Party with Floyd PIGS in Lloyd

By Geoff Lee

December 21, 2017 12:27 PM

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Pink Floyd music fans will squeal with delight when the PIGS are let loose on the Vic Juba Community Theatre stage.
PIGS are billed as Canada’s most authentic Pink Floyd tribute band, and they’re coming to Lloydminster for the first time on Feb. 27 during the second leg of a 45-stop tour across Canada.
There is a chance a local youth choir could be invited to join the band to sing “Another Brick in The Wall part 2” from the Pink Floyd album “The Wall.”
That’s happened at a number of stops on their tour, but PIGS’s band leader, Josh Szczepanowski couldn’t confirm if that will happen in Lloyd.
He said that decision is up to his production team, so it’s wait and see.
“We love the concept of inviting the local community into our show and on stage; we all get a real boost watching the kids perform,” he said.
“We will play the song whether or not there are any kids there, but we would love to have them there.”
Tickets are on sale now from the Vic Juba box office.
Szczepanowski admitted he knows “basically nothing” about the Border City, but added, “it’s always exciting to be somewhere new and share the show with new people.”
He said the aim of the PIGS is to make each show look and sound as close as it could to when Pink Floyd were on their 1977 tour.
“So that’s sort of the look and style we’re going for,” said Szczepanowski.
“We’re very much making it a little old school, a little bit more of a rock and roll show.”
Pink Floyd’s live show was always a huge part of their appeal and PIGS will keep that tradition alive when they perform in Lloyd.
They have the voice, the authentic gear, the lights and lasers that defined the Pink Floyd tour.
“We try to make it as realistic as it used to be as possible,” said Szczepanowski.
“It’s a pretty dark foggy show with the lasers—everybody loves the lasers and we’ve got a big giant circular screen—people get to more or less watch a movie all the time.”
Each member of PIGS plays the part of Pink Floyd members including David Gilmour, Roger Waters, Richard Wright, Nick Mason, Dick Parry and Snowy White as they looked and sounded in 1977.
Szczepanowski plays the part of young Gilmour.
“Our Waters probably plays half the show playing guitar, which he (real Waters) often did live,” he said.
The PIGS took their name from the song “Pigs” on Pink Floyd’s “Animals Full” album that is on their playlist for Lloyd.
“We’ll be playing that sound; it’s short and sweet,’” he said.
PIGS will be rolling into Lloyd having completed 30 shows on the first leg of the tour that started in September.
“We try to do about 100 shows a year,” said Szczepanowski, who added their music appeals to audiences of all ages.
“We’ve had people as young as five or six and we’ve have lots of times people in their 90s,” he said.

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