Andrew wishes he was here with Pink Floyd show ... and how Gary Barlow relit his fire
A DERBY musician who says he owes his career to Gary Barlow is hoping to make a homecoming date as part of his latest international tour.
Andrew Gibson spent four years as lead vocalist of the Spirit of Pink Floyd tribute show, which toured all over the world.
And now the 36-year-old has taken up ownership of the show and is set to begin touring with a revamped production, the Pink Floyd Show UK, next month.
Andrew, of New Zealand Lane, Duffield, said: "It's fantastic and it's so exciting for the show to be my own."
Andrew left Derby when he was 19, moving to London to start writing songs and put a band together. By the time he was 20, he had signed a five-album deal with Sony.
His success as a musician and writer then led him to work with Take That's Gary Barlow.
"Working with Gary was absolutely amazing," he said. "We worked a lot together over the years doing session work and writing.
"My dad died when I was 27 and I gave up music for three years. It was Gary who got me back into music and got me doing professional work again. He relit my passion for music. If it wasn't for Gary I probably wouldn't still be doing what I do."
It was while working with in the studio that Andrew was approached to be lead vocalist in the Spirit of Pink Floyd – a tribute show to the English rock band. Although he was a fan of the band he only had a short period of time to prepare for the tour.
Andrew said: "Pink Floyd were one of the best bands ever. They go way back but they are amazing.
"It was extremely technical to learn and I only had two weeks to learn two-and-a-half hours' worth of music.
"The first tour was to Japan and that's why I did it. We were the first Pink Floyd show to tour Japan and we toured Russia, Germany, Austria, Canada, it really was worldwide."
Last summer, Andrew took over the show.
"I wanted to do things differently and push the show even further," he said.
"The opportunity was there and I grabbed it with both hands. We launched the show in Munich in August in front of 20,000 people, which was incredible."
He still fronts the show but is now also responsible for producing and overseeing it.
"It's like a double-edged sword," he said. "It's amazing to be doing both but the amount of hours and workload is very different.
"We have 40 dates lined up for Europe and I'm hoping by 2014 that will be doubled."
The Pink Floyd Show UK will begin its European tour in Romania in February and will continue to Russia, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy before coming to the UK in the autumn.
"I'm hoping we can bring it to Derby Assembly Rooms," said Andrew. "We haven't got dates set but I'm looking into it. It would be amazing to bring it home."