Review: The Australian Pink Floyd Show, Capital FM Arena
THINK tribute band and images of a dingy pub come to mind, middle aged men with beards who should really know better playing 80s hits just a little bit too loudly and pretty damn badly.
The Australian Pink Floyd couldn't be further removed from that stereotype if they tried.
A global band who have been together since 1988, their act is so polished that today they can put on a show in the Capital FM Arena - an incredible feat for a tribute band of any kind - proving just how well respected they are.
Floyd's iconic sounds fill the vast arena with ease and the group start the show by celebrating The Dark Side of the Moon's 40th anniversary, playing the album from start to finish.
Hearing a full rendition of one of the great British albums performed so well is an experience that almost transcends music itself and an undeniably fine tribute.
The second half of the show is a greatest hits medley, and as the band meld seamlessly from track to track, it strikes you that there won't be a more professional band play the Capital FM Arena this year.
Highlight of the night comes when Shine On You Crazy Diamond is performed in all its 15 minute glory, the light show and video projected onto a back screen combining to the best effect that they had all night.
Indeed the progression from Royal Concert Hall last year to the Arena this year is proof of people's continuing appetite for Pink Floyd and this show in particular.
In 1994, David Gilmour went to see The Australian Pink Floyd Show because he'd "never seen Pink Floyd play live before." No higher compliment could be bestowed upon band.
19 years later, they've reached the point of perfection.