The Australian Pink Floyd Show | Fabulous Fox Theater

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Friday and Saturday, November 7 & 8, 2008

When the five founding members of Australian Pink Floyd formed as a band in Adelaide, Australia in 1988, the concept of "tribute bands" was a relatively new one – tribute bands differing from "cover bands" in their uncanny and total recreation of the original band experience.

"We were just a bunch of guys who got together to play Pink Floyd," says keyboardist Jason Sawford. "We all were enthusiasts of the band and we thought this would be an interesting thing to do."

Now, 20 years later, the band is taking on its most ambitious feat to date – recreating Pink Floyd’s "The Wall" in its entirety in a huge stage show production, currently making its way around the U.S. on a 41-city tour through December, and making a two-night stop at St. Louis’ Fabulous Fox Theater this coming weekend.

"It’s the 30th anniversary of the release of ‘The Wall’ so it seemed very fitting for us to attempt this now," Sawford says. "A lot of energy and work have gone into it, and now we’ve got this big production that tells the story of ‘The Wall’ through music, animation and acting."

Bassist/vocalist Ian Cattell assumes the roll of rock star "Pink" in the show – the character made famous by Bob Geldof in the 1982 film version and developed autobiographically by Roger Waters.

So, just how much does The Australian Pink Floyd Show sound like the real thing? So much so, in fact, that the band got the attention of Floyd guitarist David Gilmour when they were touring the U.K. in 1996, and he invited them to play his own 50th birthday bash in London, where they were joined on stage by Floyd keyboardist Rick Wright.

"It was a very strange experience playing Floyd music to the members of Pink Floyd. I was very nervous, but after a while, they were getting into it. It’s a great memory," says Sawford.

Sadly, Wright, whose style and sound Sawford has emulated for so many years, passed away in September after battling cancer, making the band’s tribute all the more bittersweet.

Although Aussie Pink Floyd’s "The Wall" tour began just a few weeks ago in Pittsburgh, Sawford has been pleased with the result. "It’s a very new thing for us. It’s been going surprisingly well.  People have loved it. It’s been great so far." | Amy Burger

 

The Australian Pink Floyd Show

Friday & Saturday, November 7 & 8

Fabulous Fox Theater

Tickets: $39.50-$49.50

Available at the Fox Box Office or through Metrotix at www.metrotix.com or 314-534-1111.

 

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