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Eclipse - Pink Floyd Tribute Band @ Stonehenge 01/02/2014

16 Feb 2014 // A review by Asmith

Let me just start of by stating there are simply not enough words in the english language to adequately describe how amazing this show was, but I will do my best.

We pulled into the parking area to be guided with precision into our space, then jumped in in the que with the other 2500 people who had come to this event and made our way in surprisingly fast.
I made a quick scan noticing the place was already filling up, lawn chairs and picnic blankets spread across the paddock, vendors lining the back wall for those who hadn't brought dinner with them.
Making my way to the front past the sound stage I soon realised the epic proportions with which this show was being produced... a mass of lighting rigs made it look like a technofile's wet dream, not to mention the live camera's linked directly into the big screen (I tried to spot them all during the show to no avail), and let's not forget the giant inflatable pink pig, no really, they had a giant inflatable pink pig.
Before the show kicked off I found myself sitting down with the Fou family who generously shared their dinner with me, and I will admit it's not often I get to sit down with a band members family for dinner before the show so I guess that required a special mention, thanks guys!
The sun was still out when the band began to play and picked myself out a nice little spot up the front to relax and let the Floyd take me away, which worked fine for maybe the first half hour, but the pull of the music was too strong and front of stage quickly filled up with fans dancing away to their favourite Pink Floyd tunes, played immaculately by every member of Eclipse.
I found myself blown away at the skill level of the band, everything from guitar tones to vocal melodies/harmonies were spot on, and when putting every piece of the Pink Floyd sound together at once there is only one way you nail it like that- bucketloads of hard work and twice as much talent.
It wasn't until the sun went down that the show really began though, the lighting rig came alive like I have never seen before. Seriously, this was the most complicated, intense, bizzare and wonderful lighting show I have ever seen, and with the exception of those in the crowd who have seen the real Pink Floyd or Roger Waters in concert I doubt there will be anyone who would think differently.
At one point during the night I even remember the Stonehenge monument completely filling with smoke, and then the lights began to pulse like a heart beat to the kick drum (guess that song...)

Throughout the night every member of the band got their chance to showcase their skills with their own moment to shine, including the 3 backup singers who also got a chance to have a solo each, and during a discussion on the way home we all had our favourites, but that would be telling...
The only real downer to the night was the police presence at the end of the night, blocking off the only exit to breath test 2500 people trying to leave the event. It was well over the top and ended up taking most people at least an hour just to leave the premises, although giving our pregnant driver an initial fail did give us all bit of a laugh.

This is possibly one of the longest reviews I have ever done, but there was so much going on I'm sure to have missed something out. As I said above there are really no words to describe this show, you have to go and see this for yourself.
I for one will be making sure I attend every Eclipse show possible from now on after seeing this. I'm still blown away by the level of skill involved piecing together what could be described as more of a production than just your average concert, with all the working parts moving in unison exactly as they should. I'm left feeling that if anyone could pull off a full duplication of The Wall in it's entirety it would be these guys, and I would sell your grandmother to see that.


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