If you’re a fan of Pink Floyd, you won’t want to miss this weekend’s performance by tribute band Pink Droyd.
The gates for the performance are set to open at 7 p.m., and the concert will begin at 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28 at the 13-24 Drive In.
“Pink Droyd will bring the look, feel, and sound of Pink Floyd to the Drive In with a special outdoor presentation of Hindsight 20/20: A Retrospective of the Pink Floyd Catalog. Their show is accurate to the music, visually stunning, and will feature hits and rarities spanning the entire Pink Floyd music catalog,” said Morgan Ellis, public relations and marketing coordinator for the Honeywell Foundation.
The cost per carload is $75, which is as low as $12.50 per person. Tickets are sold on a per-vehicle basis and allow admission for up to six guests. The regular price is $95. Use code PINK75 at checkout. Offer expires at 11:59 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 27. Buy tickets online by visiting www.1324drivein.com/coming-soon/Pink-Droyd or calling 260-563-1102.
“We will require your full cooperation in adhering to our new guidelines to protect the health and safety of our guests and staff,” said Ellis.
Earlier this month, Kevin Quandt, lead vocalist and guitarist, took time out of his vacation in Michigan to discuss the origins of the band, the music of Pink Floyd and being a live performer during such an unusual time.
Quandt said he began playing guitar when he was 15 years old.
“I played Metallica and a bunch of heavy stuff just on acoustic guitar. It never sounded quite right, but I just kept plugging at it,” said Quandt.
Quandt said from there, he started up a small band. He said he played in and out of different bands growing up, usually with the same group of musicians.
“It’s just inevitable for so many of us,” said Quandt.
Quandt said his interest in classic rock only grew deeper when, in 2006, he and a friend saw Roger Waters perform the album “Dark Side of the Moon” at what was then known as Deer Creek Music Center.
“It blew us away,” said Quandt. “We didn’t know what to think of it. It was so good. And we said, ‘Well, we have to do a tribute to Pink Floyd. We just have to pay homage to this. We have to try our best to do how well Roger Waters did.’”
Quandt said from there, they put together a tribute night at a local bar in Fort Wayne called Pierre’s.
“It was such a hit that six months later we did it again,” said Quandt. “It was such a success that we decided to make this a legit thing.”
After a few personnel changes, they were off and running. In January 2007, they held their first official rehearsals as Pink Droyd.
Capturing the music
Quandt said when he tries to explain what the band does to people they think he’s some combination of Pink Floyd front men David Gilmour and Roger Waters, which is not necessarily true.
“It’s like, ‘Well, yeah, but we’re just trying to capture the music, but certain songs do resonate with that persona,’” said Quandt.
Quandt said there are exceptions, like when they performed “The Wall” last year.
“That’s all Roger Waters. It’s his grand opus. You had to dig in. When I do Roger Waters I try to get his over annunciation of things and not just mannerisms of course, but what he is feeling when he’s delivering these songs because they’re all very personal to him. He’s a very emotive writer. Gilmour is more emotive on his playing,” said Quandt.
Quandt said most people know Pink Floyd for their run of mega-selling albums – including 1973’s “Dark Side of the Moon,” 1975’s “Wish You Were Here,” 1977’s “Animals” and 1979’s “The Wall” – but Pink Droyd also pays tribute to earlier incarnations of the band when it was headed by the late Syd Barrett.
“We represent Syd. We wouldn’t be an honest Floyd tribute if we didn’t embrace the entire catalog. Most people their idea of Pink Floyd is the big hits from the ‘70s. … Any band in the world would be proud of that and that’s just four of the 15 studio albums. We hit a lot in those albums, but we dig deep,” said Quandt.
Quandt said many songs will sound the same as the studio version, while others might deviate from what some audiences may expect.
“For others, we might lean to one of their live performances to give it a little bit more edge. So, we welcome people to be familiar with the studio hits and some of the live performances,” said Quandt. “We’re always a family-friendly show. We try to stay away from anything controversial and make sure everybody enjoys the show.”
Performing during a pandemic
Quandt said being a working musician in 2020 has been “tough.”
“We’ve only had a couple shows this year. Which is, unfortunately, true for just about every single artist big and small. Probably the really small solo acts have performed a lot more than the other acts because it’s easier for them to fit in some smaller spaces. It’s difficult. We’re trying to be clever,” said Quandt. “The drive-in is a great opportunity. That way, everybody can be socially distant.”
Quandt said a few months ago, they had recorded a multi-camera live performance which provided a stark example of how things have changed.
“That was fun. It was kind of odd because we would finish and there would be no clapping. There was no audience. It was very foreign to us. We’re all about the live experience. People after shows will ask if they can buy a video of us. I say, ‘Hopefully you captured one because we are solely a live performance,’” said Quandt.