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June 16th - GRAND GARDEN ARENA, MGM GRAND, LAS VEGAS, NV, USA Print E-mail
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Capacity: 16,000

Concert starts: 8pm

Address of venue: 3799 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, NV 89109MAP

Website: www.mgmgrand.com/entertainment

Tickets for this concert went on sale on March 17th, through www.ticketmaster.com and www.livenation.com.

Our thanks to Brian Burns for 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.

WARNING - SPOILERS AHEAD!

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

Well, Roger and the band rolled into the incredible city of Las Vegas. Unusually, the sort of things seen at a Roger Waters show (flying pigs, astronauts, and the likes) are not too out of place in Vegas - anyone who has been there will know what we mean!

las_vegas_review_journalA good show, with a VERY enthusiastic crowd - if you went, and feel like contributing your views, or pictures of the event, drop us an email!

Our thanks go to Glen Malone for sending in the alternate ticket scan to the right, which shows the MGM Grand's frontage making a nice change from the boring normal Ticketmaster efforts! He also sent in the review from the Las Vegas Review-Journal, which you can read if you click the thumbnail to the left...

Next stop is Oakland, on Tuesday night. If you are going, have a great time!

CONCERT REVIEW - by BD contributer, Elaine Michael

Wow! This man was amazing last night at the MGM Grand In Las Vegas, Nevada.

They played for over 3 hours with all their heart and soul. One of the best concerts in Las Vegas. Everyone there was jamming! We brought the house down.

What an incredible night - a must see for a true fan!

CONCERT PICTURES - courtesy of BD contributer, Mark Ontiveros

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CONCERT REVIEW - by BD contributer, Ron Pritchett

I have to say the show last night here in Vegas was OUTSTANDING! I've seen both Roger (Atlanta in '99) and Floyd (Clemson, SC in '94) play before. This show was a bit better than Roger's last one I caught. They had a killer surround sound setup, a bitchmaster jumbo-tron video screen behind the stage, a flying pig (and astronaut), lasers, pyrotechnics, and generally pulled out all the FX stops to make it a show to remember.

On a side note, let me briefly compare last night to the '94 show in Death Valley Stadium (Clemson, SC) that I saw. Last night theatrics were better with 2 minor exceptions that my mind seems to prefer from '94. I will admit to being in Roger's camp on the whole Roger vs Dave issue, but the '94 show had better pigs and more lasers.

There was a pig on site last night and it hovered around the crowd which was very cool. In '94 I recall them gyrating around but being nailed to the set with glowing eyes, back lit, and smoke effects. This show had a very cool rotating pyramid prism that shot lasers of the color spectrum - it was killer. In '94 they had the controversial gold laser beams with enough power to leave the atmosphere. Atlanta airport (world's busiest) had to divert air traffic because of it. Gotta admit it - that's fucking cool! In summary, don't get me wrong, Roger's pigs and lasers WERE awesome last night.

Anyway, the Vegas show was great. I'm out here for a week+ from Atlanta to visit with friends and see a few shows. There was no opening act and they got under way a little late around 8:20pm. I think it was around 11:10pm when they finally wrapped up the encore with 'Comfortably Numb'. In the middle, they took a fifteen minute break before starting the second half of the show which, as you know, consists of the entire 'Dark Side of the Moon'.

Note for note! I was really impressed on how well they performed the material from the CDs. With a few small exceptions here and there, it was like you were hearing the CDs, but BETTER of course. The low-light of the 'note-for-note-ness' would be the guitar/keyboard/vocal guy who sings the lead for 'Us and Them'. Either the mic wasn't picking up or he was singing too soft, etc, but several of the lyrics didn't come through well. That being said, he still did a good job. The highlight, of course, being the female vocal solo in 'Great gig in the Sky'. SHE NAILED IT! Every inflection, note, EVERYTHING! She got a lot of well-deserved applause just after the solo and near the end of the show too where Rog was introducing the band.

Best of all, Roger sounded AMAZING! There were points in the show where he changed inflections from one 'voice' to another in back to back verses and he did it to perfection. Some of these verses were in his 'screaming' voice. The old bugger gave his all to the fans - at times you could see his face turning red under the strain.

I was really pleased with the selection of songs he played. I had been to see The Police play the same venue the very night before. What struck about their show was still fresh in my mind when I when to see Roger play the following night.

They (The Police) played some of the smaller hits off their first 4 albums. Roger did a good job of mixing it up too. If you were sitting at home listening to the CDs, you'd almost automatically think to yourself "boy, there's barely a chance in hell Roger'd play this in concert." Well he did. He played some of the smaller stuff from the wall like 'Vera' 'Bring the Boys Back home' and even 'Perfect Sense' from 'Amused to Death'. (These are the only examples I can think of at the moment. Damn those pot-smoking concert goers, they always seem to sit within 10 feet of me.)

