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3 April 2004

Everyone has his or her own interpretation of what a tribute band is or should be. In my vast experience, a tribute band is usually headed by a decent singer that can hit a majority of the notes of the singer he/she is trying to emulate and a competent band that is typically nowhere near the skill level of the band they are copying but does a decent job mimicking their heroes.

Overall, most tribute bands do a fairly decent job at paying homage to the musical past of some of the top legends in music. I have seen tribute bands that cover, AC/DC, Kiss, Van Halen, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, The Doors, The Beatles(many of them), Iron Maiden, Elvis etc. And, for the most part I am satisfied paying 10 or 15 bucks to see them as they are adequate and I may never get an opportunity to see the real deal anytime soon so I am pacified.

Sometimes you run across a tribute band that really rocks and exceeds your expectations such as the Van Halen tribute band the Atomic Punks, the All-Female AC/DC tribute band Hell's Belles or the Led Zeppelin tribute band No Quarter. All 3 of these bands rock and they each have exceeded my expectations and we would easily pay to see them every chance that we could.

This past Saturday, we had the opportunity to see another tribute band called Aussie Floyd. As you can guess, they are a Pink Floyd tribute band from Australia. They have been touring the US for the past 2 months. I didn't see anyone on the message board post about having seen them. And, that is really too bad. They are billed as the #1 tribute band in the world and it is well deserved. It was an amazing show. Easily the best sounding tribute band I have ever seen.

They played for 2 hours and 20 minutes. They played the entire Dark Side of the Moon in order as the first set(30th anniversary of the release). They took a 15 minute break and then played 90 more minutes covering Floyd classics such as Shine on Crazy Diamond, Sorrow, Echoes, Run Like Hell, Another Brick in the Wall, Wish You Were Here, Comfortably Numb etc.

They tour with a massive light and video show and a sound system that was incredibly clear. They were so good, that it is hard to classify them as a "tribute" band. They are awesome musicians and covered all the bases. They even had the 3 female backup singers and the lead female NAILED the Great Gig in the Sky off the Dark Side album. Absolutely amazing vocals.

The core band has 3 different lead singers, each of them hit their parts with ease and the guitar playing was near flawless and they did all the guitar parts on Shine On. The band even has a sax player. You could have put the biggest Floyd fans in there and had them close their eyes and they would never have been able to tell it wasn't Floyd.

Several people we were with, or had talked too there, that had seen Floyd in the past said these guys were better than Floyd. Only thing missing was the massive outdoor stadium stage and the flying pigs. Truly a memorable show and one we will never miss if we get an opportunity to see them again. We paid 40 bucks to see this show and it was worth twice the price. More than likely, Pink Floyd will never tour again as a band.

So, if you get the opportunity to see these guys, DO IT! I feel like I got to see Pink Floyd in a 2500 seat theatre. It was fantastic. They have already played all their dates in the US, so more than likely you missed out this year. But, who knows, maybe they will be back. 5 more years and they can tour for the 30th anniversary of The Wall. WooHoo! They do have dates all over Europe in April and May.

Review: The Commish(who is on Pink Floyd Cloud 9)

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