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February 4, 2012

Tribute band to play best of Pink Floyd at War Memorial

This arena show will bring the lights and sounds of Pink Floyd.

Brit Floyd, billed as the world’s greatest Pink Floyd show, will perform at 8 p.m. Feb. 25 at the Cambria County War Memorial Arena, 326 Napoleon St., Johnstown.

Brit Floyd was born out of a split in The Australian Pink Floyd Show in 2010.

A new band, The British Pink Floyd Show, was formed, and the name was later shortened to Brit Floyd.

“It’s the same product, but changed around,” said arena general manager Michael Silva.

“While it’s a tribute band, it’s a national touring show.”

Silva has been viewing concert footage of Brit Floyd aired on PBS for the past several months, calling it “absolutely cool to watch.”

“I remember when I saw Pink Floyd with the balloons and lasers,” Silva said.

“Seeing it on TV brought back memories. They recapture the original special effects. In the day, it was called the Pink Floyd experience, as much music as experience. I loved the lasers.”

Brit Floyd isn’t one of the tribute bands that dresses and acts like the original, but focuses on producing the music and the show.

“Some of the Beatles’ groups who dress like them are fun to watch, but for me, I don’t care what they look like, I want to listen to their music,” Silva said.

Brit Floyd is made up of musicians who have performed with The Australian Pink Floyd Show, either worldwide or in North America.

All except two members of Brit Floyd have played on the Australian show’s North American tour in 2008, 2009 and 2010.

Musical director Damian Darlington is the only musician to have performed in every show from January 1994 through November 2010.

Brit Floyd will feature Darlington on guitar, lap steel and vocals; Ian Cattell on bass guitar and vocals; Bobby Harrison on guitar and vocals; Rob Stringer on keyboards and vocals; Rick Benbow on keyboards; Arran Ahmun on drums; Carl Brunsdon on saxophones, bass and acoustic guitars, percussion, keyboards and clarinet; Emily Jollands, Jacquie Williams and Ola Bienkowska on vocals; and Amy Smith on vocals and percussion.

“This will be a really cool experience, and I look forward to seeing it,” Silva said.

“Pink Floyd is out on tour, but they’ll never be the same band again. This is a great opportunity to listen to Pink Floyd’s music as it was meant to be played live and see all the effects that go with it.”

Concert

What: Brit Floyd.

When: 8 p.m. Feb. 25.

Where: Cambria County War Memorial Arena, 326 Napoleon St., Johnstown.

Tickets: $40.50, $34.50 and $26.50, without fees.

Information: 536-5156 or www.ticketmaster.com.

 

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