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  posted on 5/23/2007 at 01:01 PM
Unbelievable show!

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Dark Side of the Moon - The Return Engagement
Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA
Tue May 22, 2007

Set 1:
In The Flesh
Mother
Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun
Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts I-V)
Have A Cigar
Wish You Were Here
Southampton Dock,
Fletcher Memorial Home
Perfect Sense Parts 1 & 2
Leaving Beirut
Sheep

Set 2 (Dark Side of the Moon):
Speak To Me
Breathe
On The Run
Time
The Great Gig In The Sky
Money
Us And Them
Any Colour You Like
Brain Damage
Eclipse

Encore:
The Happiest Days of Our Lives
Another Brick In The Wall Pt. 2
Vera
Bring The Boys Back Home
Comfortably Numb

The show was unbelieveable. It was certainly up there with the very best shows that I have ever seen...maybe even the best. The audio mix was incredible. The low end sounded so freaking good where we were. The band was simply top-notch. There was not too much improvisation, although a few of the tunes had extended parts. There was some drum improv during the intro to "Time", however. "In The Flesh" is a great way to open the show. It got everyone going, for sure. "Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun" was probably the highlight for me. It was very eerie, and it built up into a new crescendo that was fantastic. I was also very pleased with Roger's solo works. "Fletcher Memorial Home" was very cool. "Perfect Sense", a song that I had not heard before was very interesting. Complete with a fight between a submarine and a battlestation, finishing with a huge explosion. "Sheep" was a fantastic way to finish the first set. During the song, we were greeted my a massive inflated pig above our heads. On it, was politically driven grafitti, including "Impeach Bush" with an arrow pointed at Bush's name and a caption saying "What an a$$hole." That pig was met with huge applause. The video was very political from "Southampton Dock" through "Sheep". This comes at a very interesting time, one where all of this music from decades ago has such an important meaning now.

There is not many words to describe Dark Side as they did it last night. It was simply incredible, like nothing else on earth. The video was very intense throughout the show, but specifically during Dark Side. "On The Run" was also a highlight for me. It was almost completely new. It had the elements of the original, but with some very cool new parts. That was a very intense sequence. They would have you in a trance, then all of the sudden you would hear and see a train zipping by, VERY LOUDLY, then back to the tune. They **** ed with our heads so beautifully. The main lead guitarist (there were two that played lead), nailed Gilmour's parts like I have never seen. I really liked that they played those parts almost verbatim. Those are the guitar parts that we all know and love, so I was happy to hear that. The woman's solo on "The Great Gig In The Sky" was out-of-this-world! I was so completely impressed with her. It's amazing what some people can do with their vocal chords. "Us And Them" was also especially awesome. You take for granted how intense the chorus is in that song. You go from the fantastically languid verses into this explosion! It was magnificent. They finished Dark Side with a huge pyramid constructed of lasers above our heads. At the end, they shot a light through it, and out the other side came the spectrum. This spun around with the heartbeat during the encore break while everyone went nuts.

When they came back out, Roger introduced the band, then they got right back into it. "Another Brick In The Wall" was very cool. The crowd was very interactive, singing the kids' parts. Then, they got political again. "Bring The Boys Back Home" was very intense and emotional. It began with scenes of Vietnam, and finished with our troops in Iraq. They showed an image of a little Iraqui boy holding an American Flag. It was quite the scene. The final song needs no description. It was a complete guitar onslaught. The two lead players traded solos at the end of the tune. It was extended to allow this interaction.

Roger was such a fun performer. He is so very charismatic on stage. He was constantly walking from one end to the other, and spent a lot of time at the corners of the stage allowing everyone to photograph him, although I'm sure no cameras were allowed. The band was unreal, but when you're as big as Waters, you get the pick of the litter. His son, Harry, was in the band playing piano and Hammond B3. He was very good on "The Great Gig..." The ticket price was expensive at $125, but it was so worth it. The first set was about 1hr 20mins long. When it was all said and done, the show lasted 3hrs. With the incredible production value, pyro, awesome video and lights....oh, and AWESOME F-ING MUSIC, it was well worth the ticket price. I only wish I'd have seen a few of these shows.

