Jason (Chat Zone 8/30 9:28 AM)
Before I left for Saint Louis and Kansas City my wife asked if I would be returning with another copy of ATD. She had seen me return to the Motel in Toronto with the Canadian and English issues.
We listened in on the soundcheck at the Kemper arena and most of it was devoted to Each Small Candle I turned to the guy standing next to and said I bet-a-Buck he plays it tonight.
He said I have one of those Candle things from Atlanta we should go to Kinkos and have some copied and I bet he will. I said that Roger is very deliberate and would most likely not be truly swayed by paper.
On to the encore, When he emerged with his Bass instead of the acoustic guitar he uses for CN I said YES, when he turned to a roadie and flicked his thumb as if to light a lighter I said YES!!! When the roadie brought him a ligher I went quietly NUTS!!
He then explained that he had received the lyrics and what it was about. With a few pauses for the WHOOOOOOer's and Whistlers at one point I thought he was close to saying fuck it, I try and give you people a gift and you will not even listen to me. However being the great guy he is he finishes up and does the song. I saw one guy with tears, we had talked earliar and he had heard of the song as well.
What could possibly be frosting on the cake ?
A bunch of us were standing around where the tour vans were parked the tour Manager comes out and says: ROGER IS GOING TO COME OUT AND SIGN ONE ITEM EACH!!! Make a single file line along the curb. Well I am right at the front of the line and sure enough about five minutes later Roger Waters is standing in front of me as my trembling hands extend the tour opened to a page with a black backround so as to make the Gold marker show. I say THANK YOU Roger he looks at me and says: thats OK...
And to think after the St. Louis show I paused at the entrance ramp and gave thought to just returning home.
Having listened to Each Small Candle across Missouri,Illinois and part of Wisconsin. I think it is time for another copy of ATD.
Steve (Chat Zone 8/30 7:39 PM)
- During Roger's introductory dialogue, I could tell that Roger was particularly irritated by the whistlers. As he wears earpieces, I'm sure that the sound frequency of the many whistles are disorienting. I'm sure that our kind did not participate in this unruly and disrespectful manner. I thought he was ready to give up, but he worked through the detail of the inspiration of the song very professionally.
- The screen above the stage displayed a candle wrapped in barbed wire throughout the song. To me, this image illustrates a certain irony about the subject matter.
- Andy Fairweather-Low played the acoustic introduction as Roger played the bass. The acoustic part was a descending chord progression in a minor key, therefore projecting a dark quality onto the song.
- P.P. Arnold required the aid of printed lyrics to accompany the song, whereas Kate did not.
- For what it's worth, Roger's lighter was a silver Zippo, or a like model.
- The song ended tightly on a single note. Andy made a throat-cutting gesture, as if the candle was snuffed out. Roger lit his lighter, held it above his head as he lifted one of his legs. He stood there for a brief moment, and yelled at the houselights operator to keep the lights dim as the crowd lit its lighters.
- The crowd reaction seemed warm. It seemed as if he would have played more new material had the reaction been stronger, and it sounded as if he made a remark to that point, but the crowd was clearly Floyd-oriented, so he decided to jump right to Comfortably Numb.
Debbie and I got there with 3-4 hours to spare so we drove around the venue a few times hoping that we might catch some familiar person(s) walking to or from the bus and the arena. We saw the buses and trucks but nobody that looked familiar. So, we decided to drive to a phone both to check on the homefront. Well, some dude was parked along the road holding 6 tickets out the window. We had plenty of time so we decided to see what was up. Well, 2 of his tickets were front row dead center. After haggling with him for a while, we struck a deal. I traded him two 11th row side floor seats plus $50.00 for the two front row dead center seats :)
Now, we're really getting psyched up. So we go looking for a camera. Got that taken care of. Head back to the arena and meandered on in. We were situated right in front of Roger's mike stand and only like three feet away:) The show was the absolute best ever. Everybody was sooooo tight. Doyle and Snowy were looking at us all night. We were almost too close for Roger. He only glanced down by us a few brief moments. We seemed to fare better in the 5th row in Milwaukee and 9th row in Atlanta for interaction with Rog.....except during the beginning of Time. When Roger was doing the ticking of the clock on his bass. He was right in my face. The sweat from his face was practically dripping on us.
I looked up at him when he was doing the ticking and we made eye contact. My initial reaction was to look away, but I thought "no way, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity here. Just hang on to it for as long as you can." Well, we just stared at each other for what seemed like about 10 seconds and all the while I was just shaking my head back and forth as if to say "too much......awesome.....whatever". I stayed with it for as long as he did. Like I said, it had to be 5-10 seconds :)
Anyway, the band was even tighter than in St. Louis. I think Doyle has become a PF / RW fan. I noticed at some of the earlier shows, he seemed to be enjoying certain songs like Dogs and Breathe, but that night, he seemed to really love every song. Even during the quiet parts of It's A Miracle and Amused To Death, he was smiling and nodding while he was waiting for his parts. He improvised nicely at the very end of ATD to which Snowy followed up the same. Roger gave a surprised look and smiled his satisfaction. It's really a shame that this leg of the tour is over. The entire band was just PERFECT. I really hope Roger keeps them all for the next leg.
When the guys came back out after Eclipse, Roger said, "we're going to do something different tonight." I knew what was coming. He said that he had a new song that he wanted to talk about and try to play. Then he attempted to explain it. He was saying something about reading or seeing on television or something (the crowd was very noisy) where a Serbian soldier risked his own life to go help a wounded Albanian woman and this inspired his Candle Song. He got upset a couple of times while he was trying to explain it because everybody was yelling and whistling. He said that if they weren’t interested then he wouldn’t bother with it. Somebody near me yelled out "we’re listening Roger" and he continued. Also, he made a comment about trying to be as brief as possible about the explanation to which I yelled back "we’ve got all night". Finally, he played the song. It was like getting the audition in our own living room :)
Roger did something different during Comfortably Numb too. He strapped on a 6-string guitar and Andy played bass. Again, Snowy and Doyle were at their absolute peak. It was really fun to watch them from so close. Doyle really keeps busy. He is constantly flipping switches and turning dials on his guitar and amplifier and being very specific about where on the strings he strums his pick. When it was his turn to climb up on top, he reached over to his amplifier and cranked it up ;)
The program that I picked up for ?????? (I’ll have to dig through my records) came in handy too as I got Roger to sign it after the show. I think I’ll keep that one and sell the one I bought in Milwaukee ;) Marck and 30-40 others got autographs as well.
It was the Greatest Show On Earth :) but then it was over :(