Ian Cattell


Tell me about Brit Floyd.  How did you come together?  You are the only American in the group, so how did you all meet?

All the members of Brit Floyd were in a previous band called “The Australian Pink Floyd Show” which had been around for about seventeen years.  When some of the Australian players didn’t want to play anymore, they called me.  They did the auditioning in the UK and they were having a difficult time finding anyone to do the Roger Waters parts so the expanded the search to the USA and they found me.  They added Bobby Harrison on guitar, Arrun Ahmun on drums and the keyboard players Rick Benbow and Rob Stringer.  Then the people that were touring the US split up and then we became Brit Floyd. 


What were you doing at the time when they called you?

I had played in a band called “Crazy Diamonds” which then became the band “Pulse” which was the Pink Floyd band back in the mid 1990’s.  At the time the call came, I was just a weekend warrior playing gigs all around upstate New York. 


What was some of your previous jobs before turning to music?

I used to work for Apple and I also was a pyrotechnic for Zambelli Fireworks.  I have also had a bunch of non interesting jobs as most musicians have! 


What does it take to bring an act like Brit Floyd on the road?  It is not a small stage show!

Well, we are nothing like the original Pink Floyd which took dozens and dozens of truck on the road, but we have two full tractor trailers full of equipment and we travel with about thirty people when we tour.  There are two tour busses, so, four drivers and there are twenty four people who sleep on the two tour busses.  Eleven of us are musicians and the rest are crew. 




How has the response been to the Brit Floyd show across America?

Well, we don’t usually play stadiums.  We usually play theaters and large venues with 1500 seats to 4000.  We have been enjoying playing in America and the audiences have been enjoying the show.  We have expanded the show this year so we are playing double the shows in America this year compared to last year.  It’s going very well!


Have you met any of the original members of Pink Floyd? 

Our musical director, Damien Darlington, was in a band and was hired for David Gilmour’s 50th birthday party.  He has met everyone except for Roger Waters


How difficult was it to adapt to the theatrics of the show as opposed to the musicianship?

That was quite a challenge.  When we decided to do ‘The Wall’ in its entirety in 2008/2009, It was a big step for me to do the Roger Waters stuff.  We had someone with some theatrical background come with us on the first leg of the tour to give us some guidance and take some notes.  It was difficult to not have a bass guitar on me all the time but I think it turned out quite well. 


When you are participating in the theatrics of the show, who takes over the duties of the bass guitar?

We have a multi-talented instrumentalist in the band.  He is a saxophone player by trade, but he is one of those guys that can do just about anything.  Even on nights when I play bass guitar all night, he takes turns on the drums, keyboards, acoustic guitar and other instruments.  So, when I am out playing the role of Pink, he puts my bass guitar on and does a very good job.  His name is Carl Brunsdon. 


What is your favorite part of the show?

My favorite part of the show is when I see someone in the audience who has that genuine smile on their face that they don’t even realize is there.  It’s just the way they are reacting to the show.  I love the interaction and reaction of the audience to the show. 




Tell me about the Brit Floyd DVD.

Well, it was quite an experience to do.  With having cameras all over the place and trying to not look directly into the camera it was different trying to go about the normal business of doing the show.  I am very proud of the DVD and we have had an outpouring of praise regarding the product.  It has served well for a marketing tool.  We have it for sale at the shows and we received a lot of positive feedback by fans on websites about the DVD.  We are all very proud of it 


What other musical influences or genres do you credit where you are now as a player?

I’ve always been in to the classic rock and prog rock bands…  Genesis, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and all the other 1960’s and 1970’s classic rock bands.



Tuesday 5 Mar Huntington Center Toledo, OH USA
Wednesday 6 Mar DeVos Performance Hall Grand Rapids, MI USA
Thursday 7 Mar LC Pavilion Columbus, OH USA
Friday 8 Mar Taft Theatre Cincinnati, OH USA
Saturday 9 Mar Music Hall Detroit, MI USA
Monday 11 Mar Clowes Memorial Hall Indianapolis, IN USA
Tuesday 12 Mar The Midland Kansas City, KS USA
Thursday 14 Mar State Theatre Minneapolis, MN USA
Friday 15 Mar Pabst Theatre Milwaukee, WI USA
Saturday 16 Mar Chicago Theatre Chicago, IL USA
Monday 18 Mar Grand Theatre Quebec City, QC Canada
Tuesday 19 Mar Harbour Station Saint John, NB Canada
Wednesday 20 Mar Metro Centre Halifax, NS Canada
Thursday 21 Mar Coliseum Moncton, NB Canada
Saturday 23 Mar Place des Arts Montreal, QC Canada
Sunday 24 Mar Hamilton Place Theatre Hamilton, ON Canada
Monday 25 Mar Theatre Granada Sherbrooke, QC Canada
Wednesday 27 Mar Flynn Center Burlington, VT USA
Thursday 28 Mar Capitol Center for Performing Arts Concord, NH USA
Tuesday 2 Apr Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre Atlanta, GA USA
Thursday 4 Apr Lyric Opera House Baltimore, MD USA
Friday 5 Apr Memorial Auditorium Lynn, MA USA
Saturday 6 Apr Oakdale Theatre Wallingford, CT USA
Sunday 7 Apr Veterans Memorial Auditorium Providence, RI USA
Tuesday 9 Apr Sovereign Performing Arts Center Reading, PA USA
Wednesday 10 Apr The Beacon Theatre New York, NY USA
Thursday 11 Apr Liacouras Center Philadelphia, PA USA
Friday 12 Apr State Theatre New Brunswick, NJ USA
Saturday 13 Apr Mid Hudson Civic Center Poughkeepsie, NY USA
Sunday 14 Apr Performing Arts Center Durham, NC USA
Tuesday 16 Apr Keith-Albee Theatre Huntington, WV USA
Wednesday 17 Apr Andrew Jackson Hall Nashville, TN USA
Friday 19 Apr Ford Center Evansville, IN USA
Sunday 21 Apr Hard Rock Live Orlando, FL USA
Monday 22 Apr Ruth Eckerd Hall
Clearwater, FL USA
Tuesday 23 Apr Germain Arena Fort Myers, FL USA
Wednesday 24 Apr Broward Center for the Performing Arts Fort Lauderdale, FL USA
Friday 26 Apr BJCC Concert Hall Birmingham, AL USA
Sunday 28 Apr Brady Theatre Tulsa, OK USA
Thursday 4 May House of Blues Dallas, TX USA
Friday 3 May Bayou Center Houston, TX USA
Saturday 11 May Comerica Theatre
(on-sale March 22)
Phoenix, AZ USA







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