|Madison Square Garden
|Ticket scan - thanks Brent Daniels
|Ticket scan - thanks Eugene Lerner
Concert starts: 8pm
Address of venue: 4 Pennsylvania Plaza, New York, New York 10001. MAP
|SET LIST - SEPT 12th/13th
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.
The first of two nights at the
legendary Garden saw another great performance, with the band
reportedly getting steadily better and tighter as each show unfolds. A
slight change with the indoor nature of the venue, with the spaceman
and pig inflatables now radio controlled rather than being dragged
around by roadies.
There was a slight return of the
boos that met earlier performances of Leaving Beirut... whilst not as
vocal as at the first show of the US leg of this tour, it must still
have rattled Roger and the band a little, although he is now making
light of the controversy.
Nick Mason's appearance went down
a storm, as expected, with him drumming alongside Graham Broad for the
second half of the show, and the encores, for both shows.
Nick was quoted as saying:
"[Roger] called me up and said would I like to do some shows because I
think he thought it would just be a nice sort of twist to the thing to
actually have me along for some of the shows. So I've actually done
some of the European shows and I'm doing New York which is terrific
'cause it means really I get to play the places I really like to go
without actually being on the road for the whole time."
Nick is also due to play the Hollywood Bowl shows in Los Angeles, as we reported back in July.
second night featured a performance just as good, with the addition of
ten children from the Boys & Girls Club of New York, for Another
Brick - resplendent in their "Fear Builds Walls" t-shirts (see
thumbnail to the left, and full picture at bottom of this page), and
piggie has now been given glowing red eyes!
The tour now moves to Jones Beach tomorrow night - if you are going, have a great time and make sure you tell us all about it!
The first of the two nights was reviewed in detail by the New York Times through this link,
with a nice close-up of Roger accompanying their report. You might need
to register to read it, but this is free of charge. There is also a
review over at Newsday.com.
SHOW REVIEW - SEPT 12th
By BD's Jon Rosenberg
Yep, it's time for another
lengthy post from Jon about the RW show last night in NYC at the best
venue around, Madison Square Gardens. Too bad I missed seeing the
original 4 at MSG back in '77.
As always, DO NOT read on if you do not want spoilers. OK.
All right, I think I’ve had
enough coffee to get this review started. First off, the show last
night at MSG was 10X better than the kick-off show in Holmdel. What a
relief!! All is right with the world again, but the sun is still
eclipsed by the moon. IMHO, this show works so much better indoors. I
can hear the quad system and see the lighting effects. We were happy
kids, even tho our seats were too far back to see facial expressions.
In typical NYC fashion, the crowd
was very late in arrival, so we had to endure the long oldies radio
intro again. Roger and band walked on after about 20’ to a nice ovation
as people made mad scrambles to their seats in the dark. ITF-2 kicked
off the show as always, started slow but ended with a nice bang and
brought the crowd to its feet. You could hear the crew trying to get
the sound levels adjusted, but it was still not loud enough. Sounds
like the crew has gotten a better handle on the levels now. I could
actually hear everyone during Mother and not just a muddled mix as the
I really liked the nice
jazzy-feel that Roger is using for STC, esp the cool oboe (??) that Ian
Ritchie played. (Still not happy with the backup girls on the song. Oh
well.) Would like to hear more of this -- mixing up the Floyd tunes. I
know most people want to hear the song nailed perfectly like the
original record, but not me, I love the live improv. The video footage
of the sun corona & solar flares is damn cool. Not exactly sure why
it feeds into stills of Syd & Roger from the AL and Scarecrow
videos. Only thing missing was Rog beating the hell out of the flaming
gong. Boo hoo.
Nice segue into SOYCD with
beautiful footage of several nebulas (Horsehead?) courtesy of the
Hubble Telescope (I assume). Best filmage of the night, loved the Syd
footage morphs. Odd tho, that Roger doesn’t acknowledge Syd’s death. He
usually remarked on Syd on previous tours at this point in the show.
The soloing by Snowy and new kid Dave K were good and they did some
cool overlaps at the end. Not bad attempts of Dave K to jam like Mr
Gilmour does, but there’s only one Gilmour. He is getting better as the
tour progresses. Quite a different role than Dave K was used to,
playing alongside of Keith Emerson with his orchestral progressions. (I
wonder who has the bigger ego, Keith or Roger?).
