for about an hour. There were all sorts of people from the music and entertainment industry. It’s safe to say we were nervous but we did OK.”
The Aussie Pink Floyd’s dedication to bringing the most true portrayal of Pink Floyd’s music and stage show to the masses has put them in the unique position to go on world tours and bring Pink Floyd to a whole new generation, as well as bring the original fans straight back to a concert of yesteryear.
“In the 20 years I’ve been doing this our audiences have always been a lot of old people,” said Wilson “ but recently I’ve been seeing more and more young people coming to the shows. It’s great to bring Pink Floyd to a whole new generation.”
The Aussie’s go to such great lengths to bring the most accurate rendition of Pink Floyd to the stage that they even bring in technicians, musicians and backup singers who actually worked with Pink Floyd both in studio and on tour to make sure everything is just right for the show.
“They find us,” said Wilson, “they want to work with us, and it’s great for us to bring that experience to the show. They’re pros at the top of their game and it inspires us to be at the top of our game, and it brings extra credibility to the band.”
“It’s a very emotional show,” said Kyle Jones a fan who has seen both Pink Floyd and The Aussie Pink Floyd. “The Australian Pink Floyd does it right, it has the right feel, you can really tell he’s singing his heart out. The singer and musicians are dead on.”
Besides just adding the word Australian to the Pink Floyd show, the band also finds ways to add some Australian flair the English quintet.
“We give the show a little Australian twist,” said Wilson, “Floyd can be very intense and we are deadly serious about the music, but the Australians adds a bit of a laugh, even a bit of ourselves.”
Some of the Australian touches add to the shows are a 25-foot tall inflatable kangaroo in lieu of Pink Floyd’s iconic pig and kangaroo heads where the hammerheads would go in the marching hammer scene in The Wall.
“It’s a good homage without blatantly ripping. They treat the music like a powerful piece of art, they’re not just taking a good son and exploiting the name,” Jones said. “My favorite was “Wish You Were Here.””
The Australian Pink Floyd Show will be at the Mesa Arts Center on Sept. 30.
Visit the Mesa Arts Center website for ticket and other information.
Jeff Moses is a freelance writer and photographer from Teaneck, N.J. and is currently living in Mesa, Ariz. He has been published in The Mesa Legend, OccupyUprising.org and The Highway Herald. Contact him by calling 727-385-0624.
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