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Wish You Were Here at The Fredericton Playhouse with Classic Albums Live!

by on January 15, 2013

15_WishYouWereHereOn Friday, January 25 at 7:30pm The Fredericton Playhouse Spotlight Series is pleased to present another jaw-dropping performance by Classic Albums Live as they recreate Wish You Were Here by legendary rock band Pink Floyd.

Released in 1975, Wish You Were Here is the ninth studio album by the English progressive rock group. It explores themes of absence, the music business, and former band-mate Syd Barrett’s mental decline. Inspired by material the band composed while performing across Europe, Wish You Were Here was recorded in numerous sessions at London’s Abbey Road Studios. Although some of these sessions were problematic, it was lead writer Roger Waters’ idea to split the centerpiece track “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” in two and join each half with three new compositions. “Shine On” was a tribute to Barrett, who, coincidentally, made an impromptu visit to the studio while it was being recorded.

Wish You Were Here was an instant success and record company EMI was unable to print enough copies to satisfy demand. Although it initially received mixed reviews, the album has since been acclaimed by critics and appears on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time”. Band members Richard Wright and David Gilmour have each declared Wish You Were Here their favourite Pink Floyd album. Distinguished by their use of philosophical lyrics, sonic experimentation, and elaborate live shows, they are one of the most commercially successful and musically influential groups in the history of popular music.

Classic Albums Live takes classic albums and recreates them note for note and cut for cut. Founded in 2003 by Craig Martin, Classic Albums Live has become the ultimate experience for music lovers wanting to hear the greatest albums performed live without all the gimmickry and cheesy impersonations. Relying only on the music, and using what Martin refers to as “the world’s best musicians”, Classic Albums Live has defined itself as a mainstay in performing arts centers across North America.

Tickets for Classic Albums Live: Wish You Were Here are available at the Fredericton Playhouse box office 1-866-884-5800, or online at www.theplayhouse.ca.

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