The soundsystem was unbelieveable! I mean, from where we were the kick drum rattled my sternum. The mix was so crystal clear. I mean, you could hear every instrument in every part. Even at times when I noticed something was off, they would fix it immediately (i.e. if a piano line came in too low, etc). I can't even imagine what that soundman is making on this tour.

Roger was so rediculously professional and perfect. I was also VERY impressed with Roger's voice. He was ON last night. He sang most of the tunes. He just has such an emotive voice. He was rocking the hell out of that bass guitar too. Then there were just the, very difficult, yet subtle things like the intro to "Time". He muted the strings while plucking the tick-tock of the clock on beat throughout the opening drum (solo) part.

That was a world-class performance. I have never seen anything like it. I am now excited to see David Gilmour once he makes his way back over here for the On An Island US Arena Tour. My guess is that he is waiting for Roger to complete his tour.

It was an absolute gift to see Dark Side of the Moon in it's entirety. If anyone has the chance to see this show, then do yourself a favor. Next time, I'd like to see The Wall. How sick would that be?

At the conclusion he said, "You all have been such an incredible audience. You have made us feel so grateful. Thank you so much for making this such a memorable night." You could see the sincerity in his face. I was really impressed with our audience last night. I had chills everytime the crowd erupted. And I forgot how huge Philips Arena is!

Roger Waters is back at the top of his game. I hope he has no plans to retire anytime soon. I'm guessing that, with crowd response like he got last night, he's gonna be touring for a long time.

 

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  posted on 5/23/2007 at 01:11 PM
Great review debo!!! Thanks for sharing your thoughts! I've got tix to see him next month (1st time on this tour, 4th Roger Waters show). You just sent my excitement level up a notch!!!

 

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  posted on 5/23/2007 at 01:13 PM
Thank goodness I did not attempt a review of the show last night, it would have paled in comparison to this. Great show as you say, and correct there was little improvisation, which generally appeals to me. Roger really has some deeply held political views, eh? He got a few boos after Leaving Beirut which even for this liberal, was a bit harsh. And how about those flashpots going off like artillery shells during Bring the Boys w/ the battlefield photos in the background? Like watching a play, very cool. I nominate this review for review of the year, thanks, Debo.

 

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  posted on 5/23/2007 at 01:15 PM
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Great review debo!!! Thanks for sharing your thoughts! I've got tix to see him next month (1st time on this tour, 4th Roger Waters show). You just sent my excitement level up a notch!!!

Trust me, no excitement level will prepare you for this production. This was my first time seeing Roger. I spoke with the guys sitting next to us, and they had seen him many times, including several on this tour. They said that this tour was the best production they had seen from him. I have seen the In The Flesh DVD, and this show blows that one away! You are gonna have an absolute blast. Enjoy!

 

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  posted on 5/23/2007 at 01:16 PM
I almost tried to scalp some tickets, just didn't feel like fooling with it. Wish I would have.
 

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  posted on 5/23/2007 at 01:30 PM
thanks for the review! always good to hear someone enjoyed something!

last year, when asked which of the 46+ shows i attended in full i didnt enjoy....i had to put Roger Waters out there. (in his defense, the other 45 shows where pretty much stunning though) For me, it was like listening to the radio crammed on the lawn of the Camden Ecenter with 20,000 strangers. Yeah, it sounded GREAT, if you like your shows to sound just like the record.....but i couldnt see anything except the projections on the lawn.

if i had seats this time i'd consider it, but otherwise i'll leave the RW stuff to the people who love it!

thanks for sharing.

