Sadly, I'm one of the millions of people that never got to experience seeing Pink Floyd perform live. The wall of sound that that band put out over the years has never been exceeded. Luckily, I'm one of the few thousand that got to take in Brit Floyd tonight at the LC Pavilion in Columbus' Arena District.
The good thing about Pink Floyd's music is that it is so good that there will always be a demand to hear it live. We are blessed to have bands like Brit Floyd and Wish You Were Here that frequent Columbus often and bring that music back to life. Brit Floyd has it down to an art, sacrificing nothing, when it comes to the performance that they put on. It all starts with the music, obviously, which they execute flawlessly. The visual aspect of the show is also state of the art; complete with world class lighting and lasers and a video screen that lets you experience Floyd like it should be.
We arrived to the venue right at 7:00 when the doors opened. The bad news, for me, was that the line was already a few football field lengths long. The good news, for Brit Floyd, is that their reputation is so good that even as a band that covers Pink Floyd they can draw that many people in before the doors even open. I've not seen anything like it in all of my years of visiting The LC. I've seen some major acts too. Artists like Ted Nugent, Alice Cooper, Megadeth, and Styx didn't even bring in that many people waiting for the doors to open.
The outdoor shows at the pavilion are much more enjoyable than the indoor ones, because you can actually see the stage that way. I can honestly say, that as much as I have loved the venue, Brit Floyd has now outgrown the LC and I hope that next time they visit the city that they can play a larger venue. I imagine the show was sold out; as there was very little room to move from up against the rail all the way back to the entry doors and everywhere in between. While the capacity crowd made it hard to fully enjoy the visual aspect of the show, they were engaged with the music. The highlight was seeing a couple of boys, probably 12 or 13 years old, that were rocking their Dark Side of the Moon t-shirts and singing along word for word; even to the deeper cuts that were played on a night where every Pink Floyd album was represented during the set. Pretty cool. Reminds me of this kid that I once knew.....proving that this music really is timeless. Brit Floyd is now carrying the torch for this music and is living up to their billing as "The World's Greatest Pink Floyd Show". Enjoy the links attached to the songs from tonight's set list and see and hear for yourselves!
Brit Floyd Set List Columbus, OH 3/14/14
3. High Hopes
4. Childhood's End
5. The Happiest Days of Our Lives
7. Fat Old Sun
10. Astronomy Domine
12. Young Lust
13. Take It Back
14. Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun
15. Get Your Filthy Hands Off My Desert
16. The Fletcher Memorial Home
21. Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts VI-IX)
22. Comfortably Numb
23. Run Like Hell