Friday, March 17, 2017

Day 201 Brit Floyd-Music of Pink Floyd- Immersion Tour at Benedum Pittsburgh

My first experience with the  music of the British  rock band, Pink Floyd, was in college.  I was  not  a  “rock and roll” girl but a disco queen  in college mostly because I loved to dance.  One  of my roommates gave me  head phones and  I listened to the entire  album of “The Wall”laying down in a dim lit room.  I could not believe the musical experience with  the voices, sounds (laughter), and instrumentals. I assure you that no drugs were involved but  I was taken on an escape, a relaxing ride,  and  I was hooked on the band. My blog inspiration book, Everything I Need to Know I Learned from A Little Golden Bookreminds us to “use your imagination” and that is just what I remember doing that day in my college dorm as I was immersed in the music.   I was excited to see if  Brit Floyd, which is a Pink Floyd cover band, could capture the experience.  

Second new experience- front row seats!

Pink Floyd is considered a  psychedelic  rock band. It was formed in 1965, making music during the  age of the “drug revolution.”  I was most familiar with the  hits from the albums (back then we only had  albums and big bulky head phones),  “The Wall” and  “Dark Side of the Moon.”   Brit Floyd revived  many great songs that I had forgotten. They played songs from  9 different Floyd albums.  Floyd fans just crave this music so a good cover band has its own following.  I was surprised how many Brit Floyd fans that I met who go to their shows yearly. The  guy sitting behind me went  both  nights that they played in Pittsburgh.

Brit Floyd 
If  you are a Pink Floyd fan than you will love this show for the  simple fact that the music sounds just like, if not better than, the originals. You will  hear  songs that you love, and if you’re like me, you will discover more. It was  non- stop classic Floyd with songs:  Astronomy Domine 
(Piper at the Gates of Dawn); Welcome to the Machine, Another Brick in the Wall (The Wall); Wish You Were Here, Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Wish You Were Here); What do You want From Me, Coming Back to Life, Lost for Words (Division Bell)  Great Gig in the Sky, Money, Any Color You Like, Us and Them, Time, Comfortably Numb, Brain Damage/Eclipse(Dark Side of the Moon) , Pigs on the Wing Pt. 1, Dogs (Animals); One of These Days (Meddle), A New Machine Pt.1, Terminal Frost (Momentary Lapse of Reason ).  Encores were  Not Now John (The Final Cut) and Run Like Hell (The Wall).
Angela Cevantes' vocal run from "The Great Gig in the Sky"
Brit Floyd is a theatrical experience with lasers, lights, changing visuals on a floor to ceiling screen, and even a parade size floating pig which is  the iconic symbol from album, “Animals.” The musicians were spot on. I loved the saxophone in “Us and Them” (The Wall). Brit Floyd’s Angela Cervantes' amazing vocal scales from the song, “The Great Gig in the Sky,” had everyone on their feet (listen here ).  When I closed my eyes at this concert, I was back in my dorm room immersed in the music! Brit Floyd captured the experience.(View  past concert footage here)

[Brit Floyd shows  come to Pittsburgh often so do don’t miss it next year or catch them on  tour (see tour dates) ]

Spiritual Source
We Fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. (2 Corinthians 4:18)

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Pittsburgh 2017 Brit Floyd Angela Cervantes The Great Gig in the Sky