Damian Darlington – Brit Floyd

Brit Floyd is ready to head out on their 2016 World tour "Space and Time CONTINUUM" boasting a brand new, million dollar light show and state of the art video design.d we had the opportunity to reach out to Vocalist, Guitarist and Musical Director, Damian Darlington, for a preview of what to expect and recent changes in the members.

Damian Darlington

Hi Damian. Thanks for taking the time to chat with us today. Probably one of the biggest changes with Brit Floyd right now is the replacement of Bobby Harrison with Edo Scordo. Were there any growing pains with such a change in the heart of the band?

Edo fits in perfectly and is just the person to recreate the David Gilmour guitar parts for us and he is a great guy to have on the road too. Obviously it has been different since I've worked with Bobby since 2008 to look over and seeing Edo there in his place. It's been about 8 months since he took over and he fits in perfectly.

What are some of the new things added for this years tour?

Well, we shuffled the setlist around and we've added some songs into the set that we've never played before along with some old favorites that we haven't played in some years too. Of course people will get to hear Pink Floyd's Greatest Hits, if you want to call them that. We also redesigned the light show so there will be a different look coming from the stage. We will still have the circular screen that people are familiar with. We are always making an effort to change things and there will be many new things for fans to see this year.

Has Brit Floyd exceeded the expectations that you had when you first put this together?

It's been almost 22 years since I started playing in a Pink Floyd tribute band and I never thought I would still be doing this 2 decades later and playing for larger and larger crowds at more exotic venues around the planet so from that point of view, it never ceases to amaze me. Looking at it from the point of view of people appreciating Pink Floyd music doesn't surprise me because I continue to see how popular the music continues to be and how new generations are discovering it all the time. So from that perspective, it's no surprise.

How do you breathe life in songs that are 50 years old? How do you keep them fresh to play?

Its a combination of continuing to appreciate and respect this music from my personal perspective and I feel the musicians on stage with me feel the same way about it. That plus the appreciation of the audience. That is what keeps it fresh. Those people came to hear this music that we are playing and their energy is what feeds us and it keeps it exciting to play even though we've played these songs hundreds of times. It is still an adrenaline rush doing this.

Pink Floyd was never a 'band oriented' group. They took a back seat in the equasion and let the music and show take the forefront of the experience. How do you connect with the audience and balance the two?

We certianly approached it in a similar way. In our band, there isn't any one musician that would stand out from the other as opposed to bands like Led Zeppelin, Who or the Rolling Stones. The music and the light show is more so the personality than the individual musicians. But we certianly connect with members of the audience at each show especially in the first few rows. We don't want to be just robots up there regurgitating this music. We get into what we do and there are some engaging personalities onstage so it is a balance to be struck.

The authenticity of your recreation is second to none. With such an aggressive touring schedule, how many stand by musicians do you have ready to sit in?

You mentioned 'on stand by' in your question. We have such an aggressive tour schedule, playing upward of 150 shows per year, that not everyone can commit themselves for that amount of touring so yes, we have to have a pool of musicians who can help us cover those shows year round. The core of the band will stay the same and pretty much everyone who will be playing with us has played with us in the USA with the exception of Edo Scordo.

Does the setlist change during the tour or is it set?

We do allow some space in the setlist to change things around night to night. The main body of the set is structured for the whole tour but we have space in the first and second set to change a track to keep things interesting for us and the audience because people do come to multiple shows on the tour

With such an aggressive tour schedule, playing every night, do you get time to enjoy any of the cities you're in?

It all depends where we are lucky enough to have a day off fall. We will usually travel to the next venue before the day off so we can spend it seeing the sights. It's good to get a little time off the tour to clear your head and take in the surroundings.

Do you prefer large arenas or smaller quaint venues?

They both have their attractions. When you're in an arena, you have a bit more space to set the show up just the way you want and in a smaller venue with a smaller stage, you have to make a few compromises. From the perspective of being on the stage playing the show, it has different atmospheres. It is fun to do intimate gigs in small venues for different reasons. You can connect more with the audience. I really don't have a favorite. They both have their pluses and minuses.

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Tour Dates:

