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May 2nd - SUPERPAGES.COM CENTER, DALLAS, TX, USA Print E-mail
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Capacity: TBA

Concert starts: 7:00pm

Address of venue: 1818 First Avenue, Dallas, TX, 75210, USA. MAP

Website: www.hob.com/venues/concerts/smirnoff/

Tickets for this concert went on sale on February 16th, through normal ticket agents Ticketmaster.com. The venue recently underwent a name change from the Smirnoff Music Center to the Superpages.com Center. Our thanks to Pedro Cabrera 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!

The third show in the North American leg of Roger's 2008 Dark Side Of The Moon mini tour, and the band sound to be getting better and better! The pig made a break for it, with another shot at freedom. Floating away into the night, so far it has not been seen again, and no-one seems to know its whereabouts... Adallas - evan koch shot of the pig can be seen to the left (just click the thumbnail) prior to its departure. Our thanks to Evan Koch for sending it over!

Initial reports and pictures are now arriving, including a stack of truly fabulous shots from BD contributors Chris Popp, Pedro Cabrera and Rob Levine which are shown below - simply click on the thumbnail(s) of interest to see them in a much larger format.

Sunday sees the band (and crew) arrive in Houston for the second of the two Texan shows. If you are going, have a great time and don't forget to tell us about how the show was for you...

CONCERT REVIEW and PICTURES by BD CONTRIBUTOR, Chris Popp

I had made two previous trips to see Roger. The first was at the Hollywood Bowl in Oct.'06 and again at Milwaukee Riverfest in July'07. I was never so delighted to see Mr. Waters was going to return to Dallas, my home. This was by far the best show of the ones I had seen. I'm not sure if it was because I scored some sweet seats or the fact that the band was really solid. Probably a good bit of both. No need to go into details about the show, just know this is not a concert to be missed.

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CONCERT REVIEW by BD CONTRIBUTOR, Tamara

Typical squirmy, disengaged Dallas audience, but a great show by RW and the band. Same setlist as Denver, I believe...? No violin player though...

I have some crappy cellphone pictures of the pig ("All Religions Divide" and a drawn-on penis with "Cheney" on it, among other graffiti), which entered the amphitheatre right next to us and nearly hit us in the head as the wranglers tried to control it. They eventually let Piggy go to float away into the night sky... and right into the Love Field flight pattern. I hope it didn't freak out some pilot somewhere.

Overall a great show. Heard a couple of missed notes here and there (I swear Roger screwed up the baseline intro of Money), but extremely fun and satisfying overall.

CONCERT PICTURES by BD CONTRIBUTOR, Rob Levine

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CONCERT REVIEW by BD CONTRIBUTOR, Rusty Brakebill

Wow this show was amazing. First off I got to see some classic Pink Floyd songs, music that I never imagined I would get to hear live!

The music was tight, the band was great. During Sheep the pig came out for a walk through the park and he flew away into the night; I looked back at him until he drifted out of sight.

Then they came out and played Dark Side Of The Moon, which was amazing!!!! Then they did their encore which was Another Brick In The Wall, Vera, and Comfortably Numb! This was one of the best shows I've seen in my life, and it was outdoors so that made it even better plus I was able to share this milestone experience with my father who is a huge Pink Floyd fan (who had never seen Roger Waters live), and some great friends of mine Kyle, Steven, and Steve!

CONCERT PICTURES by BD CONTRIBUTOR, Pedro Cabrera

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CONCERT REVIEW and PICTURES by BD CONTRIBUTOR, Bb

It was a beautiful night for the concert, and the crowd was ready for a great time. The opening was timed perfectly with the sunset so that the stage lighting and video screen were vibrant by the time the band came on stage at about 8:20. Roger made it to both sides of the stage to welcome everybody, and to the wings of the stage which weren't very spacious and Roger actually stumbled a little bit. After that, he watched the ground very carefully when he moved off the main stage. Thank goodness!

dallas_-_bob1The band was perfect throughout; it was as if the 2007 tour had never ended. There were some minor changes, of course. Dave Kilminster has a new custom guitar, a blond telecaster type body with three single-coil pick-ups. The treble pick-up looked like a DiMarzio or Seymour Duncan with two exposed metal "rails."  Needless to say, it sounded great, and Dave and Snowy just played the hell out of everything! The crowd was really into it and was on its feet for most of the show. However, it was difficult to ignore the stream of people that started heading out during  "Southampton Dock." I hesitate to suggest that they left because the "political songs", as they've come to be known, were beginning. I think part of it is because these songs may not be as familiar as the WYWH segment that had just finished, and people want to be back for "Sheep."

"Fletcher" was really good tonight, and the dictator montage on the screen was clearly understood by the audience. There was a lot of support for "Perfect Sense" and "Leaving Beirut," and the crowd was very boisterous in a positive way in response to the references to G.W. Bush and the Christian right. Interestingly, "Leaving Beirut" was re-worked a little, and the new arrangement is more soulful and contemplative. Chester Kamen played some great guitar, and the song did not have as much of the scorching guitar that Andy Fairweather-Low had put into it before. More keyboards and beautiful oooh-ahhhs from the women helped to give the song a tone more appropriate to the theme of the song, in my opinion.

During "Leaving Beirut," 3 or 4 technicians gathered around Snowy White's amplifiers and had to replace one of them. They successfully made the switch just before Snowy launched into his mid-song solo.

dallas_-_bob2"Sheep," as usual, was triumphant, and the crowd loved the pig. The confetti was awesome, and it made the end of the song so much more compelling and powerful. Roger again worked both wings of the stage, and the pyrotechnics were hot enough to be felt as far back as Row V, where I was seated.

Tomorrow we travel to Houston for the last show. I saw the last two shows of the'07 Tour in Buffalo and Toronto, and I traveled to Texas to see these last two of the'08 Tour.  I'm both proud and a bit chagrined to admit to my friends that I will have seen 9 of these shows by the time it's over. But this kind of thing doesn't come around often, and I've attended shows with friends and family all over the country. It cracks me up that some people consider this a nostalgia tour, and I suppose to some degree it is, but the fact is that the political times in which we live are precisely where Roger's head was when he first wrote these songs, particularly those in the first set. It's also very clear that he relishes the opportunity to perform and get his ideology out there again for us old-timers and also for a new generation of listeners. Good for him, and good for us.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 13 May 2008 )
 
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