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Tribute band Brit Floyd gives Pink Floyd its due

for Journal Register Newspapers

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For years, The Australian Pink Floyd Show (TAPFS) was considered the defining standard of Pink Floyd tribute bands -- endorsed even by the group members themselves.

Now Brit Floyd, formed in 2010 after a schism in the TAPFS ranks, is trying to be the top brick in "The Wall" and the rest of the Floyd repertoire.

"The current situation has less tensions, let's put it that way," says Brit Floyd bassist Ian Cattell, a Syracuse resident and the group's only U.S.-based member. "I wish them luck. I think there's plenty of room for both of us.

"And if anybody in north America is familiar with The Australian Pink Floyd they're most likely familiar with everyone in the lineup of Brit Floyd. We've updated the show. There's new graphics. We're playing different songs. Other than that, it should be similar but hopefully improved experience.

Cattell, 42, says Brit Floyd's current template is the 2011 Pink Floyd compilation "A Foot in the Door" that came out last fall, along with other songs, including the full version of "Echoes." And he says the recent Why Pink Floyd? archival releases, including the expanded editions of "The Wall" on Feb. 28, have generated greater interest in the tribute band.

"Anything that brings awareness of Pink Floyd, especially for the type of people -- the hardcore fan -- who would buy a box set -- is always a good thing," Cattell explains. "We love it, too. I always find it helpful to take a fresh look at the material at least once a year, if not more often than that, and getting the new material they're putting out gives us some great ideas."

Brit Floyd performs Wednesday, Feb. 29, at the Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $37.50. Call 248-399-2980 or visit www.royaloakmusictheatre.com.

Web Site: www.royaloakmusictheatre.com

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