Concert Review: The Pink Floyd Experience

Reynolds Hall, March 19

Photo by Glenn Brogan

Photo by Glenn Brogan

With David Gilmour and Roger Waters unlikely to ever reunite again as Pink Floyd, it’s been up to tribute acts such as PFX to keep the British rockers’ music alive for audiences. PFX has been one of the best at this for 10 years, but their stop here on the Greatest Hits and Rarities Tour Part II revealed a few flaws.

The six-man lineup faithfully re-created Pink Floyd’s space-rock “rarities,” such as show openers “Astronomy Domine,” “Interstellar Overdrive” and “Fearless,” while saxophonist Jesse Molloy energized “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” and “Echoes” as colorful backdrops danced behind the band. But it was on some of the “hits” where the band missed the mark. Newest PFX member Randy McStine is a talented guitarist and vocalist, but his delivery was too upbeat on songs like “Money” and “Pigs On the Wing 2” that address themes such as greed, despair and alienation. Pink Floyd created some of the most enduring songs of the last 45 years, but PFX didn’t convey the darkness behind those melancholy classics. ★★✩✩✩

Astronomy Domine
Interstellar Overdrive
Shine On You Crazy Diamond
Pigs On the Wing 1
Pigs On the Wing 2

On the Turning Away
Have a Cigar
Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun
One of These Days
Goodbye Blue Sky
Brain Damage
Wish You Were Here
Comfortably Numb
Run Like Hell (w/ Another Brick in the Wall tease)

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