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by Cortney Maddock
Feb 21, 2008 | 1400 views | 0 0 comments | 70 70 recommendations | email to a friend | print
To many music fans, Pink Floyd is an innovative and progressive rock group that is on an elite list of bands whose music will forever be venerated and protected by its fans.

Well, local band Eclipse knows they have what it takes to be Pink Floyd — even if it is only one performance at a time.

Eclipse, a musical tribute to Pink Floyd, has been playing regular gigs in the Red Room at the Crystal Bay Casino in Lake Tahoe and is coming down the mountain to play at the Great Basin Brewery Saturday night.

The band formed two years ago when guitarist and singer Dave Marino, who had played in other local cover bands, decided it was time to pay tribute to the psychedelic rock masters.

Not an easy task to do, especially since Eclipse is only a four-man band. Along side Marino is bassist, saxophone player and singer Tom Davis, keyboard player Rob Lawrence and drummer Lars Cerio.

“When Pink Floyd would perform, they would have a 10-piece band,” Marino said. “We’re multi-talented enough to cover different instruments in a way to make the sound full. There is a lot of detail in (Pink Floyd’s) music.”

Marino said Eclipse has no intention of changing the Pink Floyd sound or the unique, signature Pink Floyd concert experience. Saturday night Eclipse will play to a special laser light show and at larger gigs, video clips accompany the lights.

“We dedicated ourselves to learning the songs how they are written on the record,” Marino said. “Some of the longer songs we’ll modify for the live show but we try to stick to the original.”

Listening to Eclipse will take any Pink Floyd lover back in time, which Marino said is the goal. The band’s skillful musical performance brings out classic rock fans from all generations, including people who have actually seen Pink Floyd in concert before original band members went their separate ways in the 1980s.

“People come to our shows and we get a lot of good feedback,” Marino said. “Younger kids get a piece of history to see (these songs) performed live.”

In the first half of Eclipse’s two-hour show, the band plays nearly all of the songs off 1973’s “Dark Side of the Moon.” After a break, the band takes to the stage with another hour of what Marino calls the “greatest hits.” Chosen by the band, these hits include “Wish You Were Here,” “Comfortably Numb” and “Another Brick in the Wall” just to name a few.

Expand-ing its tour coverage, Marino said the band is seeking gigs in northern California and Las Vegas. Still happy to call Reno and Sparks home, Marino is excited for Saturday’s show.

“I think we’ll have a good, packed house,” Marino said. “Anyone who likes Pink Floyd’s music should come check us out.”

Eclipse will take the stage at the Great Basin Brewery at 9 p.m. The cover charge for the evening of reminiscent rock is $5.
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