It's been 32 years since Roger Waters left Pink Floyd basically due to ego issues between Roger and guitarist David Gilmore. Gilmore, along with originals Nick Mason and Richard Wright, carried on with Pink Floyd until 2005. Waters went on his way doing his versions of Floyd music which he still does today.
Neither Lisa nor I have had the pleasure of catching Pink Floyd in any of their incarnations. We did, however, just experience the next best thing. We caught the English touring band Brit Floyd. Brit Floyd is a Pink Floyd tribute band that was formed in Liverpool, England in 2011. They try to match Pink Floyd's live show feel and echo the quadraphonic sounds of the original band. We watched part of one of their concerts on PBS one night and liked what we heard. We checked out their touring schedule and saw that they were playing in Austin so we bought tickets.
We didn't really know what to expect and did not set the bar too high. Wow, were we mistaken. Brit Floyd's production was spot on. They played songs from all of their albums and didn't leave out any of their hits. Even a casual Pink Floyd fan would have recognized the playlist. The music was full and hauntingly channeling of the original band. Lisa said "I didn't know what to expect but that was phenomenal!" I am going to have to concur. Plus, the light and video show (which was designed for a smaller music hall) was amazing. We felt enveloped by the whole experience.
Brit Floyd is still touring the U.S. If you get a chance definitely go catch their show. We are giving Brit Floyd 5 stars *****. Following is one of Brit Floyd's videos from Amsterdam. Enjoy.