Interview with Kyle Strong of Think Floyd USA. See Think Floyd live at the Egyptian Theatre on Friday, November 5th at 8 PM!
KAMAL: How did this band come together?
KYLE: Think Floyd USA came together in the summer of 2004. We were originally a popular bar cover band called Igneous Biscuit that happened to perform a lot of Pink Floyd’s music. When it appeared quite clearly that our audiences were coming out just to hear the Floyd music, we decided to go 100% Floyd and change our name to Think Floyd USA.
KAMAL: What about Pink Floyd resonated with you to join/create a tribute for them?
KYLE: Quite simple. Love of the music. Musically, Pink Floyd has taken rock and roll musicality to a totally different level.
KAMAL: How is it like playing for a live crowd post COVID compared to prior COVID?
KYLE: ABSOLUTELY EXHILARATING to be performing once again post COVID, however, to answer your question, it’s ALWAYS exhilarating to be able to perform music we love to perform in front of crowds that love the music as much as us.
KAMAL: What are your favorite songs to play?
KYLE: Echoes from the Meddle album was my first introduction to Pink Floyd. It’s one of the most difficult songs to perform (in C#m), but still my favorite. I also like the challenge of songs like, The Trial, Sheep, Shine on Crazy Diamond, but for overall fun to perform, ALL of Dark Side of the Moon, along with Pigs, and Run Like Hell.
KAMAL: What is it like performing at an historic theatre like the Egyptian?
KYLE: The Egyptian is one of our favorite venues in the entire Midwest that we have been honored to be able to bring our show to once a year. I believe this is our 7th show at the Egyptian, and to be honest, I can’t think of a better place than the Egyptian Theatre to do Dark Side of the Moon.
KAMAL: How has music changed your life?
KYLE: Music hasn’t changed my life because it has always been a part of my life. I have been playing professionally for over 50 years, spanning the rainbow from rock and roll to classical. NOT being able to play music, THAT would be a life changer.