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June 26th - 3ARENA, DUBLIN, IRELAND Print E-mail
3arena, Dublin
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Capacity: 23,000
Concert starts: 8pm

Address of venue: Northwall Quays, Dublin 1, Ireland. MAP

Website: 3arena.ie

 

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Roger's Us + Them tour heads into Europe following the successful 2017 shows in the US and Canada. At the original announcement, the following was revealed:

"We are going to take a new show on the road, the content is very secret," said Roger Waters. "It'll be a mixture of stuff from my long career, stuff from my years with Pink Floyd, some new things. Probably 75% of it will be old material and 25% will be new, but it will be all connected by a general theme. It will be a cool show, I promise you. It'll be spectacular like all my shows have been.”

The announcement notes that "Roger Waters' legendary live performances are renowned as immersive sensory experiences featuring high class, state-of-the-art audio visual production and breathtaking quad sound. This new tour promises to be no exception; following months of meticulous planning and visionary craft, US + Them will inspire crowds with its powerful delivery and take the audience on an unforgettable musical journey."

Those who have attended - or have seen pictures/video of - the US and Canadian shows, will know just how spectacular and moving this new production is, and how it is a show you really shouldn't miss! 

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SET LIST - highlight the following with your mouse to read...
FIRST HALF: Speak to Me, Breathe, One of These Days, Time, Breathe (Reprise), The Great Gig in the Sky, Welcome to the Machine, Déjà Vu, The Last Refugee, Picture That, Wish You Were Here, The Happiest Days of Our Lives, Another Brick in the Wall Part 2, Another Brick in the Wall Part 3.
SECOND HALF:
Dogs, Pigs (Three Different Ones), Money, Us and Them, Smell the Roses, Brain Damage, Eclipse, Danny Boy, Comfortably Numb.

WARNING - SPOILERS AHEAD!

Do not read on if you don't want surprises to be spoilt, regarding what the band played!

The first of two nights in Dublin, with a surprise appearing as the penultimate selection just prior to Comfortably Numb. The traditional Irish song Danny Boy was played in preference to Mother, or the closing three songs on Roger's recently released album, to the delight of the crowd. You can see the performance below Roger's own video.

First, here's the video from the show from Roger's official Facebook page…

We'd love to know from those attending how they felt the concert went. How was the show for you, if you were one of the fortunate ones to attend? Let us know what YOU thought!

Here's Danny Boy from this show:

 

CONCERT REVIEW and PICTURES by BD CONTRIBUTOR, Michael Donnan

On a very hot and humid night in the 3 Arena Dublin (the first of two nights) Roger treated his fans (both Irish and from many other countries) to an incredible show. I managed to get a standing ticket and got right to the front where the first thing to indicate this was going to be something special was the huge screen behind the stage.

This became more evident about 8 pm when the screen came to life with a view of a girl sitting on a beach (with her back to the audience). There was a loud cheer from the crowd as they thought the show was starting but it turned out this image was to remain for about 15 minutes, the sky getting darker until, by sunset, the show was ready to start. I thought this was very atmospheric and a great way to start the show. The band came on and kicked off with Speak to Me/Breathe which got the audience going right away.

I was in a great spot, just to the left of where Roger was (I thought he was looking very fit and healthy) and right in front of the two backing singers (who were excellent) and Jon Carin and Dave Kilminster - always a treat to see those two up close. The graphics on screen throughout the whole show were spectacular and I can't wait to see it on DVD some day (hopefully).

Roger Waters - Dublin, Ireland, June 2018 Roger Waters - Dublin, Ireland, June 2018
Roger Waters - Dublin, Ireland, June 2018 Roger Waters - Dublin, Ireland, June 2018
Roger Waters - Dublin, Ireland, June 2018 Roger Waters - Dublin, Ireland, June 2018

The first half of the show was full of Floyd-related crowd pleasers, such as Wish You Were Here, One Of These Days, Time, to name a few, as well as some of Roger's new songs, which went down very well. Then there was an intermission of about 20 minutes, during which messages appeared on the screen giving Roger a rant or two about Facebook, the head of the CIA etc. But the messages soon changed to refer to animals, such as pigs, then dogs...The word "dogs" got bigger and bigger on screen and I thought - "he can't be doing this one - it must be about 20 minutes long" - but sure enough, the band returned and launched into Dogs, with Battersea Power Station appearing in the background, rising vertically up the screen as the music started. It was spectacular - Animals is one of my all time favourite Floyd albums and I was treated further when they later did Pigs as well!!

All the Animals stuff was great opportunity for Roger to get laid into Trump and he did that at every chance, with pictures of Trump modified into a pig, a baby, a woman etc. These were accompanied on screen by some of the idiotic statements that Trump has made. The crowd loved all of it but I have to say the music was the best part. The band are all excellent musicians and the music was perfectly delivered and sounded amazing.

Similar to the Wall shows, Roger had arranged for local kids to take part in "Another Brick in the Wall" and this part of the show was very well done - the kids clearly enjoying themselves, appearing first in orange Guantanamo bay dungarees and hoods, then later ripping these off to reveal "Resist" T shirts and dancing along to the music with big smiles on their faces - great stuff!

The second half had more of Roger's new songs - I think he did about 5 in the concert overall and they all sounded great - especially "Picture that" although I would have loved "Bird in a Gale" live as it is such a great rock song. Still I have no cause to complain - the rest of the show included most of Dark Side of the Moon!

At the end of the show, the crowd were cheering the band for so long that Roger couldn't get speaking for a long time - you could tell he was moved by the audience reaction. When he did speak he said "I knew you would be like this, I've been here before".

Two very unusual things happened at the end that I really should mention. Firstly, Roger did a version of "Danny Boy" with the two backing singers and Jon Carin which the Irish crowd obviously loved - he said they had been working on it that day and he was in two minds about doing it but I'm glad he did. Secondly, and I've never seen Roger do this before, he came down to the audience during the final encore to shake hands with people in the crowd. He was clearly enjoying himself.

All the musicians/singers were amazing but I have to mention Jonathan Wilson especially as he was so impressive with all the David Gilmour guitar parts and vocals (I'm going to check out his solo stuff). I would encourage anyone thinking of going to see Roger to do so as it is one of the best concerts I have ever seen (up there with his Wall and DSOTM shows in past years). I nearly didn't go this time around and am so glad I changed my mind.

Finally, in case you are reading this - a very big thank you to Rick and Sue who I met at the concert and who very kindly gave me a lift up the motorway to Belfast as I was going to miss my bus (we heard at the start from the security staff that Roger would be playing till 11 o'clock). So be prepared for a late (but excellent) night!

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, 05 July 2018 )
 
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