Shine On The Live Pink Floyd Experience has been wowing audiences for over 17 years. With it’s eleven-piece ensemble modeled after Pink Floyd’s last two touring bands, they are able to capture the near orchestral soundscape that is the Pink Floyd live experience. Each song has been meticulously crafted down to every detail by the seasoned musicians and ,delivered with passion and excellence. The write up from Jen Bacon from Backstage 360 says it best.
“I had the good fortune of attending a Shine On live stream tribute concert presented by Alert The Globe at the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano. When I arrived at the venue the eleven-member ensemble was in the middle of their sound check. My interest was piqued by many guitarists, multiple keyboardists, saxophone player, drummer and several backup singers that filled the decent size stage end to end.
The live stream concert got underway, and almost as if I dropped the needle on to my one-inch grooved Wall Album, “In The Flesh?” flowed out of the concert amps and into my ear eager eardrums. I was immediately impressed with drummer Bill Lawrence who took on the vocal role of Roger Waters. Bill Lawrence’s tone and inflection delivered the same kind of tonality and passion heard from Waters on the original track.
Then the band rolled out “Another Brick In The Wall (part 1)” off the same album. Their lead guitarist Aaron Broering seemed to channel the ethereal intonation of David Gilmour through the strings of his Stratocaster. Shine On didn’t miss a beat. They included the helicopter sound effects that took them into the next song “The Happiest Days Of Our Lives” and on into “Another Brick In The Wall (part-2)” bassist Ray Brezden perfectly delivered the meaty baseline hook of the song. Drummer Bill Lawrence chanted the famous… “Stand still laddie,” with a spot-on British accent. Then keyboardist Barry Hovis pulled out a bull horn and used it to inquire… “how can you have any pudding when you don’t eat your meat?” which genuinely demonstrated the bands dedication to authenticity.”
As a testament to Shine On’s authenticity and integrity, Pink Floyd sax player Scott Page often joins them to create the most authentic Pink Floyd Live Experience available.
Authenticity has been used to describe Shine On’s engaging performance from day one. Shine On began in 2003 in a most unlikely place, a church! At The Crossing in Costa Mesa CA, Aaron Broering (guitar and vocals) and Bill Lawrence (drums and vocals) were serving on the worship team and met for the first time. One of the music selections was Pink Floyd’s “On the Turning Away” off of Pink Floyd’s “Momentary Lapse of Reason” album, and Aaron performed it with his vocal and guitar excellence with every detail in place. After the service Bill went up to Aaron and asked “How is it that you know this song? You’re too young to know this, let alone play and sing it note for note!” Aaron simply answered, “I know the entire Pink Floyd catalog.” Well, Bill who had been producing and putting bands together for years (and was about to pull the trigger on a Steely Dan tribute act) thought, this talent is too good to waste. So, with Aaron, he called in all the “A” players he performed with regularly and put together a two-hour show he called “Night of the Living Floyd.” When the word got out that this show was happening, technicians and stagecraft artisans came out of the woodwork to join in on the fun. By the time the show was ready to go, the stage was set with truss systems, lighting and a sound system befitting a real Pink Floyd stage. When the concert was done all the players looked at each other and said, “well, are we a band?” The answer was a resounding YES! Ever since then Shine On has been performing to sell out venues from the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano CA to the Fremont Street Experience Las Vegas. Check out the Artist Profiles Tab for details about each Shine On performer and, see the Calendar page for a listing of past and upcoming shows.
Pink Floyd were an English rock band formed in London in 1965. Gaining an early following as one of the first British psychedelic groups, they were distinguished for their extended compositions, sonic experimentation, philosophical lyrics and elaborate live shows, and became a leading band of the progressive rock genre, cited by some as the greatest progressive rock band of all time. By 2013, Pink Floyd had sold more than 250 million records worldwide, making them one of the best-selling music artists of all time. Wish You Were Here, The Dark Side of the Moon, and The Wall are among the best-selling albums of all time, and the latter two have been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. Shine On performs over forty of Pink Floyd’s fan favorites which include a full representation of “Dark Side of the Moon”, which is one of the most commercially successful rock albums of all time; a US number 1, it remained on the Billboard Top LPs & Tape chart for more than fourteen years during the 1970s and 1980s, selling more than 45 million copies worldwide.
Here’s what Jen Bacon from Backstage 360 experienced:
“To the delight of my inner child, the band played a few songs off the Dark Side Of The Moon album. “Speak To Me/Breathe In The Air” featured guitarist Glen Hall‘s perfectly executed lap steel guitar. Closing my eyes, I was transported back to my youthful dream world. And then jolted by resounding alarm clocks as the band, complete with precise loop effects began the song “Time.” Bill Lawrence did an excellent job on the intro with drum triggers and pads to create the same multi-tuned Tom echoes heard on the album. Again, I must tip my hat to the lead guitarist Aaron Broering for bringing the Gilmore passion to the song. To wrap up their tribute to Dark Side, Forbes appeared again, this time on the Tenor alone, delivering an exquisite solo on the song “Money.” The band then revisited The Wall album playing “Young lust.” I was impressed with keyboardist Robin Canada who did a stellar job laying down some bluesy piano riffs.”
Shine On regularly does “Dark Side of the Moon” start to finish and has also performed Pink Floyd’s acclaimed ”Wish You Were Here” album in its entirety, plus a compelling medley of Pink Floyd’s rock classic, “The Wall” is anchored in every show. In addition, greatest hits and fan favorites from Pink Floyd’s Animals, A Momentary Lapse of Reason and The Division Bell albums are well represented. Check out our Music tab for a full listing of song selections.
Shine On is a passionate group of artists with a genuine appreciation of Pink Floyd’s amazing contribution of great music that has stood the test of time and popularity over many generations. It’s a show that captivates a wide audience, both the young and old. Shine On, not content with the usual moniker of “Tribute Band,” prefer to describe themselves as “The Live Pink Floyd Experience.” with that in mind, each performance is truly an Experience to remember. As Jen at Backstage 360 sums up:
“It was a captivating show that I enjoyed in its entirety.
Shine On delivered it in a big way, superbly creating a genuine Pink Floyd live experience.”