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June 23rd - ROGERS CENTRE, TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA Print E-mail
Rogers Centre
Roger Waters Toronto ticket 2012

Capacity: TBA
Concert starts: 8:15pm

Address of venue: One Blue Jays Way, Toronto, Ontario, M5V 1J1. MAP

Website: www.rogerscentre.com

 

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Roger's tour of The Wall arrives at Toronto's very appropriately named Rogers Centre.

The RogerWaters.com presales have happened, with advance tickets available to those who had registered their interest in particular cities. General sale tickets have gone on sale, on November 14th through this link to Ticketmaster.ca. The public sale will also see a limited number of VIP packages made available for each show on the tour. Our thanks to 'On The Wing', and to Jeehoon Yu, for sending in ticket scans as seen 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 nine of the tour, and the first of three nights in Canada on this part of the 2012 tour. The Toronto Sun were at what they called a "solid", and their review noted that "All in all, it wasn’t just another brick in the wall. Try several. Roger Waters' The Wall - bigger, bolder and even better - returned to Toronto on Saturday night at the Roger Centre in front of 40,000 fans for one of the biggest shows of the summer. After launching the 30th anniversary of The Wall tour at the Air Canada Centre in 2010 with a trio of shows, the 68-year-old singer-bassist of Pink Floyd fame came back with an impressive-sized wall suitable for a stadium show. "It's nice of them to build this for me," said Waters, dwarfed by the white wall on to which projections, animation, words, graffiti, and images of himself and his 11 piece band were shown all night long. "I know it's a silly joke, but what can you do?"

"That rare bit of brevity came in what was otherwise a seriously dazzling and theatrical display of music and concert technology - fireworks and firebursts too - that saw Waters perform Pink Floyd’s seminal 1979 double album, The Wall, which the British prog-rock act originally toured in 1980, from start to finish.

"But, like last time he was in Toronto, it wasn’t always the big, over-the-top moments that had the greatest impact. Waters was once again joined by kids from the Regent Park School Of Music to sing Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2). "We don't see these kids until sound check," explained Waters afterwards. "It's not easy coming out in front of all you guys. You were great!" he said to the children directly.

"In another touching moment, Waters also sang along to a 1980 filmed recording of himself singing Mother in 1980 at Earl’s Court back when he was “miserable and f---ed up. "Trust me I know," said Waters. "I remember him well."

"Waters reprised Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2) with The Ballad Of Jean Charles de Menezes, in tribute to a young student engineer from Brazil who was shot in the back of the head after he was misidentified as one of the fugitives in the failed London bombing attempts of 2005. "I'm dedicating this bit of the show to him and all the other victims of state terror around the world," said Waters. "Maybe we can all learn if we give our police and government too much power it's a very steep and slippery slope to tyranny."

"Anthems like Hey You, Is There Anybody Out There?, Comfortably Numb, and Run Like Hell, also went over well with the crowd on their feet the whole time, while Bring The Boys Back Home had as much resonance today, perhaps more so, than when it was first released."

Now Toronto was also there, and the show clearly won over their reviewer. "The Wall has never been my favourite Pink Floyd record. Songs like Hey You and Run Like Hell have always elicited feelings of isolation and paranoia, but others like The Trial has always been, well, a bit of a trial to slog through. Despite the self-indulgence and pretense, or maybe because of it, Waters' creation – as much musical theatre as rock concert – is an astonishing feat.

"It takes audacity and plenty of cash to create a spectacle that includes a dive-bombing biplane, a floating wild boar (in a reworking of PF's infamous pig) and numerous inflatable puppets, not to mention copious projections and the building of a wall that spanned the Rogers Centre."

If you went to this show in Toronto 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 VIDEO by BD CONTRIBUTOR, Matt Cooper

I was at the wonderful show last night in Toronto. All I can say is Roger really must tweak it a lot because this time around was incredible!

The most refreshing change was the massive video projections of himself and other bandmates on the wall...

UPDATE: Matt has now posted an online photo album, with his pictures from the concert. CLICK HERE to see the photo album.

CONCERT REVIEW and PICTURES by BD CONTRIBUTOR, Jeff Beach

I'm still on a cloud after last night's concert. What an incredible experience. Roger was on top of his game last night - the vocals were perfect, he was full of energy and you could tell he was really enjoying himself and appreciating the crowd. I would say there had to be about 40,000 in attendance. The crowd was great. The show itself is spectacular. Very true to the original yet with a modern twist to the graphics, visual and sound effects. I have been to a lot of great concerts over my days and I would say this definitely rates in my top 5. I am so glad I witnessed this spectacle first hand. The raving reviews I've been reading about are so true.

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My only complaint (and it's not really a complaint) was that I yearned for more when it was over. That's more of a compliment than anything. By the way the other musicians in Roger's band deserve a lot of credit, as do the sound, lighting and special effects crews. Kudos to Roger Waters and everyone involved. Toronto loves you! And Roger we hope you come back soon. Keep doing what you're doing as long as you feel it in your heart.

CONCERT PICTURES by BD CONTRIBUTOR, Peggy Shanks

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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, 19 November 2012 )
 
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