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May 15th - ECHO ARENA, LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND Print E-mail
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Capacity: 10,000

Concert starts: 7:30pm (doors open 7pm)

Address of venue: Arena and Convention Centre Liverpool, 16 Monarchs Quay, Liverpool, L3 4FP. MAP

Website: www.accliverpool.com

Tickets for this concert went on sale to the general public on Friday, February 29th at 9:00am, through the box office: www.livenation.co.uk or 0844 576 5483 (all tickets subject to a booking fee).

PRE-SALE: However, to thank faithful website visitors, there was a special pre-sale, which allowed you to purchase the best seats before they go on-sale to the general public. This pre-sale went live from 9:00am on Wednesday, February 27th at www.livenation.co.uk/rogerwaters.

UPDATE: According to the local newspaper the Liverpool Echo, the arena sponsors, the show sold out in two hours.

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!

Roger's 2008 Dark Side Of The Moon tour returns to the UK, and kicks off with a reportedly stunning opening night of this part of the tour, in the city of Liverpool. With a delighted crowd, one of whom even threw her underwear(!) at Roger, it proved a great homecoming show. We've had a great selection of reviews from BD contributors already, so thanks for those, and hope the rest of you enjoy reading them.

Naturally, the arena sponsors, the Liverpool Echo, reviewed the concert (giving it 9/10!) which you can read online here. The Liverpool Daily Post also reviewed it, and that can be seen here. From the national newspapers, The Daily Telegraph gave a favourable review here.

Three more shows to go - Sunday and Monday in London, and then an almost three week gap before the final show in St Petersburg. If you are going to any of these final chances to see Dark Side Of The Moon live, have a great time, and let us know how it went!

CONCERT REVIEW by BD CONTRIBUTOR, Neil Beards

Just got back to Chesterfield from Liverpool. Took just over two hours and I suspect some folk might still be trying to get out of the car parks of the otherwise excellent Echo Arena situated within walking distance of town and the swish new docks redevelopment. This is the fourth time I've seen this show and I suspect the last, the others being Hyde Park in '06 and Manchester and the Birmingham NEC last May. As such, I'll just offer a few random comments upon what made tonight different.

The show was half an hour late starting and whether this was because loads of people were still ambling up at the advertised showtime, or what, was unclear but the extra wait did no harm to the ambiance inside the hall at all. At the MEN in Manchester last year there was a definite edgy vibe, mostly fuelled by too much drink during an unseasonably hot spell. Same tonight in terms of drink but the vibe couldn't have been more friendly and relaxed. I guess Liverpudlians know how to drink lots in a more classy way than Mancs do!

From the start it was clear it was going to be a top night. EVERYONE was up for it right from In The Flesh and it didn't let up all night.

Early highlights - Snowy's guitar in ITF (and generally throughout the show); Ian Ritchie's solo in a really trippy Set the Controls; and the whole of Shine On which sounded to me like it had been written earlier that afternoon rather than over 30 years ago. Southampton Dock was superb with Rog on his stool effectively performing the song entirely solo - and certainly live. Before Leaving Beirut he thanked the crowd for helping him sing. Hard to spot how the song has been rearranged but Chester Kamen had a particularly overdriven and crunchy solo bit at the end so maybe that was it.

A shortish interval caught a lot of folk out before the room went nuts for 45 minutes. Again, the alarm bells at the start of Time caused a mass cheer and I noticed, for the first time, that Rog plays the tick of the clock on the muted high strings of his bass which is a neat effect. Not sure who plays bass in this part of Time but it could be Ian Ritchie who was playing 2nd bass(if there is such a thing) in CF later on. Sat in my high, stage-right, close to the front seat I caught the quad sound as well as at any show so far, particularly in Money (and also Sheep) and also saw the full glory of the laser prism for the first time. Dave K sang Money alarmingly well, which came as a surprise as I'd thought that Jon Carin sang that before but I'm sure I'm mistaken.

I somehow managed to sneak down from the top tier to the front of stage barrier for the encores and saw someone chuck their bra at Rog during Vera(!) which amused Chester no end! The pyro at the end of BTBBH was astonishing - all I could smell was the smell of singed hair for some time afterwards. God knows how the band cope! A highlight of CN was DK and Snowy's tag team soloing on the 2nd solo which was incendiary and could have gone on all night as far as I'm concerned.

Rog throughout was very animated, played some really punchy bass and as far as I could tell, was in great voice. At the end he said something like "We've now done over one hundred (and something) of these shows and tonight was about the best one. You WILL never walk alone"

Nice one,Roger. I'd agree with you and I'm sure every other reviewer of this superb show will do the same. It easy to say but I reckon tonight was the best arena show I've ever seen and that ain't bad. Hope this isn't the last time but if it is, what a way to bow out.

CONCERT PICTURES by BD CONTRIBUTOR, Joe McGuire

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CONCERT COMMENTS by BD CONTRIBUTOR, Phil

Wow to have Roger Waters play my home town in Merseyside is what dreams are made of. Four songs from The Final Cut - I wasn't expecting him to play any. Dark Side in full. The best of The Wall, Animals. Three hours long. Roger: you are a honourary Scouser. Oh yes the flying pig and spaceman. Brilliant.

CONCERT REVIEW by BD CONTRIBUTOR, John Johnstone

Saw Roger Waters last night. The set was virtually identical to MENA last year, and was of the same high standard. Roger and the band (and the crowd) were really up for it, and it made for a very enjoyable evening.

Highlights for me were sizzling versions of In The Flesh, STCFTHOTS, Sheep and CN, with the crowd in great voice, especially for Fletcher Memorial Home. DSOTM was immaculate and was over far too soon (I missed Katie Kissoon on the vocals, though, especially on Mother). I even enjoyed Leaving Beirut this time round.

The usual props were on show - the most excellent full-size backdrop, assorted pyrotechnics, flying pig and astronaut, and a much-improved laser pyramid. The tickertape was obviously a hangover from America, as the bits of tissue had Obama printed on them. The sound was clear, if not a little echoey, and the quad separation was very good.

All in all, a wonderful night, and I do hope that its not the last time that Roger tours.

CONCERT PICTURES by BD CONTRIBUTOR, Charlie

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CONCERT REVIEW by BD CONTRIBUTOR, Ken

Just a review of the excellent concert at Liverpool. First I would like to thank Roger and I am sure legions of other likewise Floyd fans would do for playing at our new arena. I have been a Floyd fan since my first Knebworth show in 75, missing Floyd the last time they played in Liverpool in 74, so a good 34 years have passed before my home city had the pleasure of the great Roger Waters.

Everything that has been written about his show has been said, and now I think Roger and maybe now Dave Gilmour if he ever tours again know that if they ever need a fanbase who are totally nuts about the music and shows they put it on here in Liverpool (hence why Aussie Floyd come back year after year) so once again thanks for a memory that will stay with me forever.

CONCERT REVIEW by BD CONTRIBUTOR, Rob Sadler

So Liverpool... not bad, the crowd in front of me were very annoyed as the first two blocks in front of the stage spent the entire gig stood up or on chairs making seeing nothing other that the top of the stage difficult!

Anyway, musically excellent! They really seemed to come alive for Sheep - Snowy really hammered away turning into a real jam! (Shame about the mis-timing on Money starting chords after the bass!) Unfortunately I came away with a nasty virus and spent the next two days in bed ill! However, off to the O2 Sunday night - and review will be on the site shortly after...

CONCERT PICTURES by BD CONTRIBUTOR, Phil

 

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