From Dave Musicant (alt.music.roger-waters)
Not only did Roger enjoy the $hit out of being on stage, he looks VERY healthy and his voice was perfect. He hit the high ones like "from where I stand...." and "the jackass and hyena", and "this species has amused itself to death" PERFECTLY. Sounded exactly like the recording.
He also *made* everybody get up and sing back during Perfect Sense and ABitW.
Oldest thing he did was DSotM stuff, though. I thought he was going all the way back to Piper. I thought I was hearing the start of Carefull for a minute; but, it turned out to be It's a Miracle. I was getting very excited. Miracle was ok too though. In fact, that was probably *MY* best interaction with him. Just when he was singing about the piano lid coming down, he looked my way I did like I was chopping my fingers off. He liked it ;) He definitely thrives on the feedback. Like I said, he was way into the show. He was even playing air bass guitar during one song. Don't recall for sure which one. Think it was Time.
Doyle was great on Dogs. Doyle and Snowy did an awesome dual solo (or whatever you call it) at the end of C. Numb. PP Arnold really jammed out on Perfect Sense. Just throwing this stuff out as it comes to mind. Hope it is readable. Will get another crack at it in 19 hours. See what else I can recall.
Oh, the stage was pretty scaled down, but it was quite unique. They had like a sofa and coffe table set up with a lava lamp on it, and they all went and sat down and played cards except for the drummer and keyboard players during the early part of dogs. They also had a television set playing some black and white war movie or something that they were acting like they were watching. Very unique. We'll see what else we can recall later.
From Rod LeCloux (Chat Zone 7/24 12:28 PM)
I'll start off by saying this was one of the best concerts I've ever seen. It gets five stars, two thumbs up, an A+, or high ratings on whatever your favorite scale is...
Here's a detailed review while I still remember the show. I've never seen Waters live before, though I've seen Floyd on the Momentary Lapse and Division Bell tours.
Roger Waters opened his 1999 "In The Flesh" tour in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on July 23, 1999. The show started on time, amazingly enough - it seemed that there were still plenty of people pouring into the theater. His band opened with "In The Flesh", the version from the last side of "The Wall." The band sounded absolutely fantastic starting right from the first note - very tight, and the music sounded good. Roger's voice seemed to be in fine shape as well, not showing nearly as much deterioration from the 70s as I expected.
The band moved directly into "The Thin Ice," which was cool to hear. Was Roger actually going to perform the entirety of "The Wall"??!! Doyle Bramhall sang the first part, and played the guitar part well. My first reaction at Bramhall: "Damn, his voice sounds good!" Bramhall isn't a Gilmour clone, vocally, but his voice fits the music very well. I had a momentary pang of missing Gilmour's guitar work; but this completely disappeared early in the show.
To continue on "The Wall" theme, "Another Brick In The Wall, Part I" followed. It was around this time that I noticed "Hey, Roger is STILL playing bass!" To my surprise, Roger played bass throughout most of the show. And he was better than I expected. Given his time away from the road, I was impressed with his fluid playing. Granted, Waters is no Geddy Lee; but he played considerably better and more than I expected.
Roger picked up an acoustic guitar, and the band played "Mother," again from "The Wall." This was done in a similar style to Waters' previous tours (as I've heard on bootlegs), with the female vocalists (there were two of them) singing the choruses. This came off very well. In particular, I thought Bramhall played the solo beautifully.
With the acoustic guitar in hand, Roger continued on into "Southhampton Dock" from "The Final Cut." This was played well. It dawned on me that I was on the fifth song of this concert, and I had not yet heard a song which I'd heard played before live. EXCELLENT choices!
Roger ended his acoustic set by playing the first part of "Pigs On The Wing," from "Animals." This then led into the entire band playing "Dogs", also from "Animals." THE WHOLE SONG!!! This was for me one of the highlights of the show. It featured Jon Carin singing the early parts of the song, and playing acoustic guitar. Waters returned to playing bass, and Bramhall and Snowy White played most of the electric leads together. A friend with me pointed out that they were so together that even their vibratos seemed to be in sync. During the midsection of the song, the entire band (apart from Carin who was handling the keyboards) retired to various sofas set up on the stage. The female vocalists sat on one and seemed to laugh and joke, passing a paper around. Waters and a few of the others sat around a coffee table, smiling and playing cards until the keyboard bit was done and the song picked up again. Waters sang the rest. I'll say it again - this song rocked.
