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- W1P - 01-19-2007 08:54 AM
I had an excellent suggestion -- why don't the folks who post here regularly introduce yourselves? Are you in a tribute band, associated with a tribute band, and/or a tribute band supporter? Which one? I'll start
My name is Dan Johnson, I am the manager, pig snorter, one of these days, wrong do it again, ranting schoolmaster, lunatic brain damaged laugher of Which One's Pink?
- zeberifo - 01-19-2007 09:18 AM
Good idea W1P!
Hi everyone, I'm Alex Gonzalez of The Surrogate Band in Michigan.
I'm "Gilmour" in the group and have been into Floyd since freshman year in High School (i'll be 35 this March). Before that I was a dedicated student of Mr. James Patrick Page.
I just got married this past summer to Jen Johnston (backup singer for The Surrogate Band), and we recently got two puppies to keep us even more busy.
Jen has been very understanding of my tribute and Floyd obsession!
The Surrogate Band was formed in 2003 and we certainly hope 2007 will be a bigger year for us.
I am a CPA and work in the tax department of DTE Energy (SE Michigan's energy provider). Before that I worked for 10 years in public accounting doing mainly taxes and some accounting.
I also do all the bands accounting and taxes so feel free to ask me related stuff if any of you tributes want some general free advice!
Shine on to all of you!
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- Bald_fat_bloke - 01-19-2007 03:56 PM
Yup - Good scheme.
I am a Dave who often tries to be a Nick so, in the spirit of my whimsy, I'll save all my next words for a book.
PS: I only wanted to get in; I'm not running for Jesus!
- bassicinstinct - 01-20-2007 01:49 AM
Neil here - bassist with Pynk Floid here in the UK.
Still looking for a replacement Vocalist. :D :D
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- sjmcd - 01-20-2007 06:16 AM
Currently trying to get a band together that will be both a Pink Floyd tribute band and play original material. So far I have me on keyboard, a vocalist and a few drummers and a guitarist who may be interested - it's a start.
- spacement - 01-24-2007 10:29 AM
A.J. - drummer, laser/light controller (yes I flub the beats sometimes because of this), booking, manager, graphic designer and webmaster for Spacement. You can find out more about me on my MySpace or Spacement website profile.
Keep on Spacin'
- Eroc - 01-24-2007 11:25 PM
Hey Now -
I'm Eric "Eroc" Sosinski from Wish You Were Here, based in Cleveland, OH. I am the bass player/co-lead vocalist and leader/manager, producer, truck driver, tour manager, dishwasher, band mom, etc.
Started doing a Floyd tribute in 1988 with Harvest (& then Tie-Dye Harvest) until 1993, then formed Wish You Were Here in 1995. We play regionally, all over Ohio and occasionally into the surrounding states.
I'm a professional musician by trade, also playing with Midwest rocker/recording artist Michael Stanley (MSB), as well as juggling 4 other bands locally, including an acoustic duo, a blues band, and a couple classic rock bands.
I have also worked at radio stations here in Cleveland, both part-time & full-time, since '87.
- allinall - 01-26-2007 03:53 PM
I am Randy Hawes, with the official title of Business Manager of Hatrack Productions, which produces the band All In All It's Just....
I hail from Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, as do the rest of the band.
Unofficially, I am the booking agent, promotions manager, road manager, accountant, graphic designer, webmaster, merchandise manager, equipment van driver, roadie, chief cook & bottle washer.
And if they get really really REALLY desperate, I can man the drums ... very badly. :D
And after reading all that again, I think I'm going to ask for a raise!!!!!!
- W1P - 01-26-2007 04:33 PM
. . . but if you ask for a raise . . .
- allinall - 01-27-2007 08:59 AM
W1P Wrote:. . . but if you ask for a raise . . .
RE: Introduce Yourself in Tribs & Covers - Who Are You? - cevor - 02-04-2007 06:49 AM
I'm Greg Jackson, manager of Childhood's End. I'll save space and not use the tag lines Dan. I'm currently preparing promotional materials, re-modeling the website and myspaces for CE. See news here... http://www.pinkfloydonline.com/forums/showthread.php?tid=12930 ...
