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July 14th - THE CONCERT HALL, ROGERS CENTRE, TORONTO, CANADA Print E-mail
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Capacity: 25,000

Concert starts: 8pm

Address of venue: One Blue Jays Way, Toronto, Ontario, M5V 1J1MAP

Website: www.rogerscentre.com

Tickets for this concert went on sale on March 5th, through www.ticketmaster.ca and www.livenation.ca.

Our thanks to Miles for the concert ad below.

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.

WARNING - SPOILERS AHEAD!

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

The final show of the 2007 tour, and what a show to conclude matters with! A phenomenal performance is what the consensus of opinion is of those lucky enough to be there.

So, the pig has now got a serious deflated feeling (much like the rest of us!), and is packed away, along with the similarly let-down astronaut.

A fantastic tour, delighting so many people since it started in mid-2006, but inevitably all good things must come to an end.

What will the future bring? Will we ever see Roger touring a major production such as this, and going to as many countries?

We guess that this depends on how soon Roger gets cracking on his new material - and of course, additional Ca Ira projects he might be mulling over, along with The Wall on Broadway, of course.

Whatever will happen, we are sure that this tour has re-awakened Roger's appetite for touring, and we hope that he and the band have had a fantastic time.

Two glowing reviews in the local press - first in the Globe and Mail, and the second, the Sun Media.

To kick off our coverage of the show, we've got some nice pictures from the show to share with you - the first of which from our friend Johnny, who said that it was the "best concert I have seen in 20 years..."

CONCERT REVIEW and PICTURES - courtesy of BD contributer, Johnny aka Chuck

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My expectations for Roger's last show of the 2006\2007 DSOTM tour were to have the concert be equal to the best concert I have seen in my 35 years of concert going - Roger Waters, Air Canada Center Toronto 9/20/2006.

After Roger and the bands performance this past Saturday I can write now that my expectations were not only met, they were exceeded well beyond my musical dreams. There were several factors that contributed to making the concert on 7/14/2007 so special and a concert day I will never forget.

From a musical and performance standpoint Roger and the band were so much tighter as a unit this year then when I saw them last year. This shows me that as I have always said, Roger simply hires the best musicians in the world to help him give us the complete Floydian\Roger Waters solo work musical experiences. I have never been let down by the bands that Roger puts together for his tours since I first saw him in 1984.

Dave Kilminster and Snowy White on lead guitars were perfect and both added their own personal touch to Roger's music and that makes its wonderful to listen to and see. The power of the dual Dave and Snowy guitars was most evident to me during the simply bombastic performance of 'Sheep'. Every song they played had new and exciting moments on lead guitar. Graham Broad is a wall of drumming sound, the back bone he has supplied to Roger's music over the past 20 years has also only gotten better, especially since the 1999 ITF tour. Last years addition of saxophonist Ian Ritchie was a very wise choice by Roger, Ian is spectacular and fits perfectly into the music that was played during Roger's last show of the tour. Andy Fairweather-Low has been part of Roger's bands since the early post-Floyd days and it was really nice to see Andy shine on lead guitar during 'Leaving Beirut'.

I have seen Jon Carin play live since his early days with David on the MLOR tour in Toronto in 1987. Jon is what I call a true 'professional' musician. His musical abilities really amaze me, whatever he is asked to do musically, he accomplishes in Roger's live performances. It was really nice to have a chance to see Harry Waters on the DSOTM 2006 and 2007 tours. Harry was very solid again this past Saturday and is a wonderful addition on the synthy and organ.

I have always believed that Katie Kissoon, PP Arnold, and Carol Kenyon were great choices by Roger to provide the harmonies and lead female vocals that are required for Roger's music. Roger also gives them the opportunity to shine on individual songs, and all 3 girls did not disappoint.

7/14/2007 was the tenth time I have seen Roger since 1984. I do try to compare Roger's live performances, but during Roger's tours (especially DSOTM 2006\2007) I do grab the odd live recording so I can have a chance to hear what I may be in for the Roger's show hits my town. After hearing some shows from earlier in the 2007 tour I did expect Roger to really go all out this past Saturday. Roger could not have put on a better show. From note one I was once again glued to my seat with that grin on my face that I get when a live performance really hits home. The 2 friends I had with me from Colombia felt much the same. We had two seat upgrades before the show was over and those also added a unique concert experience. By the time the DSOTM set started we were sitting in section 120 row 1 dead center just to right of sound and video boards. The words that were used yesterday during our discussions to describe the 2nd set were 'bombastic assault'.

We felt that Roger's DSOTM music was pushing us back into the seats with a wall of sound in a most satisfying way.

Our last seat upgrade was thanks to a very special technician that we met at our pre-show meet up where over 40 of us Floydian Friends from around world got together. Just as Roger started with "You! Yes you! Stand still laddie!", and our new technician friend waved the three of us to from level 100 to the floor and then walked us to stage left about 20 feet from the edge of Roger's stage left ramp. WOW!!!, all three us were very happy with our final concert experience location.

The 5 songs Roger played for the encore (The Happiest Days of Our Lives, Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2), Vera, Bring the Boys Back Home, Comfortably Numb), were the best 20 minutes of my musical concert-going lifetime. During that what we have been calling a 'mini concert in a concert' Roger ventured over to the edge of his stage left ramp during ABITW and Comfortably Numb, it was really a bit hard to believe that we were that close (see the pics). Roger was really in a very good mood when we saw him that close to us, the emotion in his facial expressions cannot be mistaken for anything else than the joy and happiness he feels playing for his fans.

For the reasons I have expressed above, Roger Waters - Toronto, Rogers Center, July 14, 2007 was the best concert I have seen since 1978 and even though I believe that we will see Roger out one more time if he releases a new CD, the concert I saw this past Saturday can never be eclipsed.

