Nissan Pavilion
Nissan Pavilion
Nissan Pavilion
Ticket scan - thanks to cwtae
Capacity: TBA
Concert starts: 8pm

Address of venue: Off Wellington Road between Manassas, VA and Gainesville, VA. MAP


FIRST HALF: In The Flesh, Mother, Set The Controls For the Heart Of The Sun, Shine On You Crazy Diamond, Have A Cigar, Wish You Were Here, Southampton Dock, The Fletcher Memorial Home, Perfect Sense parts 1 and 2, Leaving Beirut, Sheep.

SECOND HALF: Dark Side of the Moon.

ENCORE: The Happiest Days Of Our Lives, Another Brick In The Wall (Pt 2), Vera, Bring the Boys back Home, Comfortably Numb.


A vocal crowd met Roger and the gang for a show where, on the whole, approval of Roger's views was given. The odd "boo" during Leaving Beirut but the cheers and applause greatly outnumbered the dissentors.

Tonight sees the band possibly repeating the Jones Beach show, with another outdoor concert threatened with rain - and it could be heavy in Pittsburgh as they hit the stage! We'll pray for fine weather for all those attending - if you are going to the show, have a great time and tell us about it!


There will be reviews of this show in a number of the local newspapers, and the first of these is a (not particularly complimentary) review in the Washington Post. You can also read a review in the Beaver County Times.


By BD contributor, Brian Curtiss (who also supplied the picture here)

The night was perfect- warm, and crisp with a mild breeze. One of those rare fall evenings where the heat of the day dwindled into equalibrium with body temperature (after a few black and tans) as the sun fell over the Pavilion hill. The tailgating-busting brigades were non-existant. I wondered what state trooper could possibly have the black heart to consider spoiling this mood. It turned out... none, and the rabble rabbled on until about 7:30 when most folks finally put aside the smokey joes, coolers, and folding chairs and shambled through the gates.

RW at Nissan Pav

'In the Flesh' was an amazing show starter. I couldn't believe how few people knew the words. At 38 I suddenly felt old in my section (205) as someone yelled "down in front" (yes at us). Unthinkable blasphemy! Someone who obviously did NOT grow up on Floyd.

Roger's voice was flawless throughout the night. I was particularly impressed with the spot on solos by Mr K.

Weather held and the night was magical. I met someone afterwards who said the show was "ok." I never got a chance to ask why, but I thought to myself, if this is something just "ok," the world is becoming numb indeed.

If you are a Floyd fan, do not miss this tour.


By BD contributor, Pablo Pardo

Roger Waters has balls. In Nissan Pavillion he repeated once more his anti-Bush, anti-militaristic, anti-Republican diatribe. And he did so in one place just one hour and a half away from Norfolk—where is the biggest US naval base in the Atlantic, and also the residence of rev. Pat Robertson, the founder of the Christian Coalition. OK, it is just one hour from Washington, DC—the most rabidly Democratic territory in the US—but you need some courage to sing these songs, and to project those images in such a place.

Setting that aside, the show was amazing. The sound was absolutely perfect. If Roger lip-synchs, then he certainly deserves applause for that, because he does it in such a perfect way that absolutely nobody can notice. It is true that he has lost some of his voice, but nonetheless he exhibited an amazing stamina, and also incredible vocal abilities for a man who has just turned 63.

One especial mention for the video screen. Songs like Have a Cigar, On The Run, Brain Damage, Eclipse, Bring The Boys Back Home or Perfect Sense were incredibly enhanced by the images projected on the screen. The combination of sound and vision made this show by far the best I have seen, not only by Waters—whom I already saw live in Seville in 1991 and in Barcelona in 2002—but by any artist.

To me, the first part of the show was probably the most stunning, given the visuals and the props, like the inflatable astronaut and the pig—they have corrected the date for the election written on it and, as in previous shows, let it fly away to the sky of Virginia… maybe to Pat Roberton's home? Dark Side of The Moon was somewhat less surprising, since some of the videos had a real retro flavor—and I was there to see new stuff.

Musically, the show was perfect. Kilminster impersonates perfectly Gilmour's sound. Carin in a superb player, as Broad and the rest of the band. Given the fact that Waters tries to replicate the songs as faithful to the original as possible, I don't understand the fuss about Kilminster's abilities. Many people can mimic Gilmour's slow, high pitched style, and he is one of them, in the same way Bramhal was.

So, that's is. As I mentioned above, I have seen Waters three times. I also saw the Floyd-less Waters once, in 1994. Today's concert was, to me, the closest experience to a Pink Floyd show of the Seventies. Hope Roger will keep on touring next year. Hope he will release a new album as soon as possible. And hope he will keep on having the guts to say what he wants. Maybe some people maybe don't like that. Some people booed. But, you know what? The band and the show were just fantastic, and it's really what everybody thinks. Oh, by the way, we all know who is Pink.