I aspire to be the east coast Dan Johnson, supporter of all tribute bands and mediator of the differences between them and their fans!
Until last fall I had a very narrow view of other tributes, but after getting out to see PFX and The Aussies (several times) I'm now making a mission of seeing every one I can. Reviews to follow right here and throughout the trib community, because apparently I post like a teenager..
I love the tribute community and what Dan has created here, I ride his coattails like a snowboarder. ..
oh yea, I co-moderate a little web forum called Pink Floyd Online..
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- W1P - 02-04-2007 09:56 AM
If you want to be an East Coast me, then you'd better start growing a gut, losing some hair and going to bed at 10 pm every night
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- gilmost - 02-04-2007 11:44 AM
- stabbim - 02-18-2007 11:51 AM
Long time no anything. Or at least that's how it seems.
My name is Thom Bowers, I work with Sons Of Nothing. My duties include playing bass, singing, songwriting, arranging, set list creation, booking, managing, PR, and just generally keeping the trains running on time. (As Eroc would say, "Band Mom.")
To paraphrase Russell Hammond, what do I love about music? Well, to begin with, everything.
I've told the story of SoN here a few times, I think. Ironically named as a Floyd reference, but started all-original and kinda fell bass-ackwards into the tribute thing. Lately we've been keeping the FloydShow on the back burner while we concentrate on promoting our own tunes, but we do manage play a handful of local and regional dates here and there.
In my other life, I'm also a dad and a project manager for a Web/IT company.
Nice to see that everyone's still hanging out, still doing what they do, and still getting along reasonably well. I love that this place exists. Shine On...
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- Gilmour's Breakfast - 03-10-2007 02:30 PM
Sorry it has taken me so long to stop and introduce myself, its been a busy couple of months getting things up and running with the band.
My name is Ed Hannon, I'm the keyboardist for Gilmour's Breakfast. We're a newly formed Floyd tribute located in Massachusetts. Some of my other duties include: Backing vocals, sound effects, lighting, promotion, and managing our myspace and youtube profiles.
By day I work full time as a Dental Technician making crowns and bridges. I'm the proud husband of 5 years to my wife Jessica, and father to our 2 1/2 year old daughter Bridgette.
Thanks for including me in this great community of Pink Floyd lovers. I am truly humbled and honored to be a part of something so big! :)
- zeberifo - 03-10-2007 03:21 PM
We look forward to hearing all about the MA side of the tribute world!
- traviskearney - 04-06-2007 12:43 AM
Hello, My name is Travis Kearney, and I have numerous jobs. I work for Radio Shack to receive benefits. I also own a business that deals with translating for promotion of business and self with Spanish speakers. I've been with the same girl now for close to two years. I'm also in a tribute band called The Good Stuff. We play early Floyd, Pipers - Dark Side, but No Dark Side or after. We don't use lasers or lights, just try to set a mellow (for the most part) mood over the crowd using music from The Floyd. Here's a copy of our last set list, just to give you an idea.
1. Set The Controls
2. Green Is The Colour
3. Fat Old Sun
5. San Tropez
8. Childhood's End
9. The Gold It's In The...
10. Wot's...Uh The Deal
11. A Pillow Of Winds
12. Granchester Meadow
1. Cirrus Minor
3. See Emily Play
4. The Gnome
5. Free Four
7. Ibiza Bar
8. Crying Song
9. Party Sequence
10. More blues
11. Remember A Day
12. Narrow Way
13. Summer 68'
14. Biding My Time
Encore. Echoes - versus, no middle.
- cevor - 04-06-2007 03:15 AM
Welcome to the forum! Enjoy the knowledge and general banter...really cool twist on the trib idea...best of luck and keep us posted!
- Wings on the Pig - 04-06-2007 05:34 AM
traviskearney Wrote:Hello, My name is Travis Kearney, and I have numerous jobs. I work for Radio Shack to receive benefits. I also own a business that deals with translating for promotion of business and self with Spanish speakers. I've been with the same girl now for close to two years. I'm also in a tribute band called The Good Stuff. We play early Floyd, Pipers - Dark Side, but No Dark Side or after. We don't use lasers or lights, just try to set a mellow (for the most part) mood over the crowd using music from The Floyd. Here's a copy of our last set list, just to give you an idea.Cool!
