First the positives:From j (Chat Zone 8/2 5:47 PM)
This in my opinion is the best band that roger has ever toured with. The performances were simply amazing.
The set was the same as what has been posted with one change. Another Brick II was moved to the first set right before Mother. I was very impressed with Doyle. I saw him in 1993 with Arc Angels and he was good but at that time he was in and out of re-hab. It is good to see him clean and playing great! I thought his voice was excellent. He plays a strat left handed strung right. It's fun to watch. Did a great job on Gilmour's parts (true to the original but a little more bluesy.) Any one who saw KAOS knows how good Graham, Katie, and Andy are. I think Graham Broad is one of the best rock drummers in the world. Unfortunately I thought the drums were buried in the mix, but his playing was astounding. Snowey did a great solo in Money and I thought Doyle sang it really well. Carin's keyboard work was exceptional. Dogs was amazing, the keys were panned all around us. "very effective" The sounds were very true to the original.
There was some really nice bluesy interplay between the guitars on Shine and the slides of Syd were a nice touch. The lighting effect at the end of Shine was spectacular! Roger's voice was strong and sounded as good as '87. He hasn't lost a thing. He did look like he was enjoying himself, and he was waving and interacting with the audience much more than previous tours. He actually forgot the words to one of the verses in Numb but he laughed and said "It's O.K., I wrote the song!" A nice touch.
My problems with the show were more related to the venue than the actual performance. The Molson Amphitheatre is a large place. It seats about 18,000 and the show was nearly sold out. Unfortunately a lot of the audience didn't seem to be familiar with the solo work. The Amused to Death segment gave me chills and The Powers That Be was much better than the KAOS version. Overall 10 out of 10 for performance,6 out of 10 for the venue. What I would give to see this show in a 3000 soft seater with all of you that *UNDERSTAND* I hope I haven't gone on to long. Thanks for indulging me.
The Toronto show just might have the best show on the tour yet! Seen milwakee, detroit, cleveland & now toronto. The sound was awesome. Much better than detroit & milwakee. The sound actually might have been too good. During the first 4 shows, it seems that rogers sound was not that great untill dogs. this time it was kick ass right from the get go. musically the band was tight. there was a couple of missed notes by doyle(during dogs) and rog forgot some of the words to numb (he said"you know the words anyways") but a great show none the less. the crowd was very mellow(those wacky canucks!)and you were actually able to sit the entire show. due to the laid back crowd, you were actually able to hear all the little things through the quad that went on during the end & beginnings of songs.From Brian Strazisar (Chat Zone 8/3 2:00 AM)
a couple of thing were done different. happiest days.../another brick 2, were played between abitw1 and mother like the l.p. and there was a screen above the crowd that showed rog & the band and during the amused to death songs the screen showed parts of 2001 and rog used 2001 audio of hal over the into of a couple songs. all & all, a great show.
I got back today from a wonderful trip to Toronto and a truly amazing show. I bought tickets to this show last week in a panic after the Syracuse show was cancelled, but before it was rescheduled for Albany. Here are a few random impressions from the show
Since, the Molson Ampitheater is in the middle of a park (Ontario Place) my wife and I decided to spend the day there. I guess setting up the quad sound system really does take a long time since we heard sound effects coming from the ampitheater from around 3PM until they let us in at 7PM. It was particularly amusing seeing people's reaction when a loud explosion (from The Final Cut) was heard throughout the park.
As other shows on the tour, this one started within a few minutes of the 8:30 start time. Fortunately there was a warning given with about 5 minutes to the show so most people were ready. Unfortunately, it was just starting to get dark at the time, so the images on the screen were not quite as impressive as they should have been until a little later in the show. The images are each actually each made up of 2 projections, and since it was so bright out, they were unable to get them properly aligned until the intermission.
The setlist was the same as I've seen reported for other shows, evcept the order was shuffled in order to have ABITW1, The Happiest Days..., and ABITW2 run consecutively. So the concert actually began with the first 6 tracks of The Wall (except for the other version of In the Flesh). I did think that the opening 2 songs were not the best of the show. Roger's voice was not bad(about the same as from the Berlin video), but I thought it actually improved significantly throughout the show. Also Doyle Bramhall seemed a bit hesitant in these two songs, but he also got more comfortable as the night went on.
There was some concern earlier on this board because Doyle Bramhall's website says that he sings lead on 11 songs. This is a lie! Doyle does sing some songs that were originally sung by Dave (Money, Breathe, and parts of some other songs)but it is nowhere near 11 songs. I was quite pleased to see that Roger did lead vocals on the great majority of songs. He even did some songs which he didn't originally sing (Wish You Were Here, Time are 2 I recall) These sounded obviously different, but he did a great job with them.
I thought the highlight of the first set was Welcome to the Machine. By this point in the show, Roger's voice sounded fantastic, and the entire song was extremely well done, very intense. Also very impressive were the songs where Roger played the acoustic guitar(Get Your Filthy Hands..., Southampton Dock, Pigs on the Wing).
The crowd was quite good. Everybody was very into the show. Cheering was very loud at times, but people definitely were polite and quieted down during the more quiet songs. Unfortunately, the people in the front center of the lawn never sat down, so I was also never able to. This didn't bother me, but it obviously bothered others around me. The only other problem with the crowd were the two idiots who amused themselves throughout the entire second set by shining laser pointers on the screen (I guess there's always a few in every crowd).
I know that the setlist has received mixed reviews on this site. I found it very impressive. Yes, I would have prefered to hear some earlier stuff as well as a few more from ATD, but the show can't go on forever and I can't think of anything that I was dissapointed to hear.
I was very unsure of how Roger's solo material would be received. It was obvious from some of the conversations I had and/or overheard that the crowd was really there to hear the Pink Floyd material. I was impressed with the way the first few songs were received(In Every Stranger's Eyes, The Powers That Be, What God Wants). People weren't into it as much as the PF songs but the response was still good.
Perfect Sense 1&2 were a complete different story. I felt that this was THE highlight of the show. With a little help from some outstandin singing by P.P. Arnold, Roger completely won over the crowd with this song. I'm sure over half of the people had never heard of this song, but the performance was so impressive this didn't matter. It sent a chill down my spine. Roger wanted to tour to make a connection with his audience. Consider this goal accomplished. This intensity continued through It's a Miracle and Amused to Death. The Toronto crowd really got a kick out of the line "Lloyd Webber's awful stuff runs for years and years and years". He even added a few more "and years and years and years,..." (Did he do this at all shows or only at Toronto wher it is particularly appropriate?)
Another amusing moment came in his encore when Roger messed up the lyrics to Comfortably Numb. He skipped over several lines in the first verse and came to "Can you show me where it hurts?" when he should have been only halfway done with the verse. He realized his mistake when Doyle did not come in with his next line right away. He laughed a bit and said "Never mind, you all know the words anyway." and continued on with "Can you show me where it hurts?" this time at the right time. No one was bothered at all by the mistake, and I actually think it added to his connection with the audience.
Well I guess I've rambled on enough. I'm still looking forward to the Albany show where I should have excellent seats if the exchange by mail goes well and the Darien Lake show where my seats are also decent. I'll close by saying that this was the best concert I've ever attended, and I've been to at least 40-50 shows.