By BD contributor, Rudi Riet

Just got back from Waters' show at Nissan Pavilion. The overcast weather broke just before the show started, so it was an ideal night.

The setlist was the standard for this tour. "Leaving Beirut" went over well in my area (middle of the lawn), though there were also more than enough people who'd imbibed a wee bit too much for me to say whether they were reacting to the song or simply being sheep among men, so to speak.

But that's just a quibble. The whole show went well. The Dark Side set was well-executed. I liked the new additions to "On The Run," save for Graham Broad's drumming along with Carin's synth and sequencer work. "Time" and "Great Gig" were fantastic, and the rest of the set ran really, really well.

My $0.02 on the Kilminster and White performances. I think that, while Kilminster looks like he's more "into" the performance, I think that White is a far, far better guitarist and soloist. Granted, Kilminster was brought in to replicate Gilmour's sound and feel, which he does well enough; but White is simply a master of his craft, and makes it all look easy and effortless. Perhaps it's generational, as White has at least a decade up on Kilminster.

The rest of the band deserves its props, too. Carin and Harry Waters do a wonderful job on the keys, and Harry's got a lot of talent. The three women hold their own quite well, too, and Ian Ritchie is a fine sax player (who perhaps apes Dick Parry a bit too much, at times). And Andy Fairweather-Low simply gets his job done - no muss, no fuss.


By BD contributor, David Falkenstein

Three words..."GO SEE IT"

If you can make it to one of the remaining shows I recommend you try and get there. Roger has put together an incredible night of memories. I will not get into the logistics of the show...that seems to have been covered enough. The band was extremely tight. Many of the numbers were like listening to a CD. The leads on Shine On and the entire DSOTM were flawless. DK does a fantastic job duplicating DG licks.

I saw PF in 1988 at an NFL stadium. It was much better to see Roger at this smaller outdoor venue, which is about 30-miles west of Washington, D.C. I would estimate the crowd nearing capacity (25,000). Speaking of the crowd, they responded very positively to the anti-government sentiments and loved when Roger did "Leaving Beirut."

All in all I think Roger and the band were extremely pleased with the crowd. Since this leg of the tour was the deepest into the South we saw a lot of people from out-of-town who made the drive from NC, WV, SC, and beyond, as this was the closest show to their homes.

This is the tour of the year, no doubt. Just go see it.


By BD contributor, Andrew Maiman

I got to see the gig last night at the Nissan Pavillion Center and Roger came to put on a show! I am only 23 so I had never gotten to see The Floyd perform, but I knew I couldn't pass this opportunity up.

The show started with Roger bursting into In The Flesh and the crowd quickly flooded the seats. The set list was the same as previously reported shows but I must admit from what other people have recollected about their shows, it seems like Roger was more talkative and appreciative of the decidedly left leaning audience. For instance, he gave a long intro to Leaving Beirut and why the song meant so much to him. Having read previous reviews I was a little nervous about the reaction from the crowd but I heard no boos and the lyric, "Fuck the Christian Right" got a HUGE ovation from the crowd!!

The flying pig in Sheep was fantastic and was a great end to the first set. The Dark Side set was equally impressive and use of the quad sound was much more evident. There were a few noticable changes to On the Run and the Rototoms intro to Time wasn't quite up to Mason's level, but no complaints here. Any Colour You Like was a great jam and Dave Kilminster did a good job trying to emulate Gilmour's sound however two things should be pointed out. No one traveling with Roger Waters needs to play a riff, stop, run their fingers through their hair, and then play again and then repeat ad nauseam. It wasn't cool in the 80's and it's not cool now. Also, is it written somewhere by the rock gods that session guitarists have to have lame color schemes for their guitars! Lime green, hot pink, etc. I think you get the picture.

That being said, these were minor squabbles for a show that was the best concert I've ever seen by far. The fact that Roger is 63 years old and is still so enthusiastic and clearly wants to put forth something for the audience to think about is truly admirable. I took my best friend to the show and he is a modest Floyd fan at best, but by intermission he was asking questions about Syd and the significance of the Pig and other questions of the like, and by the end he was pleasantly surprised by the truly surreal emotional bond that could be felt throughout the venue.

Pink Floyd is my favorite band of all time and this show just cemented the fact that they can't be beat or even touched by anything that comes out in today's pop scene. Best Show Ever!!!! and I hope to see Roger again next year, maybe with David, Rick, and Nick! Shine on Floyd fans!!


