Emma Muir

Review of Think Floyd @ Sunderland's Empire Theatre

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Think Floyd

The “Definitive Pink Floyd Experience” Think Floyd rocked Sunderland’s Empire Theatre on Sunday night (March 1).

The one-off show is part of the tribute band’s new tour for 2015, celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the 1975 album, Wish You Were Here.

The band played the full album during the show as well as other popular songs such as Money and Dark Side of the Moon. The title track proved to be one of the most popular songs of the night.

They kicked off the show with Astronomy Domine, which was the very first track on the very first Pink Floyd Album.

Bassist and vocalist Lewis Hall welcomed the audience to the show stating that the band were happy to be playing in Sunderland as it had been about eight or nine years since they were last here.

Hall was a credit to the band, by far the most animated on stage, which was enjoyable to watch.

Richard Morse on guitar, stood almost completely rigid were it not for his arms. Despite this, his command of his instrument meant that he held my, and i’m sure the rest of the audience’s attention, especially during his solos.

The audience, clearly all die-hard Pink Floyd fans, were impressed by the tribute judging by the loud applause and cheering after every set.

I’m not going to lie, I was a little sceptical going in to the show as tributes can be a hit or a miss, however I was pleasantly surprised to find myself not only enjoying the music but also being totally blown away with how the band completely captured the spirit of Pink Floyd. The band definitely proved to be a hit.  

Think Floyd is renowned for using spectacular light shows in their performances.

Sunday night’s stage was plain, only the instruments and the band, set to a black backdrop with a large metal triangle on it – clearly representing the prism on the Dark Side of the Moon album – which emphasised the lights.

The lights created an atmosphere which changed and adapted depending on the song. The lighting team should be proud of themselves, providing a beautiful – though at times slightly trip – performance.

If there is one thing to fault last night’s show it would have to be the venue. Though shows at the Empire are usually absolutely amazing, I felt that in this case, the theatre failed to add to the show and actually hindered the atmosphere slightly.