Concert Review: THE MACHINE
The Machine-Levoy Theater 11/9/13
PINK FLOYD fans in the Southern New Jersey and Tri-state region are no longer worried that the originators of this music some 46 years ago have been caught up in a 33 year disconnect. THE MACHINE took a packed house at the Levoy Theater in Millville, NJ back in a 40 year time warp! WOW! I personally felt overjoyed to be strapped in my seat and being transported back to the "dark side" of 1973! I was sitting in a Pink Floyd concert watching the band in it's youthful heyday! I felt young and carefree!
THE MACHINE featured a high-powered 19-song set spanning the decades of the iconic fathers of ethereal ROCK, Pink FLOYD! OK, let's look beyond the opening number, Have a Cigar, select cuts from The Dark Side Of The Moon including Speak To Me/Breathe and Time to The Final Cut, a radio station fan requested Shine On (You Crazy Diamond) Parts I-V, and a fully sensory satisfying version of Pigs (Three Different Ones). A++
The second set after a brief intermission spanned the decades in flow to a perfect cadence. MONEY opened from the 1973 iconic release Dark Side Of The Moon (1973), then a time machine visit to the 1980's with The Happiest Days OF Our Lives/Another Brick In The Wall, Part 2. From 1980, our pleasurable journey made a brief stop to 1994 and What Do You Want From Me (The Division Bell release) then we were off into the stratosphere, feeling tremendous G-Force, landing on my birthday, October 25, 1969, the day of release for Ummagguma and a totally cool Set The Controls For the Heart Of The Sun!
Can we get another.........WOW! A++
The Encore: One Of These dAYS!!! Run Like Hell from the WALL! My favorite instrumental from seasoned musicians in present day giving a proper rite of passage AND life to timeless Rock classics enjoyed by a crowd from 12-70**
The Crowd: Families! Generations of Pink Floyd fans. Dads and young teenage sons and daughters wearing matching Pink Floyd t-shirts and jackets! Couples on date night with matching Floyd attire. I was standing in the lobby before show when a white haired gentleman shuffled by ever so slowly in a metal walker for assistance. He was wearing a Dark Side Of The Moon T-Shirt and matching hoodie! They roared and sang all around me, all evening! A++
Thanks to promoter Bob Rose for his hospitality! Lauren at the Levoy Theater and WZXL radio listeners who participated in our request a song from the band contest, John Baker, Taylor Henry and Al Reichebach.
WHAT a fantastic experience! The MACHINE is the real deal A+++