For Tom Quinn, the lead guitarist and band leader of the Pink Floyd tribute group The Pink Floyd Experience, the appeal of the original band’s music is simple.
“I think Pink Floyd’s appeal is based on powerful, transcendent music and compositions,” he said. “The songs were brilliantly performed and recorded and they have truly stood the test of time.”
The Pink Floyd Experience will be presented on Aug. 17 at the RiverEdge Park in Aurora.
The original Pink Floyd began in London, England, in the mid-1960s. The band has sold more than 200 million albums since 1967, and the group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.
The Pink Floyd Experience stage show is performed live with six musicians and more than $2.5 million worth of production equipment on stage. The production features a massive light show, high-definition projections, quadraphonic sound and a 12-foot-long inflatable pig. The pig refers to Pink Floyd’s 10th studio album, “Animals,” which was released in 1977. The album’s cover image features a pig floating between two chimneys.
Quinn started performing in Pink Floyd tribute bands in 1994, and started The Pink Floyd Experience in 2003. Although Quinn and the other members of The Pink Floyd Experience do not imitate or look like most members of Pink Floyd, the essence of the original band is present.
“This show has given us unprecedented freedom to come up with the most comprehensive and eclectic set of Floyd classics we’ve ever put together: ‘Hits & Rarities,’” said Quinn about the current show. “Bold choices from albums ‘The Piper at the Gates of Dawn,’ ‘Meddle,’ ‘A Saucerful of Secrets’ get mixed in with wildly anticipated favorites to come up with my dream sets.”
Some Pink Floyd hits that the band will perform include “Money,” “Have A Cigar,” “Time,” “Comfortably Numb” and “Run Like Hell.”
The Pink Floyd Experience is based in San Diego, Calif., but performing in the Chicago area is a bit of a homecoming for Quinn.
“I went to high school in St. Charles,” he said. “My first band mates were in St. Charles.
“If the rumors are true,” Quinn continued, “I expect to see lots of familiar faces at the Aurora show from immediate family, old classmates and band members.”
Quinn does not take his success lightly and is pleased with the longevity of his Pink Floyd tribute career.
“I gain the most satisfaction from the sticking it out when everyone said it was over, because my heart said otherwise,” he said. “I love and cherish every night on stage with this music, my band and crew.”