From Jorge (Chat Zone 7/4 3:23 PM)
saw the show last night and im still in shock !!!! what an awesome performance .i only have one comment to make . im 45 yrs old . i've exisisted for 16,425 days . and of that time 3 days stick out more than all the others . roger waters was involved with all 3 !!! 1975 "DSOTM" ,radio kaos , and last night .
the collection of musicians roger has assembled are increadible . withextra praise for doyle bramhall II .what an excellant gutarist ! the show started as it has been with old floyd material for the first set arranged to perfection , but that served only