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June 13th - PHILIPS ARENA, ATLANTA, GA, USA Print E-mail
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Roger Waters - The Wall Live 2012 in Atlanta
Roger Waters The Wall Live 2012 concert advert

Capacity: 21,000
Concert starts: 8pm

Address of venue: 1 Philips Dr NW, Atlanta, 30303. MAP

Website: www.philipsarena.com

 

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Roger's tour of The Wall arrives in Georgia, returning to a venue that enjoyed Roger's brick-building show back in November 2010.

The RogerWaters.com presales have taken place, with advance tickets available to those who had registered their interest in particular cities. General sale tickets went on sale on November 14th at 10am through this link to Ticketmaster.com. Exact dates and outlets can be found via Roger's website. The public sale will also see a limited number of VIP packages made available for each show on the tour. Our thanks to Elliot Tayman for the concert advert/poster seen to the right - click the thumbnail to see it in greater detail. Our thanks, too, go to Jim Gilbert for the ticket scan, shown below the venue picture.

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-four of the tour, and the band and crew return to Philips Arena in Atlanta for another knock-out show. The band are clearly having a great time still, despite the material surely being over-familiar by now! Maybe it is something to do with the impending conclusion of the tour next month? Whatever it is, it is clearly a good time to catch the show if you are able.

The Atlanta Constitution Journal were there, and their review, headed "Roger Waters’ “The Wall” tour continues to stun" is very complimentary.

"Those who saw “The Wall” tour in 2010 left the venue with their jaws scraping the parking garage floor. How not to be impressed by the technical masterpiece that Waters re-invigorated for the 30th anniversary of Pink Floyd’s seminal album? How could fans do anything but bow at Waters’ feet for revisiting the 1980 tour, but this time with a 240-foot-wide “wall” doing double duty as a video screen and updated illustrations by the legendary Gerald Scarfe? The 2010 tour was such a success – it grossed almost $90 million from 56 concerts in North America on its first leg – that Rogers decided to trek overseas in January and head back to the U.S. for this current run through July. On Wednesday night, “The Wall” returned to Philips Arena. And it was no less stunning. The opening “In the Flesh?”, with its criss-crossing red flares, curtains of pyro and dive bomber plane tearing across the arena ceiling to crash into the wall in a fireball, was more exciting than most concerts in their entirety.

"What makes “The Wall” such a marvel, though, is that all of the mechanical awesomeness isn’t an empty façade designed to distract from an otherwise hollow show. These songs hold up both in meaning and musicality, and their retelling in this format is a stark, sad reminder of the potency of a well-crafted concept album – a dying, if not already dead, art. Regardless of your opinion of his politics, Waters proudly declares an anti-authoritarianism stance (he even pokes a little fun at Apple’s Kool-Aid-drinking methods) and dedication to peace.

"Those values are smeared all over this live version of Floyd’s rock opera, notably in an addition to the show – an acoustic coda to “Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2),” that he dedicates to Jean Charles de Menezes, the Brazilian man mistakenly shot eight times by London police after the 2005 subway bombings – and later during a heartfelt “Bring the Boys Back Home.”

"For the aching “Comfortably Numb,” a song that causes involuntary body swaying, Robbie Wyckoff, a tremendous singer who handled David Gilmour's parts throughout the show, and guitarist Dave Kilminster, stood atop the wall to perform. The way that Waters, parading the stage below, thrust his arms in the air to lead the crowd through the soaring chorus made you feel as if these songs are more than a continuous cash machine to him; he actually seems to feel the material.

"All these years later, [Run Like Hell] remains a tense, thrilling piece of music – and automatic air guitar song – and its relevance hasn't diminished with age. By the end of “The Wall” live, it becomes obvious that while Waters is the ringleader and messenger, the real heavy lifting in the show comes from the superior technology and array of props. At 68, Waters is still a vibrant presence. Let’s hope he has the stamina to keep this beautiful beast of a show on the road indefinitely."

If you went to this show in Atlanta, 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, Jim Gilbert

Above, you'll see my unremarkable-looking ticket to an extraordinarily remarkable show! We were situated directly in front of the soundboard, so the surround was perfect, as was our distance from the stage (in 2010 at the same venue we were too close to fully appreciate the projections, the trade-off being that we were mere feet away from Roger).

Incredible, what else is there to say?

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 ( Thursday, 21 June 2012 )
 
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