Dave K does a killer job for HAC
up next. His rocking style fits the song well. I was a bit bewildered
by the rapid fire video montage during HAC of images every 10 seconds.
Very distracting. You know we are a TV gen and have to watch the screen
when there’s flashing images. Could do without this film of luxury
items. WYWH had a nice showcase of five acoustic guitar. (yes, Carin
can play that part too. Wow.) Jon Carin is certainly the hidden gem
that David and Roger have found to be indispenable.
Very touching of Roger to pause
at the beginning of WYWH to dedicate the song to all those who lost a
love one on 9-11, five years ago yesterday. Must have been a momentary
thought b/c the rest of the band kept strumming the intro. Well
received. Cheers Rog. I’m very enamored of the video ending piece with
all the light candles, which get put out by the falling red poppies and
which in turn become the poppy fields for TFC songs. Well done!
Southampton Docks is beautiful with a nice solo by AF Low. Would have
liked to have seen Gunner’s Dream tho. We get an all new video of a
run-down house for Fletcher replete with new ‘tyrants’ pictures on the
Which brings us up to the
highlight of the first set, Perfect Sense. PP Arnold does a great job
of belting out the vocals. Brings shivers up my spine. Nice video of
the new ‘arena’ in downtown LA for the showdown. The floating spaceman
did make his presence with roadies operating him via remotes down below
us. In Holmdel the space dude 'came out' of the screen at the
beginning, ala the motorcycle guy on the Pros and Cons tour, which was
a cool effect. Now, he just floats around. Eww. As in earlier
complaints… I would like to see more RW solo stuff! Bah, I miss the
cool versions of Every Stranger’s Eye, The Tide is Turning, Sunset
Strip, etc. And just once I’d like to see Three Wishes. Oh well, rant
Well, finally Roger decides to
talk with the crowd. (A bit late in the show for it.) This time around,
all he does is mention that he is going to play a new song about he
experiences in Beirut in 1961. No rants on Bush or the war in Iraq.
Much better. Nice and short. Very few folks even left for a beer run,
unlike Holmdel when it seemed like half the place got up to go get more
beer. Yes, there were a few smatterings of boos at the end, but these
were easily drowned out by the cheers. I am warming up to the song.
It's better live than the spoken version on the CD. The cartoon is dark
and brooding, but IMHO is hampered by the lyrics in cartoon bubbles. I
know that Rog wants us to ‘see’ the lyrical rant on Bush and the
Right-wing. I’d rather just see the story of early Rog in Beirut.
September 12th's piggie - Picture thanks to Morteza Golpoor
The band quickly segued into a
ripping version of Sheep, so there was very little time for the
boo-birds. Well played, Rog. Almost appeared that Roger is answering
the boo-birds by telling them that they are all sheep. It does seems
like Roger picked Sheep just for Dave K to play. He does some killer
soloing work alongside of Snowy, ala the ’77 tour. Not bad at all.
Great way to end the set. I did like the remote controlled Pig ‘blimp’
complete with graffiti scrawled all over it about voting in Nov. Just
one question… does Roger feel that the homeless are all Sheep? What’s
with the footage of homeless people thru out the song?
After a short intermission,
during which we could see the second drum kit being rolled out and
unveiled. We already know it was for Nicky, but still it was a damn
cool site for sore eyes. As the heart beats start playing Roger paused
to introduce Nick to the crowd, and off we went on the 2006 version of
DSOTM complete with new films and Star Trek ‘warping’ sequences. From
the get go, one could hear the improvement in the drums. Graham Broad
is decent but nowhere as powerful as Mason. You could definitely hear
the difference on the intro to Time. Too bad Nicky wasn’t asked to play
on the first set, after all he knows 85% of the set songs by heart.
Missed him on Sheep for sure.
The extended OTR was nice, with
Carin having lots of fun with his toys interjecting trains and cars
sounds to disorient you. Got his Rick impersonations down pat. Dave K
had some good jams on Money and the extended ACYL. Beautiful shots of
the full moon with the Tycho crater and rilles in sharp focus. I really
liked the fact that they left the presentation as the round circle ala
“Mr Screen” of olden times and had the old ’73 films morphing into the
new footage. Nice touch. Roger did a good job of recreating the old
Floyd show complete with 3-D sound and voices from the record. Oddly,
no lasers? Most of been David’s favorites? Would like to see this
again, so much to watch.