 

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  posted on 5/23/2007 at 01:33 PM
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thanks for the review! always good to hear someone enjoyed something!

last year, when asked which of the 46+ shows i attended in full i didnt enjoy....i had to put Roger Waters out there. (in his defense, the other 45 shows where pretty much stunning though) For me, it was like listening to the radio crammed on the lawn of the Camden Ecenter with 20,000 strangers. Yeah, it sounded GREAT, if you like your shows to sound just like the record.....but i couldnt see anything except the projections on the lawn.

if i had seats this time i'd consider it, but otherwise i'll leave the RW stuff to the people who love it!

thanks for sharing.



I can imagine your sentiment with those seats. Next time, do yourself a favor and either get seats in the first sections on the floor or on the risers right next to the stage. I promise you, it will be a whole other experience.

 

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  posted on 5/23/2007 at 01:35 PM
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if i had seats this time i'd consider it, but otherwise i'll leave the RW stuff to the people who love it!
Like me Lifelong Pink Floyd, Roger Waters, David Gilmore fan. These guys have probably put on some of the very best shows I've seen over the years.

 

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  posted on 5/23/2007 at 03:26 PM
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Thank goodness I did not attempt a review of the show last night, it would have paled in comparison to this. Great show as you say, and correct there was little improvisation, which generally appeals to me. Roger really has some deeply held political views, eh? He got a few boos after Leaving Beirut which even for this liberal, was a bit harsh. And how about those flashpots going off like artillery shells during Bring the Boys w/ the battlefield photos in the background? Like watching a play, very cool. I nominate this review for review of the year, thanks, Debo.


I saw him at MSG last September. Same exact show note for note. There were MANY people unhappy with that leaving Beirut song which somehow blames the United States and Israel for the problems of poverty in the Arab world. While I dislike his extreme leftist views that he displays so overtly, what really bothers me is that the show is essentially orchestrated from opening note to closing, much like an elaborate Broadway production. As a fan of improvisational music like the Allmans and Mule, that is notsomething I am wild about.

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  posted on 5/23/2007 at 03:28 PM
I agree the whole show is very orchestrated and its the same song for song everynight. BUT any chance I get to see Roger performing dark side is a pleasure for me. Once a yr. is all you need but its a damn good show! Saw him at MSG as well last yr. and it was one of the better shows of the yr. for me
 

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  posted on 5/23/2007 at 03:37 PM
I saw Roger on his first two tours in the 1980s and they were great shows, particularly for someone who was too young to have ever seent he classic lineup of Pink Floyd. Paul Carrack was keyboardist/singer the first time I saw Waters and he shared a number of lead vocals with Roger that night. I guess I saw the Pros & Cons of Hitchiking and Radio KAOS tours....

[Edited on 5/23/2007 by hotlantatim]

 

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  posted on 5/23/2007 at 03:40 PM
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Radio KAOS tours....
excellent show ... this cd is still in frequent rotation in my player!

 

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  posted on 5/23/2007 at 04:53 PM
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I saw him at MSG last September. Same exact show note for note. There were MANY people unhappy with that leaving Beirut song which somehow blames the United States and Israel for the problems of poverty in the Arab world. While I dislike his extreme leftist views that he displays so overtly, what really bothers me is that the show is essentially orchestrated from opening note to closing, much like an elaborate Broadway production. As a fan of improvisational music like the Allmans and Mule, that is notsomething I am wild about.

Doug

As far as the "Leaving Beirut" thing, everyone is entitled to their own opinion when it comes to politics, etc. I believe that ANYONE who is familiar with Floyd or Roger knows how strong his political views are. I respect that, and I applaud him for exercising his right to an opinion through his music. Other musicians/celebrities do it in other ways (*ahem* Bono, *ahem* the Dixie Chicks). I did not get that impression from that song. I think he was saying that we are ALL PEOPLE. He was saying that, there's nothing wrong with these people, why do we hate them? As far as the US/Israel thing, the effort was to ask why we have supported Israel so much throughout the years. Also, I think he was trying to say that our assistance has aided in the persecution of the Palestinians. That was MY INTERPRETATION of the song.

It is a COMPLETELY different show than an Allman or Mule show. At an Allman or Mule show, you go to watch the players' fingers, and hear different "versions" of the same songs. There is certainly no elaborate stage production with these bands as there is with a Waters show.

