Formed in 2014, North West UK based Pinked Floyd have developed a spectacular show packed with lovingly recreated favourites from the timeless albums Dark Side Of the Moon, The Wall, The Division Bell, Wish You Were Here, Animals, A Momentary Lapse Of Reason as well as delving deeper into the Floyd back catalogue.
This band of quality performers have an almost fanatical devotion to reproducing the very best versions of tracks from original albums, studio sessions and Pink Floyd's famous live tours for their audience's pleasure.
The two and a half hour show leaves nothing out from the Floyd experience: stunning guitar riffs, spine tingling keyboards, saxophone solos, beautiful female vocal harmonies, thumping bass & rhythm lines, all held together by charismatic front man Russ Samuels.
To complete the sensory experience there is a mesmirsing light & laser show complete with the iconic circular video screen to make their show a night not to miss for lovers of Pink Floyd.
Russell’s early passion for rock music came from hearing AC/DC’s live album “If You Want Blood” when he was just 12 years old, and as a teenager he listened especially to the old style heavy rock and roll of Deep Purple, UFO, Rainbow and AC/DC. However an exposure for the first time to Pink Floyd and the mighty theatre of their album “The Wall” captured him and he was encouraged to go back in time to discover and appreciate the earlier albums. Russell has continued ever since in his following and admiration of the musical genius of all the members of Pink Floyd, latterly having a particular liking for the works of Roger Waters and especially his post-Floyd writing in “Amused To Death”.
After enjoying a dream come true singing a medley of Floyd songs music with the band SandS with fellow Pinked Floyd member Luke, Russell went on to inspire the gathering of the amazing members of Pinked Floyd who perform the outstanding live showcase of Pink Floyd music we see and hear today.
Russell's passion to perform to a live audience and the associated pleasure and euphoria that it delivers to him personally urges Russell to continue his determined will to entertain. "I am privileged to be associated with the amazing creative and musical talent that surrounds me in Pinked Floyd and long may that continue into the future" says Russell.
Rose has been singing in public with various rock, blues, and experimental bands for many years. She also writes and performs her own material, for her own band Rose & The Diamond hand also playing guitar, bass and synth/keyboards. She likes music which has a message or tells a story, which is what attracted her to Pink Floyd’s themed albums. As a teenager she would invite her friends round, share a smoke, then turn off all the lights and listen to Dark Side of the Moon.
Rose joined Pinked Floyd in January 2019 and her performance of Great Gig in the Sky has quickly become a highlight of the show, no doubt encouraged by a personal message of encouragement received after contacting original Great Gig singer Clare Torry.
Coming from a musical family, Luke has over 25 years experience of keyboard playing - in his homeland of Norfolk, the Midlands and the North West.
Starting in prolific songwriting duo Resolution in his early teens, then original indie bands, through function bands he spent 12 years with the Pinked Floyd lead singer in SandS performing a mix of origInals and rock covers. Some of those covers were Pink Floyd songs and when the call came 18 months after SandS had disbanded Luke didn't hesitate to join up with Russ on this project.
Indeed it is a dream come true to play these songs since seeing the Division Bell tour at Earls Court in 1994.
Luke's extensive rig includes a Kurzweil Forte SE keyboard, a brand favoured by Floyd's Richard Wright and a Yahama MX49 which uses Motif XS sounds giving the flexibilty to it use as a Hammond organ, play MP3 samples or MIDI loops.
Harry has been playing guitar (strictly rhythm) in originals and covers bands for over 25 years, and started playing sax about ten years ago, on a whim. Apart from the songs which feature Dick Parry's distinctive horn playing, Harry sees his job in Pinked Floyd as supporting the lead guitarist: there's no jockeying for the limelight here!
Away from music, Harry took early retirement from his job as a university professor a few years ago, is married with two grown-up sons and grandchildren, and is a keen Everton supporter, travelling to all the games, home and away!
2001 Fender MIM Strat fitted with EMG pickups played through a Fender Champion 40 amp and a Korg AX1000G effects board. "It's not the most expensive effects board you can get but it suits my purposes".
Washburn WD10SCE12 electro-acoustic 12-string
Yamaha FG-725 acoustic
Yanagisawa 991 tenor sax
Selmer Super Action 80 Series II baritone sax with Berg Larsen 105 mouthpiece
Elkhart Series II alto sax with Berg Larsen 85/1 mouthpiece
Lee has been playing drums since he was just a wee laddie. His favourite drummers are Mitch Mitchell, Abe Cunningham, Nicko McBrain, Chad Smith and of course most of all Nick Mason.
Lee has played in many originals and covers bands over the years, taking in most of the best (and worst!) music venues across Manchester and the North West area. More than anything though Lee is a massive Nick Mason fan and plays his parts with amazing accuracy.
Lee uses a Tama Starclassic Bubingha kit with a custom bass drum skin depicting the famous Wave of Kanagawa as used on Floyd's Animals tour of 1977. He uses a Ludwig Black Beauty snare drum as favoured by Nick Mason and a variety of Paiste and Zildjian cymbals. Pro Mark 5b drum sticks and a roto toms set up complete his kit.
Alan has been playing guitar since he was about 12 years old after saving money from his local paper round to buy his first electric guitar. Influenced from an early age by the likes of Eric Clapton, Bon Jovi and Pink Floyd, he has always played a mixture of rock and blues in several local bands, most notably playing lead guitar in Manchester rock band Twe1v3, and more recently in the Alan Tarpey Blues Band, along with bassist Jack. The chance to play in a Floyd tribute band is an opportunity he has long dreamed of.
Fender 50th Anniversary American Deluxe Strat
Custom built Strat-like guitar based on Gilmour's Red Strat
Fender USA Telecaster
Jagard Lap Steel
Fender VM Deluxe Amp
Effects pedals too numerous to list
Jack is a talented young musician with diverse skills and a degree of dedication - he spent his 21st birthday auditioning for Pinked Floyd! After being raised on music ranging from Pink Floyd to Chris De Burgh, and Rachmaninoff to Bananarama, he became influenced by the different sounds and characters involved and discovered a passion for all music.
After playing piano and guitar for several years his spider hands have wound up leading him to the bass where he sends deep rhythms though his Picasso-inspired bass guitar.
Ibanez 5 string Luthite bass
Behringer BXL1800A bass amp