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Interview:
Tribute band has the P-U-L-S-E of Pink Floyd
 

By GARY GRAFF
For Journal Register Newspapers

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Anyone who saw Pink Floyd on its last road trek in 1994 may experience deja vu thanks to the tribute band Brit Floyd's 2013 P-U-L-S-E World Tour.

The group -- many of whose members were previously part of the highly respected Australian Pink Floyd Show -- is, according to upstate New York-based bassist Ian Cattell, "going for the visual look" of the show Pink Floyd staged to support its final studio album, "The Division Bell," which yielded the 1995 live album "Pulse." "We've upgraded the lasers and lights and revamped a lot of the video and really tried to capture that experience," Cattell, 43, explains.

Much of the repertoire will hail from "The Division Bell," but Brit Floyd will bolster that by performing five different Pink Floyd album sides in their entirety, an outgrowth of something the Australian Pink Floyd used to do on a smaller scale.

"We decided to do a whole show like that this time around, which we're really looking forward to," Cattell says. "(The albums) are all quite different from one another. Obviously the studio techniques changed greatly over time. And then when you look at how they played it live, that changed, too.

"In the early days they'd go out with a four-piece or sometimes add another guitar player. But when it came to the Pulse Tour, they were out there with 10, 12 musicians, so it's quite a different production. It's fun to look at all of that and then figure out who we want to present it for the audience."

Brit Floyd performs at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 9, at the Music Hall Center, 350 Madison Ave., Detroit. Tickets are $34.50-$44.50. Call 313-887-8500 or visit www.musichall.org.

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