MUSIC – Fans will be over the Moon with Floyd tribute

THE sound of the seventies is coming to Glasgow as fans celebrate the 40th anniversary of one of that decade's best-loved albums.

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David Domminney Fowler, left, is bringing the tribute show to Glasgow
David Domminney Fowler, left, is bringing the tribute show to Glasgow

Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon, released in 1973, is one of the best-selling albums of all time.

And world renowned tribute band, The Australian Pink Floyd Show, is bringing the magic back to the Clyde Auditorium on Sunday.

"There are a few albums over the years that have reached that iconic status, like Sergeant Pepper and Dark Side of the Moon," says guitarist and vocalist David Domminney Fowler.

"It broke new ground. The music and the songs are fantastic. Also the lyrics are very poignant and they mean just as much now as they did at the time."

David, 33, from London, says the album, around which the latest tour is based, has just as much to offer audiences now, as it did for the original fans.

He said: "With the wars that we have seen recently, there are a lot of lyrics in there that make sense to modern times.

"It is just one of those albums. It is so well crafted, it is pushing new boundaries with technology.

"There are bits in there where they are looping things and almost producing early 70s version of dance music with 'On the Run'. It is just a phenomenal album."

David joined 'Aussie Floyd' in 2010, after a stint following the tour in a friend's Winnebago, when he got to meet the band members and share his interest.

Always a big Floyd fan, David discovered the band when he was 12 years old, at the same time he took up the guitar.

He said: "I first got into it because there is a lot of space and the guitar playing, albeit being very complicated, it is not very fast – it is not like 1000-notes-a-minute sort of guitar playing and it has got a lot of freedom and a lot of expression.

"So from a guitar playing point of view it is a great thing to learn from and work out as a kid or a young player.

"As I grew up I understood better the depths of it. You can keep peeling off layers with Pink Floyd songs. I am still discovering things now."

David went on to play in several other bands, and produced a record which included vocals by Ian Gillan of Deep Purple.

Later, as part of the Dave Howard Band, he supported Deep Purple on their 2004 arena tour.

He said: "I was 24 years old, I had written this song and these lyrics and I've got the lead singer of Deep Purple, the guy that did Smoke on the Water, singing those lyrics, in his house as well, we went down to his house to record it."

The Pink Floyd Australian Show pride themselves on getting the vibe right, rather than "slavishly" abiding to the original musical arrangements.

Although all the classics will be instantly recognisable, David said: "There are other bits where there are so many good live versions we pick between lots of different versions and take bits out and then it becomes our own version of their own song."

AND he went on: "I think the fans trust us to decide which bits will be good and which bits won't because we are big Pink Floyd fans.

"Pink Floyd is all about the feel and the vibe and the sound and if you play a couple notes different here and there, as long as you get the vibe right, people say 'this sounds like Pink Floyd, this looks like Pink Floyd.' That's what we are into."

David has been to Glasgow many times with various bands and he says Aussie Floyd always get a great response.

He said: "It is great – it was fantastic. I remember last time the audience were really up for it."

l Tickets cost £37.50/ £29.50, visit www.gigsandtours.com / www.livenation.co.uk to book

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