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May 24th - O2 ARENA, DUBLIN, IRELAND Print E-mail
O2 Arena, Dublin
Roger Waters The Wall Live 2011 ticket

Capacity: 23,000
Concert starts: 8pm

Address of venue: Northwall Quays, Dublin 1, Ireland. MAP

Website: www.theo2.ie

 

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Roger's tour of The Wall stays in the Emerald Isle for a second night at the O2 Arena in Dublin. A couple of days break follow as the production hops back into mainland Europe for the concert in Belgium. Our thanks to Kevan Porter for the ticket scan shown to the right.

For tonight's concert, some children from the inner-city Musical Youth Foundation, a charity that provides musical tuition to children who might not be able to afford it otherwise, will be joining Roger on stage. The children are all aged between 10-15. Chief executive of the project, Chris Maher, said "Unlike Jedward who are entertainment, this is real music. Our students know Pink Floyd music, and they are thrilled to become part of this show." On the subject of the chorus, he said "We're all about education here. We believe passionately in the ability of a musical education to benefit students in so many ways."

The RogerWaters.com presales began shortly, with advance tickets available to those who had registered their interest in particular cities. General sale tickets went on sale following the presale, on June 17th, through this direct link to Ticketmaster. The public sale will also see a limited number of VIP packages made available for each show on the tour.

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-seven of the tour, and the concluding night in Dublin. Our good friend Simon Wimpenny told us that the problems that affected the show the first night were dealt with, and the concert was "fantastic, sound guys sorted the sound being a little low the first night by adding more speakers in the lower sections". If you went to this show in Dublin, 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, Martin Kilbride

First night of two...in we went, slightly left of stage, and were gobsmacked by the length of the partially constructed Wall. We then truly gathered this was going to be a lot to take in.

Lights down, an overture of sorts in the shape of 'I'm Spartacus', some 'In The Flesh' trumpet playing, and then BANG! Fireworks, smoke, blinding lights, Nazi-type foot men rising on platforms bearing crossed hammer banners, then himself appears, arms in air, genuinely happy to be playing for us to deafening roars from the fans who have waited 30 years to see this again, but most of whom have never seen its like before.

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'LIGHTS!' Blinding beams from the stage soak the crowd. 'ROLL THE SOUND EFFECTS!' Stuka bombers are heard in surround sound above and behind you, far louder than the crowd, from left to far right. 'ACTION!' Roger calls for action, and to 'Drop it on them', as the stage is showered in sparks, smoke and fire. Suddenly, a dive bomber launches overhead and flies over the crowd and crashes into a ball of flames on stage.

All this on the first number! This was stuff I only read about in various Floyd volumes, and to see it in front of me was a lot to take in.

Inflatable familiars in the form of the teacher, the mother and wife followed, along with bricks being added to the construction, each one lighting up slightly as they're added. Amazing projections and animation, a very clever 'duet' for Mother, flying pigs, guitar solos atop the Wall, Pink's hotel room in the wall, corporate logo confetti, and of course, the wall comes crashing down.

A total feast for the eyes, in fact all the senses. We went on both nights, just as well, as it was so much to take in once.

Roger has never forgotten his Irish fans as he has always come here on his recent tours. He was also able to remember the date he last played at this venue, pre O2 when it was the Point Depot, citing the date he was there and where the stage was also. This is possibly something he did at other venues to please his crowd, but it worked.

He also told a story of Floyd driving late one night from Belfast to Cork in the 60's and being stopped by a gardaí (Irish police officer) and getting a telling off for driving to fast as he 'could have run over a drunk fellah'. I knew this story to be true as he recalled it in a recent Classic Rock interview.

Two observations: on night one, during Waiting for the Worms, Robbie Wyckoff sung 'Would you like to send our coloured cousins home again', while on the second night he sung 'our southern cousins'. Was there a complaint?

Secondly, when the Wall was brought down on the first night it fell backwards, onto the stage. It fell forwards towards the crowd on night two. Which was great, because when the lights went up, I made a grab for one of the white cardboard souviners, but was quickly told in colourful language by one of the stagehands where I should go!

Was this the best concert I ever saw? No.
It was the best concert I ever saw...twice.

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 ( Saturday, 28 May 2011 )
 
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