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May 11th - AT&T PARK, SAN FRANCISCO, CA, USA Print E-mail
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Roger Waters - The Wall Live AT&T Park

Capacity: 30,000
Concert starts: 8:15pm

Address of venue: 24 Willie Mays Plaza, San Francisco, California 94107. MAP

Website: sanfrancisco.giants.mlb.com

 

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Roger's tour of The Wall arrives at the first of the baseball stadia to be used on this leg of the tour.

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 seen to the right. Further thanks goes to Roisin for the ticket picture, also 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 thirty-seven of the tour, and the production arrives in California, for the first of three shows in three different cities. If you went to this show in San Francisco, 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.

 

Roger Waters The Wall Live in San Francisco 2012

 

The Oakland Tribune's Jim Harrington was there and reviewed the show (which appears alongside a 27-shot photo gallery. In his review, he confirms that "Roger Waters has hit a towering home run. The former frontman for Pink Floyd has taken The Wall Live Tour -- already a massive commercial and critical success on the arena circuit -- and supersized it to fit baseball stadiums. Yet, it's not just bigger -- it's also better.

"The show that fans witnessed on Friday night at AT&T Park was even more powerful, dramatic and thrilling than what was seen back in December 2010, when Waters brought the highly theatrical tour -- based on Pink Floyd's multiplatinum 1979 double-album "The Wall" -- to Oracle Arena in Oakland and HP Pavilion in San Jose.

"The concert was broken into two sets, just like the two-disc "The Wall" itself. The first set is dedicated to building the towering structure, as vocalist-bassist Waters -- or, more accurately, his character "Pink" -- relates all the worldly pains that directly translate to bricks in the Wall. And there has been much pain -- from growing up without a father ("Another Brick in the Wall (Part 1)") to dealing with menacing teachers ("Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)") to a failing marriage ("Don't Leave Me Now").

"The second set is Pink's so-called life behind the Wall, where he's completely disconnected from reality and in danger of going insane. The visual elements in this segment are breathtaking, ranging from the crystal-clear images shown on the Wall -- reportedly the largest projection screen in touring history -- to the iconic flying pig, which soared a bit too close to the crowd and nearly ended up as bacon."

CONCERT REVIEW and PICTURE by BD CONTRIBUTOR, Bill Buckley

Roger Waters - San Francisco, 2012Roger Waters and his superb band rolled The Wall into San Francisco and put on an incredible show. This production of The Wall is not simply a larger version of the arena shows by any stretch of the imagination. It is a unique experience, and one any fan should seize the opportunity to experience.

As the show starts you are immediately impressed with the visuals being projected onto the wall. Gazing at the screen I was taken aback by the clarity and resolution of the projections and how much they have improved since we saw The Wall two short years ago. I would liken it to the difference between standard definition television and high definition tv. It is stunning, and the production team used the wall to great effect in projecting Rog on the far ends of the wall. The camera work was incredible, and the shallow depth of field was gorgeous. Just the live shots of Rog and the band are like seeing a movie in a state of the art cinema. As hard as it may be to believe though, the computerized graphics and animations were a step above the live work. One cannot help but feeling as if they are seeing something from the future. Objectively speaking, this is the most beautiful projection I have ever seen in my life.

Musically the band played up to the level of talent assembled. The band rollicks, grooves, grunts, and powers it's way through the whole set. Everything you love about the album is here and when there are moments of improvisation you notice it with admiration. The end of Another Brick part 2 has a little surprise, and it was the first time I had heard something "new" from Roger without hearing the studio version first. It was a very touching moment and gets you to think as only Rog can. The guitar solos are perfect, the rhythm section holds the fort down, and the keyboard chemistry was very impressive. Roger Waters is missing out on something special if he does not get this ensemble into the studio and record a new piece. The band has something special and not utilizing it would be a shame.

You must give a nod to Rog for making a statement on such a grand scale. Interspersed with the Rock and Roll are genuinely touching moments, and many thought provoking visuals. His intention is to make you think about your feelings, prejudice, and the state of the world we all must share. Nobody can succeed in this endeavor like Roger Waters.

As the show progressed to The Trial a melancholy came over many of us. The show was approaching it's end and the sudden realization that you will never see this show again creeps in. The Wall is a historical event and you should not miss it. I only hope that it moves many of the younger ones in the audience as much as it moved me when I was a teenager. Maybe then a concert like this would be unnecessary.

CONCERT PICTURES by BD CONTRIBUTOR, Chris Marsall

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Roger Waters - The Wall Live, San Francisco 2012
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CONCERT REVIEW by BD CONTRIBUTOR, Simon Wimpenny

So for the last few days when I've been asking friends where their seats are for the show most have been referring to the position of where they are sat in relation to the “home plate” Until last night I'd never stepped foot in a baseball park, let alone knew anything about it! It's not a game that's played in the UK and we certainly don't have any venues shaped the same. Thanks to Robert explaining to me last night a bit more about baseball I now know what people mean by the home plate!

