About The Australian Pink Floyd - VIP
The Australian Pink Floyd Show, more frequently referred to as the Australian Pink Floyd, is a Pink Floyd tribute band formed in 1988 in Adelaide, South Australia. Their live shows attempt to recreate the look, feel, and sound of Pink Floyd's later world tours, employing visual aids such as lasers, inflatables and a large display panel similar to Mr Screen. The Australian Pink Floyd Show play venues worldwide.
The band is noted for replicating the nuances of Pink Floyd's work. Steve Mac's guitar rig closely resembles David Gilmour's set-up, and includes elements custom-produced by Pete Cornish, who worked extensively with Gilmour. The band associates itself with individuals who have worked with Pink Floyd over the years, including Colin Norfield and Clive Brooks – Nick Mason's long-time drum technician.
The show includes a round screen with intelligent lights arranged around its perimeter. During a concert, movies and animations are displayed on-screen, complementing the band's light show. Inflatables are frequently employed in the band's shows.
Though various musicians have come and gone over the years, the Australian Pink Floyd Show continues to base itself around its three 'longest-serving' members : Steve Mac, Colin Wilson and Jason Sawford. The current line up consists of:
The band was originally formed in 1988 in Adelaide, South Australia, by guitarist Lee Smith. Smith placed an advert in Allan's Music, a city music store, which read “Vocalist and Keyboardist required for band. Professional attitude expected. We only play Pink Floyd”. Vocalist and guitarist Steve Mac, and keyboardist Jason Sawford joined the existing line up of Grant Ross , Trevor Turton and Smith . Their first live show was performed to a select group of family and friends. The band settled on the name "Think Floyd", and thereafter played a number of venues around Adelaide until the lack of a regular audience saw them drift apart.
By 1992, when Mac and Smith refocused efforts to bring Think Floyd to a larger audience, Turton had left the band. Peter Whiteley was auditioned and joined the band during rehearsals for an interstate tour of Australia's East coast due to take place the following year in May 1993. During the period of rehearsals, Mac visited family in the UK where he met with Glenn Povey, publisher of the most popular Pink Floyd fanzine of that time, 'Brain Damage'. During the meeting it was decided that Think Floyd should headline Povey's planned Pink Floyd fan convention to be held at Wembley in August 1993. The purpose of Think Floyd's 1993 East coast tour became one of raising funds for the band's trip to the UK. At the end of the East coast tour Whiteley left the band, and was replaced by bassist and vocalist Colin Wilson.
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