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by Krystal Bick
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Courtesy/JA Nugget - The Australian Pink Floyd Show performs Friday and Saturday at John Ascuaga’s Nugget.
Courtesy/JA Nugget - The Australian Pink Floyd Show performs Friday and Saturday at John Ascuaga’s Nugget.
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Back in 1988, Lee Smith placed an ad in a music store in Adelaide, Australia, seeking interested band mates.

The catch to the ad: “We only play Pink Floyd.”

Smith, a guitarist, along with drummer Grant Ross and bassist Trevor Turton, finally found the members they were looking for — keyboardist Jason Sawford and vocalist Steve Mac — and have been going ever since.

Born in an age when tribute bands weren’t necessarily a fad and musicians simply covered songs they loved, The Australian Pink Floyd Show was born, playing favorites like “Money” and “Shine on You Crazy Diamond” all over Australia and for international audiences.

And now, for both Friday and Saturday night at John Ascuaga’s Nugget, The Australian Pink Floyd Show, or TAPFS, will be rocking out and hitting the “wall” with some of rock and roll’s most untouchable songs.

Despite some slow beginnings and under their original band name, Think Floyd, the members of TAPFS have always prided themselves in producing the most bona fide and authentic sounding renditions of the English ‘60s rock band.

And it was during these early years spent touring around parts of Australia that this impeccable attention to Pink Floyd-esque detail garnered them loyal fan support.

The year 1993, however, put them on the map.

Despite a brief band hiatus and the loss of bass player Trevor Turton, who was later replaced by Colin Wilson, Think Floyd performed at the first ever international Pink Floyd fan convention at the Wembley Conference Center in England.

And the switch to Australian Pink Floyd Show as the official band name was made — to better sell their international appeal.

Brief stints and tours through the United Kingdom brought more fame, only to lose Smith, who retired from the band in 1994. Smith was replaced by Damian Darlington, and TAPFS hit the ground running again, looking for creative inspiration.

After finding their creative inspiration, creative kudos came later that year.

David Gilmour, lead guitarist and vocalist for Pink Floyd, watched an TAPFS show and invited the band to attend an after-show party for The Division Bell tour and later would have TAPFS perform at his own 50th birthday.

To this day, this still marks TAPFS as the only Pink Floyd tribute band to play for any Pink Floyd member.

Also of interest to Pink Floyd fans are TAPFS’s stage antics. Best known for their psychedelic light shows, closely replicating what Pink Floyd used during their world tours in 1987 and 1994, APFS has also brought their own Aussie twist, like the inflatable pink kangaroo taking the place of Pink Floyd’s infamous inflatable pig.

Most TAPFS shows last about two hours, with a brief intermission an hour in. Entire albums like “Dark Side of the Moon” and “The Wall” have been known to take up the main part of the show, with numerous encores including hit songs like “Comfortably Numb” and “Run Like Hell.”

Increased popularity led to the growth of the band to include backup singers and even though original drummer Grant Ross retired in 1998, to be replaced with Nick Mason sounding Paul Bonney, the integrity is still there — tribute or not, APFS is still making the mark every time.

Or, as one reviewer from the London Daily Mail stated, TAPFS “does Floyd better than Floyd do themselves.”

Both shows will begin at 8 p.m. with tickets costing $32. Tickets can be purchased at by call (800) 648-1177 or 356-3300 or by visiting www.janugget.com.
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