What is the Pink Floyd experience?

When a group as innovative as Pink Floyd stops touring and recording music, it leaves a sizeable gap in the hearts and minds of fans across the world, a gap that an increasing number of imitators are more than eager to fill. But how close does The Pink Floyd Experience come to truly resembling or reawakening the true Pink Floyd experience? During the set break, a Jericho man recalled his first experience into the world of live Pink Floyd, during the 1977 Animals U.S. summer tour. He hitchhiked to Boston, took psychedelic drugs and bought one of what seemed to be limitless counterfeit tickets. A veritable riot ensued when the throngs of imitation ticket holders descended on the front gates, and our hero had to sneak around back and crawl through a broken window just to catch the tail end of the show. This more or less described the scene at the Flynn on Friday, save the drugs, the counterfeit tickets, the riot and the hordes of hitchhiking hippies. Despite this lack of the true trappings of the Pink Floyd atmosphere, the long curly-haired, black-clad aging rockers nailed nearly every note in a setlist which read like the liner notes of the Echoes Greatest Hits album. However, what I find most interesting about the concerts effect on me was what I took away from it, rather than what I felt during the concert. I immediately got in the car and put on Dark Side of the Moon, and felt a much more personal connection to those well-worn grooves. In many ways, the role of the cover band is like Jamie Foxxs interpretation of Ray Charles in Ray, or Joaquin Pheonix as Johnny Cash in Walk the Line. While these films and concerts cannot possibly transmit the feeling of seeing the real deal, they often are successful in helping a younger generation attach images and faces to the audio tracks theyve heard so often. And this is certainly worthwhile in expanding the reach and impact of a musical generation that is fading in faces, but not in legacy. Perhaps, then, the role of these burgeoning cover bands is not necessarily to recreate the true atmosphere of the original band, but instead to inspire a deeper appreciation for the innovations and accomplishments of our most time-honored rock-and-roll heroes. As our Jericho trooper echoed, Its as good as its going to get.

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