|Air Canada Centre
|Ticket scan thanks to Jeff Atam
|Ticket scan thanks to Eytan Tobin
Concert starts: 8pm
Address of venue: 40 Bay Street, Suite 400, Toronto, Ontario M5J 2X2. 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.
The tour has now moved north of
the border, into Canada, playing at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. A
naturally very appreciative crowd, and a great reception was given to
Roger and his band. The pig is now displaying the correct date for the
US elections (until this show, it had November 2nd sprayed on its side,
when actually the US voters go to the polls on November 7th!) despite
there being no Canadian elections.
Tonight the band play at Montreal's Bell Centre. If you are going to the show, have a great time and tell us about it!
There will be reviews of this
show in a number of the local newspapers, and the first of these can be
read online at the respective publication's website: the Toronto Sun. There's also been a review at the online music site jam.canoe.ca, and at Chartattack.com. Also, at the Canoe site there's more reviews...
By BD contributor, Bruce Metcalfe
Awesome! Breathtaking! Amazing! That pretty much sums it up!
By BD contributor, Chuck
WOW! Roger and The Band blew all
15,000 there away with over 2 1\2 hours of music and visuals and PYRO
that almost blew the roof off the Air Canada Center.
The show started a bit after 8PM
and ran until after 11:30PM. The setlist has remained the same as the
previous tour dates and it was BANG ON. See above... EVERY SONG listed
above was played to almost perfection!
Did Roger play any BASS?
Absolutely, he had the FENDER bass cranked up extra loud and from my
seat in section 102 23rd row ( just below the main PA stack ) I could
feel and see every note Roger played. Roger also roved around the stage
for the entire show with his usual gestures and smiling like a very
happy Legend Of Rock.
The rest of band were extremely tight , in my opinion even tighter than last weeks MSG shows in New York.
Dave K. really is learning to ' Shine ' with David's lead solos and has added some of his ' over the top ' style for flair.
As usual Graham Broad was hitting
the skins like he has played the Floyd for years and during the drum
intro for Time he WENT WILD on the tom toms actually jumping in the air
to land hard with every hit on toms.
Snowy prooved to me once again
why he is so comfortable playing the Floyd, he even improvised on a few
solos to add some flavour.
Ian Ritchie really stood out on tenor and alto saxes, he has picked up the Floyd touch in 3 short months.
Andy Fairweather Low was a solid
as ever and did an excellent job on the DSOTM vocals with Jon Carin who
really can handle Rick's Floyd keyboard part now like a pro.
The 3 girls , Katie , PP and Carol and thier wonderful soulful voices were exceptional for the entire show.
Did Roger's voice hold up for the entire show? Absolutely , I saw or heard no flaws with his vocals.
PYRO , Mr. Screen , The Spaceman
, and THE BIG PIG , AMAZING especially the PRYO. During ' Bring The
Boys Back Home ' I stopped counting the 4 at a time BOMB BLASTS at 20 -
WOW , no wonder Graham complains that those blast are too hot.
Did I have a favorite song? No , every song touched my musical soul.
By BD contributor, Steve Hayden
Last night's show was very
impressive. I was particularly struck by the strength of Roger's voice
on Have A Cigar and The Fletcher Memorial. The crowd's enthusiasm and
its appreciation of Roger's accomplisments were clearly evident. There
was a lot of crowd singing (especially during Time and Wish You Were
By BD contributor, Matt Cooper
The concert was just amazing last
night! I tried to find those spots with the lip-synching, and I don’t
think roger really did any.
From the left side, 24th row, it
was very close to the stage, roger made good use of both sides, coming
over and playing directly to us for minutes at a time!
When it was all over it seemed
like time froze and all of a sudden it was just the beginning. Never
have I seen the entire audience stand for the WHOLE encore. That’s
right, as soon as dark side was done, the entire audience stood up,
cheered and stayed standing until the final note of Comfortably Numb.
Just an amazing show, and I wish
it would happen again soon! Roger thanked the audience and said how it
really meant a lot to be there last night. I think it was kind of nice
for him to know that fans still care a lot about the music and message.
Leaving Beirut had a really need comic style video on the screen which
had the lyrics and told the story for him while he sang the song.
Just mind blowing the whole experience!!!
By BD contributor, Marco Larocque
What an exciting year to be a
Pink Floyd fan. I am very happy to say I saw 3 of the 4 members live
this year, including a very big fan of theirs, David Bowie at the
Gilmour show in London. Last night at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto,
Roger Waters delivered a solid show which was visually
and audibly stunning.
