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2004: The Australian Pink Floyd do Dark Side of the Moon. Tribute bands came into their own in the ’00s, as rock ’n’ roll sank into a many-splendor’d dementia, and none was smoother or more personality-free than this one. Slightly better players than the original Floyd, these guys also had the idea to re-perform the entirety of Dark Side Of The Moon several years before it occurred to the album’s makers.

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