El Monstero: A Tribute To Pink Floyd | 08.08.15

Pink Floyd Tribute The band eschewed most of their usual visual antics and let the music shine as the star of the show.

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Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, St. Louis

With special guests Celebration Day: A Tribute to Led Zeppelin

The summer concert scene would not be complete without a show from the premiere Pink Floyd tribute band, El Monstero. This time around, the band rocked the stage of Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre. Composed of members of several local bands (Joe Dirt, The Incureables, The Urge), they come together to recreate the Pink Floyd experience.

Opening with the classic Floyd tune, “Shine On Crazy Diamond,” the show was high energy right from the start. With a stellar light show, and large LED screens providing interesting visuals, it was a very vivid sight. Present were the soldiers of the Double Hammer Movement, holding spotlights from the stage. Yet, aside from this, and some great pyro, the band eschewed most of their usual visual antics and let the music shine as the star of the show … of course, there were dancing girls during “Young Lust.”

Playing many beloved Pink Floyd songs, the set included “Wish You Were Here,” “Us and Them,” “Money,” and “Dark Side of the Moon.” Musically precise, one can close his or her eyes and imagine that it’s 1979. Lead guitarist and co-vocalist Jimmy Griffin (The Incureables) is quite the talented lad, as is the case with the entire band.

Before closing with “Comfortably Numb” and a stellar fireworks display, Favozz of K-SHE95 inducted the band into the K-SHE-95 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, presenting the entire band plaques marking the event. Now, alongside artists like KISS and Rush, they have cemented their place in the history of rock. There is also an El Monstero movie being made.

Opening the evening’s show was Celebration Day: A Tribute to Led Zeppelin. Sporting members of El Monstero, the band played Zeppelin with aplomb. While “Stairway to Heaven” was not played, their song selection was right on point, including “Whole Lotta Love,” “Black Dog,” and “Cashmere.”

Overall, this was a great show paying homage to two of the greatest rock bands in history. | Marc Farr

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