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Floyd fans bid welcome to The Machine

February 04, 2008|By DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN - Hagerstown resident Terry Vinson said he saw Pink Floyd perform near Washington, D.C., a few years ago when the legendary rockers regrouped for a tour of the U.S.

After seeing the real thing, Vinson, 53, said his expectations weren't all that high Saturday night as he joined more than 1,300 others at The Maryland Theatre to catch a performance of The Machine, a Pink Floyd tribute band.

"I just hope this is going to be a cool show," he said.

Brian Sullivan, executive director of The Maryland Theatre, said 1,377 people shelled out $29 per ticket to see The Machine.

It was the largest crowd that the theater has seen in the two years since Sullivan has been there, he said.

The Machine sold even more tickets than "American Idol" winner Taylor Hicks, who performed before an audience of 1,260 in July.

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Concertgoers didn't seem to care that they were watching a tribute band. Young and old alike, some wearing Pink Floyd T-shirts and tie-dye, pumped their fists and clapped to the music, especially after The Machine broke into a rendition of "Another Brick in the Wall."

George Jones, 29, of Martinsburg, W.Va., said before the show that he didn't know what to expect. He just hoped The Machine would stay as true as possible to the originals.

He said his father turned him on to Pink Floyd when he was a boy.

"I went to bed listening to 'Dark Side of the Moon,'" he said.

About 45 minutes into the show, Darryl Meadows, 47, of Inwood, W.Va., said he thought The Machine sounded pretty good, with the exception of a few vocal discrepancies.

"I have to give it an eight out of 10," he said. "It's a great show. If you're a Floyd fan, it's worth coming."

Meadows said he preferred the older Pink Floyd albums such as "Dark Side of the Moon" and "Animals" for their smooth sound, and wants to see the band get back together for another tour.

Wally Wolfe, 32, of Hagerstown, said he never saw Pink Floyd. He and his wife, Renee, were at the show Saturday because acts of The Machine's caliber rarely come to Hagerstown, he said.

"I just wanted to check it out and see how close it was to Floyd," Wolfe said. "As long as they get close, that's all that matters."

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