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Inside Brit Floyd, The Ambitious Pink Floyd Cover Band

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Is it pretty seamless? I read you're doing this in chronological order from the first album to last.

Actually, we're not. I think with the best will in the world, it would be quite difficult to make it work standing out there for two and a half hours, moving from one album to the next starting with Piper at the Gates of Dawn and then moving to A Saucerful of Secrets. It's not going to work like that. You have to mix things up to pace the set. You need those ups and downs to maintain a good flow.

You're press release also says you play note for note renditions of the songs. Even in concert, Pink Floyd was slightly different night after night. Is there a difference each night, any room for move outside of the box and add your own touches, if you will?

I think first of all when you're talking about the way Pink Floyd went out and toured, they created these songs and they sort of have the right [laughs] to do what they wanted to do and change them. That's fair enough. What we're doing as a tribute band, on the level, people are coming along pretty much expecting to hear the songs in a way that's familiar to the originals. That's our starting point. Now, within a night we can make decisions whether to do the studio version or the live version, or occasionally we'll marry two versions together and have a studio version start with a live version ending. But on the whole there is a little bit of room to put our own musical personality in there because that's what enables us to come across as a band rather than just a bunch of musicians regurgitating Pink Floyd note for note. If you put a little of your own musical personality in it, you gel as musicians a bit more and I think the audience can feel that. There's a little bit of room there for us to put our own stamp on things.

Are there any inherent challenges with playing the music of Pink Floyd other than getting it perfect night after night?

Certainly, there's the challenge of getting the feel right. Pink Floyd, they were great musicians but they weren't really technical. There weren't any really fast guitar solos or odd time signatures. But there was certainly a wonderful feel they brought to the music. That's a challenge in itself. And to recreate the sounds. Pink Floyd was so pioneering in many respects, on stage but also in the studio with all those unique sounds people really hadn't done before. To redo that successfully, when it comes to the guitar sounds and keyboard sounds and all the sound effects, it is really a challenge.

Brit Floyd includes music made after Roger Waters, a principal songwriter and vocalist left the original band in 1985. Though David Gilmour continued on without him, many detractors say Pink Floyd ended when Waters left. It's kind of like the remaining members of the Grateful Dead not playing Jerry Garcia songs after Jerry died. How do you reckon this?

Well, if you really wanted to be pedantic about it, you could argue that Pink Floyd really ended when Syd Barrett was no longer in the band. I don't personally subscribe to that. I have my personal preferences to eras of Pink Floyd I like, but Momentary Lapse of Reason and The Division Bell are the two albums that came after Roger Waters departed. They're still Pink Floyd albums as far as I'm concerned. I don't have any problems representing those albums.

Your press release says that "With painstaking attention to detail," you replicate "every nuance of every Floydian moment by musically and visually." Do we get flying pigs, beds, a wall, etc. as part of the visual?

There's nothing stopping us from doing that. We do have an inflatable pig. We haven't done the flying bed yet, but that's something we can maybe bring in the future. As for building a wall, logistically it's a challenge. We have performed The Wall, but we chose to project the wall with video rather than physically build a wall. It might be fun to do in the future.

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Glenn BurnSilver
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