No one can replace the likes of Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Rick Wright, Nick Mason, or Syd Barrett of Pink Floyd, but in The Machine’s recent stop in Peekskill the band showed that it’s possible to get fairly close to doing so.
The Machine lived up to their 26-year reputation for accurately recreating the Pink Floyd catalog in their first ever appearance at Paramount Hudson Valley, a sort of hometown show as they are from across the river to the south in Nyack, NY.
The set list pulled from each of Pink Floyd’s distinct sounding eras including the songwriting of Syd Barrett, the Roger Waters-driven songwriting, and the post-Waters take-off under the wing of David Gilmour’s guitar. The Machine wasn’t shy in reaching deep, either. “Wut’s…Uh the Deal” and “Burning Bridges” were in the mix as treats to the true Pink Floyd fans in the crowd.
Each of the key elements that identify Pink Floyd’s style were obvious during The Machine’s set. Joe Pascarell’s guitar intonation mimicked that of Gilmour’s Black Strat and was almost note-for-note on solos, particularly the show-closing “Comfortably Numb.” The distinct vocal leads of both Waters and Gilmour were well represented in similar tones particularly when the two roles play off each other in “Run Like Hell.”
The Machine returns to New York for two shows in November in Ithaca and Tarrytown.
Set 1: Welcome to the Machine, Another Brick in the Wall, Wot’s…Uh the Deal, Hey You, Astronomy Domine, Sheep, On the Turning Away
Set 2: Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts 1-5), What Do You Want From Me, Echoes, Money, Arnold Layne, Wish You Were Here, Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts 6-9)
Encore: Burning Bridges, Comfortably Numb