FORT PIERCE – One of the most celebrated albums in rock and roll history will be performed in full at the Sunrise Theatre April 13 when Classic Albums Live presents Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon.
The revolving cast of musicians that make up the Toronto-based Classic Albums Live is known for note-for-note, cut-for-cut recreations of legendary albums. As Pink Floyd will likely never reunite and tour again, this may be your only chance to ever see this full album performed live.
As one of rock’s first “concept albums,” Dark Side of the Moon was made to be heard in sequence, beginning to end. The 10 songs that will comprise one half of the concert’s tribute to Pink Floyd are, in order, "Speak to Me," "Breathe," "On the Run," "Time," "The Great Gig in the Sky," "Money," "Us and Them," "Any Colour You Like," "Brain Damage," and "Eclipse."
All of the lyrics on the album were written by Roger Waters. The full band participated in writing the music, as did a then unknown Abbey Road engineer, Alan Parsons, who came up with most of the weird sounds.
The Classic Albums Live band will also perform a selection of other Pink Floyd classics.
Dark Side of the Moon is widely considered one of the best albums of all time. It reached number one on the Billboard 200 list and remained on the chart for an unheard of 937 weeks. With sales over 45 million, it is Pink Floyd’s best-selling album, and it made the band rich.
Much of that revenue, true Floyd fans know, was used to finance the movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail. So if you bought the album when it first came out around 1973, not only did you help put Pink Floyd on the map, but you also helped bring Monty Python to the world.
One myth regarding the album, which the band humorously allowed to grow, was the idea that it was written as an alternate soundtrack for the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz. Since the album was first released, fans have claimed that it syncs up with the film.
When playing the film and the album together, fans insist that Dorothy begins to jog when the band sings "no one told you when to run" during "Time." Dorothy also seems to try to balance on a fence during the line "balanced on the biggest wave" in "Breathe." In a few other instances, the music does indeed seem to correlate to the action in the film.
The band members have all denied any connection, and Alan Parsons has said that the film was never mentioned once during the recording of the album.
So it’s a myth, but a fun one. Google “Dark Side of the Rainbow” and you’ll see countless videos of fans trying to sync the two masterpieces.
Classic Albums Live presents Dark Side of the Moon Saturday, April 13, 8 p.m., at The Sunrise Theatre. Tickets are $39/45, available now at www.sunrisetheatre.com and at the box office.
The 1,200-seat Sunrise Theatre is located at 117 S. 2nd St., Fort Pierce. For more information, call (772) 461-4775.