The Machine performs Pink Floyd
Pink Floyd is a legendary band with a legacy of music and pyrotechnics that earned them millions of loyal fans. Rolling Stone ranked Pink Floyd No. 52 on the Greatest Artists of All Time. They have sold more than 250 million records worldwide and have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, The UK Music Hall of Fame and the Hit Parade Hall of Fame. They have influenced artists from David Bowie to The Edge, from Queen to Radiohead, from Nine Inch Nails to Smashing Pumpkins.
Paying tribute to the seminal band is about more than playing the music. For more than 30 years, The Machine has extended the legacy of Pink Floyd while creating their own legacy and making the songs their own. The New York-based band focuses on making every show an authentic Floydian experience for the fans. The Machine is known for performing a diverse mix of Floyd’s extensive 16-album repertoire, complete with faithful renditions of popular hits as well as obscure gems.
While founding members Joe Pascarell (guitar, vocals) and Tahrah Cohen, drums and long-time stage mates Stephen Bard (bass, vocals) and Scott Chasolen (keys, vocals) are top-flight musicians, The Machine has also been about the dramatic lighting and video. In fact, special shows include lasers from the same company that provides classic Pink Floyd laser effects for Roger Waters and David Gilmour tours. The group explores collective improvisation that parallels the work of early 1970s Pink Floyd, and their use of theatrical elements and elaborate stage displays continues in the spirit of later Floyd lineups of the 1980s. The Machine is also known for recreating entire albums as part of the show, accepting requests from fans and going from A-Z, with one song for each letter of the alphabet.
The Machine has performed at theaters, casinos and movie festivals including Bonnaroo, Riverbend and Gathering of the Vibes, Buffalo’s Artpark and Germany’s Rock of Ages. They have thrilled audiences in North America, Europe and Asia. The musicians have also shared the stage with the Atlanta, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Jacksonville and San Diego Symphonies and the Buffalo Philharmonic.
The Machine was the first of the Pink Floyd tribute bands and after 30 years, many consider it the best. You’ll wish you were here, on the Dark Side of the Moon.