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  posted on 10/18/2007 at 03:25 PM
If you're Pink Floyd fan, your chances of ever seeing the real thing again are just about slim and none. But thankfully, some really great cover bands are re-creating the experience.

Head and shoulders above the rest, and perhaps the most amazing tribute band of any genre that you will ever see, is Australian Pink Floyd. They are touring the US right now, with dates posted below.

I've seen them twice, and the whole experience is there: the graphics and visuals, the lights, the lasers, the inflatables, the mirror ball for Comfortably Numb - the whole thing. And the music is played to perfection. These guys are really amazing and well worth the reasonable ticket price. I'm catching them next week in Chicago, and probably again in Cincinnati in December. If you've never heard Floyd played live, you haven't had the full experience. And this is as close as you'll probably get since David keeps saying "no way" to a reunion.

More: http://www.aussiefloyd.com/


19th October USA Salt Lake City, UT E Center
20th October USA Denver, CO Wells Fargo
22nd October USA Minneapolis, MN Northup Auditorium
23rd October USA Milwaukee, WI Riverside Theatre
24th October USA Chicago, IL Rosemont Theater
25th October USA Chicago, IL Rosemont Theater
27th October Canada Quebec, QC Pepsi Arena
28th October Canada Montreal, QC Bell Centre
29th October Canada Toronto, ON Casino Rama
30th October USA Boston, MA Agganis Arena

NOVEMBER 2007
1st November USA Providence, RI Providence PAC
2nd November USA Manchester, NH Verizon Wireless
3rd November USA Hartford, CT Dodge Music Center
4th November USA Baltimore, MD Hippodrome
6th November USA Bethesda, DC Strathmore
7th November USA Scranton, PA Cultural Center
9th November USA Philadelphia, PA Tower Theater
10th November USA Philadelphia, PA Tower Theater
11th November USA Hershey, PA Hershey Theater
13th November USA Indianapolis, IN Murat Centre
14th November USA Kansas City, MO Uptown Theater
15th November USA St. Louis, MO Fox Theatre
16th November USA St. Louis, MO Fox Theatre
17th November USA Atlanta, GA Fox Theatre
18th November USA Atlanta, GA Fox Theatre
20th November USA Houston, TX Verizon Wireless Theater
21st November USA Dallas, TX Nokia Theatre
23rd November USA Tulsa, OK Brady Theater
24th November USA San Antonio, TX Majestic Theatre
25th November USA Austin, TX Music hall
27th November USA Clearwater, FL Ruth Eckerd Hall
28th November USA Orlando, FL Bob Carr Theatre
29th November USA Fort Myers, FL Bbmann Theatre
30th November USA Clearwater, FL Ruth Eckerd Hall

DECEMBER 2007
1st December USA Miami, FL Filmore
3rd December USA Cincinnati, OH Taft Theater
4th December USA Canton, OH Memorial
5th December USA Pittsburgh, PA Benedum Center
8th December USA New York, NY Terminal 5

 

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  posted on 10/18/2007 at 03:36 PM
Cover bands are cool, I guess, but you can easily go see Roger Waters or David Gilmour and get a much more authentic performance. I just hate seeing musicians trying so hard to look and sound like someone else. It kind of takes away from the idea of creativity. And you would think that they could come up with a more clever title for the band...

 

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Cover bands are cool, I guess, but you can easily go see Roger Waters or David Gilmour and get a much more authentic performance. I just hate seeing musicians trying so hard to look and sound like someone else. It kind of takes away from the idea of creativity. And you would think that they could come up with a more clever title for the band...


I hear what you are saying but in this case you are off. These guys are not your average bar band doing a tribute to someone. These guys put on a major production that comes close to or equals Floyds actual shows.

I am also not big on tribute bands but when it is done this well I can appreciate it. Also no one said that they don't play/write their own music when not touring as the Tribute act. They just make more money doing this. I can also appreciate a musician wanting to get paid.

If you like Floyd then you will love these guys.

 

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  posted on 10/18/2007 at 03:50 PM
I do not have a problem with cover bands - have seen DSO a few times and really enjoyed them. And I absolutely love Pink Floyd - they are one of my all time favorites!!! That being said, I think $50.00 tickets are sort of expensive for a cover band and would probably not go see these guys (although, I can see some justification for the price due to the stage production stuff that is mentioned... I'm sure it costs plenty for the special effects and I do not begrudge anybody making a $) I just saw Roger Waters recently for not too much more than $50.00 and have seen him a few times previously. Have also seen Pink Floyd with and without Roger. So, I've gotten my Floyd fix the old fashioned way.

 

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  posted on 10/18/2007 at 04:03 PM
I'm with Deb. I've got no problem at all with groups like DSO, Aussie Pink Floyd, and I think there's a high-end Genesis cover band that does Gabriel-era and maybe early post-Gabriel-era shows . . . The Musical Box, maybe. If the market supports these acts, then no problem, I wish them all the best.

