Pink Talking Fish, The Plaza Live 2016

Pink Talking Fish & The Heavy Pets | Live Review, Photos & Video | The Plaza Live, Orlando, FL | May 19, 2016

by • June 19, 2016

[Editor’s Note: Since this show, The Plaza Live was the site of the heinous murder of Christina Grimmie. Our thoughts go out to her family and anyone affected. For more, read our tribute to Christina.]

Pink Talking Fish and The Heavy Pets played a three-night Florida run last month, which started off Thursday, May 19, at The Plaza Live in Orlando. This was an official Shows I Go To sponsored event which evolved into making it a free show! This was the second time the two bands teamed up to play The Plaza Live (check out the review of the December 2015 show HERE). The rest of the three-night run included stops at Revolution Live in Fort Lauderdale on Friday and the State Theater in St. Petesburg on Saturday.

At last year’s show, The Heavy Pets opened the show with something a little different than normal, playing as Walrus: A Beatles Tribute. This time around, it was business as usual with a traditional Pet set full of original music, including fan favorite “Chew” as well as a few random covers — David Bowie’s “Fame” and Paul Simon’s “You Can Call Me Al.” Thanks to The Sober Goat for video of most of the set.

The Heavy Pets, The Plaza Live 2016

The Heavy Pets, The Plaza Live 2016

The Heavy Pets, The Plaza Live 2016

The Heavy Pets, The Plaza Live 2016

The Heavy Pets, The Plaza Live 2016

The Heavy Pets, The Plaza Live 2016

Pink Talking Fish did what they do best, mixing and mashing timeless Pink Floyd, Talking Heads, and Phish tunes all night and throughout the rest of the weekend, with no repeats played. This is a band created by musicians who love the music of these acts, and their purpose is to heighten people’s passion for this music by creating something fresh and exciting for fans. The band features Eric Gould on bass, Richard James on keyboards, Zack Burwick on drums, and Dave Brunyak on guitar. As part of a temporary lineup change, Keith Llama from Seven Below filled in on drums while Zack celebrated his birthday.

Pink Talking Fish, The Plaza Live 2016

Pink Talking Fish, The Plaza Live 2016

Pink Talking Fish, The Plaza Live 2016

Pink Talking Fish, The Plaza Live 2016

For over two hours, faces were melted, minds were blown, and good times were most certainly had. At the beginning of the set, I was already amazed by the opening sequence, “Moma Dance” (Phish) into “Breathe” (Pink Floyd). The middle of the set included one of Phish’s oldest and most frequently played songs, “You Enjoy Myself” sandwiched around “Fearless” (Pink Floyd). But it was the final set of songs that really set things off, “Another Brick In The Wall” (Pink Floyd) sandwiched around “Life During Wartime” (Talking Heads) and flowing into “Weakapaug Groove” (Phish), blending with the ending “Eclipse” (Pink Floyd). For the encore, the band welcomed The Heavy Pets on stage to join in for “This Must Be The Place/Naive Melody” (Talking Heads) and “Rock And Roll” (Phish).

Pink Talking Fish, The Plaza Live 2016

Pink Talking Fish, The Plaza Live 2016

Pink Talking Fish, The Plaza Live 2016

Pink Talking Fish, The Plaza Live 2016

After watching one of PTF’s set, one must take a moment to reflect and take it all in, as if you just watched three of the greatest bands ever play at the same time. Thanks to The Sober Goat for the full set video.

SETLIST

Set: Moma Dance > Breathe > Slippery People > Sand > Slippery People. Have A Cigar > Cities, You Enjoy Myself > Fearless* > You Enjoy Myself > Several Species of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together In A Cave And Grooving With A Pict > Take Me To The River > Mike’s Song > Another Brick In The Wall > Life During Wartime > Another Brick In The Wall > Weekapaug Groove > Eclipse

E: This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody), Rock And Roll**

*w/ Prince Caspian tease

**w/ Jeff Lloyd, Jim Wuest, Jamie Newitt & Tony D’Amato of The Heavy Pets.

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Pink Talking Fish & The Heavy Pets live Review/Photos/Video by Richie Williams, The Sober Goat, words edited by Matthew Weller.


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