They are absolute fans of Pink Floyd. Twelve musicians from the Var and the Alpes-Maritimes revive the mythical songs of the British band. So Floyd will start a 17-date tour in February.
The idea was born during the confinement. Twelve musicians, singers and backing singers, friends in life, launched So Floyd. This musical group covers anthology pieces by Pink Floyd. A tribute born of their passion for the legendary British band. And if the challenge was launched in five minutes, it is hours and hours of hard work for these musicians from the Var and the Alpes-Maritimes who want to show that the heart of Pink Floyd still beats.
“It’s been almost two years now that everyone has been working on this, many, many hours learning the texts, the movements, the songs. We have to recite almost note for note”, explains Gabriel Locane, the singer of the group So Floyd.
A dive into the incomparable world of Pink Floyd
And in less than two years, the work of these early fans has finally paid off. The So Floyd band continues its crazy adventure. Thanks to their energy and the talent of their musicians, they pay a faithful tribute to Pink Floyd. It revives all the legendary songs of the British progressive rock band with its own identity: Another brick in the wall, Money, Time and Wish you were here.
Since the final separation of the members of Pink Floyd in 2014 after the album The Endless River and the release of the unreleased track Hey Hey Rise Up in support of Ukraine broadcast on the web, tribute bands such as the famous Australian Pink Floyd Show or the Savoyards of Best of Floyd are the only ones to cover the music of this legendary band on stage. So now you have to reckon with the So Floyd. The professional musicians who make up this group have worked with big names such as Jean-Jacques Goldman, Khaled and even Carlos Santana.
The singer, Gabriel Locane, even admits that he has been inspired by Pink Floyd’s live shows since the end of the 60s and by Roger Waters’ work, which he finds “very visual and multimedia”. Nick Mason and his Saucerful of secrets, the drummer of the progressive rock band, also inspired him a lot.
A 17-date tour throughout France
So Floyd is starting a 17-date tour throughout France until 30 November 2023. A tour that the artists themselves have produced. “It’s a huge gamble,” says backing singer and co-producer Karine Arénas-Di Maggio, “especially as it’s quite rare for musicians to self-produce and decide to launch a tour around France, so we broke the piggy banks.” And they’re thinking big, with 17 dates on the programme. The very first concert takes place on 4 February at the Zénith in Toulon. A hall with 8875 seats.