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Local rockers pay tribute to Pink Floyd

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Local rockers Juicy stage a Pink Floyd tribute show at the Civic Center Little Theater on Saturday. There will be lights, lasers and video, but no inflatable pig.

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Pink Floyd tribute with Juicy

WHERE: Civic Center Little Theater

WHEN: 8 p.m. Saturday

TICKETS: Advance $20, at the door $25

INFO: Call 800-745-3000 or www.juicyrocks.comCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Pink Floyd shows have a kind of legendary status. The '70s-era progressive rock band was almost as well known for its over-the-top visuals, elaborate light shows and immense stage props as it was for its songs.

While never a huge commercial radio success, the band's albums, including "The Wall" and "Dark Side of the Moon" have been perennial bestsellers for decades.

Front man Roger Waters left the band in 1985 to pursue a solo career. Pink Floyd continued on for a few albums before ceasing to tour as a band in the mid-1990s. Waters still tours. His 2012 revival of Pink Floyd's "The Wall" was one of the best-selling acts of the year.

Meanwhile, tribute acts have sprung up, most of them promising an experience similar to a Pink Floyd show with lasers and smoke machines.

On Saturday night, local rockers Juicy are going to give it a go with a production at the Civic Center Little Theater.

According to Juicy band members Kevin Mullins and Chris Amick, the show is meant to be both a visual and audio recreation of a Pink Floyd show.

Mullins, the band's singer, said, "We've got moving lights, lasers and video. We'd have gotten an inflatable pig, but the only ones I could find were in China, and they were six foot by nine foot.

"We decided against it."

Other than that, Mullins said they did pretty good gathering pieces for the stage show, though obviously it's on a different scale than a full-on Pink Floyd arena show, which costs millions of dollars to put together.

"Yeah, we don't have that kind of money," he said.

What Juicy does have, however, are friends willing to pitch in. Some of Pink Floyd's songs are elaborate compositions requiring additional guitars and drums, plus horns, backup singers and sound effects. 

"We've got quite a few people coming in for this," Amick, the band's guitarist, said. "We've got members of The Esquires, Toothless Ruth, Hybrid Soul and Santa Cruz."

Mullins said Juicy has been playing covers of Pink Floyd songs since not long after the band was founded five years ago. He said they gravitated toward the more challenging songs.

"We pride ourselves on doing stuff other bands don't do because they require more effort," he said.

After a while, they'd amassed more than a couple of Pink Floyd songs in their repertoire and started thinking that maybe doing a full show might be a good idea.

"There are a lot of Pink Floyd fans out there," Mullins said.

He acknowledged, though, that the show Juicy has planned probably isn't going to satisfy fans of the early, experimental and very psychedelic side of Pink Floyd.

"No, nothing really from the Syd Barrett days," Amick said. 

"The show starts around 'Dark Side of the Moon' and goes to 'The Division Bell,'" Mullins said.

The setlist, they said, includes songs like "Run Like Hell," "Time," "Sorrow" and "Wish You Were Here."

Mullins thought it was a fair representation of what was usually performed at a Pink Floyd show. The band itself seldom performed much of its earlier material.

Amick said the hardest part about putting the show together has been time. It's taken almost a year for Juicy to get the tribute show ready.

Mullins added, "Rehearsals were challenging, but everyone took this very seriously. We had everyone coming in weekly, and there were breakout sessions to break the songs down and get it done."

"And it sounds fantastic," Amick said.

Amick and Mullins hope the show is a success, though their aspirations are modest.

"I don't think any of us have any illusions of going on tour," Mullins scoffed. "But you know, if this works, we'd love to do this show in Morgantown, do a night in Beckley, maybe Ashland -- keep it in and around West Virginia."

"I think there are plenty of sponsorship opportunities," Amick said. "We could bring the show to just about any club, or you could hire us for your own private Pink Floyd show."

Reach Bill Lynch at lynch@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5195.


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