Welcome to the forum Travis. :)
- nickc - 04-06-2007 05:40 AM
Nick Cassidy here. I run the Australian Pink Floyd Show fan site and forum, notaussiefloyd.com.
I'm also a wage slave working in the IT industry. My ambition is to be as smart as Dan.
- Wings on the Pig - 04-06-2007 05:47 AM
Cool Nick. :)
- traviskearney - 04-07-2007 09:02 PM
If anyone is close to Lafayette, IN we will be playing at a Resteraunt Grand Opening for a friend of mine that's opening a new Mexican Resteraunt. Early Floyd and half price tacos for all.
- CaptainClearChannel - 04-20-2007 10:32 AM
Hello, all. Nice idea for a thread.
I am Peter and as my name suggests I used to work for a certain large concert promoter. I have no official affiliation with, but have been long-time friends with, a fan of, and a collaborator with THE MACHINE.
I created their first website, took many of their early photos and designed three of their album covers (Softly Spoken Magic Spells, Two Nights at the Keswick, and Unplugged).
As for the band, THE MACHINE is probably the oldest surviving PF tribute, having started around 1988. They cover pretty much the entire catalog of PF and have been known to jam out in the spirit of early Floyd, and play for hours.
THE MACHINE was featured in the August 2006 issue of Relix Magazine and the Rock Report admires The Machine's "perfect execution and attention to detail leading to flawless reproductions of Pink Floyd's songs yet the freedom to jam and improvise adds even more flavor and depth to the established catalog." As Guitar One magazine notes, "you know you've got it going on when you sell out BB King's in New York City and Roger Water's sax player jams with you."
Though they mainly play the east coast of the US, THE MACHINE has performed several times in Europe and is about to tour Latin America.
- cevor - 04-20-2007 10:43 AM
hey Cap't!..always wondered where the name came from....
- GreatGigger - 06-08-2007 03:56 AM
Hi, I'm Alan, keyboard player with Breathe, a UK Based Pink Floyd Tribute Band (http://www.breathefloyd.co.uk)
Our set list usually follows this form:
IN THE FLESH 2
ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL
RUN LIKE HELL
WHAT DO YOU WANT FROM ME
COMING BACK TO LIFE
SHINE ON YOU CRAZY DIAMOND
GREAT GIG IN THE SKY
US AND THEM
ANY COLOUR YOU LIKE
SEE EMILY PLAY
WISH YOU WERE HERE
We are having a great time playing all over the UK and have met some fantastic people who all share our passion for the music...it really does make it all worthwhile! Shine On!
- baseman - 06-28-2007 05:08 AM
Hi My name is Dereck, I'm the bassist for a South African Official Pink floyd tribute band called "Welcome to the Machine'...Sorry I haven't introduced myself before but as they say it's never too late...We are an 8 piece band in Johannesburg and soon will be gigging and hopefully touring S.A. Our website is over here: http://pinkfloydtribute.co.za Our set lists range from the early 70's up to the latest releases, We are still in rehearsals and have been for 6 months hopefully soon we'll start our shows...Have a great Day!...
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- cevor - 06-28-2007 11:27 AM
Hey Dereck...welcome to the forum...our man W1P has the one and only, most comprehensive forum devoted exclusively to Floyd tribute bands...be sure to send him the link to your site and your show dates when you start...best of luck with the band and keep us posted...
- baseman - 06-30-2007 05:04 AM
cevor Wrote:Hey Dereck...welcome to the forum...our man W1P has the one and only, most comprehensive forum devoted exclusively to Floyd tribute bands...be sure to send him the link to your site and your show dates when you start...best of luck with the band and keep us posted...Hi there cevor, Thanks for the welcome...I have put the link on the main tribute sites page and have requested the addy...If this is correct, or please advise...thanks! from all here in South Africa
- Centurion - 07-19-2007 11:42 AM
My name is Rob Watkins and I'm not in any band... but I'm a big supporter of TAPFS, and would-be supporter of the other PF acts- if only I could get to see you play.