By BD contributor, Brenda Daugherty

I was fortunate enough to attend last night's Roger Waters Concert in Bristow VA. With 6th row seats I had a great view of the show. As a long time Floyd fan it was very emotional, it actually brought me to tears during "Wish You Were Here". They played some great tunes "Shine on You Crazy Diamond", "Set the Controls For the Heart of the Sun", "Comfortably Numb", and even "The Fletcher Memorial Home". Roger and the band played beautifully and his message was very clear. I myself do not support Bush or his policies, and agree with Roger completely, our world needs more empathy.

I have been to many concerts and have seen Roger in the past, this was by far the BEST concert I have ever experienced. It moved me in ways I just can not explain,I just feel more strongly about things now. If your readers can get tickets to future shows they NEED to go.


By BD contributor, Jose Cordoba

Last night I attended the Roger Waters show in Bristow, VA. As you will hear, the band performance was excellent. What disappointed me was the audience.

The show was set to begin at 8 promptly and while I'm sure the band were never going to actually start then, there were a lot of people still wandering 15 minutes later when the show finally did start. Next to the seating area there were stands selling 24 oz. beers for $10, souvenirs, food, etc. It was rather anticlimactic having people with cups and beer bottles straggle around you during "In the Flesh".

While there had been a great standing ovation when Roger took the stage, only one or two people in my line of sight crossed their arms for this first song. Not a big deal (considering I wouldn't have done it) but it set the standard for the rather wooden response for the rest of the show. People sat during the next song "Mother" and didn’t stand up again until "Southampton Dock" when an annoyingly large amount of them walked out as if it were a commercial break. Roger was sitting down and must’ve noticed.

One highlight was the updated "Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun". The psychedelic projection and guitar and sax solos enhanced the song immensely. To me it was the most "rock and roll" moment of the show. Again, around me the excitement was anemic.

The DSOTM performance was very faithful to the recording. I especially enjoyed how "On the Run" and "Any Colour You Like" rumbled and panned around the venue. This, along with the synchronized visual element added a new dimension to the songs. From the smell of it, whoever was smoking pot nearby must've been inspired to take harder puffs.

My friend and I stood for Brain Damage. There were isolated groups of people here and there that were also standing at this point, but I was surprised that not more people bothered to join in. The drunken guy sitting next to me said "Hey, look around, nobody's standing. Those people behind you are going to kill you".

Eventually, the sheep did stand during Eclipse. A couple in front of me that had shown up half way into the show with their pre-teen son did not. They must've been at the wrong show because they had only munched on fries like they were at the mvoies the whole time and were visibly annoyed that everybody else was on their feet. In fact, they remained seated until half-way through "Another Brick” which DID elicit a proper response from the audience and was the reaction I had been hoping for during more of the show.

My only quibble with the band was the performance of Eclipse. As the climax of DSOTM, I would have loved for them to drum-crash through it as it crescendoed to the end. Alas, I guess a band can only feed off of the enthusiasm their audience gives. Somebody needed to check these people’s pulses.


By BD contributor, Tom Hershey

Well, I have been to three of Roger's shows in the last month, including his birthday show at PNC, the next Jersey show at Camden and finally at Nissan Pavillion in Va. It just seems to get better every time my wife and I see it.

If you have any interest whatsoever in Floyd music, this is a MUST show to attend. I was not going to add anything to this site until I got such an interesting review from my teenage nephew who I basically dragged to the show. I just started introducing him to Floyd and Rogers work in the last year or so, and his statement this morning was so cool that I had to post it. I asked him what he thought of the show and his response was " It was by far the most moving experience so far in my life, I would have to rate it above the first sexual experience I had with a woman".

That pretty much sums it up. A by-far electrifying event that should not be missed. I have been in the front row for all shows and if I can convince my wife, we will travel to the west coast to attend more! Very expensive but well worth it.


By BD contributor, Steve White

Well I'm finally coming down from the Roger Waters show at Nissan Pavilion last Saturday. Needless to say it was great! I am 54 and went to my first two Floyd shows in 73 and 75. I always told myself that if by chance they ever got back together for a tour I'd do whatever it took to see them one more time. That doesn't seem to be in the cards, so when Roger went on tour I jumped on it. I had center orchestra seats, about ten rows back and dead center, SWEET!

I'll spare you a critique of the show because I loved every minute of every song! I'm still running "Sheep" thru my head, man that almost brought the house down, if I had to pick, that would be my high point. I will say I kinda' missed the lasers and production of the Floyd shows, but Roger had awesome visuals and effects that fit the venue perfectly.

Things seemed to be the same as the other shows, the bubbles, the astronaut and the "Pig on the wing", boy I wish that thing would land in my back yard! The folks here had no problem with "Leaving Beirut".

I'm sure I wasn't the oldest fan there, but I was up there! The show made me feel like a kid again. Anyhow, if I never get to see another concert I'll die a happy man! Hopefully Roger or David will come around one more time and I'll get another chance.