Australian Pink Floyd's guitarist Dave Domminey Fowler talks to What's On
PERENNIAL Pavilions favourites the Australian Pink Floyd are back in town next week as part of their Eclipsed By The Moon tour in which they'll be celebrating Floyd's most successful album, Dark Side of the Moon.
The album, often to be found in near the top ten in the greatest album of all time lists, has shifted over 50 million copies worldwide, having been a firm fixture of the charts for 741 weeks between 1973 and 1988, longer than any other album in history.
Guitarist with the top tribute band, Dave Domminney Fowler, is thrilled at the prospect:
"It's all about us as massive Floyd fans celebrating this incredible music," he explains. "We study every detail of the album as closely as possible; it's much like performing modern classical orchestral music."
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For Dave, being part of the band is a dream come true:
"I first saw TAPFS when I was 17 and was blown away and I said to myself 'by the time I'm 30 I will join that band'.
"In fact, I joined two weeks before my 30th birthday!"
Dave had initially enjoyed a musical career in his own right. Having learned to play guitar by practising Floyd songs from the age of 13, he formed his own band and initially forced them to play Floyd songs at early shows. However, he went on to write his own music and signed a record deal and toured Europe fronting band Juice, a highlight of which was playing alongside Feeder and Coldplay. After that he formed a band with ex-T'Pau man Dean Howard and did arena shows with Thunder and Deep Purple.
"I was such an avid Floyd fan that I'd make sure to catch Aussie Floyd every three years or so," says Dave, "and one year a mate of mine who used to book them for private functions invited me to follow them for part of their festival tour and I got to know the band."
When a place became available for a guitarist with the band Dave was invited to audition and was the first and only person they saw:
"That was in 2010. I felt I'd been reasonably successful with my own bands, we had played concert halls like Hammersmith Apollo which I thought were huge, but they were nothing compared to the first arena tour I did with TAPFS. The venues were enormous and the crowds, especially in the US, were insane."
Three years on, he's enjoying the experience every bit as much as he did on day one:
"It's a hard job, but it's brilliant fun, extremely rewarding and a million times better than sitting in an office computer programming, which is what I would probably be doing otherwise.
"We tour for six months of the year and the rest of the time can still do other work in between.
"I can't see anyone leaving the band in the near future and certainly I'll keep doing it as long as audiences want to see us."
Dave says he's not allowed to reveal details about how they will present the new show and the album it celebrates but it's pretty safe to say legendary songs like Money, The Great Gig in the Sky, Time, Us and Them, will all be present and correct, as will a host of other legendary tracks from across their extensive back catalogue.