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May 19th - THE O2 ARENA, LONDON, ENGLAND Print E-mail
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Capacity: 23,000

Concert starts: 7:45pm (doors open 7pm)

Address of venue: Peninsula Square, London, SE10 0DX. MAP

Website: www.theo2.co.uk

Tickets for this concert went on-sale to the general public on Friday, March 7th at 9:00am. Box Office: www.livenation.co.uk or call 0844 576 5483 (all tickets subject to a booking fee).

PRE-SALE: However, there was a special pre-sale for web site subscribers, which allowed you to purchase the best seats before they go on-sale to the general public. This pre-sale went live from 1:00pm on Thursday March 6th at www.livenation.co.uk/rogerwaters

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!

What a difference a day makes! Sound in the O2 Arena was markedly better on Monday night - just as loud, but clearer, and crisper, and a smoother listening experience generally. Added to this was an audience who responded from the get-go with enthusiasm, standing throughout the show, and this seemed to really give the band a boost, reflected in a great performance.

The astronaut did need a helping hand from the audience at the back to make it into the air successfully, and even the pig was struggling at the end of his jaunt, to keep sufficiently high in the air. Perhaps they were both feeling a little deflated at the thought of the tour coming to the end? Sorry, couldn't resist that!

With the Liverpool show on Thursday, and the two London shows, the penultimate events on Roger's 2008 mini-tour must surely have proved memorable to the band. With around two and a half weeks until the St Petersburg concert, which should be the final performance of Dark Side Of The Moon live, the band have got plenty of time to hope for good weather for the open-air finale for the tour!

In the national press, The Times gave the show an enthusiastic four stars out of five, and can be read online here.

CONCERT REVIEW and PICTURES by BD CONTRIBUTOR, Will Poole

Second night - 100% better.

I was fortunate enough to have front row tickets for this one. The crowd were so more up for it than the previous night, as soon as the band came on the stage (20 minutes late) everyone on the floor was off their seats and standing for the whole show, certainly in the front blocks anyway.

It was a frenetic explosion of sound and vision. The band seemed to be having a great time on the stage, soaking in the atmosphere. Roger was on top form, bouncing from one side of the stage to the other. My "seat" was at the end of the row, so every time he was stage left, he was literally 10 feet away from me. The bass box was right in front of me as well, so the noise was just vibrating through the barrier.

Laurie (Roger's fiancée) spent most of the first set up against the barrier next to me, she was enthralled by it all.

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This was my fifth and probably last London "Dark Side of the Moon" concert and ranks in the top two. Hyde Park is always going to be special to me because it was my first experience and it totally blew me away. This was a completely different experience, but to be so close to the action was fantastic.

The time just flew by, could not believe how quickly we got to the interval, DSOTM was spectacular and the encores had the whole audience in unison singing along.

Well Roger, it's been a blast the last couple of years - you've entertained the whole world with this tour, lets hope that those who miss out get to see a DVD of it. Thanks for the memories.

CONCERT REVIEW by BD CONTRIBUTOR, Heather

Well after all the worries earlier in the year when we weren't sure when where and how we would see Roger it was certainly worth it. Although we saw the band at Earls Court last year it seemed to have gone up a notch (if that was possible)

An absolutely mind blowing experience both sound wise and visually. Roger and his team were amazing... 5 guitars flat out on Sheep... the whole show was totally flawless...

Hopefully once he has finished touring he might consider a DVD as a lasting souvenir... I hope it's not the last time we hear him perform Dark Side and other Floyd material though he was superb. Wow!!!

CONCERT REVIEW by BD CONTRIBUTOR, Lee Frost

Say no to O2 (Audience)

Your concert was musically and visually amazing. The bass really rocked through the seats and the surround sound system was incredible. The highlights of the concert for me was Sheep (Great Number).

I have been a Pink Floyd fan since 1970. I have seen them many times. I have been to all of the Roger Waters concerts when in London but I have never seen such a bad audience when in the O2 Arena. It seemed to be a glorified picnic, people were getting up in the middle of a number and getting beer and chips. I found this distracting from the music. These people were not there to appreciate the music, they were there just for some booze and chips.

P.S. I'd like a drink myself but before the show starts.

CONCERT REVIEW by BD CONTRIBUTOR, James Melody

I have been really busy with work lately so missed the first run of tickets and ended up with seats in the "Gods" for the 2nd night. I have seen Roger at Hyde Park in 06, Earls Court in 07 and now the O2 in 08.

I really felt it to be the weakest show so far but to be honest I would put a lot of that down to the really poor acoustics at the O2. The atmosphere was flat and I really felt that most real fans had tickets for the 1st night and I was stuck with the casual listeners.

The 02 does so many things well, lots of catering, plenty of toilets and it is easy to get in and out. The most important thing though is where they fall down. It is a venue devoid of any soul and it really felt like we were in an aircraft hanger. I also felt Roger didn't really have his heart in the night. I didn't feel the same passion as I did the last two years.

CONCERT COMMENTS by BD CONTRIBUTOR, Marlett Watson

My husband wanted to give me the ultimate birthday present, so for my 33rd birthday bought us tickets for the Roger Waters concert. seeing that we live in George, South-Africa, you can imagine what a big deal it was. He is now very worried after I told him that I will follow Roger to the end of the world and next time will throw my best panty and bra at him. I've never been a concert person, but feels deeply fulfilled now.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 18 June 2008 )
 
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