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Standing ovation for Pulse-ating Pink Floyd tribute

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Pulse (Pink Floyd tribute) at Arlington Arts on Friday, October 1.

I have seen Pulse three times now, the last time being at the end of February 2020, just before lockdown. This was only their second gig following the easing of restrictions and I am happy to say that they remain an exceptional tribute to the complex and innovative music of the iconic Pink Floyd. The core 4 piece was augmented, as ever, by a saxophonist and an two excellent female backing singers. This enables Pulse to take on Floyd tracks which others might avoid.

I think there is still an element of covid caution around so, unlike previous shows, tonight was not absolutely packed, but the enthusiasm of both the audience and the band shone through. Nothing beats the atmosphere of a live concert.

Pulse, picture Brian Harrington
Pulse, picture Brian Harrington

Pulse opened with a medley of tracks which flowed seamlessly into each other including Shine On You Crazy Diamond, Floyd's 1975 tribute to Syd Barrett, Thin Ice and Astronomy Domine.

There was a broad range of tracks from all eras of Floyd's career including See Emily Play and Arnold Layne, the two 1967 singles which perhaps established the band's reputation. Learning To Fly was magnificent, as were High Hopes and Breathe.

The lights and the projected images on the backdrop behind the band suitably and cleverly enhanced the show, particularly for my money (yes, they played that too) the montage of politicians during Brain Damage.

Pulse, picture Brian Harrington
Pulse, picture Brian Harrington

Comfortably Numb is often quoted as having one of the best guitar solos of all time but Paul Hancock was more than equal to the task, as were backing singers Debbie and Nicole to the soaring and powerful Great Gig In The Sky.

Over two hours of superb live music ended with Wish You Were Here and Run Like Hell - with a brief segue in to The End by the Beatles (reflecting perhaps the expressed admiration of Roger Waters for the Beatles).

The audience rose to their feet to give Pulse the ovation they deserved.

Pulse at Arlington Arts, picture Brian Harrington
Pulse at Arlington Arts, picture Brian Harrington

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