Brit Floyd co-founder Damian Darlington was with The Australian Pink Floyd for almost 20 years when he decided to create a UK tribute to the “quintessentially British” psychedelic rock band 18 months ago.
“When I was a kid, there was no such thing as tribute bands,” he said.
“But there is definitely a huge demand now for music from the sixties, seventies and eighties.
“You have people who formed an emotional attachment to that music who are still buying the records but there are whole new generations discovering it all the time.
“Many of those bands don’t exist any more, the only way people can listen to them is through tributes.”
Damian, from Middlesbrough, comes from a large musical family and has been playing in bands since he was 14. But it was Pink Floyd that inspired him into progressive rock.
“I’ve been a Pink Floyd fan since I heard my first album when I was 13,” he added.
“They were such an amazingly pioneering and creative group. People really seemed to connect with them emotionally and spiritually.
“As a guitarist, Comfortably Numb is an all-time favourite song, and I never get bored of performing its classic rock guitar solo every night.”
The 43 year-old was lucky enough to play alongside his idols at David Gilmour’s 50th birthday party before the sad deaths of Syd Barrett in 2006 and Rick Wright in 2008 permanently split Pink Floyd.
“Rick Wright just got up on stage and performed with us. It just can’t get any better than that.”
Filling the void for fans, Brit Floyd’s new show, A Foot In the Door, celebrates Pink Floyd’s best of album of the same name, plus the full, 23-minute rendition of Echoes, from 1971 album, Meddle.
“Even if you’re not a Pink Floyd fan, you’ll find the show spectacular and you’ll probably find you know more songs than you think you do,” Damian said.
“We have a custom-made video and light show, inflatables, everything you would except from a Pink Floyd show. It’ll be a multimedia extravaganza”
Brit Floyd play Birmingham’s NIA on May 10 and will be promoting mental health charity Squeaky Gate.
Tickets available at www.theticketfactory.com or on 0844 338 8000.