Set the controls for a spectacular Floyd date

The Australian Pink Floyd.
The Australian Pink Floyd.
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TRIBUTE band extraordinaire The Australian Pink Floyd Show, whose skill at their renditions of Floyd classics led to them being the band chosen by Floyd guitarist David Gilmour to play at his 50th birthday party, are set to play Harrogate shortly.

The Sunday Times have described them as “the best tribute band in the world” and Floyd drummer Nick Mason has gone on record as saying that “they probably do Floyd better than we do”.

As well as the lasers and massive inflatables, the shows are boosted by the fact that not only are the band Pink Floyd fans but some of the backroom team behind the Aussie Floyd Show (or TAPFS as the name is usually shortened to) have actually worked behind the scenes for Pink Floyd themselves.

So what can fans expect when this top tribute band appear at Harrogate International Centre?

The band, which was originally formed in 1988 in Melbourne, still has two of the original members in Jason and guitarist/vocalist Steve Mac

Talking to Martin Hutchinson before the start of their current UK tour, Jason said:

“This year we have more video material with some psychedelic themes, a redesigned light show, the inflatables and quadraphonic ‘surround’ sound; all of which is controlled by Colin Norfield, who handled Pink Floyd’s Division Belltour.”

From humble beginnings in Australia, TAPFS has become a worldwide phenomenon, with ticket sales of over three million.

Bassist Colin Wilson, who joined the band in 1992 said: “For us, the music has always come first. We like to breathe life into some material that would otherwise not get heard.”

During last year’s tour, the band covered some lesser known tracks including Dogs from the Animals album.

Jason, said:. “We’re still doing some older tunes, but a different selection exploring the psychedelic, space-rock side of Floyd.”

“We are doing Set The Controls For The Heart of the Sun and a newer version of Astronomy Domine and from Animals we’ve got Pigs and Sheep.

“Plus we’ve got a few references to Syd Barratt (the genius behind the early Floyd whose reliance on drugs led to him being sensationally sacked by the band).”

The boys from Oz are not forgetting the best-known songs though.

“We are doing a fair selection from Dark Side of the Moon with songs like Time, Money and Us and Them plus Shine On You Crazy Diamond and Within The Flesh’”.

On this new tour, they have a special guest with more Pink Floyd connections.

Singer Lorelei McBroom will be joining the band on stage.

Lorelei toured as a backing vocalist with Pink Floyd on their Momentary Lapse of Reason and Delicate Sound of Thunder tours.

l The Australian Pink Floyd Show will be performing Pink Floyd’s classic songs, at the Harrogate International Centre on March 9.

Tickets are priced at £29.50 (subject to a booking fee) and are available from the Box Office on 01423 502116.