Donate Now to Support KDHX

Listen Live
Sunday, 23 December 2012 15:13

Concert review: El Monstero greets the apocalypse with Pink Floyd at the Pageant, Friday, December 21

Concert review: El Monstero greets the apocalypse with Pink Floyd at the Pageant, Friday, December 21 facebook.com/ElMonstero
Written by Tyler Williamson

With 17 bandmates in place and a set-up rivaling anything I've seen at the Pageant, Mark Thomas Quinn rode his podium over 30 feet above the sold-out and bustling mass before El Monstero proceeded to expand the meaning of the word "spectacle."

El Monstero, difficult to define in the first place, is a collection of dedicated musicians, each with numerous band credits to their name -- many Urge fans made their presence known during the introductions -- that holds down an annual block of shows at the Pageant around Christmas. The difference: These are Pink Floyd tribute shows. These are El Monstero's signature, for 14 consecutive years and regularly selling out each one.

Without an opener, the supergroup carved out a wide swath of Pink Floyd's discography -- the opening medley captured some of the pre-"Dark Side of the Moon" gem, "Meddle." The first half of the show was largely built around Roger Water's thesis, "The Wall."

Fully included were multiple classic scenes from the film to the delight of everyone, especially those who've made a lopsided trade for a chocolate Snak-Pak in the interest of avoiding Salisbury steak. The opening, an excellent vision of character Pink's delusional fascist concert, replete with a horsewhip, knee-high boots and the El Monstero stasi -- armed only with spotlights tonight -- elicited a borderline unsettling feeling. It was only amplified by the fact that so many moving parts truly commanded attention.

"Another Brick in the Wall" allowed the few who hadn't completely been entranced yet the opportunity, as the stark contrasts of the night began. Lasers, built to approximate the calm of a lake, were interrupted by enough pyrotechnics to put a WWE headliners entrance to shame. "Young Lust" allowed a specific, professional group their exotic turn at the forefront, as well as at symmetrical poles adorning either end of the stage. While a ballet dancer temporarily afforded a reprieve to the mothers in attendance, a pig on stilts resembling Rich Uncle Pennybags corrupted the pole shortly thereafter, and marked the start of the industry evisceration, "Have a Cigar." Advice to future attendees: Secure a spot in the pit before this happens.

After the break, El Monstero got back into its full tilt with an immaculate performance of "Shine on You Crazy Diamond." The crowd's astonishment at aerial contortionist Meg, donning diamonds herself, was palpable. Dave Farver's table top saxophone solo from the first tier faithfully brought it home.

The second half of the show heavily featured a start-to-finish recreation of the touchstone album "The Dark Side of the Moon." Emphasizing the signature crunch of each riff and that unparalleled longing for another that Pink Floyd conveys, El Monstero nailed every bit. "Us and Them," and "Breathe," were particularly well-received. Special consideration goes out to the three ladies who belted out "The Great Gig in the Sky." As anticipated a moment in the night as any, the applause rose as soon as they were seen leaving their perch against the set background. Ms. Tandra Williams, once arriving at her rightful place front and center with a microphone, quickly made any other thought obsolete.

A short encore allowed the band to circle back to the few necessities that hadn't been done yet, and allowed "Wish You Were Here" to easily become a favorite of "Night One," as guitarist Jimmy Griffin described this night, the only show scheduled before the Mayan apocalypse. After ending on "Comfortably Numb," the band afforded fans one more memory, adding a shower of pyrotechnics before making the night's final exit from the stage.

El Monstero: Pigocalypse continues at the Pageant through December 29, 2012.

Upcoming Concerts

88.1 KDHX Shows

m-crowd.jpg

KDHX Recommends

February
Monday
08

Bob's Scratchy Record Spin and Dance Party with Bass Amp and Friends

Bob's Scratchy Record Spin and Dance Party will be hosted by Bass Amp and he will be joined by other members of Alley Ghost throughout the evening. For those of you missing Bob's Scratchy Records on Friday afternoons, this is...


February
Thursday
11

Folk Song Sing-A-Long

Folk Song Sing-A-Long Presented in partnership with the Folk School of KDHX, weekly meetings will discuss and sing different periods of folk music.  Presented by St. Louis OASIS.


February
Thursday
11

Welcome To Our Movie: The Bottle Rockets Live & In Person

In 2009, a live show by iconic Midwestern rock band The Bottle Rockets was filmed with the intention of releasing it as a live concert DVD. As the footage moved through post-production, it transformed into a more ambitious project...


SYSTEM: S5 Box

Login/My Account

Sign in with Facebook