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June 15th - BANKATLANTIC CENTER, SUNRISE, FL, USA Print E-mail
Bank Atlantic Center
Roger Waters - The Wall ticket, Sunrise, FL
Roger Waters - 2012 The Wall Live Tour

Capacity: 15,207
Concert starts: 8pm

Address of venue: 1 Panther Pkwy, Sunrise, FL 33323. MAP

Website: www.bankatlanticcenter.com

 

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Roger's tour of The Wall arrives in Florida, for a show back in a venue that was host to a pair of Wall concerts back in 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 poster 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-five of the tour, and the show rolls on, arriving in Florida for a pair of shows. Tomorrow night, it moves on to Orlando, best known for its theme parks and other tourist attractions.

The Sun Sentinel was there, and they called the concert "A spiritual spectacle". Their review says that it was "a dazzling, compelling show that continues to maintain an unyielding spiritual hold over Pink Floyd’s South Florida fans more than three decades after the release of the album.

"Waters, 68, remains lean and vigorous, and he was in excellent vocal form while negotiating the soaring theatrics of his confessional art-rock opus, aided by a sold-out crowd who sang throughout. The song-by-song recitation of “The Wall” again received an eerily precise performance from a band highlighted by son Harry Waters on keyboards, lead guitarist Dave Kilminster, former “Saturday Night Live” bandleader G.E. Smith on another guitar and spot-on work covering the David Gilmour vocals by Robbie Wyckoff.

"Also familiar was the near-religious fervor of the swaying fans, many wearing T-shirts sold at the previous show, as they called out lyrics and slogans while Waters delivered his treatise on the destructive seductiveness of power, money and war. That in 2012, Waters can get a packed arena to sing along to this evisceration of modern capitalist culture remains a remarkable achievement.

"The menacing puppets, crashing planes and pomp and pyrotechnics were all back, but as always, the star of the show was Waters’ ambitious 1979 rock opera, which grew out of pop-star angst and his attempt to exorcise a childhood made particularly bleak by his father’s death in World War II. Songs such as “Comfortably Numb,” “Another Brick in the Wall,” ”Is There Anybody Out There,” and “Hey You” were given gloriously faithful readings, most delivered to a glimmering sea of smartphone screens.

"Another star remains the physical manifestation of The Wall under construction onstage during the concert. After being partially smashed in a fiery ball by a scaled-down bomber plane in the opening number, “In the Flesh,” The Wall was a gradually more dynamic presence, the setting for a wild procession of projections that pushed buttons both visceral (there are now two three-story- tall strippers in "Young Lust") and emotional (scenes of Iraq-deployed fathers surprising their young children during "Bring the Boys Back Home," which drew loud applause).

"The last of the 424 bricks was wedged into place by unseen hands for "Goodbye Cruel World," leaving the ominous barricade about 35 feet high and 250 feet wide just before intermission. During the break The Wall was home to hundreds of faces of people killed by bombs, torture and other forms of inhumanity, accompanied by descriptions of how they died or notes from friends and family about how they lived.

"Waters again had some well-known accompaniment on "Mother," performing a duet with a giant projection of a '80s-era Waters, a section of the show that remains particularly poignant.

"Students from the Fort Lauderdale Children’s Theater at the Galleria Mall, in their "Fear Builds Walls" T-shirts (above), joined Waters onstage to perform on “Another Brick in the Wall,” with the chorus of “We don't need no education!" drawing a rousing applause.

"Like the 2010 incarnation of “The Wall,” this evening with Waters was a socio-political sermon, a special-effects spectacle and epic entertainment. Or, simply put, a great rock concert."

If you went to this show in Florida 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, Allen

[Allen contacted us prior to the concert, as the ticket that he bought from Ticketmaster seemed to be, from later seating plans for this show, to be either where the wall itself was situated, or indeed behind the wall! As it happened, his seat was indeed in a location that was not used on the night...] Right when I walked in the door they scanned my ticket and then told me I had to go to the Will Call window. A nice BankAtlantic woman walked me over to it and on the way she said the seating issue had to do with construction they were doing on the arena (I doubt the accuracy of this statement, more on that later though).

When I got to will call they took my ticket which was Section 121 Row 10, end seat and after searching around for a bit she came back with a ticket for Section 108. The whole time they'd been saying the new seat would be an upgrade. My original seat was 10 rows off the floor, directly next to the stage and while I wouldn't have a clear view of the entire wall, it is still way better than being in Section 108 which was across the arena floor. I barely had to say anything and the woman took the Sec 108 ticket back and came back with a ticket for Section 134, Row 4 (I also want to say that a higher up looking guy at the will call window said if I have any issues with the seat when i got to it, to come back and let him know and they'll find a solution. They were very willing to work with me or anyone they moved). Awesome seats, 4 rows off the floor and I would even argue as being better than floor seats because being slightly raised off the floor provided me a better view than having to look over everyone. Though my section seemed to be a bit like they were at the opera, seated and not very enthusiastic the entire time.

Roger Waters - Sunrise, FL, 2012
Roger Waters - Sunrise, FL, 2012
Roger Waters - Sunrise, FL, 2012 Roger Waters - Sunrise, FL, 2012
Roger Waters - Sunrise, FL, 2012 Roger Waters - Sunrise, FL, 2012
Roger Waters - Sunrise, FL, 2012 Roger Waters - Sunrise, FL, 2012

The show was great as all the Roger Waters shows I've ever been to have been and I'm looking forward to seeing him @ Fenway Park on July 1st. Now if I can only find a way to get those seats upgraded too...

CONCERT PICTURES by BD CONTRIBUTOR, Hank Hirschfeld

Roger Waters - Florida, 2012
Roger Waters - Florida, 2012
Roger Waters - Florida, 2012

 

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, 19 June 2012 )
 
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