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June 30th - SSE HYDRO, GLASGOW, SCOTLAND Print E-mail
SSE Hydro
Roger Waters - Glasgow ticket 2018

Capacity: 13,000

Concert starts: 8pm

Address of venue: SSE Hydro, Glasgow G3 8YW. MAP

Website: www.thessehydro.com

 

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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, Comfortably Numb.

WARNING - SPOILERS AHEAD!

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

The second of two nights "north of the border", and as with the first night, for the Scottish crowd, and much to their delight, the statement about POTUS was changed to "Trump Is A Bawbag" - bawbag being a colloquial term for scrotum! After Brain Damage/Eclipse, there was no song prior to Comfortably Numb this time.

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!

CONCERT REVIEW by BD CONTRIBUTOR, Johnny Main (MetalTalk website)

The last time Roger Waters stepped out on a Scottish stage before this tour was back in November 1974 at Edinburgh's Usher Hall as part of Pink Floyd's UK tour between the 'Dark Side Of The Moon' and 'Wish You Were Here' albums, so anticipation was high when new dates were first announced in October last year. ​

The first night at Glasgow's Hydro sold out in record time and a second date was hurriedly arranged which was very close to being sold out. As the house lights dimmed, a peaceful beach scene was unveiled on the large backing screen with ambient music heralding the start of the show - or so it seemed. Some thirty minutes later and the house lights were finally extinguished as Waters and his illustrious band finally took the stage to a heroes welcome. ​

Familiar faces in the band like guitarist Dave Kilminster and keyboard player Jon Carin mixed with newer band members Gus Seyffert on guitars and keyboards, Bo Koster on Hammond Organ and local boy Ian Ritchie on saxophone as the show started in earnest with not Waters on vocals but Jessica Wolfe and Holly Laessig (both from the band Lucius) taking the floor as the dreamy 'Speak To Me' and 'Breathe' gently eased the audience into the show. ​​

Waters had previously mentioned that "around 75% of tonight will be old material and 25% new material" and he was as good as his word. Split into two halves, the show was a good two hours long, not including a twenty minute interval, which was an audio/visual feast that certainly wouldn't have fitted into the old Hall 4 across the way at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC). ​

The audience were in full voice from start to finish as the band sailed through a variety of old Pink Floyd numbers including most of 'Dark Side Of The Moon', with 'Eclipse' and 'Brain Damage' particularly benefiting from show-stopping lights displays which culminated in the pyramid from the cover being recreated with lasers. ​

'One Of These Days', 'Welcome To The Machine' and 'Wish You Were Here' were all played fairly early on in the set whilst the biggest cheers of the first half were reserved for 'The Happiest Days Of Our Lives' segueing into 'Another Brick In The Wall'. A host of camera phones flashed in unison whilst a dozen orange jump-suited local school children added an extra bit to the vocals. ​

It wasn't all Pink Floyd material though as he ran through tracks from his latest release, 2017s 'Is This The Life We Really Want?' including 'Déjà Vu', which owes something a debt musically to 'Mother', with Waters strumming earnestly on his acoustic guitar, and 'The Last Refugee' which has so much more power on stage than it does on record. ​​

Letting the music do the talking there was no inter-song chat, but plenty of gesticulating to get the audience involved, until the end of the first half where he joked that he wouldn't mention football after upsetting some fans the previous evening by name-checking one of Glasgow's old firm football teams. ​

The second half was a more politically orientated set and included a speech regarding his support for Palestinian rights. Tracks from the 'Animals' album, 'Dogs' and 'Pigs (Three Different Ones)' were accompanied by hi-tech visuals with huge moving banners in the middle of the arena showing images of Battersea Power station and a large inflatable pig floating around the arena. ​

Never one to shy away from controversy, Waters held up less hi-tech but equally effective signs saying "Fuck The Pigs" and "Pigs Rule The World" to the delight of the audience whilst the on-screen visual changed to portray Donald Trump's head crudely stuck on an animated pigs body and the words "Charade" and "Joker" in huge letters culminating with "Trump Is A Bawbag" in six foot high letters giving some light relief after the barrage of messages. ​

A couple of numbers were dropped between the first and second night with both shows closing off with (what else but) 'Comfortably Numb'. Waters has always been a political musician and he never shies away from talking about things that matter to him and that he feels should matter to us all. ​

Rock'n'roll should have a conscience and he's more than happy to share his thoughts with the audience. Whether or not you agree with his politics, there's very little you can criticise him about when it comes to the actual music.

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!

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