But, at ticket prices rivaling those of "original" acts, I'll keep my 50-60 bucks and jam on with my CD's, memories, and hopes - no matter how far-fetched - of reconciliations and glorious reunion tours.

 

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  posted on 10/18/2007 at 04:18 PM
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Cover bands are cool, I guess, but you can easily go see Roger Waters or David Gilmour and get a much more authentic performance. I just hate seeing musicians trying so hard to look and sound like someone else. It kind of takes away from the idea of creativity. And you would think that they could come up with a more clever title for the band...


I hear what you are saying but in this case you are off. These guys are not your average bar band doing a tribute to someone. These guys put on a major production that comes close to or equals Floyds actual shows.

I am also not big on tribute bands but when it is done this well I can appreciate it. Also no one said that they don't play/write their own music when not touring as the Tribute act. They just make more money doing this. I can also appreciate a musician wanting to get paid.

If you like Floyd then you will love these guys.

Oh, I'm quite familiar with this band. I saw them on PBS, and chose not go to the show when they came here to Atlanta. Like I said, what they do is fun for a lot of people, and that's cool. I just hate to see these guys try to sound like other musicians (vocals, playing style, etc). For a lifetime Floyd fan, it would make me cringe to see that. If I want a Floyd experience, then I'll go see Roger Waters or David Gilmour. Waters has been to Atlanta twice since the last time Aussie Floyd was here. That IS a Pink Floyd experience complete with the principal songwriter of the group.

I like cover songs when they are performed in one's own style (*ahem* Mule), but I really dislike it when a band's sole purpose is to mimic what another band already did. Kind of lame, if you ask me. These guys are phenomenal players...so why don't they start their own bands and show the world what's in their own minds. Just my $0.02.

 

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  posted on 10/18/2007 at 04:21 PM
I wonder if Blue Floyd will ever hit it again.
 

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  posted on 10/18/2007 at 04:28 PM
Not trying to twist arms or change minds here, but CanadianMule has it right. I've seen DSO too, and while great, they don't hold a candle to the show Aussie Floyd puts on.

They tour more in Europe than here, and regularly sell out 5,000 to 10,000 seat halls there. They've put out well produced CD's of their live versions of Wish You Were Here and Animals (I prefer their Animals CD to the original!). And they've put out a very professional DVD of their live show.

I saw both Roger's tour and David's - and of course nothing is like the authentic article. But listening to recorded Floyd looses soooo much of the power and greatness of this music. This at least allows you to experience that again. Both shows I've seen, I noted people leaving the theater muttering things like "I can't believe how good these guys were. I saw the real band back in the 70's, and this was just as good". That's not my personal opinion, but they are so close it's scarey.

Here's a little youtube promo clip for the band: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EvqkBzInrD0

 

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  posted on 10/18/2007 at 04:35 PM
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Not trying to twist arms or change minds here, but CanadianMule has it right. I've seen DSO too, and while great, they don't hold a candle to the show Aussie Floyd puts on.

They tour more in Europe than here, and regularly sell out 5,000 to 10,000 seat halls there. They've put out well produced CD's of their live versions of Wish You Were Here and Animals (I prefer their Animals CD to the original!). And they've put out a very professional DVD of their live show.

I saw both Roger's tour and David's - and of course nothing is like the authentic article. But listening to recorded Floyd looses soooo much of the power and greatness of this music. This at least allows you to experience that again. Both shows I've seen, I noted people leaving the theater muttering things like "I can't believe how good these guys were. I saw the real band back in the 70's, and this was just as good". That's not my personal opinion, but they are so close it's scarey.

Here's a little youtube promo clip for the band: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EvqkBzInrD0

Fair enough. Hell, you might have even convinced me to go to one of the Atlanta dates....if I weren't gonna be in Quincy, FL for the Bear Creek Festival!!

 

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  posted on 10/18/2007 at 04:37 PM
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I like cover songs when they are performed in one's own style (*ahem* Mule), but I really dislike it when a band's sole purpose is to mimic what another band already did. Kind of lame, if you ask me. These guys are phenomenal players...so why don't they start their own bands and show the world what's in their own minds. Just my $0.02.

So by that judgement, should Beethoven, Bach, and Mozart no longer be played the way the creator intended? As the originators die off, should we just not perform this great music? I'd suggest that some of it is worth keeping as it was originally performed, intact. What a loss if we didn't.

We're getting closer to the time when more and more of the musicians we love might not be able to play any more, or be unable to do so with the same skill. I'd suggest that this level of authentic recreation is the highest form of praise for an artists work. I hope that 50 years from now, somebody is doing the same for ABB, so that our kids can take their kids and understand what was so special to us.