A Waters show is a complete production. The setlist does not change because they are syncronizing many things with the music (video, pyro, etc). They may change a song here or there, but it will mainly stay the same. This is not an unusual concept, or one that is difficult to grasp (although it may be for "jamband" fans).

There are some moments which allow for improvisation in the extended versions of certain songs. I was rather happy that they maintained the integrity of Gilmour's parts. I felt like that was a respectful thing to do.

You made the analogy with a Broadway production, and I would say that, yes, the show is like that. I imagine that they approach it EXACTLY like that. Anyways, I (along with everyone else who was cheering at the top of their lungs between every song) was completely pulled in by the show last night, and I look forward to the next time I see him.

 

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I saw him at MSG last September. Same exact show note for note. There were MANY people unhappy with that leaving Beirut song which somehow blames the United States and Israel for the problems of poverty in the Arab world. While I dislike his extreme leftist views that he displays so overtly, what really bothers me is that the show is essentially orchestrated from opening note to closing, much like an elaborate Broadway production. As a fan of improvisational music like the Allmans and Mule, that is notsomething I am wild about.

Doug

As far as the "Leaving Beirut" thing, everyone is entitled to their own opinion when it comes to politics, etc. I believe that ANYONE who is familiar with Floyd or Roger knows how strong his political views are. I respect that, and I applaud him for exercising his right to an opinion through his music. Other musicians/celebrities do it in other ways (*ahem* Bono, *ahem* the Dixie Chicks). I did not get that impression from that song. I think he was saying that we are ALL PEOPLE. He was saying that, there's nothing wrong with these people, why do we hate them? As far as the US/Israel thing, the effort was to ask why we have supported Israel so much throughout the years. Also, I think he was trying to say that our assistance has aided in the persecution of the Palestinians. That was MY INTERPRETATION of the song.

It is a COMPLETELY different show than an Allman or Mule show. At an Allman or Mule show, you go to watch the players' fingers, and hear different "versions" of the same songs. There is certainly no elaborate stage production with these bands as there is with a Waters show.

A Waters show is a complete production. The setlist does not change because they are syncronizing many things with the music (video, pyro, etc). They may change a song here or there, but it will mainly stay the same. This is not an unusual concept, or one that is difficult to grasp (although it may be for "jamband" fans).

There are some moments which allow for improvisation in the extended versions of certain songs. I was rather happy that they maintained the integrity of Gilmour's parts. I felt like that was a respectful thing to do.

You made the analogy with a Broadway production, and I would say that, yes, the show is like that. I imagine that they approach it EXACTLY like that. Anyways, I (along with everyone else who was cheering at the top of their lungs between every song) was completely pulled in by the show last night, and I look forward to the next time I see him.



Well said , can't wait to see him .

 

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I saw him at MSG last September. Same exact show note for note. There were MANY people unhappy with that leaving Beirut song which somehow blames the United States and Israel for the problems of poverty in the Arab world. While I dislike his extreme leftist views that he displays so overtly, what really bothers me is that the show is essentially orchestrated from opening note to closing, much like an elaborate Broadway production. As a fan of improvisational music like the Allmans and Mule, that is notsomething I am wild about.

Doug

As far as the "Leaving Beirut" thing, everyone is entitled to their own opinion when it comes to politics, etc. I believe that ANYONE who is familiar with Floyd or Roger knows how strong his political views are. I respect that, and I applaud him for exercising his right to an opinion through his music. Other musicians/celebrities do it in other ways (*ahem* Bono, *ahem* the Dixie Chicks). I did not get that impression from that song. I think he was saying that we are ALL PEOPLE. He was saying that, there's nothing wrong with these people, why do we hate them? As far as the US/Israel thing, the effort was to ask why we have supported Israel so much throughout the years. Also, I think he was trying to say that our assistance has aided in the persecution of the Palestinians. That was MY INTERPRETATION of the song.

