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The Machine, Pink Floyd tribute, on stage at Penn's Peak tonight

  • The Wall, America's best live Pink Floyd show, will perform at Penn's Peak at 8 p.m. today.
    The Wall, America's best live Pink Floyd show, will perform at Penn's Peak at 8 p.m. today.
Published June 16. 2012 09:01AM

The Machine is back at Penn's Peak!

The Machine, which bills itself as America's best live Pink Floyd show, last appeared at The Peak in March 2010. It attracts large crowds for every performance here because of its flawless recreation of Pink Floyd concerts as well as the accompanying spectacular light show for which Pink Floyd was known.

The concert begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30 in the PIT and $25 seated.

Joe Pascarell, guitarist and vocalist for the band, said in a phone interview that Penn's Peak is one of the band's favorite venues.

"We've been there quite a few times," said Pascarell. "We're playing 25 years touring all over the word and Penn's Peak is absolutely one of my top five places in the world."

The Machine is based in New York, about 15 miles north of Manhattan.

Pascarell said he has performed with other bands but found his niche with The Machine. Initially, he said, he was into the Grateful Dead sound.

The members of The Machine include founding members Pascarell and Tahrah Cohen (drums), and long time stagemates Ryan Ball (bass, vocals) and Scott Chasolen (keys, vocals).

Pascarell, when asked, said he never gets tired of playing Pink Floyd music. "I get tired of other things in the business, such as plane rides, the business end of it. But I enjoy stepping on stage and playing. You can't fake it. Either you enjoy it or you don't and I'm enjoying it."

Those who attend The Machine show will see a different one that the one in 2010.

"At Penn's Peak, we will call up the set list that we played there the last time," Pascarell said. "We will be 80 percent different. Some things you can't leave out, but it will be 80 percent different."

The Machine utilizes a multi-dimensional approach. Significant use of expanded theatrical elements prevalent in Pink Floyd's elaborate stage displays such as the state-of-the-art lighting, multimedia accompaniments, and impeccable sound, result in strikingly faithful interpretations.

Asked if he was always interested in rock music, Pascarell admitted that he was growing up, but then added a confession.

"In the mid 80s, my girlfriend turned me on to Stravinsky," he said. "Today I listen to Stravinsky and Mozart more than other music."

"And," he confided, "I also love Hank Williams."

Of tonight's concert, Pascarell remarked, "I want to say to the fans, we cannot wait to get there and play. We're super-excited."

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