When Pigs Fly
The Pink Floyd Experience comes to the Kirby
Pink Floyd remains one of the most influential experimental rock bands of all time and The Pink Floyd Experience will be paying tribute to the sonic trailblazers next Tuesday, Feb. 21 at the F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m. for their second Kirby Center appearance.
The show is a fully produced spectacle and features note-for-note musical recreations of some of Pink Floyd’s greatest hits as well as some deep album cuts. It also stimulates the eyes with a show that includes intelligent moving lighting and stylized surreal video as well as several classic Pink Floyd staples; video displays, plane crashes, a helicopter and a flying pig. The show will also be presented in full quadraphonic sound, a four channel sound system in which speakers are positioned at all four corners of the listening space, reproducing signals that are independent of each other.
“The crowds are great in Pennsylvania,” band leader and lead guitarist Tom Quinn stated. “The audience is very knowledgeable, they expect a lot and we deliver. It’s always fun to come back to Wilkes-Barre.”
When asked to describe the show to someone who has never experienced it he said that “words couldn’t do it justice.”
“It all starts with a six-piece band that really gets it and can pull off this classic Pink Floyd Album. To play this music around the country and around the globe the special way that Annerin Productions have produced it makes all the magic happens. The music and the video and the lights coming together the end result coming together are greater than the sum of the parts.”
They will be performing Pink Floyd’s 1975 classic record Wish You Were Here in its entirety as well as their greatest hits and rarities not often heard live. As the follow up to Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here explores former band-mate Syd Barrett’s mental decline, experiences in the music business and isolation. Pink Floyd members David Gilmour and the late Richard Wright have both stated that Wish You Were Here was their favorite Pink Floyd album.
“It’s an amazing album to cover and to perform it live is such a great thrill,” Quinn said. “David Gilmour is the reason why I got into Pink Floyd music to begin with. He is my go to guy, my mentor for all things like tone and phrasing. Whether playing with a dance band, doing studio session work or writing my own material, it’s always through the lens of what would David Gilmour do.”
Doors for the show will open at 6:30 p.m. Showtime 7:30 p.m. Visit www.kirbycenter.org for ticket information and www.thepinkfloydexperience.net.
— tom graham