“Shine On You Crazy Diamond” – Umphrey's McGee at Red Rocks on July 3, 2015 (Pink Floyd Cover) [YouTube Official Video]

Casey Bauer

by Casey Bauer

Published July 14, 2015

"Shine On You Crazy Diamond" is one of many legendary songs from rock gods Pink Floyd. It's a song written as an homage to founding Pink Floyd member Syd Barrett, who interestingly enough showed up unannounced and unrecognizable to the studio when the album Wish You Were Here was being recorded. Almost half an hour in length and with nine different sections, "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" is a daunting song to cover, yet Umphrey's McGee had no problem doing just that at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, Colorado.

In this performance of "Shine On You Crazy Diamond," Umphrey's McGee jams for a solid 13 minutes. It's an abbreviated take on Pink Floyd's multi-part version, but epic nonetheless. Though the performance still starts with ambient noise and colorful lighting, the Umphrey's McGee rendition of the song uses more percussion and guitar, less synth, and no saxophone, making it less like psychedelic rock and more like a progressive jam with a bluesy twist.

Umphrey's latest record, The London Session was recorded in one day at Abbey Road Studios in London. You can find it on Amazon (Vinyl, CD, MP3).

For Umphrey's latest music, news, and tour dates, check out their Zumic artist page.

Source: Umphrey's McGee YouTube Channel

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