Pink Project, June 12th 1998
Dark side of the Moon
25th anniversary Concert
Market Square, Delft, The Netherlands
By Bart Jan van der Vorst
Pink Project is an occasional Pink Floyd tribute band, formed by bassist
Peter Chattellin, which had received tremendous reviews (unfortunately
without the knowledge of yours truly) on their re-creation of the live
performances of The Wall in 1996. This year it was decided that the band
should be formed again in order to celebrate the 25th anniversary of
Floyd's Dark Side Of The Moon.
The celebration was realised with a free concert at the Market Square in
Delft, and would also be the start of the Delft music festival. The concert
had been announced with quite a lot of fuss and promised to be something
special. With a huge light-show on a 20x10 metre stage this seemed an event
not to be missed.
Always in for a good concert and loving the music of Pink Floyd, my friend
Derk van Mourik and I decided to travel to Delft. I had seen another Pink
Floyd tribute band, The Australian Pink Floyd, perform a month before, and
if this band would only be half as good, I'd be more than satisfied.
We arrived at the Market Square when support act Steamy Windows was already
half way through their set. Steamy Windows is a band with two female
vocalists making rather catchy prog/pop-alike music. I must say that I
quite liked their performance (maybe also because of the pleasant looks of
the two vocalists), much better than the average support-act. Also the
sound was pretty good for an open-air concert.
The stage turned out to be not quite as big as I had in mind after reading
the "20x10 metre" description, it seemed a bit low to me. Fortunately there
was a huge space being kept free between the stage and the audience (space
for special effects? fireworks?) so we didn't have too many people in front
By the time the performance had started however, these areas were packed
with people as well (a VIP area then?) and we were having big troubles to
see the people on the stage properly, despite the fact that we are both
well over 1m90 tall. I wonder why the organisation of the music festival
had not built a bigger, or at least a higher stage. It surely can't cost
that much to add another metre or so.
The stage was packed with instruments and lights and a (Floyd trademark)
round screen hung behind the stage.
We had plenty time before the concert would start, so we had a wander
around the square, being able to pick up some good prog-cd's as well as to
drool over heaps and heaps of (Pink Floyd) bootlegs.
After Steamy Windows had finished we were treated with some excerpts from
Roger Waters' Amused To Death album, however we never got to hear an entire
song. At about 10 o'clock a sound effects tape started. It wasn't entirely
dark yet and I started fearing they would start before it got dark.
Fortunately they waited until it was completely dark and we could "enjoy"
the pretty boring sound effects for the next 30 minutes.
At about 10.30 the classic "I know I'm mad, I've always been mad" intro
started receiving a loud cheer from the audience. At the time I suspect
there were about 1500 to 2000 attendants - not bad for a tribute band at all.
The heartbeat effects started and these were accompanied by two red
spotlights, which shone at the round screen to the beat of the heart. The
heartbeat went on for some time and pretty soon the two guys operating the
spotlights lost the synchronicity with the sound of the beat. This caused a
completely wrong effect and it became quite irritating when they couldn't
manage to flash their light synchronous with the music anymore. It seemed
very amateurish to me.
The heartbeat with the non-synchronous lights went on for another 10
minutes and the crowd started growing impatient. Then it finally stopped,
only to start all over again with the "I know I've been mad" part. This
time the band *did* start playing and they kicked in with Breathe, the
first real song of Dark Side (see picture).
It became clear that the band was there to recreate the music of Pink
Floyd, rather than recreate the band itself, as a good 10 musicians were on
stage. The large amount of musicians required a lot of work from the sound
engineer, who unfortunately didn't manage to maintain the good sound
quality of the support act. The different instruments sounded a bit blurred
and during Breathe Hein van den Broek's lead vocals didn't stand out
On the run followed, with even the strangest sound effects being recreated
by keyboard wizards Danyo Romijn and Tom Spaapen. This song was played
really well, with pretty effective lighting and (custom made) images of
aeroplanes being projected at the round screen. Because of the size of the
stage this screen was rather hanging behind the band and instruments than
*above* the band. This (together with the stage itself being so low) made
it difficult to properly see the footage that was being shown.