After "Dogs", the band went into "Welcome To The Machine," from "Wish You Were Here." This also was played similar to Waters' previous tours, with parts of the cartoon video playing behind it. Roger sang it well, and the song had lots of power.
Next up was the song "Wish You Were Here." Snowy White played the acoustic guitar solo/intro, whereas Waters strummed an acoustic guitar throughout the song. This again was played similarly to Waters' prior solo tours. Lots of fun, nonetheless.
Roger wrapped up the first half of the show with "Shine On You Crazy Diamond," also from "Wish You Were Here." This also came off wonderfully. Carin played the opening in Part I perfectly, and Snowy White followed him up for the guitar part. Part II sounded rock solid - it sounded very similar to Floyd's renditions but with Waters back on bass.. They then jumped to Part IV(?), i.e. the part with the vocals. Waters sang his part, then they skipped to Parts VI and VII. This was particularly fun, as I'd never heard Floyd play live these parts of the song. Waters sang the final verse, then they played some more instrumental bits, then ended it by Carin playing the opening again. After hearing Floyd play this song umpteen times the same way, this was a welcome refresher.
Intermission. We came back from break, and the band proceeded into a series of songs from "Dark Side Of The Moon." They started off with "Breathe", with Bramhall singing. It looked like Waters was having problems with his bass at the beginning of it - he switched basses early on, and then you could hear him playing.
The band then launched into "Time." Graham Broad did a new interpretation on the bit with the toms during the into, which was kind of cool. Bramhall sang again, and played the guitar solo wondefully. They followed it all the way through "Breathe (reprise)", and into the opening piano notes to "Great Gig In The Sky." They didn't get as far as the women singing on that, however; they ended it rather quickly.
"Money" was up next. This was a solid performance, again with Bramhall singing. It was wonderful to hear Roger playing this song again as it should be played, instead of with that annoying bass line that Guy Pratt with Floyd plays. All three guitarists, namely Bramhall, White, and Andy Fairweather-Low each played a section during the solo bit. Lots of fun.
We next got to see the Roger Waters "solo" portion of the show. "Every Strangers Eyes" from "The Pros And Cons Of Hitchhiking" was played with Fairweather-Low doing the opening. I'd never seen any Roger solo material live before, and what a treat - they played this with lots of emotion. They played this through to the conclusion of it, i.e. the last piece on the album "The Moment of Clarity" (if my memory of the album serves me correctly).
The lights started flashing all over, and a funky beeping effect began to dominate. This led into "The Powers That Be", from "Radio KAOS." I may be crazy, but I thought that this was another highlight of the show. The band played this song FANTASTICALLY. It had a lot more power than on album - it was somewhat rearranged, all for the better. Waters sang the verses, Bramhall sang a little bit of the choruses (sung by Paul Carrack on the album), but most of Carrack's parts were sung live by the female vocalists. This song kicked major butt, I could have listened to it for much longer :)
This finally brought us to the "Amused To Death" section. I'm not big fan of the album (flame away), but I thought the songs came off much better live. They started with "What God Wants" which was played fairly close to the album. This was always my favorite on the album, and they played it well.
"What God Wants" segued into "Perfect Sense." Roger had some great shots on the screen of an oil rig in the middle of the ocean, with a periscope with crosshairs sighting it, then destroying it. All the while, Roger spread his arms incredulously, singing "Can't you see, it all makes perfect sense..." Roger didn't play bass on most of the "Amused To Death" material, as it seemed he wanted more freedom to move around and express himself. "Perfect Sense" also featured one of the female vocalists (don't know her name, sorry) who did a remarkable job with the song.
"It's A Miracle" followed. This song is kind of long and bloated (in my opinion, of course), but the instrumental parts featuring Snowy White on guitar and Jon Carin on keyboards were phenomenal.
Finally, this section of the concert ended with the song "Amused To Death." This was pretty straight from the album. Overall, the audience received Roger's solo material considerably better than I expected - I personally was in heaven during the material from "Pros And Cons" and "KAOS." Much of the audience seemed quite happy with the "Amused To Death" material as well.
