Photos by: Steve Trager
Upper Darby, Pa
March 17, 2012
They have amazed music fans worldwide with their true to life detailed stage production, state of the art light show and interlude of great classics, spanning generations. Combined, these six well-accomplished musicians call themselves Brit Floyd, who, for the last decade have been recreating musical moments captivating their peers with their amazing talent.
Since Brit Floyd’s formation in the late 2000’s, they have recreated moments that Pink Floyd has mastered in the 70’s and 80’s with prime sound, great lights and music that you can drift away with when you close your eyes at their shows. Definitely not meant to be a "look alike" or whatever is often associated with tribute bands, however, the whole concept behind Brit Floyd is simple – a stellar recreation of relics that have gone one to be Pink Floyd's greatest music performed masterfully.
Each tour for Brit Floyd is like a refreshing masterpiece, surrounding either a complete album or Greatest Hits that have become a mainstay in our everyday lives as music fans who adore classic rock. I caught the band once before in 2005, right here at the Tower Theater. I was hooked after the first two songs of the first set. The amazing acoustics that the Tower Theater has for shows is superior to any in closed venue of its kind and if you are in the first 20 rows dead center, the music will drive you into ecstasy in a spit second.
It’s not all about the music in their live shows though; it's the production that visually stimulates our senses as the lights swirl around the stage, lasers of light flash across the backdrop as the music is performed in great detail. The show only comes around every year or so, but it's well worth the wait. But, this time around the place was only half full. Truly disappointing when you see an empty venue.
The Lights went down around 8:15 pm, with Brit Floyd opening the first set with Shine On You Crazy Diamond from 1975’s Wish You Were Here – definitely a great opening segment to any Brit Floyd show. Other great favorites in this first set were Learning To Fly, See Emily Play, Money, and Another Brick In The Wall Part 2. After a great 70 minute set that featured many genuine relics that truly capture your senses musically, a quick intermission fell into our hands leaving us to take a moment and refresh and get a drink. Finally Brit Floyd returned for hour two, which featured several songs such as Time, The Great Gig In The Sky, Have A Cigar, and Wish You Were Here. Typically no show is complete without Comfortably Numb and the grand encore Run Like Hell.
Many of these great songs sound as if they were created just yesterday in that live setting; I don’t think anyone would get tired of a single song through Pink Floyd's career when you hear it played live. Being performed live really put the emphasis on the spectacle of the live show and how great Brit Floyd does it.