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Home arrow Roger Waters 2022 arrow July 12th - TD GARDEN, BOSTON, MA, USA (rescheduled)
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Roger Waters - This Is Not A Drill 2020 Tour

Capacity: 19,600

Concert starts: 8pm

Address of venue: 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114. MAP

Website: www.tdgarden.com

 

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Roger's new tour - THIS IS NOT A DRILL - has now been announced, and is a new production. As when his previous tour (Us + Them) was announced, details of what this new show will entail are brief; we suspect a new set list, and new presentation, and the image created to publicise the tour does note that the show will be "live in the round" - a departure from Roger's previous shows.

Those who have attended - or have seen pictures/video of - Roger's previous tours, will know just how spectacular and moving this new production is likely to be, and how it is a show you really shouldn't miss! From comments Roger has made in recent interviews, it could be his final tour...

For the regular sale of tickets, which starts on FRIDAY, JANUARY 31st at 10am (local time), CLICK HERE. Using this direct link also helps toward the ongoing running costs of this site, and is appreciated!

UPDATE: Due to the COVID-19/Coronavirus pandemic, this show has been postponed from its original date in 2020. Roger said about the cancellations: "Bummer, but if it saves one life, it's worth it."

Ticketholders are advised to hold onto their original tickets and await further information. 

SET LIST - highlight the following with your mouse to read...
FIRST HALF: Comfortably Numb, The Happiest Days of Our Lives, Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2, Another Brick in the Wall, Part 3, The Powers That Be, The Bravery of Being Out of Range, The Bar, Have A Cigar, Wish You Were Here, Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts VI-IX), Sheep. SECOND HALF: In the Flesh, Run Like Hell, Déjà Vu, Is This the Life We Really Want?, Money, Us and Them, Any Colour You Like, Brain Damage, Eclipse, Two Suns in the Sunset, The Bar (Reprise), Outside the Wall.

WARNING - SPOILERS AHEAD!

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

Night four, and a return to the TD Garden in Boston, a venue that Roger has played a number of times in the past. Unsurprisingly, with Roger's eye for detail, there were apparently already a few tweaks to what was seen in the first couple of shows.

Initial reports are that the show was quite an experience, but as always, we value your first hand views on all the concerts - so if you went, please let us know your thoughts!

CONCERT REVIEW and PICTURES by BD CONTRIBUTOR, Enrico Soldatini of Floyd Channel - pink-floyd.it

The concert opens as a requiem, a slow, naked and distressing version of Comfortably Numb, with the screens lowered on the central stage hiding the musicians and separating them from the audience; it is impossible to be distracted from the bleak images of a destroyed metropolis, with men wandering like shadows among the rubbles. There is also no room for the catharsis of the solo, "THE" guitar solo, but only for the sad wailing of the backing singers, we finally managed to destroy everything, to become so numb not to understand that our life is not a drill and that when the dream is gone only rubble remains.

The curtain of screens rises revealing the stage with the musicians, it is a perfect machine, built on the contrast between sharp and brilliant digital images and the intimate atmosphere of a bare stage, between rock songs, and, predominantly on this tour, other acoustic and confidential ones.

Waters and Sean Evans, who conceived the show, created a perfect combination of music, lights, videos, written messages, which bombards the senses and unleashes continuous emotions: we laugh, sing, think, dance and cry.

Roger Waters - Boston 2022, pictures Enrico Soldatini

Roger Waters moves between the four ends of the stage, offering to everyone a front row seat and a close encounter with rock's most angry, divisive and controversial pacifist, a unique author and entertainer with many contradictions, real or perceived, but never banal and definitely not ready to step aside yet.

He makes it clear, between the ironic and the combative, with a message before the concert, "if you’re one of those I love Pink Floyd but can't stand Roger's politics people, you can fuck off to the bar now." It is not a matter of preventing the public from thinking differently, but of claiming his freedom to continue to center his shows on those humanitarian and political messages that have been part of his artistic identity, with Pink Floyd or alone, for at least fifty years.

The set list takes us through causes, effects and solutions. There are the despotic pieces from The Wall, the "relatively" powers that be that tried to ruin us in school and then the "powers that be" that want to determine our lives, that kill and dominate people with the bravery of being three thousand miles away; but there are also intimate moments when hope resurfaces. A Bar, "different from the one before", where all those who are like minded and want to discuss liberty and human rights can meet, a long flashback built between Have a Cigar, Wish You Were Here and Shine on You Crazy Diamond with two memories (one linked to Syd, one to the recordings of Wish You Were Here) that leave you with teared eyes and a knot in the stomach that only the liberating ride at the end of Sheep can untie.

The chant "Hammer, Hammer" raises during the interval and becomes unbearable, introducing the fascist/Nazi/dictatorial gathering of In The Flesh and Run Like Hell, but the horror of more unnecessary deaths projected on giant screens is immediately balanced by an extended version of Deja Vu that talks about human rights, tolerance and the support of the Palestine cause.

Roger Waters - Boston 2022, pictures Enrico Soldatini

This alternation continues with classics from The Dark Side of The Moon: Any Colour You Like which becomes a hymn to diversity and inclusion, while Brain Damage and Eclipse reserve for the audience the visually most spectacular moment of the show.

The circle could close with Two Suns In The Sunset, the nuclear holocaust, but Waters fades back again on the positive, reprising The Bar and connecting it to Outside The Wall: there is still hope, we still have a choice between rubble or a better world.

As the screens go down again and the musicians leave the arena playing among the audience, the curtain falls not only on yet another proof of artistic vitality of a man now close his eighties, but also on the vision of rock concerts as total and emotionally engaging experiences that did not exist before him and will no longer exist after.

Text and pictures © Floyd Channel. To view the pictures in more detail, visit Floyd Channel - pink-floyd.it.

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 ( Wednesday, 10 August 2022 )
 
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