Pink Project, June 1st 1998
Dark side of the Moon
25th anniversary Concert (try-out)
Café Verderop, Delft, The Netherlands
By Ed Sander
On the 12th of June, Dutch Pink Floyd tribute band Pink Project - who already
got very positive reviews on their series of The Wall shows a couple of years ago
- will perform their
Dark Side of the Moon 25th Anniversary Concert at the Market Square of
Delft. This multimedia phenomenon is a free open-air concert and will probably
be a night to remember. For more information about the concert on the 12th, click here.
Since I would not be able to go to the concert on the 12th I decided that the
try-out performance might be the best alternative. And so I headed for Delft on
the evening of the first of June.
When I entered the wide hall of Grand Cafe Verderop, the band had obviously
already been soundchecking for a while. Instruments had been set up in the back
of the hall, with a black backdrop behind it. The concert would not feature any
of the special effects and film projections that would be used on the 12th; it
would be a purely musical try-out.
When guitar legend and special guest musician Jan Akkerman (Focus) arrived,
the band first rehearsed the songs on which Akkerman would play, the first one
being Another Brick in the Wall (part 2). This was the first time
Akkerman played with the band and although he used his own style rather than
imitating Gilmour's solo, the result was one of the nicest versions of this overexposed
track I've heard in a while. The first part of the guitar solo was followed by a short Hammond
solo after which Akkerman continued with a groovy solo which had the whole band
The next one, Comfortably Numb, did not work that well because
Akkerman's groaning guitar was too loud and therefore dominated the
song. The rest of the band played very well though and the dual vocals by Peter
and Hein worked very well. Something I couldn't really understand was the need
to equip Hein with an acoustic guitar, since it wasn't audible at all and made
him look rather silly. The end of the song featured a short solo by guitarist
Menno, before Akkerman picked up and finished the job in his own style.
After a while the band tried the closing section of High Hopes, which
featured a guitar solo by Akkerman, a sax solo, a second guitar solo by
Akkerman, additional backing vocals and several reprises. It was great to see
the enthusiasm of saxophone player/percussionist Job, who waved his arms to the
band and give instructions like a real conductor. It looks like this is going to
be a worthy concert closer on the 12th.
After a while (quite a while actually) the band finally got ready to rehearse
the whole setlist, this time without Akkerman. The performance of course
started with the full Dark Side of the Moon album. The band had re-recorded all
the sound effects of the piece, except for the opening effects (Speak to
Me), the crashing plane and clocks opening Time and the coins of
Money. The sound engineer played all these of a tape.
After a fine version of Breathe in the Air, the first effort stranded at the
beginning of On the Run when the volume control of the keyboards did not
work as planned. After some adjustments the band started all over again and this
time Danyo and Tom fiddled around with the keyboard to create some nice effects for
On the Run.
Unfortunately the sound engineer started the effects tape with the plane
crash a bit too late.
After the clocks faded out Job played the 'tic-toc' sound on the congo's
while Ronald started the drum solo on the pads. A great version of Time
followed, with good vocals by Hein and Tom.
After Breathe Reprise opera singer Marieke Koster took the microphone and
performed an absolutely splendid and spine-tingling version of Great Gig in
the Sky, one of the highlights of the evening.
Despite the several improvised solos during Money the song sounded a
bit 'messy' and might need some more rehearsals. Us and Them was
wonderful though, even though Job could not quite get the Dick Parry sound out
of his sax. Hein did wonderfully raw vocals on this one.
After good performances of Any Colour You Like (with extended guitar
solo), Brain Damage (with Peter's infamous own interpretation of some of the
lyrics) and Eclipse the centerpiece of the concert ended.
Overall a very good performance as far as I was concerned.
Unfortunately the second part of the set spoiled the lingering joy of Dark
Side a bit. The guitar parts of Shine on You Crazy Diamond were far from
perfect, though the second half of the song was done very well.
Another Brick in the Wall started with the helicopter effect, followed by
the end of part one, the closing of Happiest Days of Our Lives and a full
extended version of part 2. After hearing the great version with Akkerman, this
second one did not even come close.
Some band members left the stage while the rest launched into one of the song
I'd really been looking forward too; Echoes. A was quite disappointed by
this version, which missed most of the atmosphere of the original. Especially
the lack of echo effects on the harsh guitar sound and the loud keyboard effects
spoiled the middle part of the epic.
One of these Days, which followed, wasn't something to write home about
either. It sounded rather 'messy' and the middle part once again had guitar
parts which were too loud and lacked atmosphere.
Since it was getting quite late and I had a one and a half-hour drive ahead
of me, I decided to leave. I had already seen most of the remaining setlist that
evening (except Run Like Hell) and did not want to lose any more of the
momentum created by the first half of the set.
The band was probably getting quite tired - after all, they had been working
the whole evening - so I'll consider that to be a good explanation for the loss
of quality in the second half. The last couple of songs really didn't do the
band justice. I'm convinced that with a bit more practice (and why not just skip
the middle part of Echoes when you cannot get it right) they'll be able
to get these songs on the same level as the Dark Side part. The show on the 12th
will probably be a smasher nevertheless.
So, if you're still not convinced, make sure you're present in Delft on the
12th. It will probably be a night you won't forget easily.
Peter Chattellin - Vocals, BassSpecial Guests:
Hein van den Broek - Lead Vocals
Menno van der Mark - Lead Guitar
Tom Spaapen - Keyboards, Guitar, Hammond, Vocals
Danyo Romijn - Keyboards, Guitar, Hammond
Ronald Kokshoorn - Drums
Job Tarenskeen - Saxophone, Percussion
Evelien van der Kruit - Backing Vocals
Trudy van Starrenburg - Backing Vocals
Andre van Solinge - Backing Vocals
Rob Dijkshoorn - Sound Engineer
Marieke Koster - Vocals
Jan Akkerman - Lead Guitar
For more information about Pink Project,
With Jan Akkerman:
Another Brick in the Wall (part 2)
High Hopes (closing section)
Dark Side of the Moon
Speak to Me
On the Run
- technical problem -
Speak to Me
On the Run
The Great Gig in the Sky
Us and Them
Any Colour You Like
Shine on You Crazy Diamond (part 1-5)
Another Brick in the Wall (part 1-2)
One of these Days
Wish You Were Here
Run Like Hell