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June 28th - MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS ARENA, MANCHESTER, ENGLAND Print E-mail
MEN Arena
Roger Waters Wall Live ticket - Manchester

Capacity: 21,000
Concert starts: 8pm

Address of venue: Manchester Evening News Arena, Victoria Station, Manchester, M3 1AR, England. MAP

Website: http://www.men-arena.com

 

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The second run of nights in Manchester for The Wall, and (at time of writing this) the final two shows of the whole tour. Just today and tomorrow left, and I'm sure the band and crew will be pleased in one way that this mammoth production is coming to an end.

General sale tickets went on sale on Friday, September 17th at 9am through this link to Ticketmaster.co.uk. The public sale also sees a limited number of VIP packages made available for each show on the tour. Our thanks to Bobby Wilson for the ticket scan shown to the right.

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 fifty-seven of the tour, the final UK show, and just seven shows left in this year's run. A great show to finish with on home turf, and hopefully not too long before he's back. 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.

CONCERT REVIEW and PICTURES by BD CONTRIBUTOR, Warren Byrne

Last night I took the journey up north to watch Roger Waters. I originally bought tickets before I found out about the Birmingham show, with the intention of selling the MEN tickets however, my wife suggested I go to both concerts...Who was I to argue?

This time I went with my brother whose biggest 'Gig Adventure' was watching Stone Roses at Spike Island in Widnes.

He loved it. Yet again the sound was loud, but not too loud. The effects were on the nail and it all flowed as well as the well-oiled machine it is.

Roger Waters - Manchester, June 28th 2011 Roger Waters - Manchester, June 28th 2011

Roger made a point of letting us know that this was the end of the UK leg of the tour and he was off to Italy soon. The Dave Kilminster solo on Comfortably Numb was faultless, I thought, but the bloke behind didn't seem to think so. He made mention to the fact that he thought he'd killed it and that session musicians shouldn't be playing such guitar solos. Each to his own I suppose.

The best part of the shows for me is the second half, much louder and heavier than the first half. Hammers, judges, flying pigs and falling bricks all made for yet another excellent gig at the MEN. Now come on Mr Gilmour, I think it's time we saw you out and about again, eh?

CONCERT REVIEW and VIDEOS by BD CONTRIBUTOR, Simon Wimpenny

I got into Manchester about 4pm, US Matt had messaged me 20 minutes before to say he was at Henry J Beans where we were all meeting up, Kevin and Matt from Guildford were on the train from Birmingham and Jason and his dad had just arrived and were outside at the box office.

Nick, whom Kevin and I had last seen in Prague arrived at the bar around 5pm, it was his last wall show in Europe and he was another one who had had a good run of shows and tonight would be his 10th from memory. US Matt had arrived before the show in Birmingham yesterday, seen the show, travelled to Manchester, would be seeing the show and then flying back to Boston the morning after, again this would be his last show of the European tour.

Matt and Barry didn't have tickets for tonight, I had told them not to worry and either myself or Kevin would look after them. I've yet to go to a single show and there not be either tickets for sale outside the venue or what's more common is that there's tickets for sale at the box office before the show. I'd asked at the box office as I passed on my way to the bar, they had tickets but they were the first block at the side and not the best seats in the house so I said no and would check back later on.

It was nice to sit with Barry, Nick, US Matt, Kevin and Guildford Matt in a bit more of a relaxed meet up tonight, we had a few drinks a good chat and I headed down to the venue again an hour or so later to check at the box office. I managed to pick up 3 2nd row centre tickets for just over face value, the whole ticket industry is ever so “bent” and the way I acquired these tickets just reaffirmed this. US Matt and Barry were happy though and I would be sat next to the two of them for tonight's show and sat right on the isle in front of Roger 2nd row.

I went to take my seat and Matt and Barry arrived along with Kevin and Matt, this was the final UK show and even though I knew I was going to the last three shows in Athens I was a touch emotional it being the last show and possible the last time I'd see Roger in the UK! The last couple of shows here last month had a great audience, party due to Manchester being only 25 miles or so from Liverpool and a lot of the fans from Liverpool had come over to see the shows (something Roger commented on the last time he was here).

As the show start time drew near the seat right on the aisle next to Barry, Matt and I had still not been taken, Kevin took the seat and stayed there for the whole night without a single person coming to claim it! Matt did the same in a single seat in front of us in the front row however he politely moved to his own seats when two people arrived 35 minutes into the 1st set!!

The crowd were very vocal tonight and sang along to a lot of the songs, the kids didn't have their new T shirts and did the normal routine of coming onstage, dancing around and then heading over to point at the teacher, no letters on the back of the shirts tonight.

I know the kids part is one of Guildford Matt's favourite parts of the show, and every time I've seen him when the kids are onstage I've wanted to catch him on video clapping along with the kids, however I've never had my camera or haven't been sat close enough, I was tonight though and as you can see below, he just loves getting involved with the kids.[youtube}RRW8gb4UYMc{/youtube}

Roger has continued with his new ending to Another Brick and the more I hear it the more I do like it, I'm just not sure it fits in the show but I still enjoy it and it's getting more refined as the shows go on. I'm guessing he will revert back to the “normal” ending for the shows that are filmed in Athens with maybe just performing the new part at one of the three shows, we'll see.

It was great to be sat next to US Matt, Barry and Kevin for the show. At the beginning of Mother, Barry shouted out “Roger I love you”, Roger returned the banter and said “Love you too” and then “There's a man down here who loves me”. After a few laughs in the audience and some great smiles and eye contact between Roger and Barry, Roger then said “Um where was I?” before returning to what he was going to say. Fortunately someone who must have been sat pretty close to us caught this on video, as you can see above.

The second half of this show seemed to fly by so quickly and even Kevin turned to me and said “It just goes quicker and quicker”.

Roger had his podium again and the crowd rose to their feet and stayed there from Comfy Numb onwards.

Before the band started to play Outside The Wall Roger announced that they were coming towards the end of the European tour and only had a few shows left and this was their last UK show. Normally as the band are introduced by Roger they leave the stage and head back through the dark curtain towards the back of the stage however tonight when Graham Broad left the stage he had other ideas only known to a few! He actually made his way round the back of the stage and came back on at the other side behind Dave K (who is usually the last one to be introduced). It took Dave K a while to notice him before bursting out laughing and much to the amusement of Roger then introducing him again!! I've tried to find a clip of this on YouTube with no joy but I'm sure it's around somewhere.

- Make sure you check out Simon's excellent 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, Phil

Roger Waters - Manchester 2011 Roger Waters - Manchester 2011
Roger Waters - Manchester 2011 Roger Waters - Manchester 2011

CONCERT REVIEWS and PICTURES by other BD CONTRIBUTORS

Hopefully coming soon - we welcome all contributions!

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!

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 21 March 2012 )
 
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