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Pink Floyd Experience stays true to classics

THE PINK FLOYD EXPERIENCE, Kingsbury Hall, Feb. 2

It wasn't the real thing, but it sounded good.

The Pink Floyd Experience brought the massive, arena-fitting Pink Floyd sound to the smaller Kingsbury Hall. But the sound filled the hall and brought some of the classic Pink Floyd tunes to a rock-hungry audience.

Lead guitarist/vocalist Tom Quinn, bassist Gus Beaudoin, vocalist Graham Heath, saxophonist Jesse Molloy, keyboardist John Cox and drummer John Staten played the classic Floyd tunes with accurate interpretations, but also let themselves embellish a bit.

The bass solo during "One of These Days" and the addition to the audience's sing-along verses of "Another Brick in the Wall Part II" during the finale "Run Like Hell" was one of the show's highlights.

The audience was also able to sing the chorus to the acoustic-driven title track to the 1975 album "Wish You Were Here."

While the band played a majority of the Pink Floyd hits such as "Have a Cigar," "Learning to Fly" and "Money," it also reached into the grab bag and pulled out some more obscure works that included the psychedelic offering of "Let There Be More Light" from the 1968 album "A Saucerful of Secrets" and the experimental "Echoes" from the 1971 album "Meddle."

"Time," from the 1973 ?ber-hit album "Dark Side of the Moon," was played without the cavernous percussive introduction. And "Sheep" was played without the spoken interlude, but the audience didn't seem to mind.

The band did its tribute well with "Welcome to the Machine," "Goodbye Blue Sky" and the "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" odyssey piece, during which Quinn and the boys showed off their musicality.

The mix at Kingsbury Hall was loud. In some places the loudness overshadowed some of the intricate nuances of the more acoustic works.

Still, the audience members enjoyed themselves as they pumped their fists or sang along to "Hey You" and "Brain Damage."

Of course, the song that garnered the most reaction was "Comfortably Numb," from the 1979 double album epic "The Wall."

Throughout the evening, colored stage lights, smoke effects and other lights of all shapes were paired with videos that were projected onto the back screen that added visuals to the already theatric performances.

Although there were no inflatable flying pigs (like there are in an official Pink Floyd show), the Pink Floyd Experience was able to carry on.

In fact, PFX, as it is called by fans, mostly let the music be the focus and gave the audience what it wanted.

e-mail: scott@desnews.com