North America 2016

Thu 3rd Mar War Memorial Arena Johnstown PA USA
Fri 4th Mar Benedum Center Pittsburgh PA USA
Sat 5th Mar Benedum Center Pittsburgh PA USA
Mon 7th Mar Morris Center South Bend IN USA
Tue 8th Mar Huntington Center Toledo OH USA
Wed 9th Mar De Vos Performance Hall Grand Rapids MI USA
Fri 11th Mar Taft Theatre Cincinnati OH USA
Sat 12th Mar Peabody Opera House St Louis MO USA
Mon 14th Mar Adler Theatre Davenport IA USA
Wed 16th Mar Sangamon Auditorium Springfield IL USA
Thu 17th Mar Riverside Milwaukee WI USA
Fri 18th Mar The Chicago Theatre Chicago IL USA
Sat 19th Mar Opera House Detroit MI USA
Mon 21st Mar RBC Theatre at Budweiser Gdns London ON Canada
Tue 22nd Mar Hamilton Place Theatre Hamilton ON Canada
Thu 24th Mar Bell Centre Montreal QC Canada
Fri 25th Mar Grand Theatre Quebec QC Canada
Sat 26th Mar Casino Rama Rama ON Canada
Tue 29th Mar Civic Theatre Akron OH USA
Thu 31st Mar Murat Theatre Indianapolis IN USA
Fri 1st Apr Warner Theatre Erie PA USA
Sat 2nd Apr Lyric Opera House Baltimore MD USA
Sun 3rd Apr Hanover Theatre Worcester MA USA
Tue 5th Apr VETS Providence RI USA
Thu 7th Apr Memorial Auditorium Lynn MA USA
Fri 8th Apr Beacon Theatre New York NY USA
Sat 9th Apr Oakdale Theatre Wallingford CT USA
Sun 10th Apr Kirby Center Wilkes-Barre PA USA
Tue 12th Apr Shea’s Performing Arts Center Buffalo NY USA
Thu 14th Apr Verizon Arena Manchester NH USA
Sat 16th Apr Hershey Theatre Hershey PA USA
Mon 18th Apr State Theatre New Brunswick NJ USA
Tue 19th Apr Flynn Center Burlington VT USA
Wed 20th April Auditorium Theatre Rochester NY USA
Fri 22nd Apr Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa Atlantic City NJ USA
Sat 23rd Apr Sands Event Center Bethlehem PA USA
Sun 24th Apr Paramount Huntington NY USA
Tue 7th Jun Maverick Centre (On-Sale Now) Salt Lake City UT USA
Thu 9th Jun Red Rocks Denver CO USA
Fri 10th Jun Midland Theatre (On-Sale Now) Kansas City MO USA
Sat 11th June Brady Theater (On-Sale Now) Tulsa OK USA
Sun 12th Jun Verizon Arena (On-Sale 4th March) Little Rock AR USA
Tue 14th Jun BJCC Concert Hall (On-Sale 11th March) Birmingham AL USA
Wed 15th Jun Ovens Auditorium (On-Sale TBC) Charlotte NC USA
Fri 17th Jun Palace Theatre (On-Sale Now) Louisville KY USA
Sat 18th Jun Fox Theater (On-Sale TBC) Atlanta GA USA
Sun 19th Jun Performing Arts Centre Durham NC USA
Mon 20th Jun Florida Theatre (On-Sale 25th March) Jacksonville FL USA
Wed 22nd Jun The Filmore at Jackie Gleason Theater (On-Sale Now) Miami FL USA
Thu 23rd Jun Barbara B Mann PAH (On-Sale Now) Fort Myers FL USA
Fri 24th Jun Ruth Eckerd Hall Clearwater FL USA
Sat 25th Jun Saenger Theatre (On-Sale 4th March) Pensacola FL USA
Mon 27th Jun Revention (On-Sale Now) Houston TX USA
Tue 28th Jun Verizon Arena (On-Sale TBC) Grand Praire TX USA
Wed 29th Jun Cedar Park Center (On-Sale Now) Austin TX USA
Fri 1st Jul Comerica Theatre (On-Sale Now) Phoenix AZ USA
Sat 2nd Jul The Joint (On-Sale 26th Feb) Las Vegas NV USA
Sun 3rd Jul Grand Sierra Resort (On-Sale 4th March) Reno NV USA
Tue 5th Jul Civic Theatre (On-Sale Now) San Diego CA USA
Wed 6th Jul Mountain Winery (On-Sale 18th April) Saratoga CA USA
Thu 7th Jul Mountain Winery (On-Sale 18th April) Saratoga CA USA
Sat 9th Jul Warfield Theatre (On-Sale Now) San Francisco CA USA
Sun 10th Jul Sonoma Mountain Village Event Center (On-Sale 18th April) Sonoma County CA USA
Tue 12th Jul Community Center Theater (On-Sale 11th March) Sacramento CA USA
Wed 13th Jul Hult Center (On-Sale TBC) Eugene OR USA
Thu 14th Jul Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall (On-Sale Now) Portland OR USA
Fri 15th Jul WaMu Theater Seattle WA USA
Sat 16th Jul Queen Elizabeth Theatre (On-Sale 4th March) Vancouver BC CAN
Tue 19th Jul Jack Singer Concert Hall (On-Sale 4th March) Calgary AB CAN
Wed 20th Jul Jubilee Auditorium (On-Sale 4th March) Edmonton AB CAN
Fri 22nd Jul Centennial Concert Hall (On-Sale 4th March) Winnipeg MB CAN
Sat 23rd Jul Northrop Auditorium (On-Sale TBC) Minneapolis MN USA
Sun 24th Jul Civic Center (On-Sale TBC) Des Moines IA USA
Mon 25th Jul Overture Hall (On-Sale TBC) Madison WI USA
Thu 28th Jul The LC Pavilion (On-Sale TBC) Columbus OH USA
Fri 29th Jul First Merit Bank Event Center (On-Sale TBC) Saginaw MI USA
Sat 30th Jul Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica (On-Sale TBC) Cleveland OH USA



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