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May 15th - O2 ARENA, GREENWICH, LONDON, ENGLAND Print E-mail
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Roger Waters - The Wall Live at London's O2 ticket

Capacity: 23,000
Concert starts: 8pm

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

Website: www.theo2.co.uk

 

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Roger's tour of The Wall continues its run at The O2 Arena in the Greenwich area of London, with another show added following strong sales of tickets for the first three announced dates.

The RogerWaters.com presales began on Saturday June 5th, with advance tickets available to those who had registered their interest in particular cities. General sale tickets went on sale on June 6th through this direct link to Ticketmaster.co.uk. The public sale will also see a limited number of VIP packages made available for each show on the tour. Our thanks to Bob Kent 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 thirty-one of the tour - almost half-way through - and the fourth of six shows at London's O2. Confounding expectations, this show was even better than the previous nights in the arena - just how are they able to get better and better as the tour goes on? Exemplary performances are being built on, and our hats' off to all concerned for this! Technically, the show was pretty much perfect too - sound excellent, wall building went without obvious hitches, and the wall fell really nicely too. What more can you ask for?!

Some additional detail I noticed for the first time included the vocalists making the police siren sound during Run Like Hell - very unexpected that they are performing this, rather than having a sound effect on tape, but pretty effective as I've been fooled up to Sunday night by this!

If you went to this show in London, 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 by Richard Burdett

I'd booked my ticket for this gig approximately one year ago, and I'm really glad I did! Unusually for me, I took my seat in the arena relatively early to drink in the atmosphere, and survey the scene from my seat high up in the balcony to the right of the stage. Almost directly in front of me was the reassuring sight, (in the context of the gig!!) of the model Stuka Plane, suspended high above the crowd, ready to make its move at the end of the opening song, 'In The Flesh'.

I had intended to try and avoid looking at clips of the show from this 2010/2011 tour on Youtube, but, of course, soon succumbed to temptation. I had managed to restrict myself to watching the opening song only this way, but this one song had still provided much entertainment and made me impatient for the 15th of May 2011 to come around.

The gig started promptly, (by rock concert standards), at 8:15pm with the aforementioned first song, 'In the Flesh'. This didn't disappoint visually, or musically, come to that. I'll leave the more detailed insights and nuances to the more erudite and experienced Floyd/Waters correspondents; I'll just add my highlights and observations from the rest of the show:

- 'Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2', complete with giant inflated teacher and the kids from Tower Hamlets, singing and dancing in a way that complemented the song, (rather than the potential sub-standard distraction or circus that it could have been)
- an excellent and slightly extended 'Another Brick in the Wall Part 3'
- the surpisingly poignant interval where photos of loved ones killed in war and other conflicts were projected on to the wall during the interval. with regular replacement photos appearing regularly - the music over the p.a., (by accident or design), added to the atmosphere and emotions felt during that interlude.
- the highlights of Part 2 of the show were, for me, (and probably not a big suprise here), 'Comfortably Numb', 'In the Flesh', and 'Run Like Hell', complete with the giant pig drifting above the audience on the far side for about 10 minutes. One newspaper reviewer called it a wild boar, but I think that they may just have been sub-consciously describing themselves!!

A couple sitting next to me headed home literally about a minute before the climax of 'The Wall' falling down! If I'm not mistaken, I thought that Roger tripped on one of the fallen bricks as he was thanking the audience, but, if this was the case, he ignored it and carried on joyously and professionally. Roger's thanks to all the audience, (including a mention for our part of the balcony), was surprisingly moving too - here was a man who was clearly enjoying himself immensely, including the interaction with the audience, and acknowledging the fact that this enjoyment and appreciation of the audience wasn't necessarily an emotion he'd felt much during tours in years gone by, perhaps especially 30 to 35 years ago!

There's so much more positive stuff I could write, but I don't want to become boring; also I'll probably remember loads of stuff after I've submitted this review!

If you haven't been to any of the gigs on this tour, try and catch it whilst you can!

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 ( Tuesday, 24 May 2011 )
 
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