Set the Controls: Recreating the Music of Pink Floyd

Set the Controls: Recreating the Music of Pink Floyd

 Nashville, Tennessee, USA
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With an all-star roster of multi-instrumental musicians and their meticulous attention to details, Set the Control creates a new standard for the musical recreation of Pink Floyd.


It's been a brief but bright and successful two years for Set the Controls (formerly Eclipse). The band performed a debut event in September 2008 in Nashville and immediately garnered praise from fans and critics for their spot on renditions of Pink Floyd's catalog. Within a few months, Set the Controls was touring extensively, playing large venues, college towns and theaters from coast to coast.

With eyes closed, one would swear they were listening to the real Pink Floyd, complete with lushly layered vocals and perfect fills of guitars, keyboards, saxophones and drums. Set the Controls uses both vintage and modern equipment to ensure as close a representation as possible of the sounds from Floyd's classic albums.

"I think reverence is more of a common denominator than a distinction among tribute bands." says guitarist Tod Weidner from his home in Ohio. "What casts Set the Controls apart is respect for the craftsmanship of the songs. We're a six-piece band. We utilize three guitarists, a 5-piece vintage and modern keyboard rig, multi-instrumental saxophonist and six accomplished vocalists to capture and recreate the dense textures that have made Pink Floyd's music so enduring. All the members of Set the Controls are professional musicians, all involved in original projects of their own, and it's precisely this energy and hunger associated with the creation of original music that helps us deliver Pink Floyd with such accuracy and passion."

And the fans response?

"It's beyond our wildest hopes." marvels Weidner. "Veterans who have seen Floyd dozens of times as well as younger fans who unfortunately never got to experience the band in concert have really taken Set the Controls to their hearts. For fans old and new, this music touches a nerve because it deals with universal themes and primal emotions. For the members of Set the Controls, the opportunity to perform such beautiful, classic music night after night to rooms full of fans-some crying, some smiling, all singing along-is simply and honor."

Weidner pauses, "And it's an honor we take very, very seriously."


Pink Floyd

Set List

An Eclipse show may include, but not limited to:

In the Flesh
Happiest Days of Our Lives
Another Brick in the Wall
What Shall We Do Now?
Young Lust
Arnold Lane
Learning to Fly
Pigs (Three Different Ones)
One Slip
Have a Cigar
Wish You Were Here
Welcome to the Machine
Hey You
What Do You Want From Me
Run Like Hell
On the Turning Away
Speak to me
Breathe Reprise
Great Gig in the Sky
Coming Back to Life
Astronomy Domine
Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun
Pigs on the Wing
Brain Damage
Not Now John
Comfortably Numb
Shine On You Crazy Diamond