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 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 December 2012 when Pascarell left the band for the second time (Pascarell also left the band in the year 2000 resulting in a 9-month hiatus). In January 2013 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. In March 2018, Ryan Ball left the band and was replaced by longtime friend of the band Stephen Bard who stayed on for one year and departed in March 2019. He has been replaced by Dylan Kelehan, previously of another Floyd tribute band Dark Side of the Hudson. Kelehan parted ways with the group on April 3, 2021, and was replaced by Machine veteran, Ryan Ball.
On The Machine's official Facebook page on January 25, 2022, it was announced that Joe Pascarell had died. "It is with the most broken of hearts that we announce the passing of our friend, bandmate, and brother, Joe Pascarell." Since Joe's passing, The Machine has continued to perform with bassists/vocalists Adam Minkoff and Connor Kennedy.
|Members||Tahrah Cohen Scott Chasolen Ryan Ball|
|Years of activity||1988–present|