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The Pink Floyd Experience Rocks Red Bank's Count Basie

tom-john1_opt1BY ANTHONY TOTO
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

The legacy of Pink Floyd is one full of innovative musical excellence that transcends the boundaries of music, while leaving a timeless footprint, and continues to grow with each decade as the music reaches younger audiences.

While recorded music captures moments of brilliance, a live concert demonstrates the passionately enthralling experience fans feel as they witness their favorite songs performed in person, without any boundaries except the stage.

However, as young fans indulge and discover the mystique behind one of the greatest groups of all time, Pink Floyd is non-existent for those seeking to experience their groundbreaking live performances.

With “The Pink Floyd Experience,” Pink Floyd’s legacy lives on.

Since 1994, this group of devoted musicians developed a critically-acclaimed legacy by delivering performances equivalent in musical and theatrical excellence demonstrative of their passion for Pink Floyd.

“Some of the greatest concert symphonies in the world perform and take classics from Beethoven and Mozart, some music just deserves to stick around. We believe Pink Floyd is worth celebrating year in year out, decade in decade out,” said Tom Quinn, the front man for the Pink Floyd Experience.

From the group’s early beginnings in San Diego, Quinn recognized the importance of filling the void for Pink Floyd fans, both younger and older.

“It’s a lifelong dream allowing members of a young generation to come see a show like this.”

He added, “I’m carrying the torch proudly. I started playing guitar back in my first band in 1973 when Dark Side of the Moon first came out. I remember as a new guitar player how it excited me and I really bonded with it musically. I really bonded with David Gilmour as my mentor.”

Make no mistake: stepping into the shoes of a personal musical idol in front of loyal Pink Floyd fans is no easy hurdle. The group experienced its struggles early on as they developed a reputation on the West Coast before becoming a full-time touring band.

“We struggled and I was determined to make it happen. Now, we created a North American national touring act. It’s morphed and we’ve added state of the art technologies, lights and video.”

The group performed at the renowned Count Basie Theater in Red Bank yesterday, an annual event for the group on every tour.

Pink Floyd fans experienced classics and rarities, flawlessly executed with precision and passion from a diverse collection of material, ranging from their earlier as well as later albums.

Separating themselves from other tribute acts, the group incorporates stage props made famous by the band back in their heyday. The Pink Floyd Experience prides itself on recreating both the musical and theatrical excellence of the original band.

Quinn added, “The idea has always been to recreate the 1970’s/1980’s big gigantic stadium Pink Floyd shows and bring them into smaller concert environments. This is our tenth year doing this and it’s amazing how young people respond to the music still.”

The group will be performing Saturday at the Bergen Performing Arts Center in Englewood, New Jersey as they continue touring through the rest of the United States and Canada till March. The show begins at 8:00 p.m. and tickets can be purchased at ticketmaster.com.

 

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