I'm a civil servant with the Government of the Province of Nova Scotia... which is in eastern Canada. I live & work in Halifax, Nova Scotia. I'm a married step-dad.
Haven't been around much lately... but I'm back now getting up to speed. Tell me, have there been any a-holes around recently saying bad things about tribute bands????
- W1P - 07-23-2007 03:23 PM
Rob, they tend not to come into the tribute band forum and say nasty things. I will tell you this -- we have no problem with anyone who comes in here to express a negative opinion if they have actually seen a given band. Where you will get into problems is if you come in expressing an opinion that is based on nothing other than prejudice.
- HeyYouTribute - 08-22-2007 02:54 PM
My name is George and I do my Gilmour thing in a PF tribute called Hey You (A Tribute To Pink Floyd) out of Buffalo, NY..
We just got started a little less than a year ago but we are finding some decent success already..
Our web link is my sig..
- FloydFactor - 09-02-2007 01:24 PM
My name is Steve Birnstihl, and I manage a band called Floyd Factor, based in Toronto, Canada. We're a 6-7 piece project, only a year old, but we've been through a lot. From Syd Barrett-esque insanity, to our drummer breaking his collarbone at the start of the summer schedule. The show has always gone on though... We've worked hard on our sound, and we have some truly great personnel now.
Please feel free to check us out at http://www.floydfactor.com sometime, where there's lots of live video, photos, info, etc.
And BTW, not to blow sunshine, but is by far the finest forum of it's kind on the internet. Keep it up everyone!
Shine like the sun, Steve B.
RE: Introduce Yourself in Tribs & Covers - Who Are You? - cevor - 10-10-2007 04:08 PM
updated for accuracy..
RE: Introduce Yourself in Tribs & Covers - Who Are You? - Pink Fraud UK - 11-13-2007 03:15 PM
Hi, as a newbie to Floyd forum type stuff this is a great place to start
I'm Adam, the "Nick" in Uk Tribute band PINK FRAUD. The bands been going since 96 but i joined in 2002! We do material from 68-79 and play as much as Floyd would have done it as possible!
We too have recently rebuilt our website at http//:www.pinkfraud.co.uk as we are having a bit of a relaunch!
We seem to be a bit different from most floyd bands in that instead of having a huge band and Pulse style light show we go for an authentic 70s style recreation, Hammond, WEM amps, Gong, Flares & wigs!
Have a look and let us know what you think!
RE: Introduce Yourself in Tribs & Covers - Who Are You? - cevor - 11-13-2007 03:31 PM
Adam...welcome to pfo and (insert Dan's post here) great to have you along for the ride and we'll anticipate you keeping us up on what's new with Pink Fraud
I have to ask....wigs?
RE: Introduce Yourself in Tribs & Covers - Who Are You? - Pink Fraud UK - 11-13-2007 03:54 PM
cevor Wrote:Adam...welcome to pfo and (insert Dan's post here) great to have you along for the ride and we'll anticipate you keeping us up on what's new with Pink Fraud
Thanks for the welcome , i've joined a couple of fan forums cos A- i'm a fan & B - i've taken over running a lot of the band and wondered why no one had yet!! nice to get a reply so soon..though i'm off to bed here in the Uk pretty soon!
as for the wigs.....we're trying to do the whole "70's look" thing, and seein as most of us look like Kojak....damn those 70's rock haircuts, i had one til i was 22 then it all went away of it's own accord!lol!
If you check out the site you'll see that we've got approprate Guinness t-shirts & flares etc. dodgy aviators (nick at pompeii!), original WEM amps like at Pompeii (even got an original Floyd WEM speaker), painted the bass drum heads like Pompeii (though i can't afford a silver sparkle kit!!) and have one of waters old scratchplates on the Bass. Still searching for more stuff to up the authenticity!
Just wanted to do things a little differently from the Pulse tour!!
