LINCOLN, R.I. — Pink Floyd has long been over as a band, and with several members departed, the best opportunity to experience the legendary British rock group’s hypnotic music live is by taking in a tribute band.
Recognized as the top such group, The Australian Pink Floyd Show paid a visit to a sold-out Event Center at Twin River Resort Casino Friday night for the “The Best Side of the Moon 2017” tour.
Note for note, the group from Australia was right on, and with a spectacular light show, standout video and other elaborate stage features, such as an enormous inflatable pink bunny, it would have made the most die-hard Floyd fan think twice as to whether they were observing the real thing.
The two-dozen song set kicked off with the 10 songs — played in order, from 1973’s “The Dark Side of the Moon.” The album is one of the best selling of all time — 45 million copies and counting, having remained on the Billboard chart for more than 14 years.
“Speak to Me,” “Breathe,” “On the Run,” and “Time” were immersed with pulsating, green laser lights, and the latter song brought on stage three female backup singers who sure could hit some high notes on “The Great Gig in the Sky.”
The two most popular songs from “Dark Side of the Moon,” “Money” and “Us and Them,” were natural highlights and showcased an animated sax player. Moon craters were shown for “Us and Them.”
“Any Colour You Like,” “Brain Damage” which involved video clips of famous people, and “Eclipse” wrapped up the album set.
It was then on to songs from “The Wall,” a double album from 1979 that three years later was adapted into a feature film and is one of the most famous concept albums.
“Another Brick in the Wall Part 1” saw the backup singers singing the parts of the school children, who sing the famous line, “We don’t need no education, we don’t need no thought control.” The song was a chart-topper.
“Shine on You Crazy Diamond,” a tribute to late guitarist/singer Syd Barrett, appears on 1975 album “Wish You Were Here.” Compelling acoustic guitar play fills the album’s title track.
Two more songs from “The Wall,” “Run Like Hell” and the encore song, “Comfortably Numb” continued the psychedelic music, philosophical lyrics and sonic experimentation that influenced such artists as David Bowie.
Besides the lead singer, the band is composed of three guitarists, keyboardist and drummer.
Having sold over 4 million tickets in concerts that have taken place in 35 countries since forming in 1988, the Australian Pink Floyd Show are so impressive they were contracted by David Gilmour to perform at his 50th birthday bash.
Bassist and singer Roger Waters was the other key member of Pink Floyd, having become the band’s primary lyricist and conceptual leader before going solo in 1985.
Pink Floyd, founded in 1965, remains one of the most commercially successful and influential groups in the history of popular music. The band had sold more than 250 million records.