I wasn't sure what to expect when I walked in, after been at the stadium shows down in Buenos Aires I was a little unsure just how big it would be and how it would be set up. To be honest when I walked in for the first time I was a little underwhelmed, especially by the size, however I think this was more due to having been in the massive stadium down in BA.

The wall was long, not as long as down in South America but compared to the US Arena shows it was about twice the length. It did look odd seeing blue sky and open air behind the wall and even though it was 7pm the sun was still high in the sky and shining brightly over the whole of the wall! I did wonder how the light would be at the scheduled start time of 8:15!

I wondered around the venue looking at the stage and wall from all different position, I did notice that the lighting towers were far nearer the stage than they were in South America due to the depth of the venue and this caused so much obstruction from many areas of the venue! I counted at least 4 full sections of seats that were totally empty due to the venue not putting them on sale due to obstructed view!

Another thing I noticed while wondering around on the floor section was how cold it was and how breezy it was! So much so that a section of the wall on the top right had been caught by the wind and dislodged. I remember talking to a couple of the crew in South America and them saying this was one thing they were worried about as it was something they've not had to experience before!

I knew from the off that the way the rows and seats were numbered would cause problems later in the night when the place started to get full and sure enough it did. They had white lawn chairs set up on the floor, there were no row numbers on the floor, the only thing which showed you the row and seat was a small white sticker on the back of each seat that had the section, row and seat number in the smallest font I've ever seen! None of the ushers had torches and when it came to show time it was a total mess!

My friends Phil, Laila, Greg, Linda, Matt, Eric, Chris and I all hung out on the floor for a good half hour chatting and people watching before the show. I have never in my life seen so many strange and weird sights at a show! I'm not sure if it was just all the people that were left over from the 60's hippie times in San Francisco but some of the sights were very odd indeed. I've never in my life smelt as much stuff being smoked at a show either!

As it got nearer to show time the sun set and it got a little darker in the venue but not much, the tickets said ShowTime would be 8:15 prompt however they didn't start the 20 minute pre show music till 8:15, hence the show started around 8:35. I was 12th row on the aisle, a few seats on from Jackie and Dave and Wendy and Chris. Honestly, even 13th row is a touch too close when the wall is this big!

One thing I didn't do at the show was take any pictures, I had my camera in my pocket and was determined just to take in the “1st” show without taking any pictures. The band came on to a rapturous applause but unfortunately the crowd sat for 90% of the show. By the time the band came on the weather had got even colder, there were people in gloves and scarves in the audience and I know Dave K had those little hand warmers in his pocket to keep his fingers warm! Roger was donning a black “Trust Us” hoodie and several times put his hood up and looked over at the crowd gesturing as to how cold it was.

I did notice a lot of new images on the wall, especially during In The Flesh and Run Like Hell, all images that won't be able to be seen on the Arena walls due to the size. Even as far on as Young Lust there were people wandering around all over the place trying to find their row and seats! the security and ushers didn't seem to have a care in the world about it.

The sound was incredible just as it was in South America, the surround was clearly better than the Arena shows and they had approx 8 speaker stacks all around the rear of the venue. I'd forgotten just how much some of the US audience go to gigs not to see the show but to drink themselves silly and smoke weed. I've never seen as many people at a show that looked as tripped out as they did.

As the pig came out for Run Like Hell it was blown all over the place and the guys did a great job holding onto the tethers and walking it around the venue, they would drop it right down over the audience enabling them to hold onto it and touch it but then released the lines and let it fly back up 40 feet in the air. They did this all around the venue, dropping it down and raising it up, it was the best pig display I've seen at any show so far. They walked it to the back of the venue where they kept it up high till the wall came tumbling down which is when they lowered it down onto the crowd at the back and encouraged them to rip it to bits! It took a while before the crowd realised they were actually allowed to touch it and even tear it but once they did then the thing got shredded.

Roger had spent a lot of the night covering all of the stage, running up and down like a mad man, he was loving it! Either that or he was trying to keep warm! The graphics when Roger hits the wall during Comfy Numb have changed a little. Well, the graphics haven't changed but the way the wall breaks up and the way the rocks break up and fall down have changed and to be honest, I'm not sure I like it! the rocks just fall downwards, kind of hard to explain but I hope someone noticed just how much different it is and changes it back to how it was!

The performance itself was great but not the best, couple of mistakes here and there, couple of timing issues and even a bum note here and there but I'm pretty sure a lot of this must have been due to the cold weather, honestly, even I found it hard just to concentrate and enjoy the show it was that cold!

- Make sure you check out Simon's excellent blog at SimonWimpenny.blogspot.com where you'll find full details of all his travels, along with more pictures and videos.

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 ( Sunday, 20 May 2012 )
 
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