RE: Introduce Yourself in Tribs & Covers - Who Are You? - W1P - 11-14-2007 09:44 AM
Pink Fraud UK Wrote:cevor Wrote:Adam...welcome to pfo and (insert Dan's post here) great to have you along for the ride and we'll anticipate you keeping us up on what's new with Pink Fraud
Great to have you here! Please make sure that you submit all your upcoming gigs to the Worldwide schedule (in the correct format!) and keep us abreast of your shows!
The Delicate Sound of Floyd - Aviator - 11-25-2007 01:43 AM
Just a quick line from 'The Delicate Sound of Floyd'. We are based in the south of England, there 5 of us, Drums, Bass, Keyboards, Guitar and Vocals. Have a listen to our demos on MySpace and give us your honest opinion. Constructive critisim welcome because we cant see the woods for the trees. We have a new drummer and bassist since the live recordings were recorded. Breathe was recorded in the my front room (apart from the drums), my daughter 17 is playing bass on Wish You Were Here and is now our bass player.
RE: The Delicate Sound of Floyd - cevor - 11-25-2007 02:35 AM
Aviator Wrote:Hi all,
welcome to pfo Aviator! we're fat and lazy, please link us to your myspace!
RE: Introduce Yourself in Tribs & Covers - Who Are You? - Aviator - 11-25-2007 05:08 AM
Heres the link to our MySpace
RE: Introduce Yourself in Tribs & Covers - Who Are You? - cevor - 11-25-2007 05:17 AM
excellent! the band is just fantastic, that is really what I think!
thanks for that A!
RE: Introduce Yourself in Tribs & Covers - Who Are You? - Aviator - 11-25-2007 07:40 AM
cevor Wrote:excellent! the band is just fantastic, that is really what I think!
Thanks C, We sound even better now with the new rhythm section. At last we have got the tempos down which is something our last drummer could not manage. I'll get some new audio on our MySpace soon. Anybody in the Portsmouth (England) area can see us at 'The Star' Havant on Friday 30th Nov and at Cambells Bar Hordean on Sat 1 Dec. Is it OK to plug on this forum?
Is there anybody else out there like to comment...
RE: Introduce Yourself in Tribs & Covers - Who Are You? - cevor - 11-25-2007 08:12 AM
plugging is what we do! and Dan will add you to the worldwide listings if you follow instructions...
RE: Introduce Yourself in Tribs & Covers - Who Are You? - Aviator - 11-25-2007 08:24 AM
cevor Wrote:plugging is what we do! and Dan will add you to the worldwide listings if you follow instructions...
Thanks, I just took a look at your site, Fantastic setup you have there! And I moan about the time it takes to setup our few bits. Great sound, would like to hear some more demos, Shine On for instance.
RE: Introduce Yourself in Tribs & Covers - Who Are You? - cevor - 11-25-2007 08:32 AM
Aviator Wrote:cevor Wrote:plugging is what we do! and Dan will add you to the worldwide listings if you follow instructions...
thanks for that! we'll have some new video with our new members soon..you're seeing the old line-up featuring Ian Cattell, now of The Australian Pink Floyd Show
RE: Introduce Yourself in Tribs & Covers - Who Are You? - Eroc - 01-09-2008 04:46 PM
RE-introducing myself, really...
Hi there, I'm Eroc from Wish You Were Here, based in Cleveland Ohio... some of you may remember me, lol...
Had to take some time off from the board (for most of 2007 actually), for a variety of reasons - life, band business, etc. - but I'm hoping to get back in the swing of things here and return to a level of somewhat active posting, lol...
I really do miss interacting with everyone here and the camaraderie that has been fostered among my fellow Floyd tributers.
Musically, the band has continued to evolve into a better and more accurate-sounding Pink Floyd Tribute than ever before, along with the challenge of increased competition as we've tried to expand to the 'theater' level... with each new member, we also get closer & closer to 'that sound', but it hasn't come easily.
Since releasing our DVD in early 2006, much of the time since then has been in rebuilding our sound and production to showcase our 'new' guitarist/co-vocalist Jamie Combs, who sounds & plays more like Gilmour than any of our previous vocalists & guitarists, including the former guy on our DVD... much of our reputation (and promo recordings & videos) featured the others guys and it's been a real challenge to show our audiences how much better the band sounds in the last few years since Jamie has joined... we've been around since 1995 (actually since 1988 if you include the Floyd tribute show we did as Tie-Dye Harvest) and even though we've been considered a 'success' since then, it's now a matter of pride that the band has really improved exponentially since then.
