THEY have sold over four million concert tickets worldwide and have played in over 35 countries.

The Australian Pink Floyd Show has been keeping the music of Pink Floyd alive for nearly 30 years.

Floyd’s legendary guitarist David Gilmour invited them to play at his 50th birthday party where both he and Floyd’s keyboard player Rick Wright joined them on stage.

Since their formation in Adelaide in 1988, the show has developed into a multi-media extravaganza with a magnificent light show, including lasers and backdrop films.

Pink Floyd’s drummer Nick Mason once said: “They are probably better than we were.”

The band is still headed by founder-members Jason Sawford on keyboards and guitarist Steve Mac.

Just ahead of their annual UK tour, entitled The Best Side of The Moon, Jason says that the band is on top form.

“Everything is going well, we’ve just got back from a US tour and I’m still a bit jet-lagged, but we’re all looking forward to touring around the UK again.”

It’s quite a big band, with a line-up that Pink Floyd themselves would be proud of. Along with Jason and Steve, there is Dave Fowler as second guitarist, drummer Paul Bonney, bassist Ricky Howard, singer Chris Barnes, Mike Kidson on saxophone and a trio of backing singers in Emily Lynn, Lara Smiles and Lorelei McBroom.

And, keeping it in the family, Lorelei’s sister Durga who was a backing vocalist with the original Pink Floyd.

Jason says audiences can expect an emphasis on Dark Side Of The Moon – Pink Floyd’s masterpiece from 1973.

“We’re doing the album in its entirety. The promoters like us to do it and it’s a very popular album. Most people know it all and we have revamped a few things.

“We’re also going to do a selection from Wish You Were Here and quite a bit from The Wall.”

Although Jason has been with the tribute band since it first started, he says he never tires of the music.

“The thing about Pink Floyd music is that it’s interesting to play and it always sounds fresh. And when you go on tour, you’re in a bubble and we all get great satisfaction as you can see the happiness on the faces of the people who come to see us.”

Next year sees the 30th anniversary of The Australian Pink Floyd Show.

Jason adds: “When I started the band I didn’t think I’d still be doing it 30 years later and to have brought Pink Floyd music to a new generation of fans, it’s a source of pride to me as the music means so much to them.”

The Australian Pink Floyd Show will appearing at BIC on Saturday, October 21.