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October 17th - SCOTIABANK PLACE, OTTAWA, ON, CANADA Print E-mail
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Roger Waters ticket - Ottawa, October 17th 2010

Capacity: 19,153
Concert starts: 8pm

Address of venue: 1000 Palladium Dr., Kanata, Ontario K2V 1A5 CANADA. MAP

Website: www2.scotiabankplace.com

 

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Roger's tour of The Wall returns to Canada, revisiting the ScotiaBank Place which he performed at in 2007. Our thanks to Ian McKenzie and Mark Silverman for sending in ticket scans for this show.

The RogerWaters.com presales began starting Wednesday, May 5th. Starting May 3rd, American Express Cardmembers could get advance tickets, with seating available to Gold Card, Platinum Card and Centurion members. US fans could also get early access to tickets via iTunes beginning Thursday, May 6th, by purchasing the 1982 film The Wall from iTunes by April 26th. For both the American Express and iTunes presales, please note that the presale offers were available in select markets and ticket quantities were limited.

General sale tickets went on sale on Monday, May 10, via Ticketmaster.ca, Ticketmaster.com and LiveNation.com. The public sale also saw a limited number of VIP packages made available for each show on the tour. Use of our links to Ticketmaster gives much needed assistance with site hosting costs without any additional cost to yourself - and we appreciate it!

20 students from St. Leonard Elementary Catholic School in Manotick, Ontario, will partake in this record-breaking concert. The concert at Scotiabank Place sold out in a record 22 minutes and will require 24 transport trucks of equipment, more gear than any other concert at the arena.

The St. Leonard choir was chosen to accompany Waters on his song Another Brick in the Wall, Part II because a concert promoter with a daughter at the school remembered watching them perform the signature Pink Floyd tune in a talent show last year.

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 twenty of the tour, and the production is back on Canadian soil, back in Ontario for the single show in Ottawa. His duet with himself as part of Mother was introduced with typical aplomb: "Through a feat of time travel that might seem somewhat narcissistic", he said, "I'm going to sing with miserable Roger from all those years ago."

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 Ottawa Citizen reviewed the show, affirming that Roger was "Still relevant, still rocking", and said that "The Wall proves a well-written song stands test of time". They've also published a photo gallery here.

CONCERT REVIEW by BD CONTRIBUTOR, Ian McKenzie

I was a bit unsure whether I should try to get a ticket for this show. However, I was lucky enough to have seen the original Pink Floyd The Wall concerts back in 1980 and 1981 at Earls Court and, as they were two of the best concerts I've ever seen, I just had to attend one of these re-vamped shows. When the tickets went on sale, I was living near Toronto but there was a strong possibility that I'd be moving to Ottawa. So, I waited until the move was confirmed before buying tickets for the Ottawa gig. Unfortunately, this meant I could only get a 'Limited View' ticket but, at just $55, it had to be worth the gamble.

Well my gamble certainly paid off. It was a great concert though, with the band on stage for less than two hours, it was over all too quickly.

As has been mentioned many times, the sound was incredible. The visuals were amazing and had all of the aspects of the original Floyd shows with a few extras thrown in. It wasn't as visually spectacular as the Berlin Wall concert in 1990, but that show didn't have the space restrictions of an indoor arena. The actual performance was very good and Roger's singing was probably better than the original live shows. However, for some of the songs, I really did miss hearing David Gilmour's guitar and voice. I hope when he does guest at one of these Wall concerts, he does more than just performing on Comfortably Numb.

The highlights of the concert for me were the local schoolkids performing on stage for ABITW2, Roger singing a duet with himself from 1980 Earls Court footage for Mother, Hey You, Nobody Home, Comfortably Numb and Run Like Hell. The latter included some expert 'pig flying' around the arena. Not sure who was controlling the pig, but he/she almost flew it into the wall a few times.

As regards those limited view seats - we were very high up almost side on to the stage. However, I was still able to see most of the projections on the wall as well as some of the 'action' behind it. There's so much going on in this concert that your not always looking in the same spot anyway. The only annoying thing about the view was, after the Wife puppet had been deflated, the puppet was just left to dangle from the rafters meaning some of our view was restricted by the silhouette of what appeared to be a discarded pair of giant stockings! It's a good thing David Gilmour didn't turn up, as this would have been my memory of seeing him perform Comfortably Numb! IMHO, they could have removed the deflated puppets during the intermission.

Quick mention of the venue: huge arena, comfortable seats and great acoustics. Unfortunately, there are not enough toilets so it was complete chaos during the intermission.

