Think Floyd has put on another magnificent tour…

Once again, Pink Floyd tribute band, Think Floyd grace the Rhodes art Theatre, this time with the theme of the evening being a 40th-anniversary celebration of the 1979 album The Wall.

Think Floyd were formed in 1994 and have had a rotating cast of musicians since their conception. The current line-up consists of Lewis Hall on Bass, Richard Morse on Guitar, Steven Farmer on Drums and Kirk McLeod on Keyboards.

Each band member displayed an impressive prowess both instrumentally and vocally, as the varied setlist allowed for performances uncannily similar to that of the original musicians.

The Wall itself as an album is a full-on rock opera, deeply personal to Roger Waters and dripping in his signature sardonic tones. It’s also an album that, in my opinion, works much better live than it does as a studio album-something that this concert reflected in spades.

Indeed the twists and turns of The Wall, it’s interludes and indulgences, all worked to great effect in the hands of the band, especially showcases like The Trial which was complemented by inclusions from various members taking on the lines and giving it a more bombastic feel.

Whilst the main focus of the concert was performing The Wall in its entirety, Think Floyd wasn’t afraid to showcase some of the band’s signature hits as they kicked off the evening with the slow-burning masterpiece “Shine on you Crazy Diamond” before playing “Time” and “Great Gig in the Sky” to give the audience their Dark Side fix.

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Think Floyd is also a group that isn’t afraid to do something different and this is evidenced by the inclusion of tracks such as “Learning to Fly” from A Momentary Lapse of Reason and “Keep Talking” from The Division Bell, songs you’d rarely hear from other Pink Floyd cover groups.

The highlights of the evening included a bass-heavy rendition of “One of these Days” from Meddle, a pulsing performance of “Run like Hell” and the group ending the evening with “Us and Them”, “Brain Damage” and “Eclipse” from Dark Side of the Moon to end the evening on a high note.

Overall, Think Floyd has put on another magnificent tour, and even the ever rambling audience members two rows back from me couldn’t put a dampener on the evening. The Wall is no favourite of mine in terms of Pink Floyd albums but this concert gave me a newfound appreciation for what can be done with the songs!

Their social media accounts regularly update on tours, and their website also has plenty of information if you’d like to learn more.

Overall Rating: 4.5/5

4.5 Star

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By HW Reynolds

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