Pigeons Playing Ping Pong shared three new videos on Wednesday night, each coming from a different portion of the band’s recent Daft Side of the Moon Halloween run on October 29th–31st. The three shows saw PPPP covering Pink Floyd and Daft Punk songs during stops in Washington, D.C. (10/29); Pittsburgh, PA (10/30); and Columbus, OH (10/31).
Going in chronological order, the first video came from night one, set one at The Anthem in D.C., and documents an expansive, 21-plus minute segment of “Poseidon” > “One More Time” (Daft Punk) > “Poseidon”. Guitarist and lead vocalist, Greg Ormont, let the opening E Major chord of “Poseidon” ring out following the end of “Three Pigs Have A Cigar”—a Pink Floyd mashup of “Pigs (Three Different Ones) and “Have A Cigar”. Poseidon, a true fan-favorite, contained its usual lengthy buildup before dropping into its oceanic verse.
As the jam section dropped into the depths of the calm sea, Jeremy Schon (guitar) spent some energy on serene improv before some delay-infused 16th note repeaters and washed out rhythm guitar from Ormont navigated its way to the Daft Punk hit, “One More Time”. Channeling the true Daft Punk vibes, Ormont added an auto-tune effect to his microphone, truly capturing the feel of the dance track before slipping back into the familiarity of the “Poseidon” jam.
Pigeons Playing Ping Pong – “Poseidon” > “One More Time” (Daft Punk) > “Poseidon” – 10/29/21
The next cut from Pigeons’ Daft Side of the Moon run came from the first set of Halloween night at Express LIVE in Columbus. This section began with “On the Run”, from Floyd’s hit 1973 album Dark Side of the Moon. PPPP stayed true to the spacey psychedelia of the original, with Alex Petropulos (drums) keeping the tempo up as Schon produced some trippy lines from his PRS Hollowbody II. A few minutes of this otherworldly madness dropped into one of the quartet’s earliest tunes, “Funk E. Zekiel”, courtesy of some ominous laughs over the microphone from Ormont.
The bright and funky instrumental eventually made its way to two tracks from Pink Floyd’s Another Brick In The Wall album, “Run Like Hell” and part one of the title track. “Run Like Hell” came first, before a segue led to “Another Brick In The Wall, Pt. 1” and then back to “Run Like Hell”. Around the 21-minute mark, PPPP returned to the confines of “Funk E. Zekiel” and the always-raucous drum, bass, and guitar solo measures from Petropulos, Ben Carrey, and Ormont, respectively. After the usual pause and ensuing applause, “Funk E. Zekiel” ended and sent the Express LIVE crowd into set break.
Pigeons Playing Ping Pong – “On The Run” (Pink Floyd) > “Funk E Zekiel” > “Run Like Hell” (Pink Floyd) > “Another Brick In The Wall, Pt. 1” (Pink Floyd) > “Run Like Hell” > “Funk E. Zekiel” – 10/31/21
The final video shared by Pigeons on Wednesday night captured the 30-minute class of set two, starting with “Julia”. The Psychology track eventually made its way to another auto-tune-laden Daft Punk mashup of “Get Lucky” and “Around The World”, which triggered thunderous applause and provided the room with all the dance music vibes the night’s theme promised. An extensive Pink Floyd segment followed with “The Happiest Days Of Our Lives”—which PPPP hadn’t played since 10/14/11—then the final two parts of “Another Brick In The Wall”. The hard-rockin’ “Another Brick In The Wall” finally arrived back to “Julia” and teed up a set-ending “Water”, which saw Pigeons squeeze in “One More Time” one more time, before closing the “Water” sandwich.
Check out the monstrous “Julia” sandwich below and scroll down for complete setlists of both shows from the Pigeons Playing Ping Pong Daft Side of the Moon Halloween run. Next up for PPPP is a stop in St. Augustine, FL (12/9). Head to the band’s website for a full list of tour dates.
Pigeons Playing Ping Pong – “Julia” > “Get Lucky Around The World” (Daft Punk) > “The Happiest Days Of Our Lives” (Pink Floyd) > “Another Brick In The Wall, Pt. 2 & 3” (Pink Floyd) > “Julia” – 10/31/21
Setlist: Pigeons Playing Ping Pong | The Anthem | Washington, D.C. | 10/29/21
Set One: Henrietta > Three Pigs Have A Cigar*^ > Poseidon > One More Time* > Poseidon, Skipjack > Goodbye Blue Sky*” > Skipjack, Porcupine > Run Like Hell* > Porcupine%
Set Two: Indiglo > F.U. > Crescendolls* > F.U., White Night > Shine On You Crazy Diamond > White Night, Sunny Day > Comfortably Numb* > Something About Us” > Sunny Day, Feelin’ Fine > Young Lust* > Feelin’ Fine
Encore: Schwanthem > Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger* > Schwanthem
*First time played
^ Pigs (Three Different Ones) / Have A Cigar* mashup; Echoes tease
% w/ Another Brick In The Wall tease
Setlist: Pigeons Playing Ping Pong | Express LIVE | Columbus, OH | 10/31/21
Set One: Two Long*^, Fun In Funk > Young Lust > Fun In Funk, Zydeko > Digital Love* > Zydeko, On The Run* > Funk E Zekiel > Run Like Hell > Another Brick In The Wall Pt. 1 > Run Like Hell > Funk E Zekiel
Set Two: High As Five > Crescendolls > High As Five, Twitch > Brain Damage*” > Twitch, Julia > Get Lucky Around The World*% > The Happiest Days Of Our Lives~ > Another Brick In The Wall Pt. 2-3 > Julia, Water > One More Time > Water
Encore: Happy Birthday Greg > Wish You Were Pigs On The Wing*# > King Kong
* First time played
^ Too Long (PPPP) / Too Long (Daft Punk)* mashup
” w/ “Daft Side of the Moon” lyrics
% Around The World* / Get Lucky* mashup
~ Last time played 10/14/2011
# Wish You Were Here Intro* > Pigs On The Wing Pt. 1, played by Greg solo