Tribute Buoyed by Praise of Real Floyd; David Powell Talks to Colin Wilson from the Australian Pink Floyd Tribute Band

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Tribute Buoyed by Praise of Real Floyd; David Powell Talks to Colin Wilson from the Australian Pink Floyd Tribute Band


Byline: David Powell

YOU know you're doing pretty well as a Pink Floyd tribute band when you're considering writing the next album the real group would have penned.

Or trying to.

As Colin Wilson, a vocalist with The Australian Pink Floyd said in his Adelaide accent: "We're thinking about writing an album that could sound as though it's the next Pink Floyd album. That's obviously a really tall order. Being a good (tribute) band doesn't mean you're good songwriters.

"Meanwhile, we've got a 30-year back catalogue of music to play. There are still songs we haven't played, and still people coming to see us who haven't seen us before."

Fans will snap up tickets when the Aussies arrive in Llandudno on a 30-date UK tour.

Wilson, 44, who now lives in Cheshire, said: "We've been to Llandudno for quite a few years. It's got one of the smaller theatres but a great atmosphere."

The band, which formed in Adelaide in 1988, play updated versions of Floyd's classics, from the whimsy of the Barrett era to the power of The Wall and The Final Cut and the grandeur of The Division Bell.

So what do the real Pink Floyd, which briefly reformed for last year's Live8 in Hyde Park, make of these wallaby wannabes?

"They're very supportive," revealed Wilson. …

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