Australian Pink Floyd in Raleigh: felt like the real deal

By Gus Samarco, Rock At Night Raleigh Correpsondent

Venue: Red Hat Amphitheater , Raleigh, North Carolina – August 18 2016

Pink Floyd is one of two “Unicorn” bands for me and the other is Rage Against Machine– but I fulfilled that desire on the next day after this concert (with Prophets of Rage), so needless to say I was pretty flocking’ excited when the editor  gave me this assignment. Wait, but it is just a Tribute Band… well everyone in the audience that I spoke with after the show said it felt was  like a Pink Floyd show, in your backyard venue. I agree.

After the mandatory pit stop at Crank Arm Brewery (yeah, support your local brewery people), I headed to the beautiful Red Hat Amphitheater in Downtown Raleigh. As we entered the pit, we were told we were to shoot only the first two songs, of course, I was immediately bummed, but then I heard the first accords of “Shine on You Crazy Diamond”  after the guitar solo, the stage got inundated in light, and myself on goosebumps. I had to put the camera down for a minute to admire what was unfolding in front of my eyes.

After I was out of the pit, I went back into the venue to enjoy the show, actually standing back with the crowd gave me a full view of the stage and everything that was going on. It was beautiful and powerful and very much Pink Floyd-ish so I honestly had goose bumps when “On The Turning Away” came on. The whole show was magnificent, if you have a chance to go see it, don’t think twice, IT IS worth it.

 

Setlist:
Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts I-V)
Time & Breathe (Reprise)
The Great Gig in the Sky
On the Turning Away
Wish You Were Here
Us and Them
Any Colour You Like
Brain Damage
Eclipse
What Do You Want From Me
Another Brick in the Wall Part 2
Hey You
Sorrow
One of These Days
Comfortably Numb
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Run Like Hell

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