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February 23rd - VECTOR ARENA, AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND Print E-mail
Vector Arena
Roger Waters The Wall Live in New Zealand

Capacity: 12,000
Concert starts: 8pm

Address of venue: 42 Mahuhu Crescent, Auckland 1010, New Zealand. MAP

Website: www.vectorarena.co.nz

 

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With very heavy demand during the presale period for tickets to Roger's first two nights night of The Wall in New Zealand, in this relatively small venue, this third date was quickly added.

General sale tickets went on sale on July 11th, through Ticketmaster.co.nz. The public sale will also see a limited number of VIP packages made available for each show on the tour. Our thanks to Bob Stephens for the ticket scan 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 fifteen of the tour, and not just the final night in Auckland, or New Zealand, but the final night from the first "chunk" of the 2012 dates. The production now packs up and travels across to Chile, for the shows there, along with Argentina and Brazil.

The concert ended on a fine note, and as Radio Live asked: "Was Roger Waters' 'The Wall' a Rock Opera, Movie, Concert or Art Exhibition? Nope... it was all that and more."

"Quite simply, The Wall was the best fifth anniversary gift Vector Arena could have given us. From the start I was blown away, quite literally, when Roger Waters appeared to "I'm Spartacus, I'm Spartacus, no, I'm Spartacus", booming over the arena sound system as we were rocked from our seats with an almighty bang. Then the heavy, dark, brooding notes rang out through the final show's sell out crowd. "So ya thought ya, might like to go the show", it's the very familiar Waters' husky voice as he takes us on a tour of heightened emotion, visual wizardry and musical genius of one of rock's most iconic albums."

To conclude, they note that "This was well worth the price and puts all other gigs to shame. It was meticulously planned from sound to spectacle, wow to how? And from whoa to go."

If you went to this show in Auckland 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 BD CONTRIBUTOR, Warren Loveridge

Clearly there's no point in giving you a blow-by-blow account of the concert, since the details are by now well known to everyone. But my own personal impression is that we will never see another show like this. Roger won't be topped in our lifetime. Mark my words. You have to start with an album that has the sheer sledgehammer impact, the utter bombast, of The Wall, its remarkable collection of songs and its 30 years of bludgeoning its way into the cultural psyche. You need an artist with the sheer brilliance and mighty bollocks of a Roger Waters to envision the show, put it all together, and present it with the right combination of precision, discipline, talent, charisma and ham-it-up showmanship. I could go on and on but suffice it to say that The Wall in concert is utterly, breathtakingly awesome. Take any other rock concert, even Pink Floyd at its laser-lit best, blast it into the stratosphere, and you may just get within hailing distance of the orbit-smashing extravaganza that is The Wall. I didn't even miss David Gilmour standing behind the Stratocaster, because Dave Kilminster is a stupendous guitar player who can nail David Gilmour's guitar parts like nobody else, except David Gilmour himself. Mr Kilminster is a hero, stepping into those mighty shoes and pulling it off.

You will of course be familiar with the lip-syncing debate, and the parallel one regarding the condition of Roger's 68-year-old voice. Well, I think that his pipes are in superb shape (the vocal training has clearly done wonders), and with one or two clear and necessary exceptions (such as The Trial), no lip-syncing was apparent to me. He even cracked as he tried for the yell at the climax of Bring The Boys Back Home. When he was thanking the band by name at the end of the show, he was yelling out their names in a high-pitched scream that clearly demonstrated that he is quite capable of the show's vocal demands. "Are there any paranoids out there in Auckland tonight???" was another scream that was vintage Roger, and utterly not lip-synced. The whole matter is satisfactorily put to rest in my mind.

Roger has raised the bar to a virtually unbeatable level. For instance, everybody talks about Lady Gaga's shows. Lady Gaga can eat her little heart out. She'll never get near this grey-headed pensioner. His time has come, and he is riding one hell of a wave of success. Roger Waters wins, hands down.

P.S. I'd still give my eye teeth to see David play on a stage in front of me one more time...

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 ( Monday, 27 February 2012 )
 
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