Brit Floyd to play at Huntington CenterWritten by Vicki L. Kroll | | email@example.com
If you close your eyes at the Feb. 28 Brit Floyd concert at the Huntington Center, you might think you’re hearing Pink Floyd. But then you’d miss the visual spectacle the tribute band with a reputation for note-for-note recreation will bring.
“There’s plenty variety of Floyd music for people to hear, plus we have a big live show: There’s video, there’s inflatables, the full Pink Floyd visual and audio experience for people to enjoy,” said Damian Darlington, singer-guitarist and musical director of Brit Floyd.
For the tour, the 11-member band will play all the songs from Pink Floyd’s compilation disc, “A Foot in the Door,” released in November. The set includes “Money,” “Learning to Fly,” “Wish You Were Here,” “Time,” “Comfortably Numb” and “Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2.”
Decades later, the classics created by guitarist David Gilmour, bassist Roger Waters, keyboardist Richard Wright and drummer Nick Mason continue to impress fans.
“There’s plenty of young people coming along to the gigs who seem to be totally passionate about what they’re listening to,” Darlington said during a call from his home in Crewe, England. “[Pink Floyd’s music] seems to have a lot of depth in it; people seem to connect with it in a personal way, they read things into the lyrics that they can relate to.
“The music is very, very evocative and things like ‘Shine On You Crazy Diamond,’ there’s nothing else quite like it out there even until this day, 35, 40 years onward, that opening chord of ‘Shine On,’ where you can just have one chord and it works so well.”
Brit Floyd must put on a convincing show — they’ve got some high-profile fans.
Darlington recalled a concert with the Australian Pink Floyd Show shortly after he joined in 1994: “After we finished the gig and went back to the dressing rooms, David Gilmour knocked on the door [laughs], and it was obviously a great shock to us, a very nice one, and a big, big surprise.”
Pink Floyd invited the band backstage after a show in London. Then came another request.
“We got a call asking could we come and play at [Gilmour’s] 50th birthday party, and we even got paid for doing it [laughs], so it was a double bonus, although I’m sure we would have paid to play at David Gilmour’s party,” Darlington said. “Richard Wright, Nick Mason — other people such as George Harrison, he was there, Sting was there, Kate Bush was there, it was a wealth of stars from the music business and also from television who were there as well.
“We played for just one hour and when it came to play ‘Comfortably Numb’ at the end of the set, Rick Wright came up and asked very nicely and politely could he join us on keyboards, and we said of course,” Darlington said. “That’s how I had the pleasure of playing ‘Comfortably Numb’ with Rick Wright on Hammond next to me on stage.”
In 2010, Darlington and others left the Aussie show to form Brit Floyd.
Brit Floyd will take the stage at the Huntington Center at 8 p.m. Feb. 28. Tickets range from $27.50 to $47.45.
Will there by flying pigs?
“I hope so,” Darlington said and laughed. “I’m not quite familiar with the venue, how big it is inside, but if there’s room, there should be a flying pig.”