Pigs on the Wing, a Pink Floyd tribute band, wanted to come up with a name capturing the group’s psychedelically intense experience that they bring to small, intimate locations.
“We almost called ourselves “The Crazy Diamonds”, but thought Neil Diamond and it didn’t work,” said Jason Baker, guitar and vocals. Instead they opted for the two-part song titled Pigs on the Wing off the Pink Floyd album Animals, written by Roger Waters for his then-wife. The song is a collective favorite of the band.
Known for their high energy performances, Pigs on the Wing will be playing Feb. 13, 7:30 p.m. at the San Juan Community Theater. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for student reserved, and $5 student RUSH (at the door).
This will be their first visit to the San Juans, and they are excited.
Pigs on the Wing officially came together nearly 10 years ago. Their story began after a special Pink Floyd tribute performance of Dark Side of the Moon. The band members are currently Jason Baker on guitar and vocals, Matt Jones on keys and vocals, Eric Welder on bass, Brian Fairfield on drums, David Lindenbaum on guitar and vocals, Keeley St. Clair as backing vocals and Pete Galluzzo on sax.
They have played in assorted venues through out the Pacific Northwest ever since. Over the years their repertoire has grown to include music from all Pink Floyd’s albums and eras, including the infamous Syd Barrett’s. Pigs on the Wing has also done renditions of the Wizard of Oz sync (Play Dark Side of the Moon while watching Wizard of Oz and there are some mighty strange connections).
Finding his way toward Pink Floyd was a gradual process for Baker,“It wasn’t what I cut my teeth on musically, that would be Nirvana, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains,” he said.
His journey began in his childhood, a bleep on his radar, Pink Floyd was part of his parents wide musical interest. Then came college, and discovering the Dark Side of the Moon and Wizard of Oz sync up. It was the film Live at Pompeii though that introduced him to the heavy, edgy side of Pink Floyd not often heard on the radio that got him hooked.
“The songwriting is beautiful, complex, dark at times,” Baker said. “All of the things that make for quality art in my opinion.”
Baker hinted that show will likely feature songs from all the 70s albums, probably including classics such as “Great Gig in the Sky” and “Have a Cigar.”
For all the crazy diamonds out there, Baker hopes the audience will be “ready to rock, because we are loud!”