After missing last week's Alice in Cooperland show due to being in Montana for a family emergency, it was nice to be back at the Roxy on Monday night for another night of AXS TV's World's Greatest Tribute Bands with the incredible host, Katie Daryl. The night featured the music of Pink Floyd as performed by Which One's Pink?, a truly premier tribute band.
One of the best parts about covering this event is the friendships that have developed with some of the tribute bands, whose members come back week after week to support their fellow tribute bands. On this night, I was lucky enough to hang out with Mick Adams, lead singer of The Ultimate Stones, Joe Hier, lead singer of Hollywood U2, Christopher Knight, Kevin Knight and Chris Brightwell of Damage, Inc. (Metallica), Michael McManus of Queen Nation, Kenny Metcalf as Elton John and David Brighton, lead singer of Space Oddity (David Bowie).
My wife is the huge Pink Floyd fan in the family, but I am familiar with a few of their songs, and Which One's Pink? (W1P) played all of them in their incredible set.
Composed of Paul Samarin on lead vocals and guitar, Allen Moreno on guitar and lap steel, Nick Feduska on keys and guitar, Marty Brumer on drums and percussion, Scott Richards on bass and vocals, Larry Isenberg on keys and vocals, Michael Forbes on sax (Money only) and their manager Dan Johnson providing spoken commentary and witty comments, the band turned in an amazing performance that had even the hardest Pink Floyd fans cheering them on.
The Roxy was alive and electric with fans jammed in from wall to wall, and the boys of W1P did not disappoint. With an incredible laser display created by Robert Destefano of Nite Time Entertainment, and a wonderful attention to detail, W1P turned in one of the finest shows of the season.
From the first sound of dropping coins in Money to the last notes of Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun, W1P brought the music of Pink Floyd alive, recreating the sound and feel of a real concert. In between those songs, the set list included Happiest Days of our Lives, Another Brick in the Wall Part II, Breathe, Time, Hey You, Empty Spaces, Young Lust, Wish you Were Here, Comfortably Numb and Run Like Hell.
The musicianship was so incredible that during the guitar solo in Comfortably Numb, Michael McManus tweeted "That was the greatest guitar solo since Bohemian Rhapsody." I couldn't agree more.