So all in all (no pun intended), it was a great performance and, if anybody still has a chance of buying a 'cheap' restricted view ticket, I would strongly recommend they do so.

CONCERT REVIEW by BD CONTRIBUTOR, Mark Silverman

I saw the "Dark Side of the Moon" show in Ottawa in 2007, and thought it was the best concert I'd ever seen. Well The Wall came really close, and with respect to the effects and sheer theatre it may have been better.

Seeing the wall built in front of the band was great, as were the pyrotechnics, puppets, projections, crashing airplane and the good old pig.

Musically the band did a great job of recreating The Wall, and Roger's vocals and interactions with the crowd were top notch.

Highlights included the local kids helping out on "Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2", hearing (but not seeing) the band perform "Hey You" from behind the wall, "Comfortably Numb", where I thought David Kilminster perfectly channelled David Gilmour's guitar solos, Roger sitting alone in the hotel woom in "Nobody Home", "Run Like Hell" with Roger asking if there were any paranoids in Ottawa, and of course, tearing down the wall.

Moving visuals of the loved ones lost in wars (and terrorism attacks) and reunion scenes of children and their soldier fathers in "Bring the Boys Back Home".

Snowy White and GE Smith each played excellent Floydian guitar, Graham Broad continues his superb drumming, Jon Carin probably qualifies as a member of Pink Floyd, and Harry Waters must get a kick out of hearing his young voice saying "Look Mommy, there's an airplane up in the sky" at the start of "Goodbye, Blue Sky"!

Great show, Roger, I'm glad you came to Ottawa.

All in all, I have become Comfortably Numb!

CONCERT REVIEW, PICTURES and VIDEOS by BD CONTRIBUTOR, Simon Wimpenny

For the first half of the show I sat on the first section from the stage up off the floor right next to the wall and to the right side, right underneath where the plane comes over. I like it here, you get a good view of the stage and the wall, however you don't see Mr Screen at all.

How Pink arrives on stage:

The plane:

First half of the show seemed to pass by so quickly tonight, I was watching the wall images a lot and as I was so close (approx 10 feet away) it was easy to not only see things up close by also spot things I hadn't seen before. The subway train only came through once during tonight's show and Bob came up with a great question and wondered if the train comes through say once if they are only playing one show in a town, twice for two shows and three times for three! something I will definitely watch out for at future shows, this is the sort of thing that Roger would indeed do!

Roger Waters, Ottawa, October 17th 2010 Roger Waters, Ottawa, October 17th 2010

I headed over to see Maria at intermission to see how Nancy was enjoying the show and she was loving it! Best show she had ever seen she said; I then went over to see Brent and Sophie who both said the same, they were so impressed with it. I told them to watch out for the second half as it just gets better! There was an empty seat next to Bob as the guy had moved out of it to be somewhere with his buddy so I took the seat and sat next to Bob for the second half.

It was the ideal place to see the show especially for the sound, even though it was 13th row it was slightly further back than it would have been in most venues and the spacing between the seat rows was a lot bigger, thus 13th row was more like probably 20th row at most shows, it was dead centre and the sound was probably the best I'd heard at any of the shows so far. The quad was just right, the stereo seperation was excellent, the bass was right in your chest and the highs were right there in front of you.

Bob is a lot like me, he likes his sound to be spot on at the show and he likes to watch a show without chit chat and just enjoy it. We both stood there watching Dave K do Comfortably Numb and we both never took our eyes off him. At the end of Dave's solo we both turned to each other for a quick comment that it was good but there were just a couple of gaps towards the end of the solo that weren't filled right but Dave made up for it with the hammer ons at the end.

I didn't spot any major mistakes or technical problems at all. I have noticed the last couple of shows that they are pumping a lot more smoke out from behind the wall as the wall is about to fall down and Bob asked me after if it was normally this smokey. It wasn't the best “wall fall” of the tour but it also wasn't the worst. The ends of the wall kinda stayed where they were and didn't tumble down onto the seats at all. I hope they haven't stopped this after the audience getting covered by bricks at the second Nassau show, it would be a great shame if they have!

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 PICTURES by BD CONTRIBUTOR, Peggy Shanks

Roger Waters - Ottawa, 17th October 2010 Roger Waters - Ottawa, 17th October 2010
Roger Waters - Ottawa, 17th October 2010 Roger Waters - Ottawa, 17th October 2010

 

YOUR HELP NEEDED! We want to cover Roger's concerts the best we can, to share the experience with everyone, especially those who won't be able to attend the shows. We'd love to see ANY pictures, tickets scans, reviews, newspaper reports, and anything else you come across for this show - we look forward to hearing from you!

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