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UK band stirs up Floyd frenzy
- Nostalgic rock fans sway to the popular British group’s old magic

Guwahati, April 2: “How I wish, how I wish you were here”, the famous British heavy rock band Pink Floyd had sung once.

Last night, as another British band, Breathe, belted out one Pink Floyd hit after another, the capacity crowd at the India Club here had only one thought in mind for those who missed the show, “…wish you were here”.

The programme — Red Romanov presents Breathe — The Delicate Sound of Thunder, in association with The Telegraph, was the band’s first in the Northeast since they kicked off their India tour on March 28 with a show at NIT, Calicut. The theme of the show was Come Celebrate the Music of Pink Floyd.

Combining the rugged beauty of Pink Floyd with their own style of presentation, Breathe had the essentially young crowd going as they conjured up the old magic, dishing out around 20 songs of the world-famous band.

The enthusiastic crowd appeared to be enjoying every bit of the Pink Floyd numbers, including, Wish you were here, Teachers leave the kids alone and Us and them.

Breathe, formed in 2004, has lead singer Chris Burns (also in guitar), Dave Gee (dru-ms), Andi Fenton (guitar), Jim Gross (keyboard) and Peter Worley (bass and vocals).

“We really enjoy playing for the Indian crowd. The people here are great fans of rock music. Floyd is second to none and the people here, too, know their music very well,” Chris Burns told The Telegraph after the show.

He explained that the group is essentially a celebration of the music of Pink Floyd, which was the “best heavy rock group”.

After performing in Silchar tonight, Breathe will head for Calcutta (Saturday) and New Delhi (Sunday).

Last night, though the laser shows, so common at the Pink Floyd concerts, were missing, the group did not leave any room for complaint for the crowd as they played the hit numbers to perfection.

“They can’t be Pink Floyd, but they were really good,” was how a young Pink Floyd fan, Abhijit Kakoti, remarked.

With a slight chill in the air, the weather was perfect for the concert at India Club. The tennis courts at the club made a perfect place for the crowd to sway to the tune of the psychedelic numbers of Pink Floyd.

Although many preferred to stay close to the stage, a large number of rock fans watched the show from under the open skies.

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