THE tales of Pink Floyd’s enthusiastic embrace of all that came with being the world’s most influential progressive band have long since passed into myth.

Their epic long player, The Dark Side Of The Moon, became one of the best selling albums of all time, shifting 50 million copies worldwide.

And it takes centre stage in Think Floyd’s new show, as the prog rock doppelgangers celebrate 40 years since the musical masterpiece was released in 1973 with an anniversary show at The Grand, Clitheroe.

“I’ve been playing Dark Side Of The Moon for 10 years and every time I notice little things you may not have not picked up on before, subtle nuances, like the album is still giving up its secrets, “ said Think Floyd bassist Lewis Hall.

“I’m 33, I never saw them play live, and like a lot of kids I discovered them when I inherited my big brother’s record collection.

“I played Led Zep, Rolling Stones, The Beatles, but when I heard Pink Floyd I was hooked. Their sound drew me in, and while playing their music for a living is an honour, there’s more to it than that.

“Obviously, we will never be creative as them, but what we can do is keep that special Pink Floyd spirit alive and produce an amazing show that is affordable and enjoyable.”

The Dark Side Of The Moon’s themes are conflict, greed, the passage of time and mental illness, the latter partly inspired by the late Syd Barratt’s psychological battle.

“It is a complex album and there’s a lot going on, but to re-produce the studio sound is nowhere near as difficult as it was a decade ago because of the advances in technology,” he said.

“When Pink Floyd recorded the album on analogue it took them six months, but we can re-produce it on a Mac Book in a few hours and I think that’s incredible.”

Think Floyd continues to attract healthy audiences to their shows, from teenagers discovering Floyd’s music to 50-somethings, who lived through that era and at the height of Pink Floyd’s global fame.

“Like Led Zep, The Beatles and the Stones, Pink Floyd will always have a new group of fans from each generation, “ added Hall. “As long as that keeps happening people will keep coming to see us.

“There have been rumours in the past that some of Pink Floyd have been to our shows, but I’ve never met any of them.

“We play a festival in Lindos in Greece every year, where Pink Floyd member David Gilmour lives and maybe he watches from his balcony.”

  • Think Floyd, Clitheroe Grand Theatre, Saturday, September 7. Details from 01200 421599.