Of course then the frustration set in for me, personally, as the band was ready to 'move to the next level' nationally and start playing the theater circuit.. but at that point those markets were just starting to get crowded as other tributes, with agency representation, began playing the very venues I was targeting. Nobody can touch us in Northeast Ohio in terms of ticket sales (not even Aussie Floyd, believe it or not), but trying to build our worth in the outside markets suddenly became a lot more challenging... Nobody's fault, other great bands got there before we did and we were behind in the game, & without representation. What had previously been a wide-open playing field for years is now a different game.
After that, I was considering breaking up the band, or at least putting it on hiatus, so I could explore other options as a professional 'touring-ready' musician - 12 years is a long time for any band. I finally decided to accept our great regional success and continue for at least another year or 2 (while trying to advance myself as a musician), and shift my priorities around a bit so that WYWH and the spectre of Pink Floyd was not 'enveloping my life' so much... when managing a band like this is your main job/priority, it's real hard not to take things personally - so I needed to take a few steps back, breathe a bit, 'count my blessings' if you will, and start over with a new, more accepting attitude.
Of course things are never that easy...
In March our long-time drummer Tim Hanculak was diagnosed with a neuro-muscular disease that basically physically crippled him and prevented him from playing drums anymore, or at least for quite a while... he had been having problems starting in the Fall of 2006 and it finally progressed to the point where it was too taxing to get through a show, and finally not even able to walk. As a full-time musician all his life, of course he had no health insurance but he has been able to get treatments at the Cleveland Clinic and can now walk with a cane. Personally it hit me hard too, as he is one of my closest friends and a major part of the band for the last 8 years. We were able to continue in a somewhat positive fashion with the addition of Jon Darling on drums, a veteran player who is not only one of the nicest people out there but also an incredibly versatile player who just nails the Nick Mason style and more!
This past Fall we also recruited 2 new backup vocalists that are simply outstanding - Sharron McPherson-Foxx and Irma McQueen both come from Gospel and R&B backgrounds and truly are 'the real deal' when it comes to the soulful backup vocals that are the trademark of many Floyd songs... along with our mainstay vocalist Marla Brennan (who married our lead guitarist last Spring), we now have a powerhouse vocal trio that is second to none.
So that's my story (please excuse the rambling missive!)... sorry for the absence, and I look forward to catching up with everybody and meeting some of the newer folks on here, as long as you don't mind me being back!
PS - I was pretty bummed that when I went to the UK in August, there were no other tributes for me to conveniently catch (except for a bad Dio tribute, lol)... figures it would be the month when most PF tribs were 'on holiday'!
WISH YOU WERE HERE - The Sight & Sound of Pink Floyd
"Have a good time... all the time."
- Viv Savage, Spinal Tap
RE: Introduce Yourself in Tribs & Covers - Who Are You? - cevor - 01-10-2008 05:05 AM
Eroc! Great to see you on the forum brother. As we say, a life of trials and tributations eh? Somethings never change and there's always another mouth to feed in the foodchain. We at CE wish you the best in the new year, hoping we all find the right places and the right crowds to play for. Keep fighting the good fight man, you can never lose in the end.
RE: Introduce Yourself in Tribs & Covers - Who Are You? - zeberifo - 01-10-2008 09:01 AM
Welcome back Eroc!
WYWH indeed has a lot to be proud of!
We've recently been thinking that we need to make a band roadtrip to Cleveland to catch you guys again (it's been a few years since we last saw you at the Odeon doing The Wall).
Stay in touch!
RE: - auximenes - 04-19-2008 09:59 PM
I mix sound for The Pink Floyd Experience, the New Zealand version.
The guys have been doing this for 10 or 11 years.
They got me on board for the second show, and, apart from one short tour about a year later, I've mixed every show they've played.
Great community you have here.
I'll come and visit often.