Thank you Roger for providing the musical background in my life since 1977.

CONCERT COMMENTS and PICTURES - by BD contributer, Renae Drotar

I am at a loss for words after such an amazing concert. All I can say is that it was the best show that I have ever seen. Every new concert will be pale in comparison!

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CONCERT REVIEW - by BD contributer, Ken M

The final show of Roger's world tour was a thrilling affair. The band played as close to perfection as I think they have all tour, and Roger really seemed to be having a great time.

I was pleasantly surprised by how good the sound quality was; the audio was mixed superbly, the vocals were clean and crisp, and the stereophonic surround sound speakers were used quite brilliantly throughout the show.

The visuals were fantastic (with some noted improvements from last year) and the pyrotechnics still blew me away. The floating pig came down so low that it was literally ten feet directly above my head.

Before the encore, Roger said something to the extent of "we couldn't have asked for a better send-off" and "Canadian audiences have always been the best in North America" which was met with thunderous applause.

All in all, this was simply the best show that I have ever had the privilege of experiencing.

CONCERT PICTURES - courtesy of BD contributer, Larry Fabbri

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CONCERT COMMENTS - by BD contributer, Kathy

Was amazed by the rocking by Roger and the band. It was totally amazing... I had never seen Roger before, other than on DVD. All six of us had a blast. We would love to see him again, it is too bad that we didn't go to an earlier show, because for sure, we would have attended this one as well. Hope he tours again.... soon!

CONCERT REVIEW and PICTURES - by BD contributer, Matt Cooper

Just as we pulled up to SkyDome I had this anticipation I always have when going to a concert. But this was the best thing ever for me. Finally I’m at a concert for a performer/band where I’m SO close! 6th row dead center right in front of Roger.

He did the same set list as when he graced us at the ACC but the new Prism (which was unfortunately directly above me) was very cool. The screen backdrop seemed massive and the performance was spectacular.

At the end of Brain Damage, Roger paced across the stage mouthing “thank you” to the fans although most probably didn’t notice it was great to see him doing this.

Before the encore began Roger said a big thank you to the crowd for giving him and his band a “wonderful send-off for the end of the tour” and said that “Canadian crowds have always been the best in North America”. Bring The Boys Back Home got huge cheers and most of the floor stood the entire show.

I was so happy to see Roger going all out, the band was tight and it was the best concert I’ve been to.

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CONCERT REVIEW and PICTURES - courtesy of BD contributer, Alison Gerrard

We have just returned to Australia after a whirlwind holiday in Canada that included some beautiful sights and a fantastic 'Dark Side of the Moon' concert care of Roger Waters. After catching Roger's concerts in Australia, my husband and I were treated to something very special in Toronto on the 14th July. Friends and family couldn't believe that we would go yet again to one of Roger's concerts but we knew what a wonderful show was in store, so had no regrets buying tickets and incorporating the 14th of July into our holiday!

We were not disappointed. Roger's final concert was in every way just as special if not more so than those on his Australian leg back in Jan/Feb. Certainly not from a musical perspective, as the three concerts attended in Australia were all wonderful. Roger is a masterful musician and showman and his band is fantastic, all excellent musicians in their own right. (refer review under Acer Arena, Sydney, Australia 25th Jan).

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The music always stayed true to its original sound which for us was very important. Just add the experience of hearing live, Roger's solo material along with 'Dark Side of the Moon' from start to finish, combine with it a great light show, a meaningful backdrop of poignant photos and thought provoking messages, and then finish it with Roger singing his lyrics so earnestly and with such belief, and you have one very powerful and moving experience that in our minds has cemented the music and lyrics of Roger Waters and Pink Floyd as simply one of the best and largest contributors to music over the last 50 years.

Toronto's concert had all of this and more with the some minor differences. We noticed the addition of a 'Dark Side of the Moon' laser light show which involved the famous prism being suspended from the ceiling and the Dark Side of the Moon colours making their way across the entire audience, very cleverly done and very impressive! The pig had been decorated with some different albeit very honest messages about George Bush, misinformation breeding fear and building walls across communities and the divisiveness bred by people's religious beliefs. As Australians, we strongly agreed with all of these.

Jon Carin had also taken over vocals in the final song, 'Comfortably Numb'. Whilst Jon did a great job, we were not sure why this change had occurred. Dave Kilminster had performed this task very well in Australia. Perhaps Dave wanted a break given the outstanding guitar work he undertook in performing this favourite of ours! And lastly, on a humorous note, we noticed several members of the audience near us were smoking pot, and without any interference by concert officials! We were very amused by this given that the Rogers Centre sold nothing stronger to drink than Bud Light! We couldn't find a decent beer or a glass of wine in the place ! :)

Yet, what a wonderful, wonderful musical experience, one we will never forget. Toronto loved Roger Waters and he responded in kind, thanking the audience on several occasions. One woman sitting near us screamed out her appreciation for Roger as he sang 'Bring the Boys back Home'. It was great to see. However, the clincher was hearing the huge applause and witnessing a standing ovation by every person in the stadium. An emotional time for us and for Roger. He seemed very humbled by the enormity of the crowd's appreciation, a true testament to the quality of his final performance and the outstanding contribution Roger Waters has given to us, the millions of people who have heard and responded to his music and lyrics for the last 30 - 40 years.

Roger, thank you for yet another wonderful performance on your final night, we were blown away. We sincerely hope all things being favourable, you will decide to tour again. If so, rest assured that there are many, many thousands of people around the world, ourselves included, who will drop everything in a heartbeat to come and see you again. Your concerts on this tour have been the best we have seen in 30 years of musical participation. Rest up and come back soon!

Last Updated ( Monday, 30 July 2007 )
 
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