Pink Floyd and the St. Louis Symphony
6/3/2013 3:31:00 PM
As you might expect, mixing Pink Floyd with the great St. Louis Symphony is a good thing. A really good thing.
The symphony does this a few times a year where they’ll do the music of a legendary artist. Last year, I saw them do the music of Led Zeppelin. They’ve also done the music of Michael Jackson which must have been mind blowing. At the end of June they will be doing Sgt. Pepper’s. But Pink Floyd got the treatment on Saturday.
On vocals is Randy Jackson. Not the, “dawg” Randy Jackson (like my son thought) but the Randy Jackson who is the lead vocalist of Zebra. There is also a core band that consists of a drummer, bass, electric guitarist and a keyboard player who also sang. Mix them in with the symphony and you’ve got quite a talented bunch.
The evening started out with my son and I going backstage in preparation for my pre-show announcement. I’ve done so many of these at virtually every venue in town except for the great Powell Symphony Hall. I’m not sure of the year it was built, but it is beautiful in every way that a symphony hall should be. As we stood on the side of the stage, I took some pictures of my son with the empty stage in the background. It’s something I’ll never forget and I’m sure it will mean more to him as he gets older.
Randy Jackson arrived and chatted with us. He’s a very nice guy and still sings very well. The band and orchestra walked past us to get to their places on stage. I couldn’t help but think of the amount of talent on that stage at that time. True professionals.
So I did my thing and we settled in to our seats for the opening set which consisted of, Dark Side of the Moon. It was amazing to hear the symphony perform Floyd. I’m not sure I have the vocabulary to describe it justly. Other than to say it was really cool.
The second set featured several songs from, The Wall. They even performed, On The Turning Away…everything was spot on and the sound was perfect.
I heard that the symphony received the music a month prior to the show. They rehearsed with the band once. ONCE!! And of course they nailed it all night long.
If you ever get a chance, go to Powell Hall and see our great St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. Whether it’s a rock show or something symphonic, it will make you shake your head.