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Pink Project

Saturday, 7th March 2015
Cultuurpodium Boerderij, Zoetmeer, the Netherlands

Article and photos by Edwin Roosjen

As the name implies Pink Project is a cover band that plays Pink Floyd music. And they already have been doing that for 20 years. Their tour is called their 20th anniversary tour - The Wall Essentials & more! Pink Project started out as a project with many musicians that played the album The Wall in the way Pink Floyd did it in the eighties. About 20 years ago Peter Chattelin (vocals, bass & guitar) started the Pink Project. Peters plays bass, acoustic guitar and is one of the two vocalists. Peters voice sounds a lot like Roger Waters and the other vocalist, Charles Dehue, sounds a lot like Gilmour. What a couple.

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Charles can really sing and I immediately recognized him as being the vocalist for Knight Of The Progs, another tribute band that plays a variety of progressive rock music. Another Pink Project member also sounding a lot like Gilmour is guitar player Ruud Verwijk. He approaches the clear and clean sound of Gilmours guitar playing and his solos approach the sound Gilmour is famous for. Bass player Jason Waasdorp also puts on a solid performance and together with Arjan van Iperen on the drums they are a solid rhythm section. And that is really needed when playing the bombastic stuff from The Wall.

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Playing a bit in the background is Giovanni Pepe on keyboards. Pink Project plays a lot of theatres in The Netherlands that probably have a bigger stage than the Boerderij. So with eight persons on stage, and a lot of instruments, it gets a bit crowded and he is put a bit to the background. Just like the real Pink Floyd the Pink Project band is supported by female background vocalists. Jacqueline Van Der Heiden and Iris Van Der Made are also a bit in the background but they are certainly heard. In the music of Pink Floyd the female vocals are mostly used as background vocalist and in my opinion they deserved more time up front but hey, it's Floyd.

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The start of the show was a bit delayed because the guitar of Ruud Verwijk was not working. They kept their calm and after a few people all had a look at the problem they started the set. The tour is called The Wall Essentials so I assumed they would start with the first part of The Wall. To my surprise they started with Coming Back To Life. Was I disappointed? No way. The sound was very good, crystal clear and it sounded almost perfectly like Pink Floyd.

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The images projected on the screen really added positively to the show. Of course a lot of images that you expect, most of them exactly from the real Pink Floyd. Time started with the well know sound of clocks and images of clocks turning and flying around. At the start of the song drummer Arjan van Iperen got a nice solo spot. He also had a nice part on the next song Amused To Death when he was playing softly with his hands on the drums. It was during this song founding member Peter Chattelin made his first appearance. Amused To Death for me was the highlight of the evening. It was played with so much style and ease and soul, brilliant. After the highlight a small dip for me, On The Turning Away is not a Pink Floyd essential to me. Nice heavy guitar stuff in the end but not my favourite. The song Murder I heard for the first time, it's from David Gilmours 1984 solo album About Face. It is about the murder on John Lennon and keyboard player Giovanni Pepe started with a small piece of Imagine. So I learned a new song this evening.

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Talking about new stuff. A year ago happened what no one thought could happen. A new studio album by Pink Floyd was released. The Endless River did not rock my boat but the song Louder Than Words was OK. Wish You Were Here had to be played, really an essential, but the last song of the first set really surprised me. The played Dogs, now that was a treat. I like the Animals album but never thought I would hear some of those songs played live. They took a break and although I was satisfied with the choice of song I still found it very strange they did not play anything from The Wall yet.

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After about fifteen minutes they started with The Wall and to my surprise they played almost the whole album in one set. I was afraid they would only play the well known parts, some few others as an encore and then off towards home but I was wrong. They played a lot from The Wall. All sounds and images as they are in the movie they were played and shown during this set. No flying planes or loud explosions but, like the original Wall, it still was intense and sometimes overwhelming. "HEY TEACHER" was shouted by everyone. Pink Project played The Wall almost just like the real Pink Floyd. The images and music were nicely timed and they were in control all the time.

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The centre part of the second set was a bit mellow and at that time it was very noticeable that a lot of people in the back were talking really loud. A few people in the front shouted that they should be quiet. A small glitch out the Pink Projects influence but I really do wish people would not talk loudly at a concert and go to cafe instead to have a chat. They played The Wall up until Comfortably Numb. The sharp solo by Gilmour, which to me is the best ever made, was played nicely by Ruud Verwijk. As an encore Run Like Hell was played. And for this evening it was the end of The Wall.

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Not The Wall completely to the end but that was fine by me. It would indeed seem a bit ridiculous to have a show with so much great music and ethusiasm and then and it with a video of The Trial. It was a show of music and it was good not to end it with a video, good choice. The crowd wanted another encore and Pink Project was easily persuaded. As the last encore they played Brain Damage from Dark Side Of The Moon. And that was the end of a very nice concert. Thanks a lot Pink Project for a great evening of great music and keep up another 20 years.

Setlist
Coming Back To Life
Time
Amused To Death
On The Turning Away
Murder
Louder Than Words
Wish You Were Here
Dogs

In the Flesh?
The Thin Ice
Another Brick in the Wall Part 1
The Happiest Days of Our Lives
Another Brick in the Wall Part 2
Mother
Empty Spaces
Young Lust
One of My Turns
Another Brick in the Wall Part 3
Goodbye Cruel World
Hey You
Nobody Home
Comfortably Numb

Run Like Hell

Brain Damage

Links
Pink Project Official Website

Cultuurpodium Boerderij

 


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