It is a COMPLETELY different show than an Allman or Mule show. At an Allman or Mule show, you go to watch the players' fingers, and hear different "versions" of the same songs. There is certainly no elaborate stage production with these bands as there is with a Waters show.

A Waters show is a complete production. The setlist does not change because they are syncronizing many things with the music (video, pyro, etc). They may change a song here or there, but it will mainly stay the same. This is not an unusual concept, or one that is difficult to grasp (although it may be for "jamband" fans).

There are some moments which allow for improvisation in the extended versions of certain songs. I was rather happy that they maintained the integrity of Gilmour's parts. I felt like that was a respectful thing to do.

You made the analogy with a Broadway production, and I would say that, yes, the show is like that. I imagine that they approach it EXACTLY like that. Anyways, I (along with everyone else who was cheering at the top of their lungs between every song) was completely pulled in by the show last night, and I look forward to the next time I see him.


That's my problem. I don't like his politics and I don't like him blaming either us OR Israel for any Palestinian or Arab suffering. That is, in my opinion, leftist garbage. Many others who are otherwise open to his overall message, agreed as there was a good deal of booing and a number of people who walked out. That said, everyone is of course entitled to his opinion and the solution is to not attend if you don't want to hear it and for that reason I will not be attending again. BTW, the same is true of the Dixie Chicks. If people were offended by their comments, they had every right to not attend again. I certainly respect the talent of Roger Waters but I choose not to go to a show where opinions I disagree with are so strongly thrown in my face.

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  posted on 5/23/2007 at 07:17 PM
While I was uncomfortable w/ Roger's political potshots, I did not boo him or walk out. Really, it was amusing to me as a left winger because the rear of the inflatable pig said "Impeach Bush". The poor fellow apparently does not understand our line of succession in such an event. Nobody wants that. Of course he may say what he likes and he did jab PM Blair, which is even more his province (I assume Roger is a UK citizen). The President may be an incompetent, but he's our incompetent.

Still, an enjoyable evening, and the politics would not keep me from going. Orchestrated, yes, but most patrons will see it but once so as they say, "it's new to you."

 

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While I was uncomfortable w/ Roger's political potshots, I did not boo him or walk out. Really, it was amusing to me as a left winger because the rear of the inflatable pig said "Impeach Bush". The poor fellow apparently does not understand our line of succession in such an event. Nobody wants that. Of course he may say what he likes and he did jab PM Blair, which is even more his province (I assume Roger is a UK citizen). The President may be an incompetent, but he's our incompetent.

Still, an enjoyable evening, and the politics would not keep me from going. Orchestrated, yes, but most patrons will see it but once so as they say, "it's new to you."


For the record I did not boo or walk out either. It's not my style and the rest of the show was great (though not the kind of thing I would enjoy more than once) Still, it definitely annoyed me.

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  posted on 5/24/2007 at 11:26 AM
Great review, I was also at the show and enjoyed the hell out of it.

Here is a link to some pics and video of the evening I found on the internet:

http://s90.photobucket.com/albums/k280/fans-on-the-run/Reg%20Waters%20-%20A tlanta%2007/?mediafilter=videos

 

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  posted on 5/25/2007 at 09:05 AM
Just got back from Atlanta and saw this stunning review. I am so grateful for this because there was so much to absorb! This was a very stunning show and I was grateful to have seats good enough to see the band, Roger in particular, up close! I love the video behind the stage with the short wave radio, bottle of whiskey, and seeing the hand grabbing the cigarette from the ash tray and then smoke billowing up occasionally. Sorry some folks were offended by the politics.
 

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  posted on 5/25/2007 at 09:28 AM
"Is gentleness too much for us
Should gentleness be filed along with empathy
We feel for someone else's child
Every time a smart bomb does its sums and gets it wrong
Someone else's child dies and equities in defence rise
America, America, please hear us when we call
You got hip-hop, be-bop, hustle and bustle
You got Atticus Finch
You got Jane Russell
You got freedom of speech
You got great beaches, wildernesses and malls
Don't let the might, the Christian right, f*ck it all up
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