The Australian Pink Floyd Show – State Theatre, Portland, Maine, August 8, 2016

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When you have arguably the most famous progressive rock band in the world, you are going to have tribute bands and Pink Floyd has a few. This was my first time seeing The Australian Pink Floyd Show, and I have mixed emotions about it.

It’s hard not to compare bands when you’ve seen another similar project. Last year, I saw Brit Floyd, The British Pink Floyd tribute band, and prior to that, way back in the day, I saw the real thing. So compared to the original all else is going to fail.

This show was really good. Musically, the band was tight, each musician seeming to be able to hold his or her own. I did feel as though it was almost too controlled though. It was like seeing a Russian choir sing in communist Russia. No one was smiling or seemed to be enjoying what they were doing, and if they were, it wasn’t coming through.

The visuals were good, but troubling – it struck me funny to see generic symbols used instead of the original triangle for the Dark Side of the Moon stuff, and the inflatable pig was replaced with a kangaroo, symbolizing Australia. It had me scratching my head, was there more to this story? Was it a rights thing? Similarly, during The Wall, new drawings were displayed instead of the movie art. The straight hammer now had a protractor attached, etc. The show itself was all a little on the dark side, visually anyway. I must say however that I did get a kick out of the visuals for the song “Pigs”- a video of high officials, such as Tony Blaire, George Bush, Ronald Regan, Margaret Thatcher and some crazy looking guy with a blonde hair-do similar to Donald Trump, all with pig noses. During the song Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2) a solo search light scanned the audience, this I thought was a really nice touch.

The best part of this show for me were the three female backup singers who all had great voices and were the only members to get standing ovations after each did their solos. There is plenty of good to say about the show and little bad. Compared to the Brit Floyd show, I think I preferred Brit, but again, it was still a fun ride. I only wish I still did illegal drugs for this one.

The setlist:
Shine On You Crazy Diamond – Time – Breathe (Reprise) – On The Turning Away – Wish You Were Here – Us and Them – Any Colour You Like – Brain Damage – Eclipse – The Happiest Days of Our Life – Another Brick in the Wall 9Part 2)
20 minute Intermission
Pigs (Three Different Ones) – Learning to Fly – The Great Gig in the Sky – Hey You – What Do You Want From Me – Sorrow – One of These Days – Comfortably Numb
Encore: Run Like Hell

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