|Norwegian Wood Festival
|Ticket - thanks to Haakon Hagelund
and Keith at Neptune PF
|Press review - Aften Posten/Oslopuls website
Concert starts: 7pm
Address of venue: Frognerbadet, Middelthunsgate 28, Majorstua, Oslo, Norway. MAP
FIRST HALF: In
The Flesh, Mother, Set The Controls For the Heart Of The Sun, Shine On
You Crazy Diamond, Have A Cigar, Wish You Were Here, Southampton Dock,
The Fletcher Memorial Home, Perfect Sense parts 1 and 2, Leaving
SECOND HALF: Dark Side of the Moon. ENCORE: The Happiest Days Of Our Lives, Another Brick In The Wall (Pt 2), Vera, Bring The Boys Back Home, Comfortably Numb.
Another day, another festival
crowd - and another reportedly storming show on Roger's tour. The set
list seems to have stabilised, with the variation seen at the start of
the tour seemingly a thing of the past. Daylight affected things again,
but didn't dampen the enthusiasm of the band or crowd.
The tour moves now to the
beautiful Italian city of Rome, with Roger playing at the Olimpico
Stadium tomorrow evening. Have a great time if you are attending this
show, and let us know how it went!
A press review, with three pictures of Roger in action at the concert (one of which is shown to the right), can be found at the Aften Posten/Oslopuls website. It is written in Norwegian, however, with no alternate language option.
Another press report, again in Norwegian, that is worth seeing, is at the Side2.no
website. As part of their report, they have no less than 49 pictures of
Roger and his band in action at the show, most of which is in a slide
show. Some wonderful pictures of Roger in action in the daylight!
Additionally, there is Smaalenene.no which has a selection of nine shots for your attention. And, finally, there is Rogalands Avis
which gives the show a very short, but positive review, and has six
pictures of Roger on their site, including one showing him in a
meditative mood... (our thanks to all those BD visitors who told us
that there were a number of pictures on Rogalands Avis - we need to
work on our understanding of Norwegian!)
SHOW REVIEW & PICTURES
Waters did you say? Reviewed by
someone from Gilmourish? Well, a lot of our visitors have been asking
so here's a brief review and some pics I took from the performance at
the Norwegian Wood festival in Oslo, Norway, last Wednesday...
You all know my stand on how
Waters is perfoming the Floyd classics. In my mind, he has more or less
vandalized many of them. I didn't have any expectations at all,
especially after hearing and seeing footage from the opening night in
Rio. In all fairness, I must admit that I was surprised a couple of
times and some moments made the hair stand on my neck...
The Norwegian summer has daylight
almost 24/7, so the show suffered from that. Still there was some
really cool films and I was pleased to see that he used most of the
original Dark Side films, although they all had a brownish hue.
The first set started out with In
the Flesh with the usual Hammers symbol and a lot of fireworks. A
classic opener! Then they fired up Shine On and Have a Cigar... I was
totally paralyzed. It sounded horrible and they even skipped the
opening solo on Shine! I mean, come on! There was no blues feeling. No
jams. No communication between the musicians at all... And it was
really emarassing hearing Waters lip syncing over his own vocals on
Cigar. You could hear it quite clearly and there was a couple of times
when he turned away and the voice was still there...
They went on with some songs from
The Final Cut and I must say hearing Fletcher Memorial home performed
live for the first time was a real treat! I love that song and Snowy
handled the solo pretty well.
Amused to Death is one of my all
time favourite albums, and tonight's performance of Perfect Sence part
1 & 2 was really awesome! Why doesn't he play more songs from that
album? He does it 100 times better than the Floyd songs. The new
Leaving Beirut was OK, but it had a really warm story and a strong
political message. At least ol' Rog has something to say and he really
let Bush and Blair have it... The crowd responded great!
The first set ended with Sheep. A
fantastic version only missing David's earpinching sound during the
outtro. Definitely the highpoint of the evening!
Dark Side was better than I'd
expected. It sounded more or less as on the album. They had some
problems on the bridge between Speak to Me and Breathe though... Their
monitors just cut they couldn't hear when to start. The drummer clicked
them in but right before the end you could hear a loud "crash" on On
the Run started.... way too early, which leads me to think that they're
running a sequence tape throughout the set. I don't know, but A LOT of
stuff was on tape...
Great Gig in the Sky was
extremely good and I must admit better than David's with Mica Paris. It
was cool to hear Water's old bass patterns too. Just like in 74!
On Money they did a twin solo
with Snowy and Kilminister. It was really cool and you got the feeling
of the ADT'd solo David's playing on the album.