Picture thanks to Morteza Golpoor
The encores were the typical Wall
songs with added emphasis on the wars in the Middle East, esp on BTBBH.
I’d rather have Rog doing GBS than Vera, oh well. Maybe next year he’ll
tour with the “Wall on Broadway” so I can finally see my fave songs.
The show ends of course with CN. Not all that crazy with the guitar
solos here on CN but I’ve been spoilt by seeing Gilmour play this many
times to comment. Rather have RLH end the show.
Overall, 9/10 grade. A good solid
A. (sorry only the original 4 will get a 10/10). Had lots of fun and
could actually see the show this time around. Wish I was going again
tonight but the tix prices are preventing it.
SHOW REVIEW - SEPT 12th
By BD contributor, Bradley Kaplan
MSG was the first indoor venue
Roger has played this year. Roger said how much he likes playing MSG
and that most artists like playing it and how the sound on the stage
the band hears is really great. The set list remains unchanged.
The band played much better than
PNC Arts Center. They just seemed much tighter and the performance was
much better. The sound quality was much better than PNC Arts Center.
(in regards to sound quality, that performance comparing to the '99
tour PNC Arts Center sounded much better in '99 than it did this tour.
MSG sounded much better this time than in the 2000 tour. Also they used
the quad sound much more in '99 and 2000 and much more effectively)
As a result of being indoors, the
pyrotechnics were cut down a little. The spaceman was flown around the
whole audience and was kept in the middle of the venue for Perfect
Sense and that works much better than keeping it by the stage
(obviously since it cannot blow away indoors). Also the pig changed
from being pulled on strings to remote control. See the picture below -
you can see the painted pink remote control unit.
Roger said he was touched hearing the list of the people who died in Sept 11th so dedicated Wish You Were Here to them.
Leaving Beruit ended with both boos and applause.
Nick Mason played drums for Dark Side of the Moon and the encore which was an obvious treat.
Looking forward to going tomorrow night followed by Jones Beach on Friday.
"Habeus Corpus matters" - September 12th picture thanks to Bradley Kaplan
SHOW REVIEW - SEPT 12th
By BD contributor, Darren DeVivo from WFUV radio in NYC
The one word I would use to
describe last night's show at Madison Square Garden in New York City
would be - explosive! It was an incredible performance from Roger and
his band. The band had fire and was very tight. Roger was in fine
voice. The show was the opposite of David Gilmour's recent solo shows.
While David's had a more laid back, occasionally ethereal vibe (like
pre-Animals Pink Floyd), Roger's show was much more forceful,
aggressive and political, much like Animals, The Wall, parts of The
Final Cut and much of his solo work.
The set list and the band remained unchanged.
Nick Mason joined the band for
the second half of the show (The Dark Side Of The Moon) and the encore
(selections from The Wall). Essentially, we then had one-half of the
classic Pink Floyd lineup on stage. Now, if we could only get the
Gilmour / Wright half to join....!!
The setting for the show was an
old style radio playing songs broadcast from various radio stations.
The image of the radio with a bottle of booze and cigarettes (with a
toy airplane on top of the radio) next to it was projected on the back
screen behind the stage. The music being played before the show as the
audience was filing in was coming from the radio. Occasionally, a hand
would appear, reaching up to change the station. This is how "Wish You
Were Here" began! Very clever! At the end, we find that the person
listening to this radio, occasionally changing the station, was the guy
("Pink") who is "Comfortably Numb!"
Roger did perform the
controversial "Leaving Beirut". He clearly explained the song, setting
it up before it started. It was accompanied by a black and white
illustrations explaining the lyrics/story. The audience heard the song
out, then afterwards, the response was clearly mixed. Where I was, it
was 60-40 booing. No problem, Roger expressed his opinion, the audience
expressed it's. We agree to disagree. We move on...
During the early portion of the
show, glowing light sticks were raining down on the audience in the
back of the arena, sometimes by the handful. I could not tell who was
throwing them from above. A small, inflatable astronaut floated above
the crowd during "Perfect Sense, Part I" and "Perfect Sense, part II".
