Brit Floyd, a Pink Floyd tribute band, came to Luhrs Performing Arts Center on Nov. 5. Brit Floyd celebrated the 50-year anniversary of Pink Floyd’s most iconic album, “The Dark Side of the Moon.” Brit Floyd, led by vocalist, guitarist and musical director Damien Darlington, played some of the UK-based band’s hits from the ‘70s for nearly three hours.
The Luhrs Center is only one of thousands of stages that Brit Floyd has recreated some of Pink Floyds’ most popular songs, such as “Time,” “Great Gig in the Sky” and “Money.” According to the bulletin, Brit Floyd is “widely regarded as the world’s greatest rock tribute show.”
But Brit Floyd did more than just play songs from your grandad’s “That’s what I call music” CD; the band jammed out with fog machines, laser shows and projected visuals inspired by album cover art and the music within. There was not a single song that had the same lights and effects as the others.
Darlington, along with his guitarists and vocalists, honored the band’s music by playing each song note for note. Most guitarists like to shake up their iconic riffs for the audience, but even the saxophone/auxiliary percussion player played exactly how you would hear on the radio.
While Pink Floyd is an older band, we can see its influence on younger audiences through fashion and music, which is an important part of young people’s culture. From influences on bands like Led Zeppelin and its iconic pyramid symbol from Dark Side of the Moon seen on t-shirts and hoodies everywhere, Pink Floyd remains relevant in these times.
Pink Floyd impacted generations – especially ones that grew with the band. Despite the Luhrs Center being a seated auditorium, the audience got up and danced to enjoy the music. People of all ages were decked out in their Pink Floyd merchandise and even SU President Charles Patterson was in attendance.