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Any Colour will perform the entirety of Pink Floyd’s “The Wall” at the Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium. (Submitted)

Any Colour to Bring ‘The Wall’ to OU’s Campus Nov. 2

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Have you ever wanted to experience the magic that is a Pink Floyd concert, but never got the chance?

Any Colour, Athens very own Pink Floyd tribute band, will be performing the band’s hit album The Wall, a chart-topping success from 1979 for the 40th anniversary of the album’s release on November 2 at the Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium.

The band was founded in 2010 and consists of seven full-time members. Lead guitarist Nick Dzuban and Bassist John Patrick Corliss said the band has been preparing for their performance of The Wall for about a year.

“I guess we’ve been working on this show for the entire time we’ve been a band, really. We’ve never played the full album, most recently we started doing the first side” said Dzuban.

“It’s a very challenging album, more so than their [Pink Floyd’s] others. It’s why people don’t play it as frequently” Patrick said.

I spoke to Nick and John about the importance of celebrating and playing the music of Pink Floyd, and what The Wall means to them.

“It was really an exploration of a man’s descent into madness and isolation,” said Patrick.

The album, which tells the story of Pink -a fictional character based on both Syd Barrett and Walter Rogers- and how his struggles of abandonment and seclusion are symbolized by a wall.

“I think it transcends time to some extent because I think everybody feels the pressure of the society in which they grew up, these false norms that are implemented,” said Dzuban. “Everything becomes a brick, and that leads towards this isolation. It’s still relevant today, very much so.”

“It’s a story arc, where the first half he’s building his wall and withdrawing into himself, putting up barriers between dealing with the death of his father, his marriage falling apart, his overbearing mother, and those are all contributing to his isolation and withdrawals and the last brick in the wall is the end of the first set,” said Patrick.

You can see Any Colour on Saturday, November 2 at 8 p.m. at the Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased here.

“If the crowd enjoys it, they come back, but also if they can listen to us play for two, three hours in a night, and want to go home and find the music that they maybe didn’t know, or even just go home and turn on Floyd, then I feel like we’ve done our justice,” said Dzuban. “To me, it’s about spreading the music.”