Live from the Boston Tea Party
The Mood® was founded in 1982 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 has been acquainted with many established musicians including: Joe Pet, Edgar Winter, Johnnie Lee Hooker, Billy Wyman, Billy Joel, Ginger Baker, Brad Delp, John Entwistle, Maureen Tucker, Sterling Morrison, members of Rush and radio personalities including: Harvey Wharfield of WZLX, WCGY and George Taylor Morris of WZLX, KLOS. Writing over 40 songs recording many of them, The Mood recorded a two song disc with Joe Pet and JSV Colorfast Productions in 1992, featuring original songs 'Lena' and 'Run, Boy." Both songs received local attention; "Run, Boy" appeared on a compilation CD: 'U.S. Rock n' Roll Anthology Vol. 1' (Mentor Music) in 1992, and was featured on 'Boston Music Showcase' (WCGY) in the top 10 for eight months in 1992-93: reaching No. 2. Arthur co-produced 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, international distribution and an abundance of airplay which spanned across the U.S. as well as parts of Europe, Australia, and Asia. The Mood continued performing in the New England area and the CD was circulated, acquired and logged into music libraries of Paramount, Universal and other independent film studios, with some distribution 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' appear on the soundtrack of the film: "3 Days... 3 Hours... 3 Minutes... 3 Seconds..." - Triple Sticks Productions 1999. The reviews of the CD claimed the similarity of the music to that of Pink Floyd and Arthur's vocals reminiscent of David Gilmour. This inspired Arthur to begin and comprise the original Boston area Pink Floyd tribute band simply naming it: The Mood 'A Tribute to Pink Floyd." Briefly acquainted 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; he extended an invitation to Arthur to visit him in the Los Angeles area, to play and record. The Mood began performing as "New England's Premier" Pink Floyd tribute show during 2000-2001 in New England and the Northeast. The Mood kept it's 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 as well as paying tribute to the great Pink Floyd: not just copying every aspect of the original artist. Songs for The Mood's newest recording project: "When Angels Sing" are in production. For the complete story please visit The Mood's official web site or MySpace page. THE MOOD® is a registered trademark any unauthorized use may be subject to all applicable state and federal, trademark and/or copyright law. Any misuse, misrepresentation or unlicensed use is prohibited.