Originally published in Through the Lens Magazine on March 23, 2016
Article and photos by Melodie Yvonne Ramey
LAFAYETTE, IN – Pink Floyd is hands down one of the most influential rock bands of all time. Their legendary creations have influenced musicians the world over, so it was only a matter of time before someone was inspired enough to recreate the magic in full force. The Lafayette Theater was in for a larger than life Floydian spectacle, and people lined up as far as the eye could see to receive the upcoming experience of a lifetime… The Pink Floyd Experience.
PFX-THE PINK FLOYD EXPERIENCE has managed to conquer the feat of an immaculate reproduction with a spectacular light show, full quadraphonic sound, and six outstanding musicians dedicated to bringing the most authentic Floyd experience possible. PFX is made up of Tom Quinn, band leader, lead guitarist, and relentless crusader for all things “Pink Floyd”; Gus Beaudoin, a bass guitar player since age 13; Randy McStine, multiple lead vocal duties, while providing a strong counterpoint as a guitarist; Jesse Molloy, a dynamic saxophone player based out of San Diego; Kevin Krohn, performing keyboards and vocals live since the age of 16; and Bob Sale, a professional drummer since the age of 15. Now on their 12th North American tour, PFX continues to pleasure fans all over the world with their spectacular light show designed by world class lighting designers and an incomparable sound system. The show is of such an extraordinary quality that at times it’s easy to forget that the real members of Pink Floyd are not right there in front of the audience on that stage. This true representation of the music garners an immense respect from the fans, and keeps many of them coming back show after show for more.
The music began, and the audience was almost immediately lulled into a happy groove infused stupor. Their hearts and minds all suddenly became one. Their souls joined together to surf with synchronization up in the air on the audio waves. The atmosphere might have been a little mellower than that of a bar or giant concert arena, but that in itself was a testament to the raptures produced by these phenomenal men. They played “Wish you Were Here“, and the genuine heart-felt vocals made the crowd wish for the original band a little less. Not only were the band’s melodies spot on, but they even took the time to make sure all of the show elements were authentic right down to the tell-tale cash register ring signaling it was time for “Money“. The flawless performance of “Brain Damage” and “Eclipse” back to back was another true sign that these guys were succeeding at their very own man-made miracle.
Finally, “Comfortably Numb” flowed from the stage sending with it the tingly chill that raises up the goosebumps on the arms of the soul when the music is just that good. A brilliant blue and purple aura radiated from the stage joining the haunting melodies in the air to immerse the crowd one final time into the epic experience. Every single note of every song as well as the beautiful production created by PFX were just as enticingly mesmerizing as the originals. It was a true blessing to see such greatness live, and if any confirmation was needed it was written for the world to see all over the charmed faces of the fans as they danced out the doors of the theater to once again join the night.
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