The Machine (band)

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The Machine
The Machine in 2016. L-R: Ryan Ball, Scott Chasolen, Joe Pascarell and Tahrah Cohen.
Background information
OriginNew York City, New York, USA
GenresProgressive rock
Years active1988–present
MembersJoe Pascarell
Tahrah Cohen
Stephen Bard
Scott Chasolen
The Machine performs at BergenPAC, in Englewood, NJ, on March 26, 2016

The Machine is one of the oldest U.S. Pink Floyd tribute bands. Formed in 1988 by Tahrah Cohen and Joe Pascarell, the band has performed many shows around the world. Spin magazine noted that The Machine "sounds exactly like Pink Floyd"[1]

The Machine began as a cover band who played gigs local to the Rockland County, NY area and did not play Pink Floyd Music exclusively. In 1989 they were approached by a talent agent and it was suggested that they perform full-time. They seemed to garner such a delighted response from their audiences that the band's reputation continued to grow and soon they became one of the forerunners of the tribute band phenomenon.

The band has played thousands of shows worldwide and has seen several lineup changes. The most significant change came in 2013 when Pascarell left. At that time Ryan Ball became the lead guitarist and Adam Minkoff joined on bass and lead vocals. During the fall of 2015 Pascarell rejoined on lead guitar and lead vocals. Ryan Ball returned to bass, and currently plays all lap steel and 12 string guitar during their lengthy show. The current members have been in the band for the longest stretch.


Current members:

  • Scott Chasolen (keyboards, vocals)
  • Stephen Bard (bass, vocals)[2][3]
  • Tahrah Cohen (drums)
  • Joe Pascarell (guitar, vocals)

Past members:

  • Adam Minkoff
  • Neil Alexander
  • Adam Price
  • Mark Zimmerman
  • Wes Nagy
  • Sarah Gardner
  • Ryan Ball


  • (1999) Softly Spoken Magic Spells (A live concert recording from The Wetlands in New York City, including a performance of Pink Floyd's classic album The Dark Side of the Moon
  • (2000) Till We Meet Again
  • (2003) Two Nights at the Keswick (Live CD & DVD)
  • (2006) The Machine Unplugged (Recorded Live at the BB King's Blues Club in NYC in October 2005)
  • (2007) The Machine Live In Amsterdam (DVD recorded of a live performance in Amsterdam)
  • (2011) The Symphonic Side of the Moon (Live performance of the Dark Side of the Moon and "Comfortably Numb" with a symphony orchestra)


  1. ^ "About the Band". The Machine Live. Retrieved 2008-07-16.
  2. ^ "The Machine on Instagram: "We would like to welcome to The Machine on bass, guitar, and vocals... Stephen Bard (a.k.a. Lemin Featherbun). Stephen has been a fan of…"". Instagram. Retrieved 2018-06-29.
  3. ^ LLC, The Machine Live,. "The Machine Live". Retrieved 2018-06-29.

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