Pink Floyd Niagara Returns to Welland's Concerts on the Canal
Welland’s Concert On The Canal Series has made a triumphant return to the Welland Waterfront this summer, and that’s good news for fans of Niagara’s most respected Pink Floyd tribute.
To close out the concert series, organizers have booked a reformed PINK FLOYD NIAGARA for the final show Friday August 26th. And according to band creative director/keyboardist/singer Larry Swiercz, fans can expect the platinum version of the band’s line-up.
“I actually thought about it and said why not up the ante again,” said Swiercz, one of the founding members of the Niagara-based musical collective. “Originally when we started the project we were an 11 piece. It got trimmed back to an eight piece which is what we performed as two years ago. This presented the opportunity to bump it up, adding a three-piece choir and an additional guitar player. The idea is to make it as accurate a representation as we could.”
With the addition of accomplished vocalist Jenn Downie to the choir and guitarist Michael Swec to the core group of musicians, PINK FLOYD NIAGARA will once again be delivering a set modelled after Floyd’s P·U·L·S·E album. Released on May 29th, 1995, that album was recorded during the European leg of Pink Floyd’s Division Bell Tour in 1994 and includes the band’s Dark Side of The Moon album played in its entirety. Swiercz said the Welland stage is the perfect location for a night of Pink Floyd classics.
“The canal location is very unique. There’s not many places I can think of where you have an outdoor amphitheatre and a stage on a canal. When the sun is going down and if the weather is good, the atmosphere on the water is extremely unique. There’s something surreal about it. There’s people floating by on kayaks, there’s people on the other side of the canal watching from the rear. It’s a great place to perform.”
The Welland show is one of two concerts Pink Floyd Niagara will be performing this year. The band is also booked into the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre in St. Catharines, a show that Swiercz said will be more ambitious than the outdoor show.
“That show is going to be a full indoor theatre experience. With an outdoor venue you don’t have as much control. The show at the PAC I really want to be over the top for visuals, for audio, for the presentation. It’s going to be a longer show with a couple complete sets. We’ll also be performing some new material for us, cuts from Animals and songs like “Welcome To the Machine,” along with Dark Side of the Moon.”
With Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters back on tour, there’s an abundance of the band’s music available for fans to hear this year. Some fans may prefer to spend the astronomically high ticket price to see the Water’s version performed on stage. In reality, however, Pink Floyd Niagara is only one performer away from offering the same experience; take Rogers away from that tour, and you’re left watching the world’s most expensive Pink Floyd cover band. Considering you can see Pink Floyd Niagara for free in Welland without the hassle of driving to Toronto, it’s a no brainer. You might not see Roger, but you will be watching a stage full of talented musicians with a passion and reverence for the music of Pink Floyd.
“The goal has always been to do the music justice and treat it with the respect it deserves,” said Swiercz. “Ultimately, we’re a cover band, and there’s people that hate cover bands. Unless you’re the original artist doing it you’re a cover band. Look at a symphony orchestra. Essentially, they’re all cover bands with perhaps a little more distinguished delivery. They’re not playing original music; they’re playing covers of stuff written long ago and keeping that music alive. The further we get down the road, as our idols and legends pass, the only thing that’s going to keep this music alive are the people who love the music, who believe in the art of it, and who want to recreate it for new generations of people to hear. That’s the inspiration behind what we’re doing.”
See Pink Floyd Niagara, along with Doors tribute band Riders on the Storm, August 26th. And buy your tickets now for Pink Floyd Niagara’s epic fall show at FirstOntario PAC. For more details on upcoming Canal concerts including The Mandevilles, Simple Queen, and Early Elton, visit https://downtownwelland.ca/concerts-on-the-canal/
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