Pink Fraud, September 23rd 2001
Eindhoven, The Netherlands

By Ralph van Leeuwen

Last sunday I went to see Pink Fraud here in Eindhoven. They are a tribute band from the UK.
I must say, a *good* coverband, with some *excellent* versions of floyd-tunes.

The band was very funny to watch. Both the guitarplayer and the drummer were wearing wigs to look like Nick and Dave. The drummer was the best Nick Mason look- and sound-alike I've ever seen and heard. A bit unsteady in his playing, but almost exactly the same gestures and movements. VERY funny! :-)
The band was having a very good time on stage. The first five Wall songs were okay, but not that great. For these songs, as well as for the songs after the break, the band was joined by a female backingvocalist (moving around like a real Floyd-backingsinger) and an extra guitar/saxophoneplayer.

Atom Heart Mother was the first enjoyable surprise. I've seen a couple of Floyd coverbands but never heard this song live. They did do a short (10min?) version of the song. Some of the repetetive chords schemes were played fewer times than the Floyd played them. Transitions were a bit untight.
Careful was okay, but it lacked a loud scream. They've listened to some live versions very well. 'downtown' whispers at the beginning and very well copied basslines and guitarriffs.
Then Echoes. In the jam part part of the song the bandmembers were really going wild. Very good.

After the break: Shine On (parts 1-5). The played the albumversion note-for-note. Very, very good. One of the best versions of the evening. Really, when closing your eyes you were hearing the Floyd. Quite an achievement. The saxplayer was very good. Later, in Money and Us and Them too.
Then Dark Side of the Moon in its entirety. First great song was Great Gig. The female singer was actually very good. Very emotional singing. Only two or three times she just didn't exactly hit the note right (which is very good I think). She got great response from the audience.
After Money another highlight of the evening: Us and Them was fantastic. Again, with your eyes closed you were hearing Pink floyd. Great pianosolo in the middlepart. Very similar to the album, but played perfectly.
The rest of the DSOTM-part was just very good. A real floydian atmosphere in the cafe.
Everyone was enjoying it very much.

First encore: Comfy Numb. Good version.
Second encore: Wish you were here. Very good choice for a closer. Lot of people were singing the lyrics.
When they were playing this song I think a lot of people were wishing the real floyd was there.

During the show the audience went nuts quite a few times, but the band reacted very cool and apropriate, knowing that they were 'only' covering the songs, no egos there.

A very good experience.


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
Atom Heart Mother
Careful With That Axe, Eugene

Shine On You Crazy Diamond (1-5)
Dark Side of the Moon:
Speak to Me
On the Run
The Great Gig in the Sky
Us and Them
Any Colour You Like
Brain Damage

Comfortably Numb

Wish You Were Here


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