Originally Published: September 6, 2018 8:33 p.m.
Great Gig in the Sky, known as Arizona’s premiere Pink Floyd tribute act, is coming back to Prescott Valley for a third time.
Meant to raise money for Prescott Valley Performing Arts, which is currently building its theater next to the Prescott Valley Event Center, the goal is to put on a great show people will enjoy, raise some money for the organization and let people know about the theater, said Jackson Rouch, keyboardist for the band. Rouch also does the music for Prescott Valley Performing Arts’ musicals.
This is set to be the best concert the band has given in Prescott Valley as they’ll be joined by special guest Roberta Freeman on vocals, according to a prior release sent by Rouch. Freeman sang with Pink Floyd during its 1987 World Tour, Rouch said.
“After working with them, she got picked up by Guns ‘n’ Roses and did a long step with them. Now she’s currently living in LA and involved with a lot of different projects. She’s currently doing work with members of Aretha Franklin’s band … he resume is insane,” he said. “It’s pretty exciting having her come to Prescott Valley for sure.”
Adding Freeman to the show is like icing on an already great cake, Rouch said.
Tickets for the Saturday, Sept. 8 show are $27 for arena – general admission, $32 for floor – reserved seats, $37 for pit – standing room only and $100 for a VIP package which includes a pit ticket, backstage pass and after the show meet and greet and are all available through Ticketmaster by phone at 1-800-745-3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com. The show starts at 7 p.m.
In the release, Freeman said she went to sleep every night in high school listening to Pink Floyd’s album “Dark Side of the Moon.”
“I actually did pinch myself once during my first performance with them,” she said, adding that Great Gig in the Sky “is great, and it’s always a pleasure to share the love of this music with a live audience.”
The last time Great Gig in the Sky performed, which was in 2015, fans were given a live rendition of the album “The Wall,” complete with quadraphonic surround stound, stage props and a 20-foot high wall, the release stated. This year’s set is a “closely guarded secret,” though lead guitarist Jason Southard hinted that fans “will hear a lot of Dark Side of the Moon.”
For more information, visit www.prescottvalleyeventcenter.com. The Prescott Valley Event Center is located at 3201 N. Main St.