Pink Floyd’s The Wall will be spectacular at The Floral Pavilion, says Vesbim’s Alan Veste.

Posted on 6 August 2015
By Chris High
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This Saturday at New Brighton’s Floral Pavilion, Wallasey based band Vesbim bring their spectacular celebration of Pink Floyd’s The Wall to the stage – and more of Pink Floyd’s iconic pieces – complete with 10 musicians and a multitude of lasers, projections and gizmos galore.

The seminal 1979 album is one of the most intriguing and imaginative albums in Rock history; a concept album surrounding the conception that Rock stars should be accessible, meet all of the demands of their fans and, in being so, can become isolated by their own success.

It should be quite a night.

“Vesbim started 8 years ago when myself and Phil Bimpson met after I put an advert in the paper looking for people to get involved with a play I was putting on One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” founder member Alan Veste explained. “He gave me a call and we hit it off. The idea was to do the film version rather than the play and incorporate film footage of the exterior scenes, shot with our actors and show them on screens in the theatre at the appropriate times and scenes of the play. The play was a huge success, so we thought we had something. Our goal is always to give something back to the community, which is why we give a lot of complimentary tickets away to our big shows; local charities and people who work in the community. There is so much more I could tell you about Vesbim but it would take forever,” Alan laughed.

There are also 10 musicians on stage for The Wall, a whole raft of special effects and a mass of moving images which all need to be co-ordinated to fit the music. The logistics of putting the 3 hour long show together seem, to say the least, somewhat daunting, but it is a challenge Vesbim relish.

“Preparing for the show is one of the pleasures,” Alan continued. “Organising everyone to do their job at the right time and put in 100% is very hard work but the team are dedicated. We have a team chat 10 minutes before each show to fire everyone up. It is quite difficult to put together. We have moving images projected on screen, sound effects, lasers and a brilliant light show. And don’t forget every note is played and every song is performed live; the musicians were in rehearsal for 12 months before we set foot on stage. The show has been received really well with all audiences and every event has been memorable just for the audience reaction. We are really looking forward to playing The Wall at The Floral, because we love it here. And it’s our home town gig as well, which makes it even more special.”

Pink Floyd last played together live on July 2nd 2005, as a much anticipated part of Live 8, Although David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Rick Wright had toured various shows through the late 80s and 90s, these were without Roger Waters, who is the main orchestrator of The Wall, and who has toured various productions of the show, solo. Sadly, the Pink Floyd experience live has passed Alan by. “I haven’t seen Pink Floyd live, but I did see Roger Waters do The Wall last year and it was just amazing; I wish we had his budget, as we do everything on a shoestring yet still produce great results.”

“Some of the band have seen Pink Floyd and I think their music reaches something inside you. This is an album I can relate too in many ways. It struck a core from when I first heard it, and I’ve always said I would like to put it on stage one day. It is Roger Waters’ lyrics that resonate and the track I always look forward to hearing our band play is Another Brick in the Wall: Part One. That said though, my favourite outright Pink Floyd track changes every day, but my favourite Floyd related track is definitely Every Strangers Eyes by Roger Waters. It is just a work of art.”

So what can the audience expect on Saturday? “A spectacular show with brilliant musicians, lights and sound for a reasonable price,” Alan said, simply. “We’ve always said as long as we break even, then we are happy.”

Vesbim Present: Pink Floyd’s The Wall – Live
New Brighton Floral Pavilion.
Friday 7th & Saturday 8th August, 2015 – 7:00pm
All Tickets £17.50
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