The screen with the radio and the
bottle of scotch was very effective. It really set a great mood and, if
like me you’ve seen the Wall movie many times, it added poignant
effect. In The Flesh is just a great opener. Mother I found a little
hurried. Same for Set the Controls and Shine On
(which is missing the first guitar solo). I can’t really complain
though as with over 2 ½ hours of music, Rog has to make some
concessions. Great guitar and vocals on Have a Cigar. What a treat to
hear this live.
I loved the poppies floating down
at the end of WYWH. It was a very effective segue into The Final Cut
material. Perfect Sense always brings shivers and was performed
magnificently last night. Leaving Beirut is getting better with every
listen, it was great to see Andy Fairweather-Low
jamming away (I do miss his guitar playing on Every Strangers Eye but
at least we have the DVD for that). Also the “graphic novel” visuals
were absolutely fantastic. Some people have complained that the cartoon
is not effective; however, I find it adds another dimension to the
song. Certainly thinking that this occurred when Rog was a teenager so
it delves into his memory metaphorically. Also, as this is in Canada,
people cheered and did not boo during this song. Finally, Sheep came
and I couldn’t wait to see the Pig. What a great song live (I missed
hearing Dogs but this was
a great stand-in).
Dark Side of course was amazing
but so short. Graham Broad did a great Time intro on the tom toms and I
loved how the vocals were shared amongst Dave, Andy, Jon and the
wonderful back-up singers. I heard Mica Paris doing GGITS in London and
last night’s rendition just blew that one away. I had shivers down my
Great encore, great visuals once
again. I did find it eerie that the Pink character looked somewhat like
David Gilmour; but, perhaps that was because we were way at the back of
the concert hall.
Overall, this was a fabulous
show. One cannot help but to compare the Gilmour and Waters show and
material. I am very happy to have seen both and retain excellent
memories of both. As this show is fresher in my mind, I do think it has
the edge as Rog is more of a show-man and he has a
message he wants to deliver and deliver it he does! At 63 years of age,
who knows if Roger will tour again; however, if this would be the last
time I saw him, I would be one very contented fan.
By BD contributor, Tim Gallivan
Wonderful show! I was extremely
impressed with the quad sound, almost every note was crystal clear and,
considering this is a hockey arena, it was amazing. The band was super
tight, not a mistake that my ears could hear. Mixed crowd of young and
old, parents and their kids, much like at Dave's show in the spring.
Dark Side was beautiful. Roger's new song Leaving Beirut goes a little
too far with the comic strip, he isn't usually that obvious.
10 out of 10 ... now if they'd just get together and tour instead of these 2 tribute bands...
By BD contributor, Valeriy Molyar
To all who follows the DSOTM tour
reading fans' opinions on this site like I did -- all you've read here
is true!!! And even better when you see it live!
In a nutshell, RW offers the most
consummate artistic experience a music lover could wish for! Music
(first and foremost), inventive arrangements, clever show directing,
superior sound, onscreen films, breathtaking pyros, flying objects --
all is mixed into one monumental masterpiece!
The whole show is very well
thought-out and directed. It starts with the hurricane of sound, lights
and pyrotechnics meant to totally capture audience (In the Flesh),
proceeds into tribute to Syd (Set the Controls... and Wish You Were
Here part), then transforms into the vision of the modern world as
Roger sees and understands it(Fletcher Memorial, Sheep, Leaving
Beirut), then offers a voyage in time (DSOTM in its entirety),
eventually delivering a Grand Finale (Another Brick in the Wall P.II
and Comfortably Numb).
I am not going to write a
detailed report on the show -- it's been done before and much better
than I can even think of. So here are some of the most emotional
It has been mentioned before that
the band sounds tighter and tighter with every show. I would call it a
monolith. They really have the quality of a symphonic orchestra and
choir now. Roger's in great singing form! Broad's drumming was
impeccable (I wish I had a better view of him on stage from where I was
sitting -- row 26, low floor). Guitarists were amazing! Different from
DG, but none the less...
I really enjoyed some rare video footage from PF earlier days. Especially with Syd.
The arrangement on Set the
Controls... was outstanding. More rock than the earlier more
psychedelic one (as in Live at Pompeii for example).
To the regular set of the show
highlights mentioned by others I would like to add Fletcher Memorial
with a very interesting and well-directed video showing some
post-mortem asylum for political leaders of XX century.
Keyboards on Great Gig... were
played (wonderfully too) not by Carin as I had expected but Harry
Waters. Carin was present on stage but played something that looked and
sounded as steel pedal.
Now, the only two drawbacks (I apologize for being such a nitpicker).
1.Otherwise impeccable sound was marred by two quite loud instances of guitar (or microphone) feedback during encore.
2.I didn't like vocal
interpretation of Money by Kilminster. He sounded like a tribute band
would sound. In other words, his version lacked something which I would
call authenticity and was just cheap. Make no mistake, the guy can belt
it out. But... it was wrong. In my humble opinion, of course.
