The Machine Performs Pink Floyd
Unless you’ve been on The Dark Side of the Moon, you know the music of Pink Floyd. The Machine Performs Pink Floyd returns to The Lyric Theatre as they bring to life some of the seminal rock band’s most beloved and memorable songs from all 16 of their albums. The Machine, which has been performing for more than 20 years, combines high-tech lighting and production values, extravagant stage displays and unrivaled musicianship for a memorable evening that allows great musicians to celebrate great musicians.
The band consists of founding member Tahrah Cohen on drums, Ryan Ball on guitar and vocals, Scott Chasolen on keyboard and vocals and Adam Minkoff on bass and vocals. They are known for A to Z set list, in which they perform one Pink Floyd song for each letter of the alphabet.
In a recent interview for the Reading Eagle, Cohen said that the band has played “Comfortably Numb” and “You Were Here” the most frequently. “It’s funny with ‘Comfortably Numb,’ (from the 1979 album, The Wall),” Cohen said. “I’m never feeling like I can’t wait to play it, but every time we do play it, by the second guitar solo, my eyes are closed and I’m having the best time of my life.”
The group has released a number of albums, including their 2004 Two Nights at the Keswick, an archive of the Machine’s bi-annual residency at the historic Philadelphia venue. Their album Unplugged, captures a special acoustic performance at B.B. King’s in New York, featuring rare Syd Barrett solo material and deep cuts from early Floyd albums. Most recently, in 2011, they released a live recording of symphonic Pink Floyd music drawn from their many orchestra appearances.
The Machine Performs Pink Floyd has drawn rave reviews, with Matt Diehl of Rolling Stone saying they played with “chilling accuracy.” Dan Greenhaus of JamBands.com said the group “has a set up comparable to some bands two or three times its size. The group comes complete with a light show, helicopter searchlight, heartbeat and clock chimes, all of which result on a satisfying live experience.”