From Kyle f. Bidlack (Chat Zone 6/3 10:08 AM)
The concert was awesome. He played for about three and a half hours including a twenty minute intermission. The accoustics were great, even for a hockey arena. Lots of swirling quad effects. The visuals were okay. If you saw him last year, you can expect a similar presentation. But it was all about the music.
Set the Controls was a nice addition. He did that on the Pros and Cons tour. He dropped The Powers that Be, which was a little disappointing, because he rocked that pretty hard in Atlanta.
Roger seemed to enjoy himself. At several points he spoke to the audience. The band played a bit of poker during the instrumental section of Dogs. I think the band was more polished this year, especially the lead guitar parts. They got a little improvisational toward the end of Shine On, which I liked. Roger played electric guitar on a couple of songs, which I don't think I have seen him do before.
Over all, this ranks as one of the best concerts I have been too. I wish the visuals were better (particularly what is projected on the big screen), but I think Roger's budget is more limited these days.
From craig (Chat Zone 6/3 6:50 PM)
I won't rehash the set list as several people have documented it realitively accurately already. I thought Roger and the band did a very good job with "Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun." That was the first "change-up" from the first leg and it was very welcoming to my ears due primarily to the input I got from you all a couple weeks back regarding why this song is so requested and coveted. I thought Roger signifigantly improved their work on "Want God Wants" adding some nice nuances. Abit tighter than the first leg of the tour. The second change-up was "Bravery of Being Out of Range". Critically speaking, I think Roger should bump up the tempo just abit (I feel the same way about WGW).
IMHO "Each Small Candle" has come along way from the bootlegs we all heard last year from Kansas City. If Each Small Candle was merely in it's skeletal state last year, then Roger has nourished the body and put flesh on the bones. Absolutely beautiful and as my good friend Marlynn said after the show, "Only he could take subject matter so serious and powerful and make it into a song." She was right. Based upon what he's done with "ESC" I think we all have a great effort to look forward to with his next rock album.
- Roger missed the closing lyrics to Shine on You Crazy Diamond.
- His voice was superb!
- Roger spoke to the crowd and told us that the band was realy pumped up because it was opening night and I can't remember how he phrased it but he made note of the fact that they still had to tighten up a few things.
- Visuals for "Bravery of Being Out of Range" could be improved.
- The vocal qualities for the back-up singers was incredible.
- As a whole, the crowd seemed rather subdued. Not a whole lot of energy coursing through the arena. Whether Roger affected the crowd or the crowd affected Roger, I don't know, but I don't think a real tight connection was made last night. Tonight's show should be very very interesting from that perspective.
- Sound Quality inside the Ice Palace was pretty damn good.
- Not a sell-out, but it is a BIG arena.
- Herb was burning throughout the arena.
- Met some good people around my seats. One guy flew over from England to see the show under the guise of visiting some old friends. I asked him if he was going to West Palm Beach tomorrow and he said "Nah, then it might be too obvious to my friends that I came to see Roger and not them."
- Roger missed a couple of other lyrics on one other song but I can't remember which. Hell, I can't fault the guy though, geez, if I can't remember when he did it then do I have any right to expect him to be perfect?
- Shirt designs are ok at best. Quality of shirts look good but design (as usual) could be improved.
- My friend Marly notes that the girls shirts ("one size fits most" pink and white) were way too small! "They MIGHT fit a 10 year old!" But then again, maybe Roger was doing us GUYS a favor. I shoulda got Marly one of the shirts...
- Beer lines and bathroom lines were lenghty.
- Roger played abit of John Lennon, U2, Neil Young etc... while the crowd was filing in.
- As usual, Roger was very prompted. Show began exactly at 8pm. Get your butts in your seats on time if you don't want to miss any of the show.
- Roger spoke to the crowd more this time around than last. The most poignant part was when he gave a brief description as to the history behind Each Small Candle. It was rather touching. You could definitely sense alot of emotion and pride and artistry in Roger's voice as he spoke.
- Many people filed out during Each Small Candle. Kinda broke my heart. But I can't say enough positive things about this song. I wasn't terribly impressed with the Kansas City recordings, but it's come a long, long way since then.
