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August 17th - ULLEVI STADION, GOTHENBURG, SWEDEN Print E-mail
Ullevi Stadium
Roger Waters - Gothenburg, 2013 ticket

Capacity: 75,000
Concert starts: 9pm

Address of venue: Paradentrén, Ullevigatan, 411 39, Gothenburg, Sweden. MAP

Website: www.ullevi.se/arenafakta/ULL.asp

 

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Roger's tour of The Wall arrives in Gothenburg for this show in the Ullevi Stadium, which Pink Floyd performed at in 1994 on their Division Bell tour.

The RogerWaters.com presales have begun, with advance tickets available to those who had registered their interest in particular cities. General sale tickets are on sale through Ticnet.se and other official outlets (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 'SwedishBob' for the ticket scan to the right.

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!

SET LIST
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/The Ballad of Jean Charles de Menezes, 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 thirteen of the tour, but not an unlucky one for the fans at the Ullevi. Our friend Simon Wimpenny quickly reported after the concert that it was a "Fantastic show tonight, crowd were great, band were on form!"

The tour is just reaching the half-way point now, with Tuesday's show in Warsaw exactly at that pivot point. If you went to this show in Sweden, 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, Jochen Klug

This was my third Wall concert, but the first on the 2013 tour. Last time around he just came to Stockholm but for an outdoor stadium show like this, Ullevi in Gothenburg is the one and only alternative in Sweden, actually. It has hosted its fair share of shows, one of them being Pink Floyd with Division Bell Tour in 1994. Over 51 000 people showed up then, approximately 14 000 more than came to see The Wall last night. There were still tickets for the Golden Circle available on the day of the show, so I guess the sales did not go as planned.

All inner field was standing audience only, I had bought on pre-sale but had chosen seated area. This gave me tickets directly to the left of the stage. I had third row, but it seemed like the first two rows were not sold tickets too. My guess is that you needed to get the elevation that the third row gave, but at the same time you gave value for the extra pre-sale money by giving space in front. We were really engulfed by the projections and it is astounding how sharp and accurate they are. The 3D effects looked better than I remembered them. A pity though that the pre-built parts of the wall obscured the center circular screen a bit and also, we did not see anything of the Mother puppet, but you can’t have everything in an arena like this, can you?

It is really amazing how well the projection and the lighting works even in a fairly bright summer night. The show started at 9:15 pm (a 15 minute delay which I think was due to the fact that the logistics of giving people access to Golden Circle was rubbish. When "Spartacus" started playing, over 100 people were still queuing to get in. The live projections were a nice add on from the previous shows and the fact that it was not just from cameras out in the field but also from back of the stage and up in the rig, it made all these pictures help the show come to live even more (as if that was needed).

I have been to a couple of shows in this arena and there is more or less always some trouble with sound. It echoes and bounces and is not clear. Not tonight. It was loud, crispy clear an absolutely excellent from the beginning. The surround effects were just mesmerizing and travelled extremely well all around.

The man himself looked pleased and happy and he seems to really enjoy what he is doing now. I bet, if you wrote a piece like this 35 years ago and people all over the world are still coming to see it performed, I’d have that grin on my face as well. To have a standing audience was a smart move. The Globe Arena Show in May 2011 was a sitting down show and we Swedes are a bit reserved, we do not tend to stand up and “ENJOY OURSELVES!” if we have a chair. We might upset the guys in the seats behind us. Now, everyone standing was cheering and clapping and “Run Like Hell” was the crescendo you want it to be.

Two things that perhaps was not as intended: in the center of the wall, where the bricks are not whole bricks but just plates that cover a whole in the structure, the fitting was a bit off leaving bigger gaps in between than usual in the wall. These were obvious during back-lit parts of the second half of the show. Also, when the wall came down, the majority of it actually fell inwards, towards the stage. I cannot remember that it did some on the previous two shows. Enough bricks came down towards the audience in order to create “rubble” for “Outside” to be performed in though.

The reviews in the newspapers generally gave the show 4/5, the only objection being the usual about scoring easy points on the anti-war message, that it is a little bit too obvious and too much. I sort of understand where that is coming from, but at the same time, although having had The Wall as a big part of my teenage years, I never really care much for the “Vera” and “Boys” part of the record. I thought it was noisy and filled no purpose. Now, it hits me right in the solar plexus. Seeing those kids’ expressions when their dads come home brings tears to my eyes and it shows that RW do have more to tell us than we thought when the record came. This makes it also easy to ignore these comments in reviews.

I brought my two sons (20 & 18) to learn this lesson of life and they were blown away. For weeks I had tried to educate them in the history of the story, we saw the movie and the documentary. I had talked a lot about is and I was a bit afraid that I had haussed it so that their expectations were too high. Turned out, that was never an issue.

CONCERT REVIEW and PICTURES by BD CONTRIBUTOR, Sami Virtanen

I flew from Helsinki to Gothenburg early Saturday morning. I landed at 8.00am. I went directly to the best hotel in town to see if you can get an autograph. When I arrived at around 9.00am to the Park Hotel Elite I walked to the breakfast room to see if they actually stayed there. The whole band was having a breakfast and I also saw Roger's bodyguard there. I didn't want to bother them so I went outside.

At around 11.00am Snowy White came out and after him almost all of the band members left for a walk. Jon Carin signed my A Momentary Lapse of Reason vinyl and tour book. When I asked for Pat Lennon's autograph he was a bit surprised and asked how did I recognize him. I said I've seen the show 4 times and I know how they looked. He has in a really good mood. Asked what my name was and after he came back from the walk he said hi again and asked how many autographs I had already.

I didn't see Graham or Harry. That was a shame. Roger Waters left the hotel at same time as he did in Helsinki two years ago at 3.30pm. We got instructions that we can take pictures and get one piece autographed. Roger doesn't do "friend pictures". One guy who was in front of me asked Roger if he'd shake hands. Roger said that he doesn't do the "German thing"!

After Roger left, I saw Dave Kilminster and I asked if his new solo album is on sale at the concert. He said, that he have heard that it's either sold out or it's not on sale at the moment. Unfortunately he was right. I wanted to buy the CD, but I couldn’t find it.

The show was great. It wasn't sold out, but there were over 30,000 people at the stadium. The show started at around 9.10pm. I was at the front row, so I don't know how was the fireworks and the new animations. Roger spoke a few words in Swedish. He got a bit of help from the crew members.

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The band, audience and the whole show was amazing. Swedish newspapers gave 4 stars to the show. I would have given 5. Roger left Sweden right after the show. They drove directly to the airport. We asked the band members if they would come back to the hotel but they said that they will head to Warsaw.

Next day I walked to the stadium. I saw bricks from the wall outside the stadium...

CONCERT REVIEWS and PICTURES by other BD CONTRIBUTORS

Hopefully coming soon - we welcome all contributions!

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 11 September 2013 )
 
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