Pink Floyd cover band Brit Floyd brings music to Toledo March 13Written by Matt Liasse | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Music of David Gilmour, Roger Waters, Rick Wright, Nick Mason and Syd Barrett – or Pink Floyd – will be celebrated at the Huntington Center this week.
Cover band Brit Floyd will be in town on March 13, featuring “note-for-note performances” of songs from Pink Floyd’s biggest albums: “The Dark Side of the Moon,” “Wish You Were Here,” “The Wall,” “The Division Bell” and “Animals.”
This is the first time since last summer this European band is returning in the States.
“I think if there’s one place for a band to tour properly, it’s the United States,” vocalist, guitarist and musical director Damian Darlington said. “It’s always very special, a lot of fun and very easy to tour in the U.S. compared perhaps to some other places in the world.”
Since their first show in Liverpool, England, in 2011, Brit Floyd has traveled the world and played for more than one million fans.
“It’s been very special,” Darlington said. “It’s remarkable how quickly Brit Floyd has managed to establish itself. … It’s been a lot of fun and a very special experience.”
Darlington spent 17 years playing with another Pink Floyd tribute show, so is experienced.
“I was hoping and expecting Brit Floyd would take off in the way it did,” Darlington said. “As a musician, I like playing in front of audiences and getting a chance to play onstage with other good musicians … I’m happy to do this for as long as people want to hear Pink Floyd music.”
This show, titled “Discovery,” named after Pink Floyd’s recent box set of the same name, is a three-hour spectacle that chronologically explores Pink Floyd’s catalog, spanning beyond three decades. “Discovery” promises live renditions of the biggest hits and the lesser known gems.
Darlington had the task of forming the setlist, which he based off the recent box set. At least one track from every Pink Floyd album will be played during the show.
“I thought it a cool idea to kind of represent that in some way,” he said. “We’re going back to the very beginning.”
In true Pink Floyd fashion, the show will also feature circle lights and original video with animation inspired by the artwork of Pink Floyd collaborator Storm Thorgerson. Darlington said attention to detail went into the work.
“Given that what Pink Floyd is principally about is touring and we do so much of it … it’s a constantly evolving process,” Darlington said. “We can’t plan it for many months because for many months we’re out on tour.”
Darlington fell in love with music when he received a guitar for Christmas when he was 11 years old. He discovered Pink Floyd when he was 13 years old and heard “The Wall.”
“I’ve been hooked on them ever since,” he said.
Tickets for the 8 p.m. show are on sale now through Ticketmaster, the Huntington Center Box Office or by calling (800) 745-3000. For more information, visit britfloyd.com or huntintoncentertoledo.com.
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