There had been no room for a live plane crash in the budget, so the effect
was created by a lot of flashing lights and the heavy sound of an explosion
which followed a *little* too late. Again the effect got spoiled by the bad
timing of either the lighting director or the sound engineer.
Bells ringed, an NS-train clock was shown and the next song Time
kicked in (see picture), featuring a very original opening. The tick-tock sound of the
clocks was being played live on a set of congas by percussionist Job
Tarenskeen, with drummer Ronald Kokshoorn banging the drums like a mad-man.
After a fine version of Time the first special guest of the evening got
called on stage: Opera singer Marieke Koster came to sing the solo vocals
of Great Gig in the Sky (see picture). She sang it beautifully, with shivers running down
my spine. This was definitely *the* highlight of the entire concert,
although I didn't realise it at the moment.
The quality of the entire performance fell down with the next song Money
being one of the worst parts of the show. They started with a shaky version
of the song, which, after the vocal parts had finished, continued as some
sort of jam-session that lasted for about 10 minutes in total. In my
personal opinion you have to be very wary about jamming when you're trying
to recreate someone else's music, as it can become quite irritating and
boring for the audience, which is obviously more interested in the music
they know than in the band's abilities to jam. The continuous solos of the
various band members didn't seem well-rehearsed to me either.
A moderately played version of Us and Them followed, with a good
performance of Job Taranskeen on saxophone, and a lesser performance of
vocalist Hein. The instrumental Any Colour You Like that followed featured
a pretty good extended guitarsolo by Menno van der Mark. This was one of
the few times that his performance really stood out.
The first set finished with fine versions of Brain Damage (see picture) and Eclipse,
which again had custom made footage (taken from NOS-news) being shown on
the round screen.
Altogether the performance of Dark side was quite good, with Great Gig
being the absolute highlight, and Money being the worst part. The lighting
worked quite well and the footage was well made and clearly inspired by the
footage Pink Floyd themselves used during their performances, as it can be
seen on the P.U.L.S.E. video. When I saw the real Pink Floyd in '94 they
didn't play Dark Side in its entirety, so to me it was really special
to finally see the album being played song by song.
The band came back after about 10 minutes and afterwards I actually wished
they hadn't. Mellow keyboard tones started playing and a pretty big silver
diamond was hauled into the air, in front of the stage. The song they
played was (of course) Shine on You Crazy Diamond. Although guitarist Menno
really screwed up the guitar intro, the song itself was played quite well.
They only played part 1 (or part 1 thru 5 for the older fans among us)
which finished after (an again screwed up) saxophone solo. This version
came not anywhere *near* the version I had seen The Australian Pink Floyd
play a month earlier. I did my best not to draw any comparisons between the
two tribute bands, by I couldn't stop myself doing so.
The next song they played had a guest musician again: The legendary Jan
Akkerman (from Focus, see picture) joined the band for Another Brick in
the Wall. They played the P.U.L.S.E. version, which starts with helicopter
sounds and the end of Another Brick pt 1 then flows into the finale
of Happiest days of our Lives (the first time the one male and two
female background vocalists actually made a notable performance) before
kicking in with Another Brick pt 2.
During the song footage was being shown of the very same Pink Project
performing The Wall in 1996.
Jan Akkerman played the end solo of the song and rather than copying Dave
Gilmour's solo he played it in his own, unique style. Akkerman played on
and on and actually had to be stopped by percussionist/saxophonist Job, as
the song was supposed to feature a Hammond solo as well. Some startled
looks back and forward, laughter and a short, shaky Hammond solo finally
finished the song, a good 10 minutes after it had started.
Although I quite liked this version of the song, it once more appeared very
badly rehearsed and a bit amateurish.
Some band members left the stage, so that bassist Peter could sing the next
song: Echoes (see right picture). While part of the film The Abyss was being shown on the
screen, the band played a fast version of this song.
Again I started drawing comparisons with a month earlier. The Australian
Pink Floyd had also played Echoes and I had the impression that, despite
it's beauty, it simply isn't a song to be performed live. APF nearly
changed my mind with a 23-minute heavy version of the song, yet the Pink
Project had chosen a different approach: They had shortened the song to
something just under 15 minutes!!!
