EOU’s Pink Floyd album performance
By Courtney Millsap
Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” is probably one of the most iconic albums of all time. Last year, Roger Barnes came up with the idea to utilize EOU alumni and students to put on a live performance of the album, in addition to having a video accompaniment to the performance.
The performances occurred on the weekend of June 21 and 22 and were a huge success. However, since school was already out, many people missed out on the performances. Thankfully, students will have the opportunity to see the show on April 18-19.
It is difficult to describe the performance and what it truly is to those who have not seen it before or heard the album. Barnes had that same issue when pitching the project to people last year. However, this time around, he has had no problem getting people on board with the project. No one has shown any discontent with the show. In fact, the only negative feeling people have had walking away from the event was regretting having not seen the show before in order to see it a second time.
The video footage that accompanies the performance was filmed locally; however, all of it is from different perspectives. Parts of the video were shot using Barnes’ GoPro camera, rockets and a radio-controlled helicopter.
One of Barnes’ favorite moments from the production was when he accidentally flew the helicopter into a tree, forcing band member Luke McKern to climb the tree to retrieve it. McKern also enjoyed these moments, including shooting the rockets with the GoPro attached. Parts of the footage were altered by the editing process to make it appear like a car was going much faster than it really was.
One common sentiment among audience members has been asking when they are going to cover another Pink Floyd album, “The Wall.” Barnes said that he would not take on the project; however, Luke McKern said that he would think about it and might take on that show.
Many local musicians will be involved with the event, including Gregory Rawlins, Mike Surber, Luke Basile, Holly Sorenson, Roger Barnes, Luke McKern, Mitko Rhynoff, Renee Wells, Jocelyn Berado, John McKinnon and Greg Johnson.
All of the proceeds from the event go to equipment upgrades in McKenzie Theater. The upgrades they made from the proceeds last year are going to help enhance the EOU Theater performance of “Les Miserables.”
The first chance to see Dark Side of the Moon will be on April 18 at 8 p.m. In case you can’t see it that day, two performances will take place on April 19 at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. All performances will take place in McKenzie Theater. Tickets cost $10.