Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Brit Floyd Stellar Again on Immersion Tour at Benedum

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Brit Floyd Stellar Again on Immersion Tour at Benedum

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Brit Floyd, one of the world's most popular if not best tribute bands, opened the North American leg of its Immersion World Tour Friday night at the Benedum on something of a holy day for Pink Floyd fans.

"Dark Side of the Moon" was released on March 10, 1973 (and the band was here to play it at the open-dome Civic Arena that June).

None of that was mentioned from the stage - Brit Floyd doesn't bother with chatter - but the band from Liverpool, which formed in 2011, did scatter nine of the 10 songs from the album (all but the instrumental "On the Run") into the three-hour set.

Yes, three hours, with a 20-minute intermission.

As always, the musicianship was stellar and the production dazzling, with immaculate sound, state-of-the-art lighting, an arsenal of lasers, fog, video and animations using lots of surreal Floyd imagery and, of course, a flying pig with glowing eyes.

Musical director/guitarist Damian Darlington, working the David Gilmour role to perfection, shared lead vocals with bassist Ian Cattell, who is not only a vocal dead ringer for Roger Waters, but has to reach down and summon that same kind of rage. Of course, he has numerous occasions - "One of These Days," "Money," "Run Like Hell" - for the bass to drive the whole song.

Once again, Darlington shared guitar duties with Italian ringer Edo Scordo, the two of them nailing every part, electric and acoustic. You had to admire their effortlessly synced solos, especially on the showstopping "Comfortably Numb," with the disco ball seeming to make the room spin.

The virtuosity extended to the keyboards, drums and three backup singers (with their choreographed moves), and some of the biggest ovations were reserved for Ryan Saranich's sax solo on "Money" and "Us and Them" and Angela Cervantes' vocal acrobatics on "The Great Gig in the Sky" (amid the distraction of a pair of overly imbibed lunatics in the pit).

Whereas the last tour leaned on "The Wall," The Immersion Tour jumps off, sampling the 1979 concept just three times: "Another Brick in the Wall Part 2," "Comfortably Numb" and the closing "Run Like Hell. …

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