After ten months of interviews and auditions, The Floyd Effect is delighted to welcome guitarist and vocalist Paul Andrews to the band. Paul is a former student of the Academy of Contemporary Music, from which he graduated as the 'Most Outstanding Guitarist' in 1998, and his experience in singing and playing the music of Pink Floyd is second to none.
"Our aim has always been to be the most authentic tribute to Pink Floyd", explains bass player and producer Garry Tyrrell, "and Paul's experience - not just as an exceptional musician, but also in staging amazing shows - takes The Floyd Effect to the next level. It's a hugely exciting step for us, and the timing couldn't be better as the UK's festivals and venues start to reopen following the pandemic."
Paul continues, "When I first met the band, I was impressed with their musicianship and obvious love for the music of Pink Floyd. It was very easy to just slot into position and after an afternoon of playing a variety of different Floyd tunes it felt as if we'd been playing together for years. I'm looking forward to the next adventure with The Floyd Effect."
It hasn't been the greatest year, has it? We've missed you all more than you can know, and we hope that we can be with you again as soon as possible in 2021. In the meantime...
We are very sorry that we've been unable to perform since the start of the COVOD-19 lockdown in March, but your safety is paramount and we fully support all of our venues and festivals that have rescheduled for 2021. We hope to be back in January, and we will post any changes (as well as additional dates in 2021) as soon as we know of them. In the meantime, please look after yourselves and stay safe.
It's with huge regret that we have to postpone the next few shows in the light of the COVID-19 epidemic. But the health of everyone - the theatre staff, the audience, the band and crew, as well as everyone that they meet elsewhere - is by far the most important thing, so we'll be isolating ourselves for the foreseeable future. This means that the following concerts are definitely rescheduled:
21 March: Colwyn Bay - New date: 14 November 2020
25 April : Harlow - New date: To be advised
9 May: Wimborne - New date: 20 March 2021
30 May: Yarm - New date: 8 May 2021
Hopefully, we'll be back on 11 July to headline the Best Of British Rock festival in Poole. In the meantime, please look after yourselves and stay well. We hope to see you again soon.
We're heading to the amazing Royal Court Theatre on Saturday, the venue where you go down the stairs to the circle and say a polite "hello" to the ghost as you pass. This will be one of our last Wall Around The Moon concerts and, while we love the Dark Side Of Reason, we'll also be sorry to see this one go. (Unfortunately, we can't play both... we would all get chucked out as the clock ticked toward midnight!) The power of The Wall is remarkable as is the poignancy of some of its tracks, so why not join us on Saturday, when we can leave the real world at the door and spend a few hours in the company of some of the greatest rock music ever written?
It's amazing that, after all these years, we're still finding new towns and cities to visit. But despite dabbling with the edges of Birmingham in the past, we've never performed in the city itself. That will change on Saturday when we play The Wall Around The Moon at the Crescent Theatre, so we hope to see you there.
TFE on video: The organisers of Cyprus Rocks have posted a video of our performance of Shine On You Crazy Diamond at last year's festival, with Tim Watson on sax manfully standing in for Gerard, who wasn't able to travel with us. We'll be back on the main stage in Cyprus on 4th October this year, and we're already looking forward to playing for you on the beach at Protaras. But before then, we hope to see you sometime soon at a venue a bit closer to home.
For reasons beyond our control, our concert at the Roadmender in Northampton on 8 February 2020 has been rescheduled to 15 August 2020. We understand that, if you have a ticket for next week, this will remain valid for the new date. You should contact the venue directly for further information. Please accept our sincere apologies if this change will cause you any inconvenience. As a consequence, our next concert will be on 22 February at the Crescent Theatre in Birmingham. This will be a new venue for us, and we're very much looking forward to our first visit to the Second City. Having heard last year's tour, they have asked us to perform The Wall Around The Moon, which we will of course be delighted to do for them.
So here we are in 2020. We hope that you all had Merry Christmases and Happy New Years. We've been spending much of January putting the final touches to our Dark Side Of Reason tour, which we'll be debuting in Eastleigh on Saturday. Rehearsals have gone really well, and we're now looking forward to playing you some tracks that we've never attempted before, as well as resurrecting some from years gone by, and yet others from more recent tours. With a new lightshow and some of our best ever work on the video editor, it should all be a little bit special. The Point is showing the concert as Sold Out but there will probably be some returns and no-shows, so you might be lucky if you call the box office directly. If not, you may have to travel a bit for the next few shows because we won't be back in the south until May. Either way, we hope to see you soon.
