From joe (Chat Zone 8/6 9:30 AM)
Forgive the length of this post, but I needed to express my feelings for this show. Read on, you won't be disappointed.
Without a doubt, the absolute best live musical event I have ever been to! Any fears of Roger's voice deteriorating, or his inability to play bass were quelled last night at the Tweeter Center in Boston (well, outside Boston actually, but who's to quibble?)
There are no words to describe how I felt as Roger stepped on to the stage and struck the first notes of "In the Flesh." Awe, disbelief, and relief are the only adjectives I can find at the moment. Beyond that, there was a strange aura about the theater last night. It was like we immediately connected with the band and they responded with near perfect execution.
I realize there have been numerous rave reviews from other fine folks on this message board, but I guess nothing compares to actually being there.
My recommendation: Sell the car, leave the wife/husband, send the kids packing, mortgage the house...just do whatever it takes to see Mr. Waters if you can. Ok, don't leave your family, but think long and hard if you can really forgive yourself for NOT attending at least one show on this amazing tour.
I have been a Waters/Floyd fan for more years than I can remember and although I never saw the original Floyd perform, this "In the Flesh" ensemble outshines the current "Pink Droid" and even Roger's own previous solo bands. Roger's voice was truly shocking in it's clarity and resiliency. As seasoned concert-goers (and performers) often do, I analyzed every inch of the performance for weaknesses and holes, but to my delight, found none whatsoever. And I am a harsh critic when it comes to music. My love for a particular band or performer never outweighs my passion for accuracy and sincerity. This show had it all. Sure there were a few missed notes and inconsistencies with Dave's solo's, but come on folks, this is NOT Floyd. It's Roger's band and his interpretation of his OWN music. Dave would be hard-pressed to say that about any current (latest) tour he's been on.
...now back to the review:
Roger had an amazing stage presence and fed off the fans from the get-go. He seemed particularly interested in the fans to stage right. I was curious why this was, but very happy that the connection was made nonetheless. His gestures and interplay with the performers on stage was indeed magical, as he stated before the encore.
All in all, it was far from being just bricks in the wall. In fact, the walls came tumbling down and Roger truly bared his naked feelings - The magic remains.
Point your browser's to this site for a great Boston Herald review: http://www.bostonherald.com/bostonherald/entr/waters08051999.htm
this was easily the best show ive ever seen. the who, jethro tull, rolling stones, and fink ployd, ive seen them all. waters was better.
we arrived at the show about five hours early. the tailgating scene was somewhat disappointing at that time, just a few college students playing the grateful dead. i fought back as best i could with a copy of the oakland 77 show. we were rewarded for our fanatacism by a dude selling bootleg t-shirts, all tie-dyed and scanned with photos from dsotm and the wall. since i had heard on here that the official t-shirts sucked, i jumped at the chance and paid 15 bucks. later i found out, oddly enough, that these bootlegged shirts were the only ones with the accurate dates on them, as the official in the flesh shirts still had places like syracuse on them, and indianapolis missing. our seats, frankly, sucked. we were all the way to one side, and had an almost completely obstructed view of the slide show. however, that didnt change our enjoyment of the show one little bit. waters didnt just sing, he emoted. more than once, during the most intimate parts of his songs, he put his hand on his heart and sang as if the words pained him on the way up. during its a miracle he took the microphone off its stand and crooned to the first row, pantomiming exactly what would happen to lloyd webber's fucking fingers. all throughout the show, he frequently wandered over to the right side of the stage and waved to the audience, making a real connection with thousands of fans in a few short seconds. its something that takes so little effort, but dave would never do. his voice was actually stronger than it is on atd, and his versions of his solo stuff blow the recorded versions out of the water. this is particularly true on the powers that be, a song ive never really cared for due to paul carricks voice and those damn horns. the live version is almost as hard as run like hell, and works much better. the guitar work is not quite as good as dave, but lets be honest, who would be as good as dave anyway, hes in the top five living guitarists today. besides, any more emphasis on the guitar and something would have been lost. there was plenty of good guitar work, but in a well balanced way that didnt take away from the rest of the music. one of the things that has always bothered me about the division bell is that every single song has a solo, whether it fits or not. here the guitar was a featured part of the performance, but not its entire raison d`etre. in fact, the only disappointing thing about the show was that wzlx, rather than playing a full show list at the end of the concert, decided in their infinite wisdom to play selections from the berlin concert, which i turned off. no way to ruin the moment like hearing cyndi lauper massacre another brick II. i dont care if its scientifically impossible, i can hear her stripping on that one.
all in all, roger was right when he said we had the music that night. it was unforgettable, and all for a cost of 35 bucks. truly, if my only opportunity to see him would be to quit my job and drive four hours to the albany show, id do it. its that good. so for anyone on the bubble not quite sure whether to go or not, go. sell the stocks. sell the car. sell the kids. go. you wont regret it. hell, you probably have more than one kid anyway, but youll only have one opportunity to see this show. you have to go.