Australian Pink Floyd at the Paramount, 11/21/12 (photos, review) - Reverb

Australian Pink Floyd at the Paramount Theatre, 11/21/12 (photos, review)

There were no shrimps thrown on the barbie, but there were a handfull of “G’day Mates!” tossed about.

The Australian Pink Floyd “Exposed in the Light” world tour made a stop at the Paramount on Wednesday night and played to a packed house of enthusiastic fans who will take their Pink Floyd any way they can get it. In this case from the land down under.

Aussie Floyd, as the band calls themselves, survives under the banners of “The Gold Standard” and “the top of the tribute band tree.” They were even asked by David Gilmour himself to play at his 50th birthday.

It’s not as if this group of talented musicians are recreating the music note for note, which in some cases they certainly are. It’s more that they have found a way to reproduce the sound of Pink Floyd. The perfect echo here, a belting female background singer there, a disturbing visual projection of failed diplomacy appears just at the right moment. All on key, all on perfect cue.

The show is as visually appealing as it is musically. Aussie Floyd has combined all the great things that any cult fan loves about Pink Floyd. The laser show, the psychedelia and the defiance against political oppression are all there. A giant eye-like projection screen serves as an alter in the middle of the stage with various images and landscapes popping up for greater effect.

The advantage of being a cover band is that they can churn out crowd pleaser after crowd pleaser. The band rattled through favorites like “Run Like Hell,” “Comfortably Numb,” “Wish You Were Here,” “Us and Them,” “Another Brick in the Wall” and “Shine on You Crazy Diamond.” Their true mastery of the catalogue shined through on “Time” off “Dark Side of the Moon” (1973) and “Pigs (Three Different Ones)” off “Animals” (1976).

With the real Pink Floyd at constant odds, and corner stones Roger Waters and David Gilmour having only shared the same stage three times since 2005, Australian Pink Floyd may be the closest that fans will get to the real thing. And that might just be okay, mate.

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Evan Semón is a Denver freelance writer and photographer and regular contributor to Reverb. See more of his work.

Candace Horgan is a Denver freelance writer/photographer and regular contributor to Reverb.