From Steve (Chat Zone 7/25 4:34 AM)
This was the first time I had ever seen Waters live, and I was blown away. It was incredible--both he and the band played really well. He looks especially good for his age, by the way--seems to be in extremely good health.
The show started at almost exactly 8:00, and lasted till about 10:50, with a 10 minute break. The only annoyance during the show was that a bunch of people were sitting in the wrong seats, and security had to move people around during the beginning of the set. There was a projection screen, that had various images running across it going along with the songs. There was a table with chairs, a lava lamp, and a tv set, that played things such as old black and white films I couldn't identify and clips from 2001.
I was pretty pleased with the set list--I would've appreciated a few more from Pros and Cons and Radio Kaos, but since he already did tours supporting each of those, it's understandable that he only included one song from each (a cool, changed version of "Powers That Be" and a very, very good rendition of "Every Strangers' Eyes." He covered a lot of material from each Floyd Album from Dark Side on--nothing earlier than dark side. Almost everything from dark side was played, everything but "Have A Cigar" was played from Wish You Were Here. Although other band members sang Gilmour's parts in most songs, Roger sang everything from wish you were here (shine on, machine, and wywh) I think that he did a great job with Welcome To The Machine--I liked it a lot better with him singing it. Wish You Were Here is probably better with Gilmour singing, but I'm still glad Roger sang it during the show. Pigs On The Wing part 1 and dogs were played from animals. About 5 sons from the wall. Only 2 from the final cut. He played 5 songs from Amused To Death--all very good, except I think he forgot a few words in What God Wants.
I was really impressed with Roger's singing. He hasn't lost his voice at all, and if anything, his voice is sounding better than ever. He really seemed to be having a good time during the show. At one point, when he was playing some acoustic songs, he had to ask the crowd to quiet down a bit ("I don't want to be a killjoy, but these acoustic things work a bit better without the noise") Other than that, there weren't any problems. He made lots of gestures to the audience, and lots of eye contact. At the end, he thanked the crowd for being a great audience, and said, before playing the last song, "It's been a long time, this is fun." He introduced the band before the last song, and after playing it, they all held hands and took a bow.
I thought all of the songs were well done, but I thought these were exceptional:
- In The Flesh
- Shine On You Crazy Diamond
- Every Stranger's Eyes
- Perfect Sense pts 1 & 2 (these were REALLY well done)
- Amused To Death
- Brain Damage/Eclipse
- Comfortably Numb
As I said, ALL of the songs were great, but the ones mentioned above were my favorites.
- During Mother and Pigs on the Wing, Andy F-L played bass while Rog was on acoustic.
- At the beginning of Dogs, Jon Carin provided the acoustic guitar and vocals.
- During WTTM, Jon Carin was totally zoned bobbing his head left-to-right. I don't remember him being *THAT* into it with Dave Floyd.
- For SoYCD, Jon Carin (excellently) performed the steel slide guitar (and keys), Snowy White provided most of the "normal" lead guitar while Doyle mostly played the saxaphone parts (on guitar), and Roger played lead bass with Andy F-L doing second bass.
- For Money, Andy F-L played the sax parts on guitar.
- Roger's air bass playing that I couldn't remember in Milwaukee was during Perfect Sense.
- Andy F-L played lead guitar on Every Stranger's Eyes.
- At begining of Final Cut Medley, Roger stopped and said, "I don't mean to be a killjoy or anything; but, these acoustic songs sound better without whistling." (It didn't really help much.)
- At end of Eclipse, Roger said, "It's been a long time....It's been fun!"
- As others have mentioned, during Perfect Sense, Roger was like a rally leader, encouraging everyone to sing to the "Gods" of the marketplace.
- one change from Milwaukee was that Roger re-donned the bass at the very end of It's a Miracle and kept playing it on Amused to Death. I know he did not play bass on ATD Friday because he was acting out driving a race car and eating his last few jars of cavier while he sang. His hands were busy with the strings Saturday.
- The Powers That Be was extended out from album version to include much more keyboards. Nice, long version.
That's all I have right now. Hope somebody finds it worthwhile.