Finally, something to really write about.
This past Saturday I headed to the House of Blues in Cleveland and caught the Wish You Were Here concert. This band is one of America's premier Pink Floyd tribute bands. They didn't disappoint.
The band hit the stage at 9 p.m. and didn't leave until 12:20 a.m.
Many Floyd classics were covered including "On the Turning Away," "Hey You," "Young Lust," "Coming Back to Life," "Pigs" and "Astronomy Domine."
In the second set, "Let There Be More Light" and "Fearless" pleased old-school Floyd fans.
The band did the entire "Dark Side of the Moon" as part of the second set before closing with "Comfortably Numb."
The concert was sold out, which equaled about 1,200 tickets.
The performance was nearly perfect. This band can probably play the songs as well as the real band, though remember, they're playing others' songs where as the real Floyd actually wrote these tunes themselves.
"Pigs" was awesome, but nothing can top the recording of "Pigs" from the June 25, 1977 show at the old Cleveland Municipal Stadium.
Other highlights for me were "Shine On You Crazy Diamond (1-5)" and "Time" from "Dark Side..."
Again, the House of Blues is a top-notch facility. I know I write this every time, but it is true. I like the fact I can pay $8 for valet parking. I don't like looking for parking spaces in Cleveland and enjoy someone bringing my car to me after the show. It's worth it to me.
I enjoy the cleanliness of the House of Blues and the staff, which is pleasant.
The HOB must have made a fortune on beer and alcohol sales Saturday. I'm not a drinker, but I saw many shell out between $3.50 and $5 for drinks. I like to enjoy the music and remember the concert. After watching more than one person too hammered to walk after the show, I quietly wondered to myself, why bother attending only to get smashed?
Well, like I said last week, I'll be going back to the HOB on Feb. 13 for the Slayer show. This concert is sort of like music combined with minor-league hockey. If you get too close to the pit area, you're going to get knocked down. I'll have to get my battle armor ready for that one.