The Machine (band)

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.

The Machine
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The Machine performs Pink Floyd. Melbourne, FL. February 2020.
Background information
OriginNew York City, New York, USA
GenresProgressive rock
Years active1988–present
MembersJoe Pascarell
Tahrah Cohen
Scott Chasolen
Dylan Kelehan
The Machine performs at BergenPAC, in Englewood, NJ, on March 26, 2016

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 continued to play all lap steel and 12 string guitar during their lengthy show. In March of 2018, Ryan abruptly left the band after a 21 year tenure and was replaced by longtime friend of the band Stephen Bard who only lasted one year and departed in March of 2019. He has been replaced by Dylan Kelehan, previously of another Floyd tribute band Dark Side of the Hudson.[1]


Current members:

  • Scott Chasolen (keyboards, vocals)
  • Tahrah Cohen (drums)
  • Joe Pascarell (guitar, vocals)
  • Dylan Kelehan (bass, vocals)

Past members:

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


  • (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)


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