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After another great weekend at the Albany Theatre in Coventry, it is time to record the narration for the forthcoming 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing. We are working with the National Space Centre again with this celebration where we will perform The Dark Side of The Moon live in the Sir Patrick Moore planetarium plus other incidental improvisations.
You really don’t want to miss this one and it is a real honour to be selected to do this (we were in competition with nine other Floyd tributes to get this project). Iain Reddihough from the Theatre on the Steps has kindly agreed to do the narration. He did a fantastic job for us in the Apollo 8 celebration in January.
ALBANY THEATRE COVENTRY - All photographs by @bybrett
One of the highlights from last weekend was giving the mighty Echoes an outing. I was lucky enough to see Floyd do this back in 1974 as the encore at the end of a very memorable evening at Birmingham Hippodrome. It was this performance that lit the fire in me of what has been a 45-year love affair with both the guitar and Pink Floyd.
Although the 74 show wasn’t the behemoth that the later stadium shows were to become, I still prefer Floyd back then when they were still quite fluid and would be honing versions of songs yet to be released. Darkside tries to capture some of this fluidity and improvisation in its shows, although clearly some tracks must be pretty much note perfect!
So, two more shows before we take a little break for the summer. We are currently booking for 2020, so if you have a favourite venue, why note drop us a message and we will see what we can do. Likewise, we always welcome suggestions for inclusion in our set lists. While on the subject of set lists, we constantly change what we are playing to keep it fresh for us and our audience. We would never like to get to the stage where we were ‘going through the motions’ as we do this thing for the love of it and we hope that this shines through in our performances.
Next week I will return to looking at the profile of one of the band members and giving you a little of the backstory to their involvement with the band. Stevie G, our resident tub-thumper is top of the list for the treatment.
NEXT SHOW: 2 NIGHTS AT THE GALERI THEATRE • CAERNAFON • TICKETS
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Coventry 2019 Set list:
Shine On You Crazy Diamond pt. 1-5, What Do You Want From Me?, Learning to Fly, Echoes, Fearless, Arnold Layne, Sheep, Time/Breathe Reprise, The Great Gig In The Sky, Money, Brain Damage/Eclipse, Nobody Home, Fat Old Sun, Sorrow, Wish You Were Here, Comfortably Numb, In The Flesh, Happiest Days, Another Brick In The Wall pt. 2 & 3, Run Like Hell.
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