Brit Floyd Takes Bangor to the Dark Side of the Moon and Beyond
What an outstanding show at the Cross Insurance Center!
You would be hard pressed to find an out of place musical note or breath in Brit Floyd's performance at the Cross Insurance Center.
Their Space and Time World Tour stopped in Bangor last Friday night. I am no stranger the the tunes of Pink Floyd. The Floyd is my favorite band of all time. To sit in the seats of the Cross Center and hear their music come to life, left me speechless. If I was blindfolded and told Syd Barrett and Rick Wright rose from the dead and Roger Waters wanted to play with David Gilmore and Nick Mason again; I might have believed you.
Brit Floyd opened the night with a bang! The lights dimmed and the circular projection screen glowed as time rolled back took to 1973, the year of The Dark Side of the Moon. The hypnotic combination of lights, lasers, graphics and haunting sounds of the album's third track 'On the Run' set the tone for the evening.
A well deserved standing ovation greeted backing vocalist Angela Cervantes after she absolutely nailed the vocal solo on The Great Gig in the Sky. I may or may not have teared up. Just a bit...
Another beautiful moment would come later in the show when the whole crowd sang along to the tune Wish You Where Here. Just, beautiful! The song flowed seamlessly into the next song on the album, Shine on You Crazy Diamond.
Even though it will haunt me in my nightmares, Brit Floyd even brought their own inflatable flying pig! The pig and other inflatable animals where a staple feature of Pink Floyd shows in the 80's. Complete with trippy glowing eyes, the pig bobbed along to tunes from the 1977 Animals album and the opening track to the 1971 Maddle album 'One of These Days.'
The cohesiveness between the band, lighting, graphics and sound designer, simply put, was brilliant. A short video montage of Syd Barrett accompanied the band in preforming Shine on You Crazy Diamond; a song in which was dedicated to the late singer and guitarist.
Another montage later in the show would honor keyboardist, Rick Wright, who passed away in 2008. Pink Floyd's last album The Endless River has been described by David Gilmore as 'Wright's swan song.'
Brit Floyd perfectly preformed only song on the album with lyrics, 'Louder Than Words,' which was written by Gilmore's wife Polly Samson. The song shows an outside perspective of the friction within the band late in their career. Gilmore told The Guardian the song was 'a way of describing the symbiosis that we have. Or had… I didn't necessarily always give [Wright] his proper due. People have very different attitudes to the way they work and we can become very judgmental and think someone is not quite pulling his weight enough, without realizing that theirs is a different weight to pull.'
The back story of the song, paired with the video footage of Wright was a beautiful recognition of the musician.
After hours of Pink Floyd music the show was drawing to a close. A Wall album hit 'Comfortably Numb' featured a giant mirror ball that hung from the ceiling of the area. The spectacular light display lit up the entire venue and dazzled the crowd.
By the end The Wall came down and so did the house. The entire band received a well deserved standing O from the delighted crowd. I loved how the show ended with On the Run, which was released as a single on the same day (April 17) in 1980.