The Editor's Desk - 2017

Australian Pink Floyd Show Review


By Samir Shukla


Australian Pink Floyd Show
Sunday, August 13, 2017 live at Belk Theater, Charlotte

Bands play covers all the time, sometimes doing a close version while other times remaking the song in their own sound. Tribute bands that perform music of bands that have perished or no longer perform are keeping their memory alive. Although I remember few years ago a Dave Matthews Tribute band was playing in Charlotte the same week the real Dave Matthews Band was performing. My only response was, huh? The original surviving members of the legendary rockers Pink Floyd have not performed together for nearly three decades, aside from a couple of rare appearances. The Australian Pink Floyd Show is an upper echelon combo that has been performing classic Pink Floyd tunes since 1988, marking 30 years next year. They create an experience that gets folks swaying their heads in unison. These musicians play Pink Floyd tunes with all the timbre and subtleties intact, a killer sound and a stage show to rival the original Floyd, albeit in a compact sense. They don't go off on drum or guitar solos, instead they choose to play precise yet soulful versions of beloved Pink Floyd classics. This tour is themed “Best Side of the moon," a play on the classic album Dark Side of the Moon. They covered much of that signature album, along with cuts from The Wall and Wish You Were Here as well as several other tunes. The Aussie Floyd pay fine-tuned attention to visual and technical aspects that Pink Floyd was known for. The late Pink Floyd keyboardist Rick Wright once sat in with this band and apparently guitarist David Gilmour invited them to perform at his 50th birthday celebration many years ago. Call it a cliché but this outfit is about as close you will get to see the original Floyd.

Upcoming US Tour Dates

Thu 24 Aug 2017
Scottsdale, AZ, Talking Stick Resort

Fri 25 Aug 2017
Los Angeles, CA, Greek Theatre

Sat 26 Aug 2017
Valley Center, CA, Harrah's Resort SoCal

Sun 27 Aug 2017
Las Vegas, NV, The Joint

Tue 29 Aug 2017
Oakland, CA, The Fox

Wed 30 Aug 2017
Modesto, CA, Gallo Center for the Arts

Fri 01 Sep 2017
Salt Lake City, UT, USANA Amphitheatre

Sat 02 Sep 2017
Pocatello, ID, Portneuf Amphitheatre

Mon 04 Sep 2017
Woodinville, WA, Chateau Ste. Michelle