The Paramount Welcomes The Machine
James Miranda, Feature Writer
America’s top Pink Floyd tribute band, The Machine, performed at the Paramount Hudson Valley Theater as a part of their summer tour in Peekskill, NY Saturday, July 23, 2016.
With the stage decorated in dramatic red, blue, and yellow lighting setups and fitted with a circular projection screen that dangled over the group, The New York-based band found themselves performing for an audience just shy of 500. They fittingly treated the “Floydians” to Pink Floyd’s 1975 hit “Welcome to the Machine,” to kick off the evening.
Some fans didn’t know what to expect going into the show as The Machine is a tribute band, but their trepidations were quickly dismissed as they saw The Machine’s accuracy to both the sound and presentation.
“[They were] amazing; extremely accurate,” said patron and New City resident, Mike Condrford. “They definitely did justice to the actual Pink Floyd. [The lead singer] sounds exactly like David Gilmour.”
The group-of-four has been paying tribute to the iconic rock and roll band for 25 years and is most noted for their delivery of an “authentic” Pink Floyd experience. They’ve sold out theaters, concert halls, and played at notable festivals such as Germany’s Rock of Ages and Bonnaroo.
The Machine’s dedication, passion, and chemistry are well seen on stage as the deep beats had a lulling effect that put its listener in a trance. The crowd often applauded and participated by singing along to the music and rhythmically clapping.
“The band is really good,” said Cortlandt resident, Paul Wendoe whom has seen the real Pink Floyd perform. “The female drummer was phenomenal.”
Pink Floyd was formed in 1965 in England and rose to fame with the unrivaled sound and talent of Roger ‘Syd’ Barrett, Roger Walters, Gilmour, Nick Mason, and Rick Wright.
Don’t miss “You’ve Got a Friend” this Friday, July 29th at 8 PM!