Review: The Australian Pink Floyd,Ipswich Regent, October 18

The Australian Pink Floyd. They are the nearest thing to a band that you can no longer see, writes M

The Australian Pink Floyd. They are the nearest thing to a band that you can no longer see, writes Mark Westall. Picture: Contributed - Credit: Archant

It was great to see the Regent sold out on a Wednesday night to a band that perennially chooses Ipswich as a stopping point on their travels, writes Mark Westall.

For this tour the band are playing the whole of Dark Side Of The Moon in its’ entirety. It’s an album that the crowd know well and are quick to embrace.

The iconic Great Gig In The Sky, with the anguished vocal, received a great reception although this time it was sung by three different vocalists.

The imagery is important to the band as well, as you would expect. Lights were triggered by the drum patterns and there were videos to accompany every track.

I loved the way there were little glimpses of Australia added to the iconic picture-scapes originally created for Pink Floyd by Hypgnosis.

A kangaroo pops up in unexpected places and this added to the experience; the humour added to with pictures of a certain American president during Brain Damage.

The second half of the performance started with a selection of tracks from The Wall, including Baby Blue and Another Brick in The Wall parts 1 & 2. There was a quick visit to the hobbies of Arnold Layne before the pastoral tones of Shine On You Crazy Diamond (parts 1 to 9) reverberated around the auditorium.

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After that we bounced around the albums; Learning To Fly from Momentary Lapse, Sheep from Animals, Wish You Were Here et al, played with precision and respect of the original.

One Of These Days was a highlight, the lightshow in full effect in time to the music and a huge inflatable kangaroo.

I’ve seen it all at Ipswich now. What a gig.

By the encore the crowd were all standing and sang along with an extended Comfortably numb.

It had been five years since I had last seen the Australian Pink Floyd, but yet again, I was struck by their attention detail. They are the nearest thing to a band that you can no longer see.