Other than that -- GREAT, GREAT, GRRRRREAT SHOW!!!!!!!!
By BD contributor, Stephen Molnar
My 17 year old daughter and I
drove down from Western NY last night and we both thought the concert
was excellent. We went to see David Gilmour at the first of two shows
at Massey Hall this past April and these two concerts are the best
shows I have seen in a long time.
Roger looked happy and he sounded
great and put on an inspiring performance. We both thought the band
sounded tight. I liked the song selection myself. Mother is one of my
favorite Floyd songs and they perfomed STCFTHOTS flawlessly. The
visuals showing the psychedelic lava lamp added to the drama and mood
of the song. I was saddened by the loss of Syd Barrett in July and when
the band performed the early Floyd Stuff and showed old pictures of the
band, for me it was a very emotional. Shine On You Crazy Diamond and
Wish You Were Here felt different this time around live. I have seen
Roger in concert back in the 80’s during his Pros and Cons and Radio
Kaos tours besides seeing the Floyd in concert a number of times over
the years, the first time in 1975 in Hamilton and back then when they
presented Wish You Were Here, Have A Cigar and Shine On You Crazy
Diamond in the first set, the album was not out yet at that time and I
remember it sounding fresh and new and exciting. 31 years later, the
songs took on more of a reflective feeling and was a great tribute to
Syd. The band performed Dark Side Of The Moon with intensity and
passion and I think Us and Them, Any Color You Like portion came off
the best of that segment of the show. The Encore was emotional too.
Bring The Boys Back Home with the visuals and bombs brought us all back
to reality only to finish with Comfortable Numb, which we all were
feeling by that time.
Thank you Roger for a great show.
I hope that you will continue to inspire us with your music. As a
longtime Floyd fan, I love and respect all the members of Pink Floyd.
You, David, Rick, Nick have been personal friends of mine in a fan
sense through the years and anytime I see you or any member of Floyd in
concert, it feels like visiting old friends. Lets keep the friendship
By BD contributor, Azim, lead singer and lead guitarist for Canada's Pink Floyd Show (Comfortably Numb)
My bassist and I arrived at the
show (drove from Ottawa, The Nations Capital - 4 hours) shortly before
7:30pm and were escorted to our seats which were in the executive VIP
seat section, kindly given to me by a friend through The Bear 106.9
radio station in Ottawa. The show started quite a bit past 8pm even
though the tix said 8pm sharp - but I understand this being a performer
The setlist as shown on your site
was absolutely amazing - song to song perfection and emotion that was
beyond words. Even though I have played all these songs myself for a
long time I felt like a little school boy and I was truly witnessing
history and a lesson in humility from the master himself.
Were there note errors...sure
there were, he is human after all (well I think he is!) but the show
was about a feeling and getting a message across, politically,
emotionally and spiritually. The audience responded to each song with a
huge round of cheers and applause and Roger never forgot his fans on
either sides of the arena, he made constant contact with us. The
amazing thing is that he never crowded in on anyone's space i.e. he
allowed spotlights to be on musicians when it was their chance to shine
- and he is a ego maniac - I think not.
I was moved almost to tears,
which is hard for me being a Brit, when I saw Syd's picture during
'Shine On...' and the images of a young Pink Floyd during 'Set The
Controls...' It is known that I am a huge Waters solo album fan and
hearing 'Leaving Beirut' and 'Perfect Sense 1&2' was not only
poignant but very fitting during these times. I have some...uh
hmm..'rare recordings' of early Floyd and did notice that in some of
these concerts that there was no intro guitar solo for 'Shine On...'
and it just went straight to Syd's theme - this was the case in Toronto
as well. I have to admit I am also a big fan of the days when Floyd
jammed songs and took them in new directions, but unfortunately people
want things they can digest quickly and understand easily so the 'art'
is somewhat lost at times - I would have liked to see more of that time
when jamming was more in the forefront.
I was so honoured to see 'DSOTM'
played in its entirety by the man himself - PULSE is the only other
version and this didn't do much for me not in the playing or execution
but just in the emotion - Roger brought that feel back again and it was
like seeing it in the 70's. I did think that Dave Kilminster was a
solid choice for guitarist and I know he is getting alot of heat for
not being Gilmour - but he isn't Gilmour. He has maintained all the
parts as they were on the record and had great tone, personally I felt
his vibrato was a bit much but heck that's guitar stuff. Snowy is a big
influence to me, his tone and style are unmistakable and his playing
just amazing, mature and beautiful notes - he carried the jamming torch
and I was very happy indeed.
So at the end of the night I left
the show very happy and giddy like a little school boy and felt like I
had so much more to learn in many ways about music - and now I am on my
way to Montréal to see the show again with my wife who also happens to
be in Comfortably Numb as well....