|Bozeman was treated to quite a show Thursday, March 10, when Pinky and the Floyd and friends hit the stage in the Emerson Center’s Crawford Theater. Veterans of Pink Floyd concerts were almost in awe with the sold-out performance. With Dustin Tucker on rhythm guitar and vocals, Sean Lehman on bass, Luke Flansburg on lead guitar and vocals, Joe Kirchner on the keyboards, Chris Cundy on the Hammond B3 organ, Jake Fleming on saxophone, percussion, and guitar, Drew Fleming on percussion, Adam Greenburg on drums, and Jeni Fleming and Krista Barnett on vocals, Pinky and the Floyd produces a wall of sound with all the bricks intact. The band played over 20 Pink Floyd songs from across the band’s spectrum of releases for the packed house.
The show also had a few guest performers, both expected and unexpected: Dave Walker, front man for the Dave Walker Band and former lead singer for Savoy Brown and Black Sabbath, sang with the band for “Brain Damage,” a song from Pink Floyd’s ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ album, which, coincidentally or not, was released on the same date as Thursday night’s show in 1973. The band wound up the first set playing ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ in its entirety. “Dave was certainly a little treat,” Dustin Tucker told The BoZone. “The crowd went wild for him.”
The crowd also went wild when the 50-member Bozeman Senior High School choir joined the band onstage during the first set for a couple of numbers, winding through “Happiest Days of our Lives” into “Another Brick in the Wall,” and earning a rousing standing ovation from the crowd as the kids ended their set with “On the Turning Away.” “The choir totally got the crowd going,” said Tucker. “I’m very grateful they got to perform with us. The choir teacher was awesome, and brought great energy onstage… and the kids all got to hang out up front and dance after they were done.” The light show accompanying the music was first-rate as well, and Pinky and the Floyd was also joined onstage during several numbers by Raven Summer, an aerialist with a flair for silk: as the band played, Raven performed dance-like gymnastics on a parachute secured to the ceiling.
“It was all pretty ridiculous, but in a good way,” Tucker said with a laugh. “We’re pretty much speechless. Everything just came together so perfectly. I can’t wait to do it again… it was the best musical experience we’ve ever had as a band. It’s so cool to play with all these folks.” Keyboardist Joe Kirchner’s mother happened to be sitting next to us during the performance, and as the show wrapped up, I asked her if she was proud of her son. She just smiled. “I think everybody got their money’s worth,” she said. She’ll get no argument from me there.