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Roger Waters' Us + Them Tour returns to New Jersey, one musician change Print E-mail
Written by Ed Lopez-Reyes   
Friday, 08 September 2017
Roger Waters - Newark, NJ, 2017

Last night, Thursday, September 7th, Roger Waters returned to New Jersey to perform at the Prudential Center in Newark: the band returns after a three-week break from the road and for the first time in the Garden State since holding its dress rehearsal for the tour in the Meadowlands arena, not far from the Prudential Center, last May.

Last night's performance featured not only a re-energized and sharp-sounding band but also a focused one: the band stuck to its core performance set list, executing all tracks in fine form. When the tour played the last show on the first leg of this US tour, Waters had added the track Mother. The track did not resurface tonight, quite possibly to meet curfew requirements: last night's performance began later than usual due to traffic problems, according to Waters.

The band's cohesiveness was surprisingly strong when they performed at the Meadowlands four months ago (considering it was a dress rehearsal) but last night’s performance demonstrates how strong the band's chemistry has become in the months they've been on the road.

All songs were performed in their fullest form; it is particularly great to hear additional details and complex arrangements, especially on songs from Waters' latest album, Is This the Life We Really Want? As mentioned in a recent Jon Carin interview for Dave Smith Instruments, there are many parts to the songs that were not included in the minimalist album: "Example, on Roger's new record, there's a song called Deja Vu. We rehearsed this song and developed it for several years in sound check and in hotel rooms. And it sounds pretty close on the record to how we played it for years, except for my Lap Steel parts and solo, which aren't on the record." These bits and pieces are now part of the live arrangements: "So I play it live now and it completes the picture. It's not a fancy or complicated thing to add, but, in my opinion, it just has a certain something." (See the full interview here.)

There is one personnel change though it seems to be temporary: keyboardist Bo Koster, of My Morning Jacket, has replaced Drew Erickson, apparently due to an injury afflicting Erickson.

Waters has recently added dates in Australia and New Zealand: the window to see the tour in the US is closing. The Us + Them tour is an incredibly immersive experience and one worth taking in from more than one angle: fans on the floor, near the stage, will experience a very different performance than the one someone sitting in the highest parts of the stands will: both are mind-blowing… but for very different reasons.

Roger Waters' Us + Them tour moves to Buffalo on September 9th and returns to New York City September 11th through the 16th.

 
David Gilmour interviewed on US public radio's World Cafe Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Thursday, 07 September 2017

David Gilmour appeared on the US's National Public Radio, on their show World Cafe to discuss the upcoming film (then, at the end of the month, DVD/Blu-ray, CD, and vinyl release) of David Gilmour Live At Pompeii. You can hear the interview, talking about the original film, and the incredible new version, here:

 
David Gilmour Live at Pompeii - one week to go Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Thursday, 07 September 2017

With just one week to go, tickets are selling extremely well for the eagerly awaited concert recording of David Gilmour Live at Pompeii, filmed in 4k by director Gavin Elder and presented in Dolby Atmos sound. The film, being shown in cinemas worldwide on September 13th, is a recording of the pair of spectacular concerts held at the ancient Roman amphitheatre on July 7th and 8th last year.

Having seen the film last night, at a special preview screening in London's Soho district, we wholeheartedly recommend you do your best to see this in a cinema near you, if at all possible. Cinema audiences will get a special treat: a bonus documentary, which is only being shown with the film. This is a relatively short but interesting insight into the brace of concerts. This appears before the main feature.

The film itself is quite remarkable. An edit of the setlist for the two shows, there are highlights after highlights - those of us who were there will recall just how good the performances were each night, and that translates perfectly onto the screen. The camera work is spot on (with the 4k filming giving great detail and colour palettes) and the audio truly stunning. If you are able to see the film in a cinema equipped with Dolby Atmos, do so - the experience is quite something, with the power, the clarity, and the sense of almost being there in the amphitheatre. Particular highlights for me from the film inevitably included In Any Tongue, A Boat Lies Waiting, a superb Comfortably Numb, and Run Like Hell - in Pompeii, it was truly "turned up to 11"!

For details of cinemas taking part in this very special one night only event and ticket information visit davidgilmourcinematickets.com. As a reminder, here's the trailer for the film, which was unveiled in July...

Finally, September 29th sees the arrival of the recordings on 2CD, Blu-ray, 2DVD, a 4LP boxset, a Blu-ray and CD deluxe edition boxset, and via HD digital downloads. Other gems too are present on the deluxe boxset, including the acclaimed BBC documentary Wider Horizons. Check out the full specifications and contents of each edition of David Gilmour Live at Pompeii here.

Ordering details for all the various formats are shown here; below those are the details of the formats/track listings.

DELUXE CD/BLU-RAY BOXSET:  Amazon.com  Amazon UK  Canada  Germany  France  Italy  Spain 
4LP VINYL BOXSET:  Amazon.com  Amazon UK  Canada  Germany  France  Italy  Spain 
2DVD EDITION:  Amazon.com  Amazon UK  Canada  Germany  France  Italy  Spain 
BLU-RAY EDITION:  Amazon.com  Amazon UK  Canada  Germany  France  Italy  Spain 
2CD EDITION:  Amazon.com  Amazon UK  Canada  Germany  France  Italy  Spain 
 
Roger Waters - a very happy birthday! Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Wednesday, 06 September 2017

Roger Waters - Berlin 2013The combined wishes of all of us on the Brain Damage team, along no doubt with many of you reading this, go to Roger Waters, who celebrates his 74th birthday today.

Roger was born in Great Bookham, Surrey, in 1943, moving to Cambridge when he was two years old. It was there that he met, and became childhood friends with, a number of key people in the story of Pink Floyd. We hope you have a great day, Roger. Many happy returns!

Of course, Roger has been extremely busy over the last few years, having successfully taken Dark Side Of The Moon on tour in 2006, through to 2008. On completing that, he immediately started work on a new version of The Wall - which finally opened in September 2010. That tour was spectacularly successful, wrapping up in Paris for show number 217 in September 2013. Recordings of that tour turned into the film, shown in cinemas and released on DVD/Blu-ray and as part of a mammoth, Super Deluxe Edition.

More recently, he kicked off his Us + Them world tour, which so far has been performed a number of times in North America - Newark, NJ, is tomorrow night, as the tour resumes after a short summer break - and dates have now been announced for a number of shows in Australia and New Zealand. He's also released his latest solo album, Is This The Life We Really Want? as well as overseeing the release of the late Nick Sedgwick's book about the band, and in particular, the 1974 tour of The Dark Side of the Moon...

 
Roger Waters adds Australia and New Zealand to Us + Them Tour 2018 Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Thursday, 31 August 2017

Roger Waters - Us + Them tour 2018 - Australia and New ZealandJust announced - the Roger Waters Us + Them tour is coming to Australia and New Zealand in early 2018. For tickets and more information, please visit rogerwaters.com; individual show pages for each night are now live on this site, so just click the links below - they are the places to come for information, pictures, reviews and suchlike for each show.

As an aside, the tour poster has caused a little flurry of excitement over the list of albums that songs will be selected from. I think it is safe to say there won't be anything from the soundtrack album of More, and it should be read as "...and others"!

Here are the dates announced thus far:

 
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