Wish You Were Here plays the Plain Dealer Pavilion at Nautica Saturday, July 28. Culled from members of various Cleveland classic rock bands, the Pink Floyd tribute has become the city’s top-drawing group. Wish sold out the Odeon more than 30 times, and it’s played the Nautica stage and Blossom the last two summers, mounting an impressive simulation of Floyd’s legendary elaborate stage show. Bandleader Eroc Sosinksi, also of the Michael Stanley band, answered some questions for Scene.
Scene: What's new for the stage show?
Sosinksi: An incredible state-of-the-art PA system, more moving lights, and a bigger circle truss, with video screen and more videos. And, of course, Ziffel the inflatable pig will make a return appearance. We'll also be featuring our new guitarist-vocalist Jamie Combs more.
What's the set list?
We are recreating the 1975 Wish You Were Here tour show in its entirety, plus adding some more tunes from the band's history before and after that period.
Were any of the band at the original show?
No, Cleveland was bypassed on the 1975 tour -- therefore we are calling it "The show Cleveland never saw.” Plus, most of us were too young at that point.
Why do you think Cleveland is such a Floyd town?
Clevelanders have always embraced certain artists, especially from over the pond (England). And Floyd played here often back in the day, cementing that relationship. And they really fit in well at the Cleveland Stadium -- they played there 5 times. Plus, of course, much of the Floyd's themes and music are universal, appealing to both blue-collar and intellectuals. And they transcend the generations. -- D.X. Ferris