So here we are... our final gig of the year, which will be at our oldest and most loyal venue, the Tropic At Ruislip. It's been a year with many memorable highlights - headlining the Legends Of Rock festival on Gordon's 'significant' birthday in March, closing the main stage at Cyprus Rocks in October, discovering the Lake District when we played in Ulverston and Workington, the fab theatres in towns such as Buxton, Wellingborough and Bridgwater and, above all, the wonderful reception that you all gave our Wall Around The Moon show. In fact, people liked this year's tour so much that we can now confirm that we'll be recreating it at selected venues in 2020, as well as introducing the Dark Side Of Reason, so we're looking forward to another exciting year ahead. But before then, why not join us in Ruislip? It should be lots of fun!
With 2019 drawing to a close, this will be almost the last chance to see The Wall Around The Moon, although there are rumours that there may be some Wall-based concerts next year in addition to our new Dark Side Of Reason show. OK... we admit it, with just nine tickets left for the Bridgwater concert and the Ruislip gig already sold out we've been asked to play The Wall Around The Moon a few more times in addition to the new show! We'll see what's possible. In the meantime, if you're still looking for tickets for either of the remaining 2019 concerts, please contact their respective box offices. With a few tickets remaining in Bridgwater and the usual wait list in Ruislip (which can often bear fruit) you should be able to join us.
Well... we made it through the rain and the floods as we travelled up the A1 for our concert in Castleford last Saturday, and we would like to thank everyone who also battled through the weather to join us; you were small but beautiful. Our next stop is a return to the Majestic Theatre in Retford - a wonderful old Variety venue that has hosted panto, dance, comedy and even psychic shows at various times in its history. But on Saturday it will host our Wall Around The Moon show, which we think features some of the best music ever written. As always, we very much hope that you'll be able to join us to enjoy it.
Thank you Fleet... The Harlington is far from the largest venue on the tour but you were terrific and we had a great time playing for you. We hope to see you again soon. Next, we're off to Bedford for a rare Friday-night concert at what (for us) is a fairly local venue. When we played there last year it was pretty much a sell-out, but there are tickets available this time, so you should still be able to join us. With just five dates remaining in 2019, it may be your last chance to hear and see the Wall Around The Moon which, it's fair to say, has exceeded all of our expectations thanks to Pink Floyd's amazing music and the crew's superb projections and lighting. Does that imply that we're now working on a new show for 2020? Of course it does, but we're not ready to tell you what it will be just yet. Watch this space...!
After a short break to facilitate Gordon's USA shenanigans (he says that he's working, but you can never be sure) we'll be back on the road on Saturday, heading toward Fleet in Hampshire. We played at The Harlington last year and, despite the unexpected configuration of tables and seating, the sell-out audience created a terrific atmosphere and we had a great time so we're delighted to be returning. Tickets for this year's concert have again been sold out for many weeks, but we understand that the venue may have added some more seats at the last moment, so it could be worth contacting the box office if you don't already have one. So, if you want to see whether keyboard players can perform with massive jet-lag and very little sleep, why not join us? As always, we'll look forward to seeing you there.
Some people have been calling last Saturday's concert in Buxton our best gig ever! It was certainly one of the most enjoyable, and we would like to thank everyone who came and who wrote to us and on social media for all of their kind comments. On Friday, we'll be donning our flip flops and budgie smugglers as we head over to Cyprus to close the proceedings on the main stage of Cyprus Rocks 19. Obviously, we'd love you to join us but, if that's not possible, our next UK gig will be a return to the famous Tavistock Wharf. Although Pink Floyd's PA designer, Stephen Court, is no longer with us, we hope that he'll be looking down approvingly. He was intimately involved in the live production of The Wall in 1980, and we''ll be using his amazing system to reproduce much of this for our Wall Around The Moon show.
Thank you Wellingborough for a fab night! You were a great audience, the technical staff at The Castle were top class, and their stage is a joy to perform upon, so everyone in the band had a great gig. Next Saturday we'll be taking The Wall Around The Moon to our favourite destination - the wonderful Opera House in Buxton. This is a venue steeped in history, with four tiers of seating reaching right up to a Gallery that looks down from what feels like an amazing vantage point above the theatre. Ticketing is now shown as Limited on the theatre's website, which means that there are just a handful of seats left. So don't delay if you want to join us - this show will probably sell out.