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February 5th - ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE, BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA Print E-mail

Brisbane Ent Centre Capacity: 13,500

Concert starts: 8pm

Address of venue: Melaleuca Drive, BOONDALL QLD 4034, AustraliaMAP

Website: www.brisent.com.au

Tickets for this concert went on sale on October 27th, through the venues, Ticketek, and other normal agents.

Our thanks to Damien Wusten for supplying the ticket scan, shown to the right.


SET LIST - highlight the following with your mouse to read...
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 Beirut, Sheep.
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.
 

Roger Waters ticketWARNING - SPOILERS AHEAD!

Do not read on if you don't want surprises to be spoilt, regarding what the band played!

With Roger's "Down Under" tour of Australia and New Zealand getting close to winding up (just two more shows to come) the concerts are still getting better and better...

Our thanks to Graeme for the very nice picture of the pig, shown below. All other pictures are courtesy of Col Turner.

CONCERT REVIEW - by BD contributer, Andrew Wilson

This being my first ever concert seeing any member of Pink Floyd live, and after watching the In the Flesh Live DVD all day before the show, my expectations going into tonights concert were high...and more than exceeded!

What more can I say...this is possibly one of the greatest nights of my life and by far the best concert I have ever seen! From the opening countdown and explosion of 'In the Flesh' the hairs on the back of my neck were standing and stayed in that position for the next almost three hours!

Roger was brilliant and seemed to really enjoy the show. I have to give props to the Brisbane crowd as well who gave Rog and the band a very warm reception which I think really moved him, particuarly the first of many standing ovations he and the band recieved after the opening performance of In the Flesh where the applause and cheers seemed they would never end.

 

Brisbane pig

 

The pig and space man were brilliant and very well recieved by the crowd as was the great opening sequence with the radio and Abba. I have to say I also loved the explosions made to look like mines exploding during 'Bring the boys back home'.

Highlights of the show for me would have to include, the opening with In the flesh, Set the Controls, The Fletcher Memorial Home, Perfect Sense (absolutely brilliant live, probably my favourite of the night), Time (that into is unbelievable...Graham Broad is a legend!), Us and Them, The Great Gig in the Sky (my god that girl can sing!), Another Brick in the Wall...hell...it was all bloody brilliant! I have to say I also rather liked Roger's new song; Leaving Beirut.

If I had to pick something wrong from this almost perfect show, I would have two minor, minor gripes. Firstly I was a little disappointed that the guitar solo was missing from the start of Shine On (Not sure if it was just tonight, but the song went straight from the keyboard intro into Snowy playing the distinct 4 chord rift) and that only the first half of the song was played compared to the 2002 tour where parts 1-8 were played through.

Also, some people were complaing it was too loud which I don't agree with, finding the sound to be brilliant (love the 360 system!), I did however think that the guitar solos during Comfortably Numb and Set the Controls were a little distorted and not as clear as they could have been, but maybe that is just me.

Overall, Roger Waters: The Darkside of the Moon...Live in Brisbane was an utterly fantastic, totally unforgettable, mindblowingly brilliant performance that I am going to be buzzing about for weeks. Some of my friends have failed to understanbd why I spent so much on tickets, but let me say after seeing the show I would have payed 10 times what I did! I think a lady I overheard tonight put it best when I heard her tell her young child 'You have no idea how blessed you are to be here...' Thank you so much Roger and band for a fantastic show and making me the happiest guy in the world!

CONCERT REVIEW - by BD contributer, Scott Cable

The last time I saw Roger was at one of The Wall shows at Earls Court in 1981 as a very impressionable 18 year old who travelled overnight on a bus from Dundee with two other mates to see it. Lost touch with one of them but the other one and I still talk about that show. I then saw the Rogerless Floyd on a few occasions in London in the 80s and 90s but never got around to one of his solo tours until now.

The opening with the on screen radio tuner being twiddled to find something worth listening to was pretty clever and amusing. Then when Roger appeared with a maniacal "Eie, zwie, drie" count in to In The Flesh it took me right back to The Wall show.

The sound quality was excellent apart from a couple of occasions towards the conclusions of Set the Controls and Comfortably Numb when it just got a bit too distorted. The set list is already covered so I won't drone on about that apart from to say that I thought it was a really good mix of Floyd with just a small bit of solo material towards the end of the first set.

