JS (Chat Zone 8/23 1:37 PM)
Since this will go much like my Hershey "review" let me preface all of this with the statement that the Hershey and Baltimore shows were the best concerts I've been to. I just don't feel like treading the same ground everyone else has with how great this or that in the show was. I'd rather mention what the different and what stood out to me :)
In comparison to Hershey the sound was much worse (although that may have been a product of being first row :P), but the close up view of the band made up for any shortcomings. The show itself was pretty much exactly the same as in Hershey -- down to just about every detail. Makes for a repetative experience, but not one I got tired of after two viewings.
- JS and I both noticed that Snowy really looked bored whenever he wasn't playing anything -- which is pretty often :P
- Snowy did much better on Shine On this time, although he still couldn't touch Beck imo. I'd love to hear Beck play his ATD stuff live and see if he can reproduce what he does on the album.
- During Shine On (I think), Roger walked up to the front of the stage and I thought that it was a good time to snap a shot of him. He noticed and looked directly at us. I'm just praying that even half the shots I got come out :)
- I didn't notice much in the way of screwups -- a couple of feedbacks, missed lines, shifted notes. Certainly nothing to be worried about.
I was surprised to find the Maryland crowd was actually rather well behaved and respectful. I was expecting worse and they all proved me wrong. Roger remarked at the end of the concert -- I'll try to recall the exact words, but I'm sure I'll flub it. "Recently I've been bemoaning the lack of the feeling of connectedness with the audience. I think we had that tonight and I thank you for listening"
Ken (Email 7/27/00)
Baltimore was an amazing show but I can't say it was as exciting as Atlanta sounds. I mean, Nick Mason wasn't sitting next to me or anything. But sitting right next to me in the very first row was Uziel. I had never met Uziel before (except to drop off the ticket.) But there's something pretty awesome about being that close to Roger while standing next to a true Rog fan who you know appreciates the unbelievable moment as much as you do. We were right underneath Snowy (who sounds great from that vantage point) and just a bit off to Roger's right. He made eye contact with us a few times. One of his many "thank-yous" during the tail end of Brain Damage was directed at us. Uziel thought the sound was better in Hershey but there's nothing like being just a few feet away from the man. I could see the cards he had while playing a hand during the middle of Dogs. I don't mean to brag about my great seats - I hope that's not how this comes out. It was just a wonderful night with a great crowd and a great band and Roger Waters "connecting" once again with his fans. I almost hopped a flight to Atlanta right after the show to see him perform Perfect Sense one more time.
Oh, by the way, before the show I saw Doyle Bramhall standing outise the ticket window. Went up and talked to him just for the hell of it. I asked him about the Scranton show and how close they came to having to cancel it because of the rain. He said they were pretty confident they would finish the show as long as they got back on stage by midnight. Something like that. It was really just an excuse to talk to him since no one else recognized him. He seemed cool.
I arrived at the Baltimore Arena around 5:30pm on August 20. I knew I might have trouble getting a parking spot if I waited, because the Orioles were in town that night. I just hung out in the lobby until the gates opened at 7. I did get a program for $15.
When the gates opened, I was first in line for souvenirs. I got a tee-shirt for $26 and a pig pin for $8. Then, i found my seat: Section 206, Row J, Seat 14. As I read my program, songs like "Wathcing the Wheels" by John Lennon, "Baby You're a Rich Man" by The Beatles, and "Sunset Grill" by Don Henley. I'm guessing Roger chose these songs. I was excited because it was my first Roger Waters show. I'd never seen Pink Floyd, and I couldn't wait to hear all my favorite songs. The show started at 8:15 because of the bad traffic outstide due to the rain.
Finally, at 8:15, the lights went down and the badn went onto the stage, which was built to look like a living room set. Then, the genius came out on top of the platform wearing a black blazer. He yelled, "Ein, zwei, drei...alle!" and the band tore into a powerful rendition of "In the Flesh." Rog even gave the old Hammer sign.
Since everybody already knows the songs performed, I'll just say the music was great. Too bad I peeked in the internet and got the setlist a few weeks before the show. I really liked the new version of "The Powers That Be." I loved hearing the guitar solo from "It's a Miracle" live. It was also a thrill for me to hear "Shine On," my favorite song of all-time!
The effects weren't spectacular, but I liked the simplicity of the show. It was kinda like an old Floyd show. I would have liked to hear some pre-Dark Side stuff. I would have liked to hear a brand new song, but Roger didn't do one.
Before the encore began, Roger pulled out a note and said, "I'm supposed to say 'Hi' to Z-Bart Weatherman. Hi, Z-Bart Weatherman." I not sure what that meant, I just thought I'd share it.
I really liked how the old songs actually sounded like Pink Floyd, unlike on his past tours.
On the way home, I was listening to the local rock station, 98 Rock. They were playing Pink Floyd songs. They actually played the uncut version of "Not Now John." It was then that I realized that Roger should have played that song.
Thanks for a great night, Roger Waters!!!!