Crazy Diamond – A Tribute to Pink Floyd, has already been staged 40 times since its debut in 2008 at the Klein Karoo National Arts Festival. The show will be staged in Herolds Bay on 22 Feb 2011 – watch this space for details.
This electrifying multi-dimensional show received raving reviews during the past two years and hundreds of die-hard fans of the most successful rock bands of all time who attended the shows, were taken aback by the authentic sounds and captivating story.
Taking centre stage in this production is Mel Botes, undoubtedly one of South Africa’s most talented guitarists and songwriters. His brilliance as guitar player has no limits in Crazy Diamond – A Tribute to Pink Floyd and swept music lovers off their feet. Visit his website at www.melbotes.co.za
Crazy Diamond takes the audience on a scintillating two hour journey following the history of Pink Floyd, as seen through the eyes of Keith Barrett – aka Syd to his friends – and paying tribute to this master musician. Barrett was one of the founding members of Pink Floyd and even though he only stayed with the band for the first two years, his influence on the band continued long after the departure through their following 40 years or so existence.
Audiences will feel electrified as they follow the Pink Floyd story which highlights Barrett’s influence he had on both the band’s style of music and the lyrics they have written over the years. It also sheds light on the band’s early influences; explains why their work often contains very long songs with elaborate free flowing solos and discusses their innovative use of modern technology and Musique concrete.
“Crazy Diamond” covers a wide spectrum of Pink Floyd’s music and will soon have die-hard Floyd fans or just your regular “rocker at heart” enjoying the sounds of music ranging from the band’s first album The Piper at the Gates of Dawn and continuing the journey through A Saucer Full of Secrets to the more “modern” Floyd music of The Wall to A Momentary Lapse of Reason and the last Pink Floyd album The Division Bell.
Over 30 songs will be performed along this scintillating journey of rock at its very best, including Jugband Blues, Echoes, Speak to Me, Breathe, Happiest Days of our lives, Another Brick in the Wall, parts 1,2 and 3, The Dogs of War, Shine on You Crazy Diamond and many more, all ensuring the audiences will be provided with a never to be forgotten show.
Mel has always acknowledged that Pink Floyd has had a big influence on his music career, with their influence being evident in both his writing and style of playing and can be seen in Mel’s original works; “David’s Confession” and in “Flight of Bird”
Mel says “This production has been a big challenge for me and a very valuable learning curve. It’s been a wonderful opportunity to use everything I’ve learned about playing music over 30 years to help me interpret Pink Floyd”..
Joining Mel on stage in “Crazy Diamond” will be Simon Orange (Hammond organ, piano and backing vocals), Theuns Botha (drums) and Barry Pretorius (bass). MD Greyling (guitar) Ramon Alexandra (keyboards), backing vocals will be provided by Hannah Erasmus and Elaine Page.
Pink Floyd is known for its elaborate concerts with big budget lighting rigs, visual effects and sound systems, and “Crazy Diamond” pays tribute to these too. There are specially produced supporting images which are projected onto a screen and a voice over guides the audience through the years as the music takes them through the time-warp that as Pink Floyd’s music.
Tickets range between R60/R80/R100 and bokings can be done on 082 33 44 340 or 044 851 0113