I would like to add my appreciation of Dave Kilminster who nailed Dave Gilmour's solos perfectly (with a Telecaster) - especially on Have a Cigar which continued exactly like the album version into Wish You Were Here.

Snowy White took a bit more of a backup guitarist position and interestingly screwed up the opening to Shine On again (I read the Melbourne review where it appears he did the same - what's going on there - is it intentional ?). That and beginning of Comfortably Numb (which seemed like a "oh shit we should've started by now" moment) were the only goofs I noticed. 

Highlights would be hard to nail down - I suppose it was the tracks I hadn't experienced live before that were most exciting - Sheep was amazing and the twin lead on Money was very Thin Lizzy (Snowy's influence ?) All in all though the whole gig was fantastic - which one is Pink ?

So I hope it's not another 26 years til I see Roger again and if you are a Floyd fan who is dithering about going to one of these shows - dither no more. Get a ticket. You won't regret it.

CONCERT REVIEW - by BD's sister site A Fleeting Glimpse owner, Col Turner!

Roger and Col[Col has been a good friend of ours for a long time, and we've enjoyed sister site status for some time. The following is the second of his show reports, which is shown in edited form here.

The full report (which you can read here) includes much more detail on him meeting with his site/forum regulars, and more detail on meeting a very special person...]

Having seen Roger perform in Sydney the week before, I set off to the Brisbane concert with my wife (Chris), knowing that I was in for one hell of a show.

However, this night was a bit different, as I was going with backstage passes, and an invitation to meet Roger himself!

[Pop over to Col's site for more on this]

With my heart still pounding, we took our seats, and settled back. There was a sudden commotion in the crowd, and the word was spreading that Eric Clapton had just walked in. (He performs the next night to Roger) but it turned out to be a false alarm, and in fact the crowd were getting excited, and had started up a Mexican wave!

And then the show begun.

 

brisbane

 

The Brisbane crowd were a lot more vocal than in Sydney, and got into it straight away. Many of the songs in the first half received standing ovations, and a few were out of their seats sometimes just getting carried away with it all.

Unlike Sydney, this time we had really good seats, and could experience the surround sound to full effect.

 

brisbane

 

Quite a few mistakes though. Snowy murdered the intro to Shine On, missing just about every opening note, and it took him a few bars to recover. Dave Kilminster also hit a couple of bum notes during Comfy Numb, and there was a bit of feedback during that as well. Roger's guitar lead came out whilst he was performing Fletcher, which saw a frantic stage hand trying to plug it back in, while Roger was still trying to play it. However, I am being super critical here, as most of the crowd didn't notice the mistakes, and it certainly didn't spoil the show one bit.

There is no doubt that this is the slickest show in town. The musicianship is brilliant, the visuals mind blowing, and Roger had the crowd eating out of his hands. I really can't stress enough that this is just a wonderful show to go see, even if you are not a Roger Waters fan, you will still be impressed.

 

brisbane

 

So, there ends the story of an unforgettable night.

I am so grateful to have been given the opportunity of meeting one of my heroes once again. It's the sort of thing dreams are made of.

CONCERT REVIEW - by BD contributer, Willi Corfe

Well I purchased my tickets for roger’s tour about 6 months ago, and after the surprise of the pricing I was naturally worried about the quality of the show. Well I am very happy to tell you that all my fears that may have existed in my head have been completely blown away, and replaced in the place with feelings of joy wonder sadness and pure nostalgia for the days that I first discovered Pink Floyd and the subsequently re discovered them in 2001 after a 5 year period of going into the world of jazz music and convincing myself that really if you cannot play 7/8 time signature then why even bother playing music in the first place frankly.

Some my fears were mainly manifested from the fact that, hey Roger will have to try very hard to convince me that Graham Broad can replace Nick mason and so on and so forth. What’s important to know I feel is Pink Floyd stands aside from all basic Rock and Roll much like Lord of the Rings stands apart from most movies, because of the place it holds in peoples hearts and the effort that each album/ track has been put into it. It really belongs in a special place that is deeply personal and profound. Now not to sound elitist but many of you will agree with and many will not, that’s ok, its just my opinion.