Waters brought back "The Wall" theme by performing "The Happiest Days Of Our Lives", leading into "Another Brick In The Wall, part II." Hearing Waters sing and play bass live on "The Happiest Days..." was just a thrill, even though he didn't do that obnoxious laugh :) It was also great to hear "Another Brick..." without Guy Pratt's annoying bass thingy between verses. This reviewer is a bass player, can you tell? :) Waters largely sang "Another Brick...", with Bramhall adding subdued secondary vocals.
And thus ended the main concert, before the encore. I've grown jaded to these encore things, but not this time - I was standing there screaming and clapping like all the other folks for more :) It's been YEARS since a concert has motivated me to do that.
For the encore, they performed "Brain Damage," followed by "Eclipse." Waters broke out laughing during one of the "The lunatic is on the grass" lines, presumably over something he saw in the audience. When he sang "The lunatics are in my hall", he grinned and streteched his arms wide and motioned to the audience, as if to suggest we were the lunatics in his hall. It went over well, people enjoyed it :) "Eclipse" was full of emotion, with the female vocalists and Bramhall adding to Waters vocals.
Finally, they ended the show with "Comfortably Numb." Waters played acoustic guitar on this one, with Fairweather-Low handling the bass. Waters sang his usual parts, with Bramhall singing the others. Bramhall and White traded off on the guitar solo at the end, doing a terrific job with it. They climbed up on top part of the stage for this, kind of doing a mini-version of the "playing on the top of the wall" thing that Gilmour used to do. At one point during the song, Roger's guitar strap slipped of his guitar, and Roger was struggling to get it reattached. One of his roadies came running out to help - but Roger gave him a dirty look, jumped away from him, and fixed it himself. A little odd :)
The only disappointments I had was that they didn't cover some older / more obscure material. Roger had talked about doing something from every album, for a while - he'd also said he'd perform a new song. Neither happened. Nonetheless, it was a wonderful change of pace from the fantastic-but-always-the-same Floyd shows, and I've been saying for ten years that I want to see Waters live before I die. I've seen him, and despite waiting all this time I wasn't disappointed and LOVED the show. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
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University of Wisconsin-Madison
From Brian (Chat Zone 7/24 6:46 PM)
I attended the much anticipated Waters show last night at the Milwaukee Auditorium with my wife and brother. It was a fantastic show! Roger was in rare form and seemed to get much more involved with the audience than he has on previous tours. No sunglasses!
First, let me add some small corrections to the posted set list. Roger played "Get Your Filthy Hands Off My Desert" which then segued into "Southhampton Dock". Also, "The Happiest Days Of Our Lives" segued into "ABITTW Pt.2". I also believe that a bit of "The Ballad of Bill Hubbard" was snuck in between "The Powers That Be" and "What God Wants, Part I" but I won't be sure until the bootleg comes out.
Roger (b. Sept. 6, 1943) looked a bit like Richard Gere..only more handsome (respectfully submitted by my wife). It was interesting to see the wide range of concert goers...from teenagers to ARP members! Just goes to show the all encompasing power of the Floyd.
Roger Waters discussed trying to capture some of the magic from the past and last night's show definitely recovered it. From "In The Flesh?" to "Comfortably Numb" Roger seemed to be having a good time and at momemnts seemed to be completely lost in the music. Especially during "Perfect Sense" and "It's a Miracle".
I was quite happily surprised that they majority of songs were played in the original spirit/mix. There were no do-wops and saxaphones or major re-interpretations of the music. I much preferred Roger's current line up over the Radio KAOS tour line up. The sound was more organic based on guitars and keyboards and little to no programming.
It would have been great to hear "Amused to Death" in its entirety, but at 74 minutes that would have been too long for last night's show. However, he played a good representation from the album which he seemed to be most proud of. Especially on "Perfect Sense, Part II" he seemed completely gratified by holding up his arms and singing the verses, which seemed to get quite a reaction from the crowd.
Last night's show in Milwaukee was about Roger Waters reclaiming his past glories and yet at the same time moving forward with the many themes from "Radio KAOS" and "Amused to Death". I anxiously await his next body of work!
Well, I got there about an hour beforehand to make sure I would be set. Found my seat, and proceeded over to the concessions area to check out T-shirts. They had an 80s-ish white t-shirt with black sleeves that had "in the flesh" written on the pig logo in black, that was one shirt. Another was available in both white and black and had three pictures on the front in a sort of row (the hammers, an eye from ATD, and the teacher), and a grey polo shirt with the black "in the flesh" logo on the breast, which I picked up for $45. The other t-shirts were $27 a piece. They also had black baseball caps there with a purple "in the flesh" logo, also mugs, a logo pin, a signed lithograph, a program (with an interview with Roger from June, a bunch of pics, and the band's info, along with what Roger wrote on the Wall's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame display all through the pages - $15). That was all the merchandise I saw - I was going back to my seat!
