Welcome to The Machine

Article Published: Mar. 15, 2012 | Modified: Mar. 23, 2012
Welcome to The Machine

The Machine is hailed as one of America’s best live Pink Floyd shows. They’ll perform Thursday, March 22, at Legends.

Photo by Lou Teazak

The Machine, hailed as one of America’s best live Pink Floyd shows, will perform at Legends at Appalachian State University Thursday, March 22.

For more than 23 years, The Machine has perpetuated Pink Floyd’s legacy through a multi-dimensional approach, faithfully recreating its timeless music.

Significant use of expanded theatrical elements prevalent in Pink Floyd’s elaborate stage displays, such as spectacular state-of-the-art lighting, multimedia accompaniments and impeccable sound, result in strikingly faithful interpretations, giving the band a reputation for excellence and creating an intimate connection with their loyal audience.

Their live show most often presents a cross-section of the 16-album repertoire that Pink Floyd amassed during its 30-year tenure as pioneers of experimental rock. On occasion, the band performs Pink Floyd albums in their entirety, including “Dark Side of the Moon” in sync with the film, “The Wizard of Oz,” as well as the film version of “The Wall,” aiming to please the most die-hard of fans.

The Machine has performed at Bonnaroo, Musikfest and all across Europe. In the last couple of years, the band has been backed by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Delaware Symphony Orchestra, San Diego Symphony Orchestra, Richmond Symphony Orchestra and more.

Hailed for their “chilling accuracy” by Rolling Stone, The Machine was said to “sound exactly by Pink Floyd” by Spin Magazine, while The Village Voice declares, “The Machine is dead-on.”

The adoration continues from Bob Ezrin, co-producer of Pink Floyd’s seminal album, “The Wall,” who said, “These guys are great!”

As Guitar One Magazine notes, “…You know you’ve got it going on when you sell out B.B. King’s in New York City, and Roger Water’s sax player jams with you.”

The Machine has several releases available that capture its live show. Its most current is “The Machine: Symphonic Side of the Moon,” a recording of a live performance of “Dark Side of the Moon” with a symphony orchestra.

The Machine includes founding members Joe Pascarell (guitar, vocals) and Tahrah Cohen (drums), with longtime stage mates Ryan Ball (bass, vocals) and Scott Chasolen (keys, vocals).

To give The Machine a listen and view video footage, visit http://www.themachinelive.com/media.

The show starts at 10 p.m. on Thursday, March 22, at Legends, located on Hardin Street in Boone. Tickets cost $8 in advance and for students and $10 the day of the show and for guests. For more information, visit http://legends.appstate.edu.

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