The pig, covered with graffiti, flew over the audience during "Sheep".
Something to the effect of "impeach President Bush" was scrawled on the
pig's butt! Visually, there was nothing totally mind blowing or unique,
but that didn't stop them from being stunning. The films were almost
all new, occasionally incorporating pieces of older ones. They were
terrific. Older images of Syd Barrett and Pink Floyd were wonderfully
distorted and colorized. The staging was a fairly colorful. During "Set
The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun", replica liquid lights squirmed
on the screen. The rising and setting of the sun was pretty cool, too!
The visuals during "On The Run" were mesmorizing.
Some other observations:
* I have to admit that leading up
to the show, I was a little sceptical about the set list. First off
all, I had reservations of Roger doing all of The Dark Side Of The
Moon. I realize that Roger wrote all the words and a healthy chunk of
the music, but he wasn't a major part of the performance (playing bass
and contributing sound effects). He wasn't a prominent vocalist either,
singing lead on only the two closing songs. Could The Dark Side Of The
Moon really work without David Gilmour and Richard Wright? I also felt
that the first half's set list was a bit disjointed - kind of a "cut
and paste" set. I was skeptical about "Southampton Dock" and "The
Fletcher Memorial Home' being the two songs from The Final Cut. I
wondere d if they could stand alone without the rest of the album. (I
felt that "The Gunners Dream", "Your Possible Pasts", "The Final Cut"
or "Two Suns In The Sunset" would have been better choices. They can
come out of The Final Cut and stand alone as songs.) I felt the same
way about "Perfect Sense, Part I" and "Perfect Sense, Part II". Were
they going to work without the rest of the Amused To Death concept to
support them. The same could be said for snippets from The Wall like
"Vera" and "Bring The Boys Back Home" (although with our troops
overseas, I could see the logic in "Bring The Boys Back Home").
Picture thanks to Morteza Golpoor
* Roger's son Harry Waters was
playing keyboards. Between the very long, thick dreadlocks and the ZZ
Top-like beard - he has more hair than all of Brain Damage's readers!
* The crowd (probably a sell out)
was loud and excited. Also, a lot of "herbal jazz cigarettes" were
being enjoyed! There was a constant smell of "the pot" and a smoky haze
in the arena.
* As great as the show was and as
great as Roger's band was, you couldn't help but wish David and Rick
were there. Wish you were here indeed.
* Hearing "Perfect Sense, Part I"
and "Perfect Sense, Part II" (plus the Amused To Death songs performed
during Roger's last tour, "In The Flesh") performed live makes me wish
Roger would have toured to promote Amused To Death, his best solo album
and the best thing he has done since The Wall. I would have loved to
hear Amused To Death live in it's entirety.
That's all my brain will remember. I'll be back for Madison Square Garden show number two tonight.
SHOW REVIEW - SEPT 12th
By BD contributor, Chris Creed
Was at the show yesterday. Have to agree with Bradley, the acoustics were great for an arena venue.
The first set was well received
but didn't seem to get into the soul of the audience. Maybe everyone
was waiting for DSOTM - easy to see why. From the intro of Nick Mason
to the final strains of Eclipse the audience was reliving 1973.
Absolutely flawless performance of what many would regard as the
greatest album of all time.
The encores were perfectly chosen
to build on the energy from the end of the second set. Another Brick in
the Wall 2 had a few extra singers in the band (the entire Gardens
audience) and to cap the night the soaring lead of Comfortably Numb
(definitely one of the greatest solos in music history). Kudos to the
arrangement - sent home the audience feeling the magic of bygone years.
The songs are still ringing in my ears this morning!
SHOW REVIEW - SEPT 12th
By BD contributor, Stephen Lukas
Just got back from the garden,
and back to earth!! Roger was quoted as saying it was one of his
favorite places to play. Judging from the sound quality of the concert,
I totally agree with him.
It was great to see Nick Mason
join the band during the second set. Roger quipped that he would be the
oldest on stage if it wasn’t for him.
DSOTM was like an out of body
experience. The swirling quadraphonic sound of the garden was dizzying
at times, especially during On the Run.
The New York audience seemed to
be split on “Leaving Beirut”. Boos and cheers. I have a new
appreciation for the song based on Roger’s experience and motivation
for writing the song. “WYWH” was dedicated to 9/11 victims and their
families, which was touching.