- Marly and I scouted the Ice Palace prior to the show and figured out the best possible spot for an after show autograph or handshake. We waited aproximately 35-40 minutes and two police cars (lights and sirens blarring) led two new vans with tinted windows (trailed by 2 or 3 more support vehicles) out of the arena. Roger would not be stopping to sign autographs or mingle with his fans this night. There were only a small handful of people gathered. Rough estimate: 30 people milling about most of the time and it topped out at about 50. My own opinion is that Roger might not have been overly please with the overall performance and therefore didn't want to hear people telling him "great show!" when perhaps he was thinking otherwise.
- We were supposed to meet "Gary in FLA" at the hotel at 3:30pm but we got a late start becuase I dragged my dusty butt outta bed too late (stayed up late talking and drinking Sol Beer). Sorry Gary, hopefully we all can meet up at West Palm tonight. If your or Canito check-in, leave me a note as to were you guys will be and we'll try not to be late this time.
- Fortunately, not a whole lot of drunks.
- The service at the bar across the street "The Outpost" was pretty bad. Very slow and warm beer.
- I guess that's all for now. Looking forward to tonight, hope to see you guys. We're going to go get in some surfing now before the show. 3 foot waves and glassy in Melbourne. Water temp around 74 degrees, can't think of a better way to prep for the second Roger show than to ride a few waves with a good friend.Hopefully we won't paddle into Roger's fishing line....
From Steve Paterson (Chat Zone 6/3 2:27 PM)
Songs dropped from last year (as expected):
- The Powers That Be
- ABITW Pt.1
- The Bravery of Being Out of Range (substitute for Radio Waves)
- Set the Controls For the Heart of the Sun (beginning of second set)
- Each Small Candle (as pt of encore w/Comfortably Numb)
- Not a sold out show be generally filled inside
- Mixed audience as usual but a fair amount of people "peaked" too soon. Included in this bunch were the folks singing behind me and my wife (in 101) and a guy about 7 rows in front of me who collapsed at the end of the first set...yeah dude "Shine on".. Folks were yelling 911/EMT/Etc....He was walked/dragged out
- To many folks in Division Bell and other post-waters pink floyd tour shirts to count. Many with better seats...Doesn't that piss you off?
- Doyle seems to have gotten a lot better and comfortable with the set vocally and continues to impress with a great guitar.
- A sax/oboe player (local addition??) joined in for "Money" and "Set the Controls.." - a welcome addition!
- Each Small Candle was intro'd with its origin/source (similar to the KC show last year) but has evolved a bit with a nice keyboard intro and more vocal support from the backup singers.
- PP Arnold and Katie Kissoon were joined by Doyle's wife.
- The set was about the same(bigger poker table, different chairs, drinks with umbrellas for the women but no tv's playing kubrick films
- The projectors were the same with a few new slides (Syd collage v.single print...also as no KAOS stuff was
- While I could go on, I'd add that I only saw a small video camera (not for a full record) but did see a sound board AND a recording board. This may support the thought of a live album after this tour (we all hope)
From Keithjoy (Emailed 6/3)
It's all about the music. I had the real pleasure of seeing Roger Waters kick off his North American 'IN THE FLESH' tour last night at Tampa's ICE PALACE. It was a show to be remembered. I've often said that my survival through adolesence would not have been possible without his soul-searching and sometimes tear-jerking music. Last night, I was able to witness Roger Waters musical genius in the first person and I have to say, his music is as good or better 'LIVE' than from a CD or Album. The playlist consisted of about 60% Pink Floyd and 40% of his solo stuff. All of it was incredible. The show lasted a marathon 3 1/2 hours with a 15 minute intermission. A real funny moment during the intermission was when a bunch of people all over the arena were yelling to Roger in the dressing room....."HEY ROGER!...WASSSUPPP!"....and, of course..."WASAAABI!"
The backdrop on the set was simple yet effective. In fact, going to this concert was more like going to a movie with an awesome soundtrack and killer sound system. A large movie screen provided ever changing images that morphed throughout the songs. Also, not surprisingly, a thick cloud of smoke began to hang over the crowd right as the music started and no, this was not smoke from fancy stage explosions or cigarettes. You get the picture. This venue was definitely NOT a NO-SMOKING one last night. I think Roger Waters intentionally wanted little focus on stage effects and I think I know why...because he's all about the music. The audience was quite the mix, too. I saw several teens who appeared to be around 14-16 years of age but they were in minority. The vast majority of fans were in their upper 30's to about 50 years old and quite a few of them had graying hair and pony tails. I guess what surprised me most about the attending fans, though, was the obvious absence of non-whites. I walked around the arena for an hour before the show and I can't remember seeing one single black or hispanic person (of any age!). This fact makes me a little sad because his music is so diverse and so deep. Oh well, their loss...
