Breathe – The Floyd Sound, (Pink Floyd tribute concert) Live in Bangalore (India)

Date: 26/01/2011

After the introductory gig by Led Zepplica held by Gigbox at UB City last month, next up was a tribute to another legendary band in the world of music — Pink Floyd.

The band doing the honours was British act Breathe – The Floyd Sound. Apparently, this wasn’t their first time in India. Looking at their past gigs, Breathe – The Floyd Sound has toured India every year since 2008 — mostly doing college festivals and clubs. Hey, you got to start somewhere right?

The concert venue was the same,  the UB City Amphitheatre.

Breathe the Floyd Sound Bangalore concert crowds
There was quite a crowd (Photograph by Loiyumba)
Breathe Pink Floyd concert flying pig Bangalore
I love that they had this pig up in the sky (Check out the album cover of 'Animals' if you don't get the referance)
Breathe the Floyd Sound UB city amphitheatre crowds
Given the popularity of Pink Floyd in India, I wasn't surprised to see a lot more people turn up for this gig (Photograph by Loiyumba)
Gigbox concert Ducati bikes display
Ducati were one of the sponsors (Photograph by Loiyumba)
Dark Side of the Moon laptop wallpaper
The sound engineer was in the right frame of mind

UB City Bangalore towerPrestige UB City tree plant

Breathe Pink Floyd concert backdrop UB city
With the sun set, it was time to set the stage & check the lights

Breathe Pink Floyd Dark Side concert backdrop

The show began with the opening act — rajeev’s Wolfpack.

Rajeev's Wolfpack rock band Bangalore
The lead singer is Rajeev... so I guess that makes the rest his Wolfpack
Rajeev's Wolfpack opening act Bangalore
They performed at the Led Zepplica gig as well. Doing mostly covers of U2 songs.
Rajeev's Wolfpack UB City Bangalore concert
They did play a few of their own compositions this time though
Rajeevs Wolfpack UB city Bangalore
Before ending their set with The Proclaimers' "I'm Gonna Be (500 miles)"

As it neared 8pm,  Breathe – The Floyd Sound finally hit the stage.

Breathe the Floyd Sound Bangalore concert entering stage
And they kicked off with...

Then followed it up with:
“Time”

“Money”

I didn’t record every song in full and I don’t remember the exact sequence, but here are some of the songs myself & Loiyumba did record:

“Hey You”

Breathe the Floyd Sound tree night visual backdrop

“Brain Damage”

“Breathe”

After going through classics from ‘Dark Side of the Moon,’ they performed tracks from the Syd Barrett-era.

Syd Barrett Bangalore Pink Floyd tribute concert backdrop
The late Syd Barrett, former front man of Pink Floyd
Breathe the Floyd Sound Syd Barrett tribute
They even performed "Arnold Layne," Pink Floyd's very first single

“Sorrow” (the only song they played from Momentary Lapse of Reason)

Breathe the Floyd Sound Bangalore concert Dave Gee
On drums, Dave Gee
Breathe the Floyd Sound band members
Keyboards: Joel Anderson

“Shine On You Crazy Diamond”

Breathe the Floyd Sound Bangalore concert lead vocalist
Lead vocals & guitar: Chris Barnes

“One of These Days”

Breathe the Floyd Sound Bangalore concert bassist
Bassist Peter Worley

The one song every Bangalorean was waiting to sing along to…

Breathe the Floyd Sound Bangalore concert lead guitarist
On lead guitars, Andy Fenton. He did an impeccable job recreating Pink Floyd's guitar sounds!

Band introductions and ‘thank you’s… and “Wish You Were Here”

“Run Like Hell”

Breathe the Floyd Sound ended the night with one of the greatest rock songs ever…

Unfortunately, my camera battery signalled that it was about to die. Which is why I ended up recording the final performance of the night on my phone.

Breathe the Floyd Sound Bangalore concert end
With that, the Pink Floyd tribute concert came to an end

As was the case with the Led Zepplica gig last month, I’ll never get to see the real Pink Floyd play live. Apart from old age, the relationship between David Gilmour and Roger Waters is still a strained one. Heck, and I’m a guy who can just do with David Gilmour! (Sorry Roger Waters fans, he sounds terrible now — and I rate David Gilmour to be the better guitarist)

None the less, this was another great tribute concert from Gigbox. The crowd was better — except for the idiots who expected everyone to sit down for a rock concert — and there were no sound issues this time around. I wonder who they plan on bringing next.

Might I make a recommendation?

Steel Panther rock band
These guys!

If you haven’t heard of Steel Panther, you should! They’re freakin’ AWESOME and bloody hilarious! Just read their bios! 🙂

If you haven’t figured out from the spandex and hair,  Steel Panther plays tribute to 80’s rock.  From Bon Jovi, Poison, Van Halen, Def Leppard (mine & the lead vocalist’s favourite band) to Journey, Whitesnake, Guns ‘n’ Roses, and… Backstreet Boys?

Not only so they do awesome covers, in 2009 they released their own album called Feel the Steel. This was their first single off the album:

Other good songs are “Community Property” and my favourite, “Party All Day“. I’d love to see them live in Bangalore performing 80’s greatest rock hits! But I’m not sure their humour will appeal to everybody (conservative women, parents who thought it was a smart idea to bring their kids to a rock concert, guys who don’t get sarcasm, etc.)

These guys have balls… they went to Tokyo and performed a song called “Asian Hooker“!

 

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One Comments

  • Jithin

    08/03/2011

    Andy Fenton was incredible on the guitar!. Awesome concert!.

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