Concert starts: 8pm
Address of venue: 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland, CA 94621. MAP
Roger's tour of The Wall stays in California for this late addition to the tour, sandwiching itself between the shows in Los Angeles, and San Jose. Our thanks to Rick Kettle for the ticket scan shown to the right.
Tickets are being sold through Ticketmaster.com with the presales having begun starting Monday, June 14th. Here's the ticketing timetable:
ROGERWATERS.COM PRESALE - starts June 14th at 10am PDT
CREDIT CARD PRESALE - starts June 14th at 10am PDT
CREDIT CARD VIP PACKAGES PRESALE - starts June 14th at 10am PDT
VIP PACKAGES PRESALE - starts June 17th at 10am PDT
ITUNES PRESALE - starts June 18th at 10am PDT
LIVE NATION PRESALE - starts June 18th at 10am PDT
RADIO PRESALE - starts June 18th at 10am PDT
PUBLIC TICKETING ONSALE - starts June 21st at 10am PDT
VIP PACKAGE ONSALE - starts June 21st at 10am PDT
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|SET LIST - highlight the following with your mouse to read...
|FIRST HALF: In the Flesh, The Thin Ice, Another Brick in the Wall Part 1, The Happiest Days of our Lives, Another Brick in the Wall Part 2, Mother, Goodbye Blue Sky, Empty Spaces, What Shall We Do Now, Young Lust, One of My Turns, Don't Leave Me Now, Another Brick in the Wall Part 3, The Last Few Bricks, Goodbye Cruel World
SECOND HALF: Hey You, Is There Anybody Out There?, Nobody Home, Vera, Bring the Boys Back Home, Comfortably Numb, The Show Must Go On, In The Flesh, Run Like Hell, Waiting for the Worms, Stop, The Trial, Outside the Wall.
WARNING - SPOILERS AHEAD!
Do not read on if you don't want surprises to be spoilt, regarding what the band played, and what happened as the night unfolded!
Night fortysix of the tour, and the end of the North American leg is looming. If you went to this show, please let us know what you thought of the event, and if anything interesting or different happened if you've been to previous shows and can compare.
The Mercury News A+E Interactive were at the concert, and call the production "certainly this season's top ticket.
"More importantly, it's every bit as good as one would hope. It’s a fitting payoff for those who've been waiting since 1980 – when Pink Floyd performed “The Wall” in only two American cities, Los Angeles and Uniondale, NY – to finally get a chance to see the spectacle. And that's exactly what it is.
"The Oakland show was nothing less than a towering achievement of rock ‘n’ roll grandeur. The visuals, a mix of oversized props and swirling video elements, were often astounding and they jelled seamlessly with the music. The stage design was beyond impressive and the whole production was carried off with nary a hitch. Indeed, it's hard to imagine a complicated concept album like “The Wall” getting a better treatment onstage.
"And, really, anything less just wouldn’t have been acceptable.
"The music was rich, full of both bombast and nuance, and benefitted from probably the best sound mix I've ever heard in the old basketball arena. The songs closely resembled the versions on the original album, despite the fact that the other Floydians – keyboardist Richard Wright (who died in 2008), drummer Nick Mason and guitarist-vocalist David Gilmour – weren't part of the production. I missed Gilmour, but, surprisingly, not so much on guitar – it was vocal work that could've made this show even better.
"The show was filled with well-executed big budget theatrics – a flying pig the size of a one-bedroom condominium, a fiery plane crash and outlandish two-story-tall puppets (inspired by the Gerald Scarfe's animation in the movie). Yet, nothing beat the finale, when Waters toppled the bricks right before our very eyes, performing the last number, “Outside the Wall,” amid the rubble.
"There was no encore. And none was needed."
The SF Gate/San Francisco Chronicle were also there, and were enthusiastic about the show. 'On Friday, the unreasonably fit Waters, 67, and a group of veteran backing musicians dressed in uniform black filled the considerable venue with high-end sounds and visual effects, bringing back many of the show's key elements to bolster songs like "Another Brick in the Wall" and "Young Lust."
'Within the first few minutes, pyrotechnics had ignited onstage, large nightmarish marionettes had appeared from the rafters and World War II warplanes buzzed overhead.
'Over the course of the two-hour set, in which the four-sided record was played in its entirety, an actual 36-foot cardboard wall was gradually built (and eventually knocked down) in front of the musicians, hiding them completely from view for a good chunk of the program.
'And, yes, a pig did fly.
'The one image that sticks is watching Waters standing all alone in front of the wall during the second set, joyously mouthing the words and playing air guitar with his lanky 6-foot-3-inch frame to "Comfortably Numb." It served as a reminder that this was a genuine arena rock concert. And after an evening suffused with so much gloom and sloganeering, it was a great reminder that, as Slash so wryly observed, Roger Waters was cool. And maybe just a little Broadway.'
Also at the show was SF Weekly who have posted a very well illustrated, analytical review of the event, which is well-worth a read. They've also posted a good slideshow from the concert, which even includes a Pink Floyd decked out car in the car park outside the concert! You can see the slideshow through this link.
CONCERT REVIEW and VIDEO by BD CONTRIBUTOR, Simon Wimpenny
Roger was on great form as was Dave, his solo during Comfy was incredible, certainly one of the top 5 I've seen so far on the tour.
Roger added a couple of little nuances the last few shows, when he does Goodbye Cruel Word, he started holding his hand and doing a little wave every so often. During the end of Waiting for the Worms when he is shouting through the megaphone he has started to do a wanking (masturbating) motion with his microphone!! I've googled the lyrics to see at what point he is doing it and what relevance it has but cant find anything!! He's done it at at least the last four shows.
Watch Roger when the hotel room comes down at the beginning of Nobody Home, he is sat in the chair in the dark and as the lights come on he looks out to the audience each time as if he’s only just noticed they are there and looks at them in shock and surprise. There's a few other little things he’s changed up the last few shows but they escape me at the moment, when they come back I'll add them into another post.
Make sure you check out Simon's blog at SimonWimpenny.blogspot.com where you'll find full details of all his travels, along with more pictures and videos.
CONCERT REVIEWS and PICTURES by other BD CONTRIBUTORS
Hopefully coming soon - we welcome all contributions!
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