Emily Reily 11 a.m., Jan. 30
Sound description: Sounds a lot like Pink Floyd.
RIYL: Pink Floyd
Upcoming Local Shows
- Jam Session: "Which One's Pink?" · May 24, 2011
- Cover Story: "Borrowed Music. Borrowed Look. Borrowed Fame." · March 18, 2009
Ex-Band Members: Graham Heath, Vocals
Influences: Pink Floyd, David Gilmour, Richard Wright, Roger Waters, Nick Mason, Syd Barrett, Roy Harper, Snowy White
Pink Froyd and the Pink Floyd Experience are fronted by guitarist Tom Quinn, with both bands usually featuring the same local players, including co-founding bassist Gus Beaudoin. “Our first gig was in 1995,” says Quinn, who was inspired to form the groups after seeing the real Pink Floyd at Jack Murphy Stadium in April ’94. “If I wasn’t playing Pink Floyd covers, I can’t imagine me doing any other tribute.”
Singer Graham Heath was with the band from 1999 through September 2010. Heath also sang with the Pink Floyd Experience from early 2004 through September 2010.
In May 2011, Heath filed a lawsuit against Quinn and Pink Froyd/Pink Floyd Experience band reps Annerin Productions and Jeff Parry Promotions on seven counts, including: Common law appropriation of name or likeness; Breach of contract; Defamation; False light; Termination in violation of section 6310(A) CA Labor Code and CA OSHA/Occupational Safety and Health Act.
Heath’s lawsuit alleged that Quinn and fellow band mates liked smoking pot in their hotel rooms, with his complaints resulting in Termination in Violation of Labor Code and Cal-OSHA.
“I have been a member of both bands since the beginning,” Gus Beaudoin told the Reader in July 2011. “Since I haven’t been named as a defendant, so far, I’m not required to follow a lawyer’s advice to keep my mouth shut...I wish I could address all of the allegations now, but the truth will be revealed eventually. The main thing I want to get straight now is the fact that the decision to replace Graham was made by all the members of the bands.”