My husband and I don’t get out to shows together too often (a few a year), so when we have the chance, we try to make the most of it. As fans of Pink Floyd, when CMP Entertainment offered me tickets to the Brit Floyd Discovery World Tour stop in Charlotte in exchange for a review, I couldn’t say no.
If you’re over the age of twenty, surely you know who the iconic band Pink Floyd is, right? With a musical career that spanned 40 years, Pink Floyd’s music covers a variety of sounds and has at least a few songs that appeal to everyone. I’m only in my thirties, but I grew up on bands like Pink Floyd (my mother was a wonderful musical influence in my life) and continue to enjoy listening to their music today. Sadly, I have never seen them play live and probably never will.
They say that imitation is the greatest form of flattery, and with that being the case, the members of Pink Floyd should be flattered beyond belief! The British tribute band, Brit Floyd has done an amazing, amazing job of capturing the essence of Pink Floyd and putting together a beautifully executed show – one that I imagine could only be rivaled by Pink Floyd themselves.
Toto, you’re not in Kansas anymore. Set your stereotypes aside because I can guarantee you we saw people from every walk of life at this show. There were kids, young adults, grandparents, great-grandparents. The crowd was eclectic and full of energy – you can just tell when people love music and this crowd most certainly did. Even more than that, you could tell that the band loves the music too. You could see it all over their faces, in their expressions and in the energy they brought out with them. Keeping that up for 3 hours (yes, three hours!) is quite a feat!
The show itself was a musical journey through the career of Pink Floyd – complete with a huge video screen and amazing light show. One of my favorite aspects of the show was that at the beginning of each song, the year it was from was shown on the screen. It really helped me to keep up with where we were in time and what music was like during that period. As I mentioned before, aside from a short 20 minute break, the band played for 3 hours and the first song was as good as the last.
My only complaint about the whole show was that it was a one night, one show time deal. I am extremely grateful that the show date and time worked out for us and genuinely hope that should Brit Floyd come through Charlotte again, the date and time will work out for us then as well. I know that some of my family would’ve loved the show, but couldn’t make the particular date/time that was available. At the same time, I do appreciate that the ticket prices were reasonable (even when I get comp’d tickets, I always check ticket prices) and the venue, Ovens Auditorium, was a great location.
If you love music, Pink Floyd fan or not, and Brit Floyd is making their way through your neighborhood, I highly, highly, highly recommend you go see them! You can check out their full North American tour schedule here, as well as keep up with them on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
Are you a Pink Floyd fan? Did you know about Brit Floyd before today? Check out the tour dates and let me know if they are passing through your city!