Brit Floyd Concert Review

June 28, 2019
Comerica Theater
Phoenix, Arizona

Brit Floyd at Comerica Theater on June 28, 2019.  Photo by Renae Karlquist - torenka.com
Brit Floyd at Comerica Theater on June 28, 2019. Photo by Renae Karlquist – torenka.com

Brit Floyd returned to Comerica Theater and for the 2nd year in a row we had the honor and pleasure of photographing the show from start to finish. Frankly this is a tough band to photograph. Why? I find myself wanting to just sit back and enjoy the incredible music and light show but then realize I have a job to do. Musical Director Damian Darlington (guitar, lapsteel and vocals) brought the “40 Years of the Wall” 2019 Tour to a packed house and once again Brit Floyd did not disappoint. 

Damian Darlington, Musical Director, guitar, lapsteel and vocals - Brit Floyd
Photo by: Renae Karlquist - torenka.com
Damian Darlington, Musical Director, guitar, lapsteel and vocals – Brit Floyd
Photo by: Renae Karlquist – torenka.com

Brit Floyd opened the show with the first 6 songs from their protege Pink Floyd‘s “The Wall”. Throughout the night they entertained the crowd with 21 of the 26 songs from one the the biggest selling albums of all time. The set list included “Another Brick In The Wall Parts 1 and 2; “One of My Turns”; Nobody Home; and a crowd favorite “Comfortably Numb” complete with “Doctor” Ian Cattell (Bass Guitar, Vocals, Chapman Stick, Trumpet) tending to a patient.

Ian Catell - Brei Floyd.  Photo by Toby Karlquist - torenka.com
Ian Catell – Brit Floyd. Photo by Toby Karlquist – torenka.com

The set list also included “Mother” featuring the beautiful voice of Jacquie Williams.

Jacquie Williams - Brit Floyd.  Photo by Toby Karlquist - torenka.com
Jacquie Williams – Brit Floyd. Photo by Toby Karlquist – torenka.com

And one might argue that Eva Avila performed the haunting solo on”The Great Gig In The Sky” better than Clare Torry did on the original version in 1973. And there is no disrespect to Clare here, just major props to Eva’s angelic voice.

Eva Avila - Brit Floyd.  Photo by Renae Karlquist - Torenka.com
Eva Avila – Brit Floyd. Photo by Renae Karlquist – Torenka.com

Brit Floyd continues to refine and perfect the sound of Pink Floyd and nobody in the audience was disappointed with what they heard. There is an abundance of talent on the stage when they perform. Edo Scordo, (Guitar, vocals) Matt Riddle, (Keyboards) Karl Penny, (Drums) and Ryan Saranich (Saxaphone, percussion) along with Damian and Ian are a well oiled machine that continues to bring the music of Pink Floyd to die-hard fans of the original band and introduce this incredible catalog of music to new fans.

Edo Scordo - Brit Floyd.  Photo by Renae Karlquist - torenka.com
Edo Scordo – Brit Floyd. Photo by Renae Karlquist – torenka.com
Matt Riddle - Brit Floyd.  Photo by Toby Karlquist - torenka.com
Matt Riddle – Brit Floyd. Photo by Toby Karlquist – torenka.com
Ryan Saranich - Brit Floyd.  Photo by Renae Karlquist
Ryan Saranich – Brit Floyd. Photo by Renae Karlquist

And the vocalists – Eva Avila, Jacquie Williams and Jenn Kee each have amazing voices and compliment Brit Floyd perfectly.

Eva Avila, Jacquie Williams & Jenn Kee - Brit Floyd.  Photo by Renae Karlquist - torenka.com
Eva Avila, Jacquie Williams & Jenn Kee – Brit Floyd. Photo by Renae Karlquist – torenka.com

The night included (personal favorites) “Shine On You Crazy Diamonds Parts – I-V”; “On the Turning Away” and “Hey You”. And the theatrical encore included the last four songs from “The Wall”: “Run Like Hell”; “Waiting for the Worms”; “Stop”; “The Trial” and ended with “Outside the Wall”.

Ian Cattell - Brit Floyd.  Photo by Toby Karlquist - torenka.com
Ian Cattell – Brit Floyd. Photo by Toby Karlquist – torenka.com

It was another fantastic evening of great music. Many thanks to Andy Kettle and each of the band members for their support and help with our photo credentials. If you have not had the pleasure of seeing Brit Floyd, by all means check their schedule, find a city near you they are performing and go see them. You will not be disappointed!

Brit Floyd.  Photo by Toby Karlquist - torenka.com
Brit Floyd. Photo by Toby Karlquist – torenka.com

To see the 300+ photos that we shot at this show please visit our torenka.com website.

Toby

Author: Toby

Toby is a professional photographer and fan of all things music. He and his bride Renae own Torenka Photography in Mesa, Arizona. (www.torenka.com) When not photographing and writing about concerts and bands Toby and Renae provide custom Fine Art photography services to musicians and automobile owners. They also travel the world photographing landscapes; are constantly searching for the “perfect” Bloody Mary; dislike robo callers; are ruled by two cats; don’t miss the snow and are just plain ‘ol nice folks. Quote from Toby: "As a writer, I'm a pretty good photographer!"

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