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Aussie Pink Floyd show a big hit at Penn's Peak

  • Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Lead vocalist Alex McNamara sings during the Australian Pink Floyd Show at Penn's Peak last night.
    Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Lead vocalist Alex McNamara sings during the Australian Pink Floyd Show at Penn's Peak last night.
Published November 04. 2011 05:02PM

Pink Floyd - like the Beatles - are a band from the past whose shows are recreated in varied forms.

At Penn's Peak last night, the Australian Pink Floyd Show paid a visit and showed the near-capacity crowd why it is regarded as one of the top tribute bands in the world.

Packed with psychedelic light displays, hard rock music, complex video, and incredible duplication of Pink Floyd antics, the Australian Pink Floyd Show proved itself quickly.

Opening with "Shine On," the title of the 1992 nine CD box set that was released, the Aussies grasped the attention of the audience and held on to the rousing finish.

At one point, audience members were asked to don special 3-D glasses for a segment of the performance.

The lighting show and videos were injected into the performance even before band members set foot on the stage. On the back of the stage was a huge, circular light bar that had both soothing light colors and jolting strobes. In the center was a screen that showed videos which complemented respective songs.

The Australian Pink Floyd Show consisted of a lead vocalist, five musicians and three female back-up singers.

Alex McNamara, who delivered vocals to the key hits such as "The Machine" from Floyd's "Wish You Were Here" LP, was stoic during his numbers.

Keyboard player Jason Sawford not only proved to be an exceptional musician, but also proved great at reproducing authentic Floyd vocal numbers.

The stop at Penn's Peak is part of a Canadian-U.S. tour on which the Aussies are embarking.

Of course the Australian Pink Floyd Show presented parts of such classic Pink Floyd shows as "The Wall," "Wish You Were Here," and "Animals."

The concert last night was the first of three straight nights of music activity at the Jim Thorpe venue.

Tonight, the Little River Band with special guest Ambrosia will be performing.

Then Saturday night, Get the Led Out, a Led Zeppelin tribute band, takes the stage.

Both concerts begin at 8 p.m.

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