Pink Floyd Tribute El Monstero kicked off its annual, six-show holiday run at the Pageant on Friday night to a sold-out crowd. Adding large, outdoor shows during the summer doesn't seem to have affected winter attendance for one of St. Louis' favorite tribute band. And what a band it is -- made up of some of the areas finest and most beloved musicians.
While driving home from a tough work day in miserable traffic this afternoon, I was seething, put to the point of explosion. But I maintained composure and saw through the impending fit of rage. After all, I had a ticket to see the Flaming Lips. And that put a huge smile on my face.
Hundreds of fans waited in anticipation, chanting "Flog-ging Mol-ly!" to reel the band onto the stage, their howls elevating at the lowering of the lights until the band appeared and answered with a surge of hammering Irish rock.
At the age of 66, Grateful Dead founding member, guitarist and singer/songwriter Bob Weir is enjoying a bit of a Renaissance.