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Roger Waters The Dark Side Of The Moon Redux - live concert at London Palladium, October 2023

Capacity: 2,286

Concert starts: 8pm

Address of venue: 8 Argyll St, London W1F 7TF. MAP

Website: lwtheatres.co.uk/theatres/the-london-palladium

 

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Following on from the news that Roger Waters is releasing The Dark Side Of The Moon Redux, his new recording of Pink Floyd's 1973 classic album, he has just announced a live performance of the album to take place in London. UPDATE: now two shows!

The concert premiere of his new recording will take place at the London Palladium on October 8th, two days after the album's release on October 6th. Waters said that "we're going to do it live at the London Palladium, in October. We look forward to that… hopefully performing it live on other occasions in the future."

Joining Waters on stage will be a number of the musicians who worked with him on the new recording, including Gus Seyffert (bass), Joey Waronker(drums), Jonathan Wilson (guitars), Johnny Shepherd (organ), Via Mardot (theremin), Azniv Korkejian (vocals), Gabe Noel (strings), Jon Carin (keyboards) and Robert Walter (piano). The show has been designed by Waters' long time Creative Director Sean Evans.

Pre-sales for the show will start at 10am local time on Thursday (July 27th), with the general on-sale following at 10am local time on Friday (July 28th). Visit this link at Live Nation to buy your Roger Waters tickets.

UPDATE: Due to heavy demand during the presale for the first night, Roger is now also performing on Monday, October 9th. Tickets go on sale alongside the first night, from tomorrow morning at 10am UK time, at this link at Live Nation.

SET LIST - highlight the following with your mouse to read...
FIRST HALF: Three spoken word segments from Roger's yet to be published memoir, The Bar [Extended version], Mother, The Dark Side Of The Moon Redux Track-by-track film. SECOND HALF: Speak To Me, Breathe, On The Run, Time, Breathe (Reprise), The Great Gig In The Sky, Money, Us and Them, Any Colour You Like, Brain Damage, Eclipse.

WARNING - SPOILERS AHEAD!

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

Roger Waters - London Palladium, October 8th 2023 - The Dark Side Of The Moon Redux premiereLast night saw the second of two nights of the London live premiere of Roger Waters' The Dark Side Of The Moon Redux. We purposefully didn't reveal much about the first night, when we reported on it yesterday, focusing on things that would be of benefit to those attending (and indeed had praise from a few people for the information and tips given). This was so we didn't spoil any surprises or set any expectations.

The restrictions imposed on cameras, phones and other tech, secured in pouches that could only be opened by staff at the exit of the venue, made for a nicer experience as an audience member, without phones/iPads or cameras constantly in the eye line.

Various parts of the media have given these two shows fairly hefty coverage, and certainly the first half of the show, and the heavy overrunning to the scheduled end time, resulted in quite a bit of criticism, which Roger acknowledged last night to make adjustments to proceedings.

The show started with Roger reading from a sheaf of notes, covering various topics including freedom of speech and Julian Assange, but noted that he'd promised not to be too political. Instead, he said he'd read from his forthcoming book, "I'll See You On The Dark Side Of The Moon: Memoirs Of A Lanky Prick". The first night had Roger relate - sat at a table, reading from a laptop - three excerpts: one with heavy detail on Cambridge street names and directions, another talking about his time with Syd, who was coming up with songs, and finally one referencing the pictures of Roger with a duck on his social media, with a lengthy piece about his time with Donald, a bird brought in by one of his cats.

These took up some time, and certain members of the audience got very restless and heckled - much to Roger's annoyance. The second night saw Roger cut the first two, but despite opening by saying he wasn't going to read any at all, still proceeded with the story of the duck called Donald. Once done, he welcomed the musicians - 14 strong - to the stage to perform an excellent, extended version of The Bar, followed by a rendition of Mother.

The first night then had an intermission, before a 20 minute film (you can see this in full below) appeared on the gauze screens which unspooled from the top of the stage. It shows Roger running through each track on the album, talking about the songs origins and also why he has revisited the album, some 50 years on. It was an interesting look at his motives for the Redux version, and set the scene perfectly for the band to come on as bird song filled the auditorium, to start the live performance of the album in full. For some reason though, last night the film was shown BEFORE the intermission, which did seem to lose the atmosphere and build up the film afforded.

The performance of The Dark Side Of The Moon Redux on both nights was extremely effective, with the album working very well live. Roger had put together a great band, many of which had appeared on the album itself. There was a six piece string section headed by Gabe Noel, a few members of Roger's current "Drill" touring band (Jon Carin, Jonathan Wilson, Gus Seyffert, Robert Walter and Joey Waronker), along with Johnny Shepherd (organ, piano, and vocals), Via Mardot on the theremin, and Azniv Korkejian on vocals. It was Johnny and Azniv's vocals on The Bar which really elevated that song in the first half.

Visually, there was a large triangular lighting rig which hung forward, with the top looming over the front of the audience. At various points the gauze screens were down, with back projection of the new lyrics artistically beamed onto them. Roger stood in front of the screens, with the band behind, resplendent in his pink suit jacket (over a black t-shirt and black jeans). For those who've asked, he didn't play any instruments during the show.

There was no encore, just a curtain call which was met by a standing ovation both nights. The audience seemed a lot more amenable on the second night, without the hefty heckling heard on the first night. This seemed to lift Roger's mood too.

Two unique (we presume) nights, and whilst advertising them in a different way (making it clear that some of the evening would include the readings) might have managed expectations and helped calm some of the more vocal and angry members of the audience, the music performed ensured most went away very happy to have attended the shows! It is unlikely that the show will appear elsewhere but if that happens, we'll let you know...

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, 25 October 2023 )
 
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