Jon Carin sang Us & Them...
it was beautiful! I really must hand it to him. He is one hell of a
musician and it was funny to see that Waters introduced him with the
same awe and respect as David did. Great voice and he did a lot of
guitar stuff too, like the slide on Breathe (sounding frighteningly
close to David...)
The encores were the usual Wall stuff with a horrible guitar duel on Numb. What the hell is that???
All in all it was an OK concert.
Not too impressive, but not too disappointing either. It's sad that
Waters need backing tracks for his own vocals, but what the hell...
he's is bold enough to choose some obscure songs and if it needs some
cheating to sound good, then.... OK.
Two things strike me, though. One
- Waters seems more relaxed and confident than ever and he made really
good contact with the audience. You can also see that he means what he
sings. He really wants you to listen and take part. The other thing I
noticed was that the band seemed totally lost. There was absolutely no
communication and no free space to jam. I don't think they had a bad
day (in fact they seemed very pleased), but I think that Waters lacks
the ability to include them in the show and music. They do what they're
told and that's that. It also sounds a little dull when everything runs
on timed tracks. They need to concentrate to keep up. That's really the
big difference between David's show and Water's. David communicates
with his band all the time and he triggers them to do better. They have
an amazing contact between themselves too and they always pitch ideas
on each other and take the music to new heights. I miss that in Waters'
show. It's too sterile...
To sum it up; it was good seeing
Waters in such a good mood and Carin must be one of the most talented
guys in the business. The choir girls did a very good job as always, as
did the guy on sax. Snowy is Snowy. Hate him or love him... But the
drummer and Kilminster.... Someone need to give them a reality check.
So... did I hear a reunion????
By BD contributor, Thomas Hansen
This is the second time I've seen
Roger live, but I hope it isn’t the last. On a warm (and bright)
Norwegian summer evening, Roger and his band hit the stage just before
8 o’clock, and kicks off the show with “In the flesh".
First half of the show is old
goodies, and in my opinion, “Have a cigar” is the highlight of the
first set. The sound is great, but a Norwegian summer is bright, and it
doesn’t get really dark before midnight, so the video screen doesn’t
live up to its potential.
And yes, Roger does lip sync on some of the songs…
Second set was “Dark side of the moon”, and it blew the audience away, wow!!!!
When they came back on stage to
do the encores, it was a party all night long in Oslo, a great show, a
great night. Thanks Roger!!
By BD contributor, Kay Arne Jensen
First of all: thanks Roger for this amazing show. It all started with sun and good weather and then seeing you In the flesh :)
There we had the show, and the quality was great!
Set The Controls, Perfect Sense,
The Fletcher Memorial Home, and Sheep are the first songs that come up
in my mind from the first half of the concert.
I'm a huge fan of old Floyd songs
include the album "Animals". When I heard "Set The Controls" I forgot
who I was. It was just that song and the solo. Cheers for a amazing
solo guitar playing!
"Fletcher Memorial Home" was special (it will always be) A brave song from Roger. His voice here was really screaming and cool!
Also Sheep :) I had a little
thought for myself...why not play whole Animals, and not Dark side? But
when I thought a little more I changed my mind.
SECOND HALF: straight to the
amazing "The Great gig in the sky". This song only is worth the ticket
alone. I had a tear in my eye and what Roger's woman's is doing freaks
me totally out.
In this song the female voice
really moved my heart to the limit. Cheers and love for this perfect
best Floyd song ever (after Echoes he he!).
For all the other Dark Side songs
I'm impressed. He delivered us all about the dark side and the powerful
madness we love in this album with surround effects and everything.
For the encore he made us all
scream and sing with the heavy "Bring the Boys back home" and "Another
Brick in the wall" He lifted us from the dark side to the wall! After
the "comfortably numb" the feelings said to me in a hungry way: I want
For me he could just finish the cd 2 from the wall :)
Totally I did not mention
mistakes. Only thing I miss is Gilmour's guitar (sorry) but he's the
man to play Breath, Shine on, and Comfortably Numb.
The sound had a touch of mess
sometimes. It was all too heavy and the guitars gave shadow feelings
when they should be light and easy to hear. But this happened only very
All in all a very clever, sharp,
serious concert from Roger Waters. With Leaving Beirut and the messages
to Bush and America. Not to forget to mention how strong Perfect Sense
was. This PP Arnold has the strongest voice ever and the way she sings
I really hope Roger finally gets his new rock album out and makes a new tour as fast he can! I'll be there!
Thank you Roger............