Artie (Chat Zone 8/10 7:42 PM)
What can I say that hasn't already been said about the shows? PNC was great as it was my first. Did anybody notice the "Pink Floyd...The Who" concert ad pinned to the wall just left of the center door? Didn 't see *that* anywhere else.
I'd have to say Roger & the band just got better each night. Jones was magical, if only for the beautiful evening under the sky. And Oakdale was the perfect end to the weekend.
I heard scuttlebut around Oakdale was they wanted to move the show but the venue held firm. Have no idea whether that's true ir juyst bullshit. But they did drop back from 4 to 3 projectors for the slides, so maybe there's some truth to that.
Awright I'm just gonnna throw random tyhoughts out here...
Roger definitely favors (his) stage right, always playing up to that side. And cvan that *really* be him with all that emotion out there? Damned if he really isn't just enjoying himself!
Oakdale was such a different demographic...lots of 30-,40-, even 50- somethings, not alot of teens & 20-somethings. Lotta money in that audience too. Anyway, perhaps as a result of the indoor arena, very Radio City like in it's atmosphere, Roger seemed to have a better time at this one that the first two. At the end of the ATD set, he probably touched hands with 2 dozen plus people compared to 3 or 4 if that at the other 2 shows. (Maybe he felt safer with this older crowd? ;-)
Say what you like, I just don't like Bramhall's voice. But I *love* Carin's. AND the girls.
Oakdale definitiely saw the best of the 3 Comfortably Numb soloings on the top stage. Snowy first smiled, then put his arm around Bramhall as if to say "well that was pretty awesome". It's really something special with these 2 trading and sharing leads.
Definite highlight of show is Perfect Sense. No doubt. None.
Anybody know *which* WWI movie is getting played on TV on stage?
Watch Roger during PP's solo...he won't be spotlit, but he'll be back there grooving on it. Some spot as when he mimics sub captain periscoping & then torpedoing oil rig.
Sorry for the ramblings, I just know I'll never ro justice to these shows so I really just want to get this over with it (this post, not the tour ;-)
Dave (Chat Zone 8/13 11:00 PM)
That was best concert I have ever been to in my life. And that is including Floyd. I saw him at the Oakdale, and I have got to tell you the things that you hear about him being a prick and hard to work with are totally untrue. I think that he was just unhappy with the way that Floyd was heading, and I fully can understand that, stadium shows really suck.
I won't give away any songs that he plays, but it was cool to go to a show that not 1 person that I saw left before the encore, (ya no to beat the traffic) Everyone was glued.
I will also say when he came on stage and hit those first few base notes of In the Flesh my hair stood up on my neck!!!!!!!
Also his solo stuff people seemed to like it even more then the Floyd stuff. Some of the songs moved even me to some wet eyes and I got a bit choked up, the girl next to me was wiping her eyes a lot and so was the guy next to me.
The Back up singer, the black woman was absolutely incredible, she got a very loud standing ovation on one of Rogers solo songs. She was truly amazing.
I have never seen a musician in my life of 27 years that writes lyrics like that guy that hit you so damn hard its unreal.
He plays for a long time but you could stay there and watch him forever.
The concert was amazing, I am going in for back surgery in a few weeks for a ruptured disc, and that was a real treat.
He said in concert that it was nice to be back to the way things used to be. That is the small intimate crowds. He truly was Pink Floyd and even though I like Gilmour and wish Waters would go back I understand why he won't. Those stadium shows just kill the whole thing.
Take Care Everyone.
What's left to do? After a career of huge productions, after putting on the largest show in the history of the world, in Berlin, what else is left to do? Back to basics, tour small venues with a modest stage set. This may sound anti-climactic, but the subtle imagery was impressive.
Here's what you could see from up front extreme right, the band with exception of the keyboardist. From the center you can see the video images playing in the backround. Onstage behind Roger was a television, during the first set what apeared to be black and white war movie played. Under the t.v. was a fish bowl with gold fish. At the Back of stage left was a coffee table couch chair and lamp. A lava Lamp sat on the table. This came in handy durring the Dogs space when members of the band sat down to a game of cards. Now when I get back to my seat after intermission I notice the war movie isn't on. It takes a moment to realize that it's 2001 A Space Odyessy. For those of you familure with the Dark Side of the Moon Wizard of Oz synchronicity thing I think you may find this interesting.Here's a few I picked up on: Durring Money's "get your hands off of my stack" monkeys are beating each other with sticks. At the climax of Every Stanger's Eyes, to men walk towards each other and shake hands (much like Wish you Were Here).At the end of Amused to Death a man lies down and crosses his hands.
After the show I couldv'e given more examples but it's a week later and my memory isnt' what it used to be (maybe I am old). As far as the sound and music goes, anything I could say would be an understatement. First let me say I've only seen one other show at the Oakdale, Alan Parsons opened for Yes. While I thought Parsons couldv'e played louder Yes came out cranked it up so much you couldn't tell what the hell they were doing.I thought Roger played about as loud as possible without losing clarity. Although I wouldv'e enjoyed a mostly Waters music show the Floyd set was incredible. There were new varriations for most of the songs. The lead guitars didn't mimic Gilmour and took some interesting liberties. There was also a new sound to the Powers that Be. I was compelled to jump to my feet and sing the Global Anthem with fists raised durring Perfect Sense. While Roger sang It's a Miracle he bent down and touched the hands of his faithful followers.
While looking on line for the set list (I couldn't remember every song and order) I came across some reviews posted by fans. They were Mixed. If anyone tells you they were dissapointed by a show on this tour, then they missed the show. For one thing Roger and the band were clearly into it, not just going through the motions. The kids to the left of me came to see Floyd and enjoyed the show until the Waters music started then they talked amongst themselves. Someone behind me commented I've never herd this one before when The Powers that Be began. There are rare moments when you appreciate where you are in life. Me, I'm still young enough to go to the occasional Sunday night show, and wise enough to know why.
Still Blown Away a week later.