Your PopCulteer had a wonderful time last night at the Clay Center in Charleston for the first show in three years by US Floyd, Charleston’s own Pink Floyd tribute band.
The evening delivered everything that a fan could ask for in a Pink Floyd tribute. The laser show was phenomenal, the films projected above the drums were note-perfect and the band, ten musicians in all, did a spectacular job of re-creating the music of one of the most successful bands of all time. It was a triumphant return for this group of top-flight performers.
There was not one weak link, as all the gears were working perfectly. I’m not going to single out any one musician because they were all just amazing. There were no signs of stage rust after the long hiatus due to their drummer’s health issues. The band I saw last night was a well-oiled machine that sounded like they’d been on the road for months. The perfectly served the music of Pink Floyd to a very appreciative audience.
It was just a pleasure to watch the show on so many levels. The band absolutely killed it. The crowd loved it. The entire evening was just an exhilerating joy.
It was also great seeing a local band nearly sell out the Clay Center. This may well have been the highest-grossing show by a local band in years. The fact is, US Floyd just happens to be local. That caliber of show could sell out any hall in any city in the country.
On a personal note, it was great getting out to what was just my second local show this year. I’m still adjusting to living with Myasthenia Gravis (even though I was diagnosed two years ago), and I’m still not up to marathon recording sessions at local bars because I simply can’t stay awake to catch a band that doesn’t go on until after 11 PM. It was fantastic to see a great band, sit in a comfortable seat in an air-conditioned hall and not have to wait until after midnight for the headliner to perform. It was also great to attend the show as a “civilian.” I was not recording video or audio, and was just able to enjoy the show without any pressure. I hadn’t even intended to post a review, but the show was so good I felt the need to tell my readers about it.
And enjoy it I did. I hope US Floyd plays around here again soon. If you get a chance to see them, you really ought to.
PopCult Note: Because I attended this show, PopCult’s Sunday Evening Video will be delayed, since I didn’t write it in advance. Expect it later today.