 

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  posted on 10/18/2007 at 06:13 PM
Very likely that if they only did their own material, that they would be among the millions of musicians that we would never see or hear. They would be less likely to have made it away from Australia.

The prices are a little steep IMO but they do put on an amazing show. Hard to believe but some of these bands do as good a job as the originals. Let's face it. the sound and lighting now is far superior to the 70s.

Peter Gabriel saw the Musical Box and was blown away. He said "We were never that good.". He is probably right because the M.B. really nails early Genesis.

No disrespect to the DSO but they do not hold a candle compared to the APF or the MB.

 

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  posted on 10/18/2007 at 06:18 PM
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Here's a little youtube promo clip for the band: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EvqkBzInrD0
Watched this clip and others out on YouTube and I have to admit these guys (and gals) are very good - both sound and stage show.

 

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  posted on 10/18/2007 at 06:38 PM
do they do the same setlist, nightly?

I love DSO and certainly appreciate the opportunity to go back in time

 

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  posted on 10/18/2007 at 07:07 PM
From the looks and sounds of it, $50 is a pretty reasonable price for this show. Got my tix for Philly, based on recommendation in another thread here.

And if Waters and Gilmour ever got together and toured the demand for tickets and prices would probably put Hannah Montana to shame.

 

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  posted on 10/18/2007 at 07:25 PM
allthough ive been a pink floyd sinse high school,late 70's,i never got to see the whole band together.allthough i do play "live at pompay"about once a month.i did see the last two floyd tours,but ive never seen waters live.all his stuff sound like the wall to me.i still kick my self for not trying to scalp tickets to davids last tour"on an island"but at least i have a bootleg of a show.thanks to the generous jtuna.take care all,matt
p.s. i dont think floyds heart would ever be in a tour after seing the reuinun show.

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  posted on 10/18/2007 at 07:34 PM
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do they do the same setlist, nightly?

I can only go by the two shows I've seen, but both started by them doing the complete Dark Side for the first set. The second set would mix up all sorts of other Floyd material. I know that they have performed Animals and Wish You Were Here as complete pieces. My guess is that the setlist is 70-80% fixed, with a little flexibility each night.

 

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  posted on 10/18/2007 at 07:38 PM
I'm not a fan of this stuff myself..........but have seen a Kiss band once & saw Jason Bohnam do a tour for his cd " In name of the Father "

They played there own stuff mixed with a Zep set......

It was really good.....The guitar player told me that Jimmy & Robert both said that they were tighter & sounded better than Zepp did on most nights.....

Here in the midwest we get a bunch of this stuff......

The only one that intrest me is an Aerosmith that is out there...........They say dude looks & sounds just like Tyler.........

 

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  posted on 10/18/2007 at 07:40 PM
I'm sure Aussie Floyd is excellent, but there are too many good noncopy bands that I pass on already for various reasons. Saw Floyd in '75, Gilmour Floyd in '94 and Waters twice now, it seems like seeing a copy band would dilute those real memories. Never seen DSO either and don't intend to, it would sort of sadden me to be reminded that I can never have the real thing again. Not the best concert mood to be in.

 

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  posted on 10/18/2007 at 08:01 PM
wow.i hear ya man.i have never seen dso either,but miss the hell out of jerry.
 

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  posted on 10/18/2007 at 10:03 PM
Aussie Floyd ARE remarkable indeed. Have to be seen to be believed.

However, I think that The Musical Box are THE tribute band to beat. They recreate actual tours, nail down every costume and film strip, and play music that Genesis and all of its solo acts will never play again. They offer an experience that is not available anywhere else. Brilliant music, brilliant musicians. Genesis approves of them, gave them some of their old equipment; Phil Collins and Steve Hackett have sat in with them. I can't wait to see them again!

Plus, I will be seeing them at a nice small theater for 60 bucks. It would cost me much more than that to see Genesis playing pop songs at some Enormo-dome.

 

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Aussie Floyd ARE remarkable indeed. Have to be seen to be believed.

However, I think that The Musical Box are THE tribute band to beat. They recreate actual tours, nail down every costume and film strip, and play music that Genesis and all of its solo acts will never play again. They offer an experience that is not available anywhere else. Brilliant music, brilliant musicians. Genesis approves of them, gave them some of their old equipment; Phil Collins and Steve Hackett have sat in with them. I can't wait to see them again!

Plus, I will be seeing them at a nice small theater for 60 bucks. It would cost me much more than that to see Genesis playing pop songs at some Enormo-dome.


The Musical Box are definitely a must for any Gabriel era Genesis fan. I remember seeing them in tiny theaters in Montreal when they first started out. Musically they nail the songs and every noise/effect involved in the production.

 
 


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