Dance, cheer for the Australian Pink Floyd Show in Beaver Creek |

Dance, cheer for the Australian Pink Floyd Show in Beaver Creek

Kris Sabel
Beaver Creek CO, Colorado
Special to the Daily

Editor’s note: Director’s Chair is a weekly column where Kris Sabel, who is in charge of cultural programming for the Vail Valley Foundation, gives his expert take on shows not to be missed.

In celebration of the upcoming ski season, the Vilar Center presents The Australian Pink Floyd Show (TAPFS) on Wednesday at 8 p.m. TAPFS is the genuine reincarnation of the Pink Floyd live experience. Recognized as the definitive tribute band by Pink Floyd fans of all ages, TAPFS will play a note-for-note performance of the legendary album “The Wall” in its entirety, together with a new stage production including animation, lasers and inflatables, plus a special greatest hits encore.

I can say with confidence that the Vilar Center is the most intimate venue on the TAPFS tour, and this will be one of the biggest rock concerts ever at the VPAC. To provide the best possible concert experience, we are selling the entire orchestra as general admission seating, which promises fans every opportunity to stand, dance and cheer through the performance. The parterre and balcony are reserved seats for fans who prefer to sit back and soak in the experience.

There are dozens of Pink Floyd tribute bands out there, but none compare to the TAPFS experience. As one reviewer said, “leave your preconceptions about tribute bands behind, this is the closest you’re going to get to a Pink Floyd concert in the world today.”

Several reviewers have gone so far as to say TAPFS is more Floyd than Floyd themselves. These comments refer to the quality and accuracy of the playing as well as the overall experience of the concerts. TAPFS was formed in 1988 and have been touring the world ever since. They have played and toured much longer than Pink Floyd ever did, and this has undoubtedly contributed to the quality of their work.

They are the only Pink Floyd tribute band to actually perform for members of the original group. David Gilmour experienced TAPFS in 1994 and subsequently invited them to perform at his 50th birthday party. They are also the only Floyd tribute band to perform at Royal Albert Hall, selling out shows in 2001 and again in 2007.

Other upcoming events at the VPAC include “You Can’t Stop the Beat : Viva Las Vegas!” tomorrow and Sunday, and a special benefit performance featuring Sugarland, Emily Sailiers of the Indigo Girls and Amos Lee on Nov. 20.

I hope to see you at the theatre!

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