by Scott Tuchman
Pink Floyd, Talking Heads and Phish are all more than just bands… they are Phenomenon’s. Their creations have artistically inspired people and their mind-blowing live performances have brought people together to form a special sense of community around the love for their favorite band.
Although the music from each act is different, Pink Talking Fish has discovered that fusing the material together creates an amazing story. The epic emotion of Pink Floyd…. The funky, danceable layering’s of Talking Heads…. The multitude of styles, unique compositional structures, and pure fun of Phish…. to merge these three into one give music lover’s a special experience.
Pink Talking Fish features Eric Gould on bass, Richard James on keyboards, Zack Burwick on drums and Cal Kehoe on guitar. This is a band created by musicians who love the music of these acts. Its purpose is to heighten people’s passion for this music by creating something fresh and exciting for fans. *
Words like crafty, articulate, joyful and inventive barely scratch the surface in describing the Night one performance at Saint Rocke. It wasn’t just the core three bands that PTF drew from. Richard James’s opening B3 organ chords of “Foreplay/Long Time” immediately threw the crowd into a screaming delight as they recognized the seminal monster tune from Boston’s first album and the right into Phish, Talking Heads, Pink Floyd, and Edgar Winter. There were more surprises in the second set including a killer Phish, Floyd, Heads medley that ended with the Bea’s; the Beatles “A Day In the Life” and Beastie Boys “Sabotage”. Pink Talking Fish surely loved to turn us all on!
Night 2’s second set at The Bourbon Room in Hollywood was a “Heads” fan favorite special show as PTF performed in its entirety the Talking Heads live show “Stop Making Sense”. It was a treat to see Cal Kehoe play acoustic ala David Byrne on “Psycho Killer” and so much more fun when Jeff Miller, lead guitar with the band Black Crystal Wolf Kids (they opened for PTF both nights) joined the band to finish off the second half of the live album show. I’ve never seen anyone rock a SMPTE Color Bar suit like Jeff did!
Pink Talking Fish wraps up its west coast tour Feb. 2, 3, and 4 at Sweetwater Music Hall, Auburn Lodge, and the Gem & Jam Festival in Tucson.
Saint Rocke Set 1:
Foreplay/Longtime > The Curtain > The Great Curve
Axilla Part 1 > Cities
Great Gig In The Sky
Saint Rocke Set 2:
Pigs (3 Different Ones)
Split Open And Melt
Road To Nowhere
You Enjoy Myself > Astronomy Domine > You Enjoy Myself > This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)
A Day In The Life
*Excerpt from the Pink Talking Fish website