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These days, with the Floyd so inactive my number one band is Porcupine Tree. Some people call “The Tree” a “21st Century Pink Floyd” but this comparison is not fair. Porcupine Tree can be way harder than The Floyd ever was, though the band’s roots are in 1970’s Progressive rock.
My introduction to the Tree came during the pre-concert tape loop playing before a Roger Waters concert in Tamp in June 2000. No one knew who the band was but the song was infectious - after a month or two I finally figured out it was Waiting Phase One from the Signify album and within a few weeks I had every album I could get. Since then four more have been released along with a concert DVD, and I’ve seen them twice.
Seeing the band live is a real treat - they are one of the few really good bands you can see in a small venue for $25. Check this band out!
Porcupine Tree use Native Floridian John Wesley as a tour-support guitarist. I’ve met Wes twice and he is as humble and affable as he is talented. Check out his music here: http://www.john-wesley.com/
He has an awesome voice, plays a phenomenal guitar, and his song writing is amazing. He has a gift for subtle use of metaphor. Give him a listen, you will be converted!