Members: Joe Pascarell / Todd Cohen / Ryan Ball / Neil Alexander
The Machine has been called "The Worlds Greatest Pink Floyd Show," and it is no wonder why. Anyone who has had the privilege to see them perform live can attest to their stunning level of musicianship and their flare for capturing the spirit and feeling of Pink Floyd. Spin Magazine attests that they ï¿½ï¿½sound exactly like Pink Floydï¿½ï¿½ while The Village Voice raves ï¿½ï¿½The Machine is dead-onï¿½ï¿½ or in the words of Guitar One magazine, "ï¿½you 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." Starting out in the bohemian village of Nyack, NY, The Machine played a diverse repertoire of rock including many classic Pink Floyd songs. Show after show, the fans enthusiastically called for more of the Floyd and the band quickly developed a reputation for recreating the sound and spirit of Pink Floyd, right down to the extended psychedelic jams. From here, there was no turning back. In the fifteen years since, The Machine has played over fifteen hundred shows to an estimated audience of over one million people. They have played at many of America's best-known rock clubs such as BB Kingï¿½s, The House of Blues, The Keswick Theater, The Avalon Ballroom and Westbury Music Fair not to mention the Bonnaroo festival in Manchester, Tennessee. The Machine has shared the stage with the likes of The Guess Who, Jefferson Starship, Steppenwolf & Eddie Money and has performed along side of such respected musicians as Jeff Pevar (Phil Lesh & Friends, David Crosby), Matt Abts (Allman Brothers, Gov't Mule), Vince Welnick (Grateful Dead) and of course, Norbert Stachel of Roger Water's touring band. The Machine has been featured in The Amazing Pudding, a Pink Floyd monthly published in England and distributed throughout Europe and the U.S.; and in The Roger Waters Fanzine as well as in P.U.L.S.E., a German music magazine. In 1994, The Machine gave an interview for The New York Times, which was included in an article illuminating successful tribute bands. They have also been profiled in The Washington Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer and Gig magazine. The bandï¿½s greatest thrill to date has been the number of venues that immediately request their return and the new fans who instantly fall in love with the band. Drummer Todd Cohen stated, "it's always a thrill to discover that many of our fans weren't fans of Pink Floyd until after they saw The Machine.ï¿½ Singer/Guitarist Joe Pascarell summed it up by saying," It's a privilege to play great music and earn a living from it. It's thrilling and humbling all at the same time." Currently, they have released their first live CD and concert DVD and will be touring behind it non-stop both the throughout North America and in Europe.