Some past members of The Australian Pink Floyd Project are finding distinct advantages to being Brit Floyd for the past three years.
For starters, says guitarist and musical director Damien Darlington, the Pink Floyd tribute group's name is "a bit more snappy, a bit more concise." And, he adds with a laugh, "It's a bit of a relief not to have quite so many kangaroos involved." But mostly Darlington and his Brit Floyd mates are happy that their splinter endeavor has proved as in-demand as their previous endeavor.
"I think it's going better than was hoped or expected," says Darlington, 45. "It certainly established itself very quickly. You're bound to feel apprehensive because it was sort of unknown territory, although we're ostensibly doing a very similar thing, but nobody knew who Brit Floyd were.
"And just three years later we're doing gigs like Red rocks and the Royal Albert Hall in London and big ice hockey arenas around the U.S. and Canada. It's quite remarkable, really, that it's got to that size so quickly."
Brit Floyd filmed that 2013 concert at Colorado's Red Rocks Amphitheatre for a PBS special. Its new Discovery Tour, meanwhile, takes its lead from the Pink Floyd box set of the same name, with a repertoire that reaches all the way back to the group's earliest days with original frontman Syd Barrett.
"We thought it would be quite a cool idea to perform at least one track off of every Pink Floyd album," Darlington explains. "Obviously we'll feature multiple tracks off 'Dark Side of the Moon,' 'Wish You Were Here,' 'The Wall,' the sort of big albums from the 70s, but we'd also love to give people the chance to hear some of those earlier gems that don't get an airing all that often.
"Pink Floyd went through so many eras, and they spent a few albums in their early years sort of evolving their sound, so it's very fascinating to go back to those earlier albums and see that process happening. I think people will really enjoy that. I know we are."
Brit Floyd performs at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 18, at the Detroit Opera House, 1526 Broadway. Tickets are $48.50 and $40.50. Call 313-237-7464 or visit www.motopera.org.
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