Unquestionably, Pink Floyd’s music sits high in any list of all-time greats. But, no matter how incredible your Denon amp or Technics CD player is, nothing will ever beat the live sound of Speak To Me, the mesmeric and epic epoch to Syd Barrett that opens the album Wish You Were Here, Shine on you Crazy Diamond, or that most powerful of rock anthems, Another Brick In The Wall.
I never got to see Pink Floyd play live. But then, I never saw Beethoven or Tchaikovsky either. Pink Floyd can justifiably be mentioned in that same paragraph. They are classics, and they need to be enjoyed live.
However, if you’re looking for a group of guys playing at being Rock Gods with lights and lasers, then go somewhere else, buy the T-shirt and take the photo.
This incredible collection of supremely talented musicians, the excellent musical direction of Joseph Calderazzo and the perfect Basement location is a pure celebration of the power and beauty of live music. It’s not about the seamless pin-point matching of every conceivable note, it’s about the heart and the soul of some of the greatest music ever created. If you come for one thing, come for the sublime saxophone on Us and Them by Aaron Michael.
The Great Gig In The Sky is an incredible evening, with almost every song capturing the pure beauty of the original composition. Like a broad selection of the packed venue, I have been before and I will go again. Most of the audience there on the 15th will go again too. You should join us.