Of course he played the big hits you'd expect to hear and they were KILLER. Both band and crowd were very enthusiatic. There was a moment or two when you couldn't even hear the music over the crowd. Now that's what I call a rock show! Overall I'd give it like a 10.5 or 11 on a scale of 1 to 10.

CONCERT REVIEW - by BD contributer, Avery Block

Finally got to see this tour as it rolled into Vegas last night and is was everything I thought would be and more. The sound was crystal clear and the on stage visuals were remarkably done and timed to the music. All the tunes were played with vigor and enthusiasm and Roger was all smiles throughout.

I have been a Pink Floyd fan since the early days and this show captures the history and power of this band. Set The Controls was a highlight for me in the first set as was Sheep to end the 1st half complete with the floating pig that we have all seen on these pages throughout the tour but it was surreal to see in person for me.

The Dark Side set swallowed up the crowd as the sound was perfect and so well performed and the encores were raucous and well received. Vegas was lit up last night and I don't mean the Strip. Thank You Roger Waters for bringing such a terrific show to our neck of the woods. This is a concert for the ages.

CONCERT REVIEW - by BD contributer, Tim McGinley

I have been counting down the weeks to this show since they went on sale in mid-March. I had two friends fly in from out of town and we were stoked.

The show was everything I thought it would be and more. The sound was perfect and the crowd was better than I thought they'd be. I was expecting loud and obnoxious, but that was not the case at all. Quiet and respectful during the quieter parts and absolutely rocking the rest of the time.

It was great to hear Sheep live - one of my buddies said he could die now that he got to hear it live. Pink Floyd (sans Roger) did not do anything from Animals in 1988. Set the Controls was also great - hadn't heard that one in years.

We all thought Kilminster was outstanding - especially on Have a Cigar and Comfortably Numb. He may not be Gilmour, but he's damn close. All in all a great time with great friends. Well done Roger and well done Vegas!

CONCERT REVIEW - by BD contributer, bear

Thought I would give a "quicky" review of Rogers appearance in Las Vegas on Saturday June 16th 2007.

Overall, the show was free from any technical problems and did not depart from set-list of the other 2007 shows. It is a 6 hour drive from where I live (Alta, UT) to Las Vegas. The costs involved getting to this show were a bit of a challenge for me but, if he were playing there this weekend, I would find a way to do it again without hesitation. In fact, if you live within a day or two's travel of the remaining shows on this tour, you'll regret not going.

It was apparent that the last several months of playing has brought this group together musically...the performances were tight & well timed. Dave, Snowy (solo on ABITW & CN... excellent), and Andy were impressive on the guitars and have my respect. Graham Broad knocked the band into gear as the drummer... absolutely amazing solo percussion work on the roto-toms at the beginning of "Time". Jon Carin & Harry Waters gave energetic & impressive performances on the keyboards... cohesive & very well-rehearsed... Particularly, I enjoyed Harry Waters light touch of Hammond organ during WYWH. Ian Ritchie on sax; he's not Dick Parry but, still delivered memorable & stunning notes on SOYCD & throughout DSOTM. Ian's short solo on "Leaving Beirut" was also quite good. PP, Katie, & Carol provided the back-up vocals. I have only heard Gig performed live on two other occasions and I was blown away with how well it was done. In my opinion she nailed "Gig". The English language is a loose net with which to go fishing for a description of "Gig"... haunting... sublime... moving... are inadequate, but the best words I can pick to describe how it was delivered.

Visually, the show was also stunning, perhaps too much. The background screen seemed to draw attention off the band. There were aspects of the background screen that were enjoyable, augmented the show quite well (during, SOYCD, WYWH, STCFTHOTS) and provided some context/symmetry. It was well done but distracting in a way I can't put my finger on. I was a bit surprised that the pig was not shredded when it momentarily joined the crowd on the floor.

All things considered, this show exceeded my expectations. My only critique is that it seemed a bit canned at this point in the tour and the choice of the venue. Acoustically, the MGM Grand Garden arena seems much better suited to hosting championship fights than in providing a suitable forum for this show in it's full quadraphonic luster. For me, I was really looking forward to hearing DSOTM performed live, in it's entirety, and in accord with its quadraphonic heritage. I was not disappointed, but, I think that, acoustically speaking, they could have done better. I was fortunate to be able to see Gilmour on 4/20 last year and I enjoyed the unique energy that accompanies his spontaneous approach to the music. I have seen a good number of live shows in my 40 years on this planet. Some good... others, not so good.

What I found most impressive about this show was the incredible range of people who showed up. The audience was fantastically diverse. I saw children as young as nine or ten years old and I saw people that had to be in their 70's all doing the same thing... enjoying the music. In my experience, this is something exceedingly rare and good.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 21 June 2007 )
 
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