Before I get to the song list I want to state my disappointment that the show was not sold out. In fact I would guess it was only about 2/3 full (10,000 at the most). However, the crowd sure sounded like a full house. I, too, am guilty of having no voice this morning. No voice from screaming non-stop between each song AND from singing along to every song. Yes, I mean every single song except the last one which I had never heard before. He said it was going to be a single from his new, upcoming rock album...I'll be buying that when it comes out.
The bottom line on this concert is simple. IT WAS AWESOME! I can only hope he comes back to Tampa again some time in the future.
For those of you that have not seen Roger lately, he looks a lot like the actor Richard Gere: all grey hair, moderately short. He also wears plain, black, unassuming garments. The concert started promptly at 8 PM with no opening act. I arrived about thirty minutes early, alone. I traded forty dollars cash and my twenty-seventh row ticket (which cost me fifty dollars) for a seat in the tenth row. The usual selection of t-shirts were available in the twenty to thirty dollar range, and programs were eighteen dollars. I bought my program on the way out
The band was:
- Andy Fairweather-Lowe: played guitar or bass, whichever one Roger wasn't playing. A funny thing: he played without a pick!
- Doyle Bramhall II: guitar (he was the only bandmember not wearing plain, black clothes. He had rhinestones all over his britches)
- Snowy White: guitar (all three guitarists played solos)
- Andy Wallace: keyboards
- Jon Carin: keyboards, and a little bit of guitar
- Graham Bond: drums
- PP Arnold, Katie Kissoon, Susannah Melvoin: vocals
The first song was In The Flesh, followed by Another Brick in The Wall. Roger played bass. Then he switched to acoustic guitar and played Mother. Then they played a brief version of Fletcher Memorial Home followed by Southhampton Dock. I was disappointed that this did not segue into The Final Cut.
Sometimes Roger played bass, sometimes guitar, and sometimes nothing, but he mostly played bass. He sang all of the songs, except as noted below....he really is a decent bass player, I guess that I assumed that he wouldn't be after Gilmour's nasty comments a few years ago. Roger is definitely a simple, unassuming bass player. Not exactly Geedy Lee or Chris Squire, but that's okay since Roger didn't play any cover songs.
- Dogs - sung by the keyboardist, Jon Carin
- Money - sung by Doyle Bramhall II, one of the guitarists
- Comfortably Numb - sung by Doyle Bramhall II
Introducing "Each Small Candle", Roger talked about the Initiative Against Torture, a part of Amnesty International, and said "...this really is our last song tonight, so thank you, and good night."
While music played, on the gargantuan video screen:
- During the end of "Amused to Death" Bill Hubbard's name was shown on the memorial to the missing at Aras which Alf Razzell mentions on the album. It looked kind of like the Vietnam Wall Memorial in Washington, D.C -- lots and lots of names.
- "Amused to Death" also showed a stupefied gorilla watching tv, seeing many fantastic images.
- "Shine on" showed mainly old photographs of pre-Gilmour Pink Floyd, mostly pictures of Syd Barrett.
- "The Bravery of Being out of Range" showed a bunch of guys at a bar drinking and reveling at a sports game they watched on tv. Then the tv showed scenes from a war, and they kept on drinking, cheering, high-fiving, etc.etc.
There was a small living room in the scenery on stage, with a large tv that showed what appeared to be an early (but not the original, 1930) version of "All Quiet on the Western Front." Roger played for about an hour and a half, then announced a twenty minute intermission. After intermission, the tv was playing "2001: A Space Odyssey." During the extra-long keyboard solo in Dogs Roger, the three guitarists, and the backing vocalists all sat "in the living room," chatting and playing cards.
One of the biggest of the many highlights for the evening was PP Arnold's stunning solo during Perfect Sense. She sounds just as good if not better than the backing vocalist from Dark Side of the Moon......that is her singing on Amused to Death.
All in all, this was one of the greatest concerts that I have ever seen. I heartily advise you fans to go see Roger, since he isn't getting any younger. Also, be advised, every year that our instant-gratification-at-all-costs culture "progresses" into the age of MTV makes it harder and harder for real, live musical instrument players to ply their crafts. Especially big-name stars like Mr. Waters.
Long live Roger Waters and God bless Bill Hubbard.