During the first part the vocals could hardly be heard, because the
keyboards were too loud (and seemed to play in the wrong key as well). The
song really collapsed with the Whale/Seagull part, which was utterly fucked
up by Menno van der Mark. I was glad that the song finished after those 15
minutes, as apart from the shown footage, it was not really worth watching.
This the more seems to prove my statement once again that Echoes shouldn't
be played live unless the performance is perfectly note-sharp and the
audience consists of nothing but Pink Floyd die-hards. Otherwise it simply
bores most of the audience to death.
The audience's attention was being drawn back to the stage with a pretty
good performance of One of These Days. During this song a huge inflatable
pink pig appeared above the audience and got, hanging on ropes, hauled over
the heads of the audience towards the control tower in the back. Due to
either the low stage, or a miscalculation in the design of the show, the
pig didn't really stay above the crowd, but actually plunged into the
audience, where it naturally got stuck, entangled in the wires and
eventually killed by someone who stuck a knife in its belly. I couldn't see
what happened when the pig got cut leak, but I reckon that a good lot of
people got covered with pieces of pink plastic. Due to all the fuss I
missed half of the song.
Unfortunately many people in the audience were still dealing with the
remains of the pig when the band played a soft, but fine version of Wish
You Were Here.
Jan Akkerman joined the band once more to play the solos of the next song:
Comfortably Numb. Again, his solos were perfect, no note-for-note
recreation, but his own, superb interpretation. The musicians seemed to
have found their act together again and they played really well. However,
at this point the lighting director decided to call it a day and he managed
to utterly *destroy* the already not so effective lightshow.
It is some sort of unwritten rule that at some part in the final guitarsolo
of Comfortably Numb a mirrorball appears at which massive white light-beams
are being pointed (see picture). The mirrorball was there (in fact it had
already been used during another song) and the fact that in this case the light-beams
were blue didn't matter to me, however, this sequence started while Hein
was still singing the second verse!!
By the time Jan Akkerman started his solo the lights were switched back to
At the end of Comfortably Numb there were a lot of flashing lights, the
kind of lights that are trademark to the song Run Like Hell. This song
however didn't get played; in fact, the band said, "Thank you good night"
and left the stage.
After 3 minutes they came back for an encore, and they did play the
anticipated Run Like Hell yet the lighting director had switched back to
automatic pilot and the intro to the song (a guitar with a lot of reverb)
was played in full light.
After a terrible Run Like Hell Jan Akkerman came on-stage once more to
accompany the band with the final song: High Hopes. For this song Marieke
Koster also got hauled back on stage, and she joined the backing vocal
section. Fortunately this song was played quite well, and the footage they
showed was genuine Pink Floyd material: The videoclip of High Hopes.
The fine version of High Hopes made up for the most of the mess during the
second set, however afterwards I actually wished they had stopped playing
after Dark Side which was much and much better than any song they played
in the second set.
Also the choice of the setlist was a bit poor, especially the encores. I
think it would have been much better to finish the main set with High Hopes
and play Comfortably Numb and Run Like Hell as the encore. Again, this is
some sort of unwritten Pink Floyd law to finish with those two songs. Pink
Floyd themselves have not done differently in 15 years.
In conclusion it was a bit of a disappointment to me, especially the second
half. Maybe it was because of the surprisingly good performance of APF a
month earlier, or that it was just an overkill of Pink Floyd tribute bands,
I don't know, but the poor sound quality, bad lighting and meagre
performance in the second half completely spoiled the thrill of the first
half for me.
Also comparing the size of the project and the actual performance of the
show, it appeared a bit unorganised or badly rehearsed to me.
On the other hand, considering it is only an occasional band, a tribute
band *and* a free concert, I shouldn't judge too hard on them. After all it
was a good 2 hours of entertainment, and I have seen much worse concerts
even from professional bands!
Hein van den Broek - Lead Vocals
Peter Chattellin - Bass, Vocals
Menno van der Mark - 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
Marieke Koster - Vocals
Jan Akkerman - Lead Guitar
Dark Side of the Moon:
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
Another Brick in the Wall part 2
One of these Days
Wish You Were Here
Run Like Hell
There's also another review and a review of the
Try Out Session in the Concert Reviews Archive.