I was skeptical of Roger’s vocals
before the show. There were some rumors out there that he could no
longer cut the mustard. After listening to him tear through Have A
Cigar and Fletcher Memorial Home, I have no doubts about him singing
into his 70’s.
For those going tonight, be ready
to be blown out of arena. For those going to Jones Beach on Friday, see
you there. Pray for no rain!!
SHOW REVIEW - SEPT 12th
By BD contributor, Steven Levine
This was a truly great night at
the Garden. Certainly as good as I have ever heard the songs performed
by Waters or Floyd. The sound in the Garden was perfect, and it was
loud! This was important because it appears that modern audiences think
concerts are sing alongs (which bothers me) and think that calling
people on their cell phones during the concert is cool and appropriate
(which pisses me off, I had to tell the person next to me several times
to stop calling people on his cell phone and screaming into the phone
to be heard, finally losing my temper and just swearing him down till
he hung up).
The show started promptly at
8:20. In the Flesh was performed perfectly. The giant screen behind
Waters had to be seen to be believed, with loads of new video to
accompany the show. There's really no reason to trip anymore at
concerts, because the artists have gone to the trouble of filming the
hallucinations for you. Fletcher Memorial Home, with its panning shot
from a photo of Bin Laden, to Bush, to Reagan, to Stalin, etc, was
really even more incendiary than the brilliant new Leaving Beirut. Not
to mention the Pig, with Impeach Bush scrawled across his ass.
But all the pomp and spectacle
would not have meant anything if the band hadn't played well, but the
did, better than well, they played a stunning two and a half hours of
some of the best music of the modern age. Floyd music has always been
the music of insanity, and a one hundred and sixty minute barrage of
mind bending music and video just reached into my soul, tore it apart,
and spit it back into my body. I will not be able to shake the concert
for a while.
The performance of Dark Side was
perfect, with Wish You Were Here dedicated to the victims and survivors
of 9/11, if lacking some of the energy of the first set, with Waters
turning much of the singing over to his bandmates, and spending a lot
of the set in the dark with his back turned to the audience. It takes a
great deal of confidence and humility to not have to be the center of
attention all the time, which is appreciated.
The encore of Wall material was
well played, with Comfortably Numb finishing the show with a building
intensity that peaked in fury of pure madness. Of particular note were
Southampton Dock, Fletcher Memorial Home, and in a truly astonishing
moment, Vera and Bring the Boys Back Home, which was so loud by the end
that any audience noise was completely drowned out.
I've probably seen a hundred
concerts at the Garden alone, including Waters, and this is one that
will go down in my book, for its brilliant playing and general vibe.
There is no venue quite like the Garden, both because of the building
itself, and because New York audiences tend to be loud, vocal, and
boisterous. September 12, 2006 at the Garden was no exception. This
concert passed the test for all great shows, which is, last night,
between 8:20 and 11:00 pm, was there any better place spot on the
planet earth to be located? For my money the answer is no.
One of my regrets when I pass
from this earth and stand tall before the man will not be that I spent
a night in September of 2006 in New York City watching one of the great
songwriters of the age play some of his best work with determined
passion and emotion. No, this will not be a regret.
Picture thanks to Morteza Golpoor
SHOW REVIEW - SEPT 12th
By BD contributor, Dan Salamon
Let me preface this with saying
that I am a huge Floyd fan and was always anti-Roger because of their
breakup. I was more on the Gilmour side of things and blamed him for
the breakup. Well, once Live-8 happened, and I read Nick Mason’s book,
I began to change my views a bit and felt more empathy toward Waters.
Anyway, once this tour was announced, I decided that I would go. I went
on September 12th and I have to say, it was phenomenal.
The setlist was the same as the
other nights but there were many standout moments. Here’s my review of
the set. In the Flesh (always a solid start. Makes me really wish I was
able to see Floyd tour with the Wall in 1980. Unfortunately, I was 7
and my parents were not too keen on the idea). Mother (Sounded awesome
but I have to admit, I miss Gilmour on the chorus part). STCFTHOTS (the
visuals with this song were awesome and it sounded great). SOYCD (this
was an abbreviated version of course b/c without Gilmour’s guitar it
doesn’t sound right.
