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| posted on 2/2/2007 at 08:39 AM|
Well tonight (Friday the 2nd) I went and saw Roger Waters at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne (where I am from). The Rod Laver arena is where they hold the Australian Open (tennis). They have the bigger international acts there - it holds about 10-12000 for gigs.
This was the 2nd night Waters played there - they hadn't sold as many seats as the first show so they closed off some of the back seats - I'd say tonight there were about 6-8000 people there.
I'm not the biggest Roger Waters/Pink Floyd fan but I did used to listen to Dark Side of the Moon a hell of a lot. Seeing he was playing that album in it's entirety AND I got a dead centre front row ticket below cost on eBay I went.
Well actually - there was one other reason that I decided to go - EC (with Derek Trucks) is playing there tomorrow and Sunday - so I decided to go to Waters as the support.
(I saw EC in Sydney on Monday - I'm on a gig binge following EC/DT from Sydney, Melbourne and to Adelaide) and then heading over to the Beacon for the gig(s) of my life.
Anyway - this was the line up I saw tonight:
Roger Waters - bass and vocals (and some guitar)
Andy Fairweather-Low (guitar, vocals)
Snowy White (gibson)
Dave Kilminster (fender, vocals)
Jon Carin (keyboards, vocals)
Harry Waters (Hammond organ)
Graham Broad (drums)
Ian Ritchie (saxophone)
Katie Kissoon, PP Arnold and Carol Kenyon (vocals).
Everyone pretty much played everything note perfect with great tone being the pro's they are. Dave Kilminster was pretty impressive - great tone. So was Snowy White - it was good hearing the tele v. the gibson - especially when they played together.
The whole thing was really tight - the 3 female back up singers were fantastic. Although I was a bit dissapointed that for great big gig in the sky it was all done by the one vocalist. No offense to her - she was mind blowing - however it'd nice to hear the 3 'parts' done separately. I loved that on the Delicate Sound of Thunder concert (didn't see the gig, just on video/record).
The gig was a whole show - cool video behind Waters and bit's and pieces happening during the concert.
The highlight was definately hearing dark side of the moon from start to finnish. The concert was worth it just for that. But hearing all the other classic Waters songs was good fun as well. Waters obviously loves playing and doing the shows. He just loves it - it's really in him and he gives it his all. It was good to see that.
All in all - it was definately a show worth catching.
I heard that Clapton also went along - that he was sitting with the dudes at the sound desk. Cool. I wonder if Derek/Doyle etc went along as well.
So tomorow night is the 2nd time I see EC with Derek. Man I am hanging for it. Totally different show to Waters - Waters was good fun - but it's not what I'm really into. I'm into blues and improvisation - and I'm heavily into Derek Trucks. The man's tone totally blows my mind.
3 more shows to go with EC then I get to see 4 shows at the Beacon.
Considering seeing EC/DT last Monday night was the best night of my life to date - I am one very happy (and appreciate) dude.
I'll post after the EC gigs coming up.
Eat a Peach,
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| posted on 2/2/2007 at 11:43 AM|
|Glad you got a live Roger Waters show, Nick! Sounds excellent (have seen him a few times and he's one of my all time favorites - along with Pink Floyd or solo). Cool side note about EC being in the house!|
Enjoy the next EC/Derek show!
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