I was in the back-center of the auditorium (small place, I could even see the miniature TV they had set up on the stage, couldn't have been more than a 17"). People were kind of milling about until precisely 8:00, when it suddenly got dark. That's when I first realized how loud the crowd would be. This was my first concert experience ever, so I was relatively new - all I knew I got from the RoIO's I have, and they all seemed unusually quiet. As soon as it got dark, I could see the band members coming out onto the stage and getting set. Roger had his bass in hand and was climbing some stairs at the back of the stage slowly, while Graham Broad deliberately hit a drum at a time, until Roger was at the top. The screen at the rear of the stage had the hammer logo from The Wall projected onto it, and Roger imitated the logo with his arms (as you can see in The Wall movie). Most of the crowd did the same. Finally Roger belted out on the bass and the show began. UNbelievable!!!
They did a perfect rendition of "In the Flesh," with Bramhall showing right from the start that he was no slouch. Roger's voice seemed in great shape, and the crowd was really into it. My ears were pounding already.
They made a perfect transition into "The Thin Ice," complete with the crying baby. Carin played the keyboards perfectly, and Bramhall had a great voice, singing the Gilmour verses and then belting away on the guitar just as the album's version goes once Roger did his part. Bramhall really ate up the attention, and you could tell the band (not to mention the audience!) was pumped. They then did "Another Brick in the Wall Part 1" which the crowd loved. The show was on.
This was the first break the band had gotten, and the crowd was still going nuts (I don't think we ever really stopped). Roger picked up the acoustic guitar and played the usual version of "Mother," with the crowd giving him definitive answers to all his questions (especially, "Mother should I trust the government?" To which the audience yelled back a long "NOOOO" - Roger grinned).
Well at this rate I'll never get anything else done today. I'll write a much more thorough and complete review later. Just a couple of other immediate notes:
The back-up singers did an AMAZING job. P.P. fell behind a bit on Perfect Sense Part 1, but made up for it as the song went on.
Roger was so anxious on "Perfect Sense Part 2" that he accidentally sang too quickly after "Can't you see?" He sang, "It all-" and then waited for the rest of the band to catch up. Think he was excited?
All in all Bramhall really did an EXCELLENT job on guitar, especially on Dogs, which to me was one of the biggest highlights of the show. He said it was the hardest song to learn. Well, WE surely couldn't tell! He obviously had more energy at the beginning of the show, but his duo with Snowy White on Comfortably Numb showed no indication of fatigue.
The crowd seemed extremely loud to me (maybe just because it was my first concert). Roger tried to speak a few times, but I couldn't understand a thing aside from the occasional "Thank you." He also had to try to quiet them down so that the band could all start at once on the encore. He was grinning the entire show. There were a few obnoxious whistlers during "It's a Miracle," as well as a few annoying people throwing around beach balls and balloons, as well as some violet light stick which Roger eyed a few times. There were also a couple kids with those laser pointers, and they played games on the backdrop where the films were projected. Annoying again.
I also saw the roadie go out to fix Rog's bass strap, and from the back of the auditorium, it looked like Roger pushed him right off the stage. I wondered then if it had been some fan.
Snowy White wasn't that great imo, but then I've never really thought of him as a great player. His work on "What God Wants" and "Shine On" were particular disappointments, and sometimes it seemed like he wanted to just hurt our ears, but I have to give him credit for his efforts :-)
Fairweather-Low was much better than I had expected and from what I heard on previous RoIO's. He did a great solo on "Money" (where they all took turns) and did his best job ever on "Every Stranger's Eyes."
Great show, and I'll write a complete and painfully thorough review as soon as I have some time.
Another quick note - all the doormen there seemed to be 70 years old or older and didn't check at all for cameras, recorders, or whatever. They just took the ticket and let you in. That bodes well for anyone planning to tape the show, hoping someone did. They did have ushers going around quietly throughout the show, though, having people put out their cigarettes and, I suppose, checking for those cameras and recorders.