The Australian Pink Floyd Show, which will be in concert at the Zénith de Toulouse on Wednesday February 16, pays homage and takes up the repertoire of the famous British group. Backing vocalist Lorelei McBroom and guitarist Dave Fowler recount the atmosphere of the “All that you feel” tour…
The giant inflatable kangaroo that occupies part of the stage marks the territory well: the Australian Pink Floyd Show is in the place. The critter taunts the famous gigantic and plump pig that the group Pink Floyd usually took on tour. She sang with the real Pink Floyd, the Rolling Stones, Lou Reed and others, he played with Thunder, Peter Frampton and Deep Purple.
How did the “All You Feel” Tour start?
Lorelei McBroom: In a great way and it’s always good to be well received!
David Fowler: We resumed the tour with Zurich and then Paris. The publications on social networks are surprising and then France is still special! It’s always crowded and it really is one of the places in the world where people pay attention and join in the fun unlike other countries that I won’t name. The French are not as crazy as the Americans but they know how to show their enthusiasm!
Don’t you feel an enormous responsibility to interpret the songs of a group as legendary as Pink Floyd?
L. MB. : We have a great responsibility to do a good job so that people keep coming to see us! If you go to a Roger Waters concert and he decides to change a song or do something that Pink Floyd has never done, people will be more inclined to accept it. On the other hand, they don’t want to see us explore or change anything, what they want to hear is really Pink Floyd. They live an experience because they know coming that they can’t hear the real Pink Floyd anymore.
FD: We have more responsibilities than Pink Floyd had since they were the creators of this music so when people went to see them in theaters whether they played well or badly it didn’t matter in the end because people were delighted with it anyway. ‘be there. When they come to see us, they don’t care if it’s Lorelei, or me or anyone else, all they want is to hear the music of Pink Floyd well. If we don’t do the job they won’t come back! And these days seeing spectators spend 40 or 50 euros to see us means being up to it.
Is it difficult to play and sing Pink Floyd?
L. MB. : We are professionals and if you are professional and you are offered to play music if you are pro and talented you will do your best.
comics: Personally I think that I could not interpret another artist at the same level even if there are one or two for whom it would be possible but I could not play on demand like Eric Johnson does with great talent (1) , I grew up learning Pink Floyd guitar solos because I loved it and it’s a big part of my style. It still inspires me today but I wouldn’t say that I find it difficult, it comes naturally because of my passion for this music from an early age. I’m lucky I think! I’m the right person for this job, that doesn’t mean I’m the right person for another job!
Lorelei, what memories do you have of recordings with Pink Floyd on the albums “A Momentary Lapse of Reason” (1987) and Delicate Sound of Thunder” (1988)?
L. MB. : I was thrilled to collaborate with the band because their music stayed with me during my younger years and had to learn the songs from the album “A Momentary Lapse of Reason” because it was new. It was really exciting to work with them, especially because David Gilmour was easy going, he gave us the freedom to take a higher tone here or a different approach there and I felt respected. We brought something to the show that he liked and that the band liked because they kept us.
Did David Gilmour or Roger Waters attend the Australian Pink Floyd Show concerts?
FD: Yes before I joined the band, David came and he invited the band to play at the end of the 1994 tour and then he reiterated the invitation for his 50th birthday. He complimented the group. I never met Roger Waters and I cannot certify that he came to see us but we learned that he had passed when we were playing in a private place. But Steve Mac, the leader of our group, was invited to join his group and audition but it didn’t happen for various reasons including Steve’s voice which was HS at the time of the meeting. But Roger apparently came and he appreciated from what we understood and I never heard anything negative about the group from the members of Pink Floyd, quite the contrary! But Lorelei must know better since she worked with the group.
L. MB. : I spoke about the group with Nick Mason (drummer of Pink Floyd, Editor’s note) and he only said good things. The only thing he brought up is what we won’t be offering to do which is to play ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ and he wished Australian Pink Floyd could play something that creative in reinterpreting Pink Floyd in our own way, in our own style. I replied that the reason why we wouldn’t is that there is a very large audience that comes to see us and we are not trying to impose ourselves as a group offering our own compositions like others bands can record Pink Floyd covers. So it works for us that way.
FD: There are a lot of bands doing tributes but good luck to them! I’m focused on what we’re doing but none of them sound like Pink Floyd to me. With our hundreds of concerts each year, except during the pandemic period of course, we clearly play the right thing, the right way, why would we change our formula it would be stupid!? When you love Coca-Cola why change the formula?! (laughs)
Which Pink Floyd albums do you enjoy?
L. MB. : ” The dark side of the moon» ! And then it’s incredible to be able to sing “A Great Gig in the sky”.
FD: I prefer ‘The Wall’ or ‘The Final Cut’, although I think David Gilmour plays wonderfully on ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ and ‘Wish You Were Here’. When we listen to “The Wall” we hear this inventiveness, particularly on “Another brick in the wall part 1”, and especially on “The Final Cut” with the guitar solos on “The Fletcher Memorial Home”. We realize the level of his guitar parts. I like albums from this period.
However, the fans do not all agree on the quality of “The Final Cut” which is nevertheless a very strong album…
FD: Rick Wright had left the band around this time so it looked more like a Roger Waters solo album like “The Wall” could be but it’s not a Roger Waters solo album because David Gilmour plays guitar and created many songs. So it’s a shame that Rick Wright isn’t on it when he was on “The Wall” which makes it more considered a Pink Floyd album than “The Final Cut”. But I don’t meddle in that, I just listen and to me “The Final Cut” is one of the most wonderfully produced albums in terms of sound, mixing, drum sound, guitar sound, vocals. emotion in the lyrics, everything for me here is a remarkable job.
Are you more Pink Floyd or Rolling Stones?
L. MB. : Oh they are so different! We must not forget that the Rolling Stones have an image through its members which allowed them to personalize the writing of songs and the personality of Mick Jagger increased tenfold their formidable success. Regarding Pink Floyd, when we met David Gilmour with my sister Durga we didn’t know what he looked like or the other members because Pink Floyd wasn’t in the “Look, I’m a rock star!” trip. It was more based on the appreciation of music. So in the same way, the tours were really different. Mick Jagger had an understudy who looked like him and who left the hotel so he could escape through the back of the building without being overwhelmed by the crowd while Pink Floyd can stroll down the street quietly!
FD: The first concert I attended that inspired me to become a musician at the age of 10 was the Rolling Stones at Wembley Stadium and Lorelei was on stage with them. You must have been 20… (she replies laughing: “I was 30 yes!”) Today, because of the pandemic which prevented her from returning to the United States, she stayed with me for 6 months and we became friends, it’s incredible isn’t it?