The Mood® was
founded in the early 1980s by Boston area musicians, Arthur Orfanos
and the late Richard Pontes (1962-1996).
In 1981, Arthur
met Mark Rivera who at the time was playing in the band Foreigner.
Mark graciously accepted Arthur’s offer to play his Gibson Les
Paul at a concert at the Boston Garden which Arthur brought for
him to use onstage.
During the years
Arthur and Richard have been acquainted on various occasions with
many established musicians including; Joe Pet, Edgar Winter, Johnnie
Lee Hooker, Billy Wyman, Billy Joel, Ginger Baker, Peter Wolf,
Leon Russell, Foreigner, Brad Delp, Tom Scholtz, John Entwistle,
Maureen Tucker, Sterling Morrison and the Members of Rush; also
radio personalities: Harvey Wharfield, Bill Smith and George Taylor
Morris and others
over forty songs and recording many of them, in 1992, The Mood
recorded a two song disc featuring original songs "Lena"
and "Run, Boy" which was included on a compilation CD;
"U.S. Rock n’ Roll Anthology Vol. 1" (Mentor Music)
in 1992 and was also featured on "Boston Music Showcase"
(WCGY FM) and was in the top 10 in 1992-93, reaching No. 2.
the band’s first full length CD; The Mood “Live from the Boston
Tea Party" which was released in 1995. The CD received favorable
reviews and airplay on local, national and international radio.
The Mood continued
performing in the New England area and the [Tea Party] CD was
circulated, acquired and logged into music libraries of Paramount,
Universal and other independent film studios with some interest
in the U.S. and abroad until the untimely death of Drummer, Richard
Pontes in 1996.
Songs from "Live
from the Boston Tea Party" appeared on the soundtrack of
an independent film:
“3 Days... 3 Hours... 3 Minutes... 3 Seconds...” (Triple Sticks
The reviews of
the CD claimed the similarity of the music to that of Pink Floyd
and Arthur's vocals reminiscent of David Gilmour and Alan Parsons.
This inspired Arthur to establish and comprise a Pink Floyd tribute
band simply naming it: The Mood "A Tribute to Pink Floyd”
The Mood began
performing as a Pink Floyd tribute band during 2000-2001 in New
England and the Northeast keeping its integrity and individuality
as the main distinctiveness it held among any other tribute band
was maintaining their own identity and ability to perform original
music: not just copying every aspect of Pink Floyd.
with ex-KISS guitarist Mark St. John (1956-2007) who admired The
Mood CD and Arthur’s involvement with creating the Pink Floyd
tribute band and extended an invitation to Arthur to visit him
in the Los Angeles area, to play and record.
The positive direction
of The Mood as a Pink Floyd tribute was tarnished and subsequently
destroyed when the band met two unscrupulous individuals, one
of which, a professor at Berklee College of Music in Boston and
employee of Sweetwater Music, who infiltrated the Great Pink Floyd,
stealing sound files and backing tracks from this icon of rock
and roll while conducting repairs to the band’s equipment at Foxboro
Stadium, Foxborough Massachusetts during the "PULSE"
tour in 1994.
In an effort to selfishly proclaim greatness, it
was insisted that the pirated copyrighted works be used for performances.
Arthur objected and protested to the theft and also to the use
of the stolen sound files; this ultimately resulted in his forced
eviction from the band in 2001.
The Great Pink
Floyd and the recording industry is made a laughingstock by these
individuals as: the original works that were pirated directly
from Pink Floyd's equipment were being used, and are currently
being used by two Pink Floyd tribute bands who continue to fool
and defraud the general public, industry personnel and also PINK
FLOYD, to which they claim they pay tribute. Arthur has no involvement
with either band and is not affiliated or associated with them
in any way.
Arthur has completed
an autobiography entitled "TRIBUTE: The Dark Side of The
Mood" which tells the accounts of his experiences as a professional
musician in the tribute band genre; the band’s inception and demise,
the stolen Pink Floyd sound effects, their use and other interesting
legal issues that transpired.
Currently in communication
with industry professionals, Arthur is seeking representation
for publication of his book (unpublished as of this writing) and
accepting proposals from literary agents, publishers and also
now available for interviews by any media outlet interested in
giving its audience a first-hand intimate account of the story.
Songs for The
Mood's second CD project When Angels Sing have been in production.
Arthur will consider assistance, collaborative efforts and contributions
from other professional minded musicians interested in this recording