Wish You Were Here may be this city's pre-eminent Pink Floyd impersonator, but this month, New York's The Machine brings the band's same trippy tunes to Akron's Lock 3 Amphitheater. We checked in with both frontmen to see how these heavyweights of homage match up.
Wish You Were Here
Eroc Sosinski, bass and lead vocals
Origin // Formed in 1995, growing out of a cover band called Tie-Dye Harvest. Why Pink Floyd? // "We noticed that it was popular here in Cleveland, and it has definitely shown that over the years with the success of the band." Favorite Pink Floyd Song // "Dogs" Favorite Pink Floyd Album // The Dark Side of the Moon What Sets Them Apart // "We show that we're fans of the band, trying to re-create the experience of celebrating the music communally." Roger Waters or David Gilmour? // "I think the real Pink Floyd sound was the both of them." Where to See Them // Sept.1, Warren Community Amphitheatre; Oct. 13, House of Blues.
Joe Pascarell, guitar and vocals
Origin // Formed in New York City in 1988, they went all-Floyd only a few months later. Why Pink Floyd? // "People just sort of reacted differently to the Pink Floyd songs. People would freak out." Favorite Pink Floyd Song // "Wish You Were Here" Favorite Pink Floyd Album // The Wall What Sets Them Apart // "We've done over 2,000 shows together, and we've been playing consistently for over 24 years. There isn't another Pink Floyd band that can say that." Roger Waters or David Gilmour? // "I'm a fan of what they did together. They haven't even come close to creating that apart." Where to See Them // Aug. 10, Lock 3 Amphitheater in Akron.