Well I here you say, what about Roger Concerts well since the “in the flesh” tour Roger clearly has reignited his passions for concerts since the 1970’s and the part they play on conveying a message across to each audience member. Its not about standing there and playing the music its also about trying to paint a much bigger or broader picture for the audience to take in and absorb. A lot of the ideas for last nights show are not that new, but the show as a hole was clearly put together with love and care. From the opening film that was up on the screen up to 45mins before the show started from the transition from in the flesh and mother to “Set the controls to the heart of the sun” and over to “Have a cigar” making full use of the explosive visuals on the full screen. “Have a cigar” had to be the best track of the night for me next to the visual and aural experience of “On the Run” in the DSOTM set.

Roger also tried to touch on the Amused to Death tracks by using Perfect sense Parts 1 and 2 with large dosage of gusto, even though this was performed on his last tour I feel it was a splendid track to entice the audience into embracing and singing along to. The message held with in these track does in many ways some up the past 7 years of the bush administration, and it shows that Roger clearly is not impressed with what is going on in the Middle East. During the opening Roger used a Remote controlled Astronaut with a scene of audio from 2001 Space Odyssey. An Audio clip that Stanley Kubrick famously refused Roger access too for many years. It would have been great to here many more tracks from Amused to Death but sadly not this time.

Roger also used the night to test out the NEW track “Leaving Beirut” assisted with beautiful comic style animations and slides, this track from what I new before the show was not a very strong track, having downloaded it months ago I did agree initially with that assessment, but on hearing in on the night I was completely won over by its beauty, pathos and clearly therapy induced regression of understanding of where one man comes from and the path he must now walk down to understand the place he comes from.

Well before the final curtain fell on the first act of the show, we got another taster of what I feel is the best album Pink Floyd ever produced and that was “Sheep” from animals. Now I know you think I am biased, but frankly hearing this track, seeing the inflatable pig, and seeing the slogans written on it, it clearly defines the show as not so much Political statement but in some ways a quiet plea from Roger to please understand and open your eyes to what is going on in the world currently. I can tell you My eyes are open and still are, for me Roger raised nothing new at all to ME, but to the countless others in the audience, I’ am sure they are now considering what may never existed.

The second half of the night consisted of hearing the full set of DSOTM, and what an experience it was. Each track was delivered with love and care for the original tracks. Each musician played each track so well there is not enough email space available to go on and on about just ho great each player was. I will say the most tracks got standing ovations from each section of the audience at certain parts of the show. The 1 thing the audience did agree on was that “the great Gig in the sky’ and the performance by the young lady was simply astounding and clearly a knockout”. She was amazing, frankly near perfect rendition of the track that everyone on there feet cheering for more.

Alas by the last strains of Us and them were being played I think many of us new this was going end soon so I tried to soak up as much of the DSOTM as I could. As I said before “on the RUN” was unbelievable in its visual and Surround sound quality. Never have a Seen such amazing sound clarity and a visual orgasm in this way. Clearly Marc Brickman deserved his money for putting this and many of the other visuals together. I have been to many concerts and the Brisbane Entertainment Centre and NEVER have I seen a presentation so Aurally magical as this. The sound in the room was simply as clear as day to me. And each technician deserves a pat on the back for what goes into getting it right each night.

Once Roger and put the lid back on the DSOTM we were treated to an encore of Comfortably Numb, another brick in the wall and Vera bring the boys back home again. These tracks were beautiful in there own way and concluded the night like a veritable cherry on the Ice cream sundae of my mind. Once the show was over I tried as hard as I could to remember every facet to each part of the show, but at the end of the day there was simply so much happening that it would have been impossible to remember everything. What I can tell is that the music transfixed me at many points to the point of amazement, and that’s a good thing for a concert to do.

However lest we not forget the lighting, the fireworks (there was so many flash pot style explosions I lost count), the inflatable’s, and the good old Roger Waters sneer and aggressive Bass playing and audience baiting, that had me thinking, maybe what Roger said back in the nineties to Q Magazine in the UK, Maybe Roger is one of the most important Lyric writers of our time. Anybody who saw that show on Monday night, would no doubt agree with that statement.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 08 February 2007 )
 
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