At this part of the show, the
focus was really on Syd. Pictures of them back in the 60’s were shown
on a screen behind the band). Have a Cigar (the rapid fire visual
images on the back were awesome and painted a perfect picture of what
the song is about. As for the band, they sounded tight).
Wish You Were Here (Roger’s mic
was out for the beginning of his dedication, but he did dedicate the
song to the victims of 9/11. As for the sound, it was great, but of
course, Gilmour’s high pitched echoing of his guitar was missed).
Southampton Dock (This was when the few drinks I had before kicked in
and I had to make a bathroom break. MSG is so solid for acoustics that
I heard the entire tune in the bathroom and it sounded great. I’ve
rediscovered The Final Cut since I threw away my ignorance about the
whole Floyd breakup thing).
After that was The Fletcher
Memorial Home (Roger’s voice can still hit the high notes with ease and
grandoise. Be played acoustic for both of The Final Cut songs and
sounded great). Perfect Sense 1+2 (I only just heard these songs after
renting his In the Flesh DVD and they have grown on me. His emotion and
lyrics really ring true and the performance of both parts was great.
The end of Part 2 was brought together with an awesome chorus and
really hit home. This coupled with the spaceman floating around via
radio control was cool).
Leaving Beirut (OK, so we all
know Roger is a tad political. Just a tad. I didn’t really like this
song particularly the music. At the end, I turned to my friend and
said, “Are people booing?” This surprised me but they were. Listen I’m
not sure if it’s his political message with this song or the song
itself, but to boo a great like Waters is like booing A-Rod when he
goes 3-4. Wait I’m in New York. People boo A-Rod when he goes 5-5 with
4 RBIs. Anyway, the booing kind of bothered me).
The 1st set closed with probably
one of the best live performances I’ve ever heard. This was Sheep.
(Absolutely perfect. Music. Visuals. I was tapping my left foot so hard
to the beat that this, what must have been, 14 year old turned around
and gave me a look of annoyance). The first set closed and Roger
politely said that they were taking a break and coming back to perform
Sure enough, 15 minutes
later….Roger appeared center stage. He then pulled a little surprise
and introduced Nick Mason to help out with the next set. The crowd went
wild. Of course myself, being ever so nostalgic, I was hoping he would
then say, “and lastly, you all know David Gilmour….Come on out Dave!”
Sadly, no! But having Mason there was awesome.
Then the well-known jackhammer
started and DSOTM began. Ok, soundwise the whole album sounded great. I
will point out a few things that I had trouble with. Now I think
Gilmour has one of the best voices ever put on record. So without him
in Breathe or Time, I’m a little wary. Anyway, the visuals for the 2nd
set were pretty plain with the colors on stage changing for each song.
Breathe (musically sounded great sans Gilmour’s voice or pedal steel
guitar). On the Run (cool effect song). Time (Mason on the rotos
sounded great and Waters held his own on the vocals). Great Gig in the
Sky (the females were awesome with this one). Money (Again, I’m used to
hearing Gilmour so hearing someone else sing this song other than a
Floyd member made me feel like I was cheating on my wife. But it did
sound good). Us & Them (Again, am I cheating? Sounded good though).
Any Colour You Like (Bathroom break). Brain Damage/Eclipse (Awesome.
Just a great ending to actually what was a tightly performed set).
The encore began with the roar of
a helicoptor and the searchlights scanning the audience. Then Roger,
Nick and the boys broke into The Happiest Days of Our Lives and ABITW
Part 2 (I liked the sound but again, on ABITW, I missed Gilmour’s
guitar, although they replicated the notes extremely well).
Finally, we had Vera and
Comfortably Numb (I promise, this is the last time. Comfortably Numb
was really great and Waters pronounciation of the word “sick” always
makes me snarl with an attitude. He’s so solid. Anyway, I missed
Gilmour’s vocals and guitar. Now you’re all probably saying, ok, dude,
they are not together and will probably never be again….Get over it. I
know, I know. As a whole, Comfortably Numb sounded great and ended what
was a tremendous show with a bang. I was extremely psyched I went and
saw Waters live and I would do it again a heartbeat.
