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The Australian Pink Floyd Show, City Hall

NOTHING ever stays the same. Bands and their personnel certainly change but followers expect the quality to remain the same if not higher.

Over the years TAPFS, The Australian Pink Floyd Show, have raised the highest bar as a tribute act - so good you imagined it was the real thing!

The current TAPFS - who had the City Hall crowd up and roaring approval on Thursday - have seen changes in recent times (although Steve Mac and Jason Sawford remain from the 1988 ‘originals’ and Colin Wilson from the ’92 reform) and the trick is to maintain the standards and, if possible, up them.

Well, to jump to the traditional end-show highlight, and one of the new ‘signings’, David Domminney Fowler produced a spell-binding Comfortably Numb riff that was indeed worthy, and more, of this all-time classic.

The rousing encore Run Like Hell sealed a superb second half, its opener a top drawer Shine On.

The first half was, for me, a slow burner, lacking a little something at times and I’ve heard Division Bell done better and the complex Sorrow can be improved, but they remain an act of top drawer standard.

The Sheffield date was fourth in the 29-date British leg of their Exposed in the Light World tour.

Les Payne