Now I know I said what I missed
about the show and what I wished was there. This was the same feeling I
had in 1988 and 1994 when Floyd toured without Waters. I missed Rogers
energy and voice as well. Seeing Waters live was a blast and I have to
say, he puts on an awesome show. If you can catch it, do! You won’t
Picture thanks to Steven Neff
SHOW REVIEW - SEPT 13th
By BD contributor, Bradley Kaplan
The second show was great, but the band did seem tighter on the first night. But the show was just as enjoyable.
Of interest the pig now has red
light eyes. It flew around with the remote control setup that it did
last night. The Pig and the spaceman both flew around the entire venue.
During Leaving Beirut Roger
introduced it as the "controversial" part of the concert, and elsewhere
he majorly screwed up on the lyrics on Brain Damage.
During Another Brick Pt II roger
brought on a choir of kids from Harlem to sing the childrens part. But
none had mics directly on them and the backing kids tape still played.
SHOW REVIEW - SEPT 13th
By BD contributor, Vincent Kelly
Roger Waters began exactly at 8
p.m. with "In the flesh" and launched into the first set of varied
material old and new that was covered skillfully by all the musicians
attending. Most notably were "Shine on you crazy diamond" and "Wish you
were here" in tribute to Syd Barrett. This was done very nicely with a
background of old film from the band's early days.
The second set was the "Dark side
of the moon" and this was performed in perfection. It was very nice to
see Nick Mason collaborate with Roger on this evening. I do believe
with the appearance of Nick Mason, everyone's emotion was hoping for
Rick Wright and David Gilmour to come out! Ah! but the show must go on.
Casting aside the stage effects
and props, Roger Waters gave us 3 hours of wonderful music and lyrics
and do not forget that Roger is a skilled guitar player as well. An
encore gave us "The wall" and "Comfortably numb" and in those two
songs, it was obvious to me that a certain sound, a certain "pulse"
that was the creativity of 4 geniuses and in the lead guitar and
keyboards/ vocals, two of them were missing.
All in all, Roger was excellent
and I would definitely return to any of his performances. He is a
perfect gentleman, considerate of his fans and energetic about sharing
his talent with us on this evening: September 13, 2006.
SHOW REVIEW - SEPT 13th
By BD contributor, James Lenthe
There is no place in the States
like MSG and boy did Roger have the crowd pumped up last night (9/13).
The band was so tight and played at a very high level. Nick Mason
joined the band from Darkside till Comfortly Numb and it was just great
to see how happy Roger was with Nick on stage. The Boys Choir of NY
came out for "Another Brick In The Wall" and again Roger seemed light
up again on stage - he really enjoyed them.
It's a MUST see for any musical fan out there - "the band is just fantastic" ........
SHOW REVIEW - SEPT 13th
By BD contributor, Leah
AMAZING, AMAZING, AMAZING!
Best concert experience that I have had, hands down. You know the set-list - so there is no need to detail that… Some thoughts:
I was surprised that the concert
started on time, I was walking to my seats around 8:13 and the show
started (I was expecting the 8:20 time!) Oops- :)
I was in floor seats in section 6
and the sound was amazing, as were the visual effects. I was a little
nervous at first because the crowd didn't seem as excited as I
was…..but that did change.
People sat down, as they often
do, during Leaving Beirut and other songs they didn't know towards the
end of the 1st set in my section. But, they were still interested.
I did not hear one boo from
anyone around me during the "controversial" parts of the show. I heard
many cheers. (including myself!)
I find it laughable that people
are "bitching" about the political nature of some of the songs.
Distrust of authority, specifically government, is a prevalent theme of
both Roger's solo work, and Pink Floyd's. Hello?!?!
And the talk about being offended
that Roger would diss US politics so close to the 9/11 anniversary is
also laughable-- go ahead, be offended, but please try and sit down to
read the history books (or the news)……..I am not even going to waste my
time in addressing that one...
Please people, stay home (or go
see Justin Timberlake or something…) so there are more seats for the
rest of us!!!! Ok, now stepping down from the soap box….
Roger Waters is a creative
genius……and the band sounded great. DSOTH was absolutely stunning. I
was in awe……. Although it would have obviously been great with
Gilmour--- it fulfilled all my wishes and so much more. The crowd was
going insane-- way more lively then the first set.
The encores were also
amazing……everyone singing and enjoying the experience. They also did an
amazing job with the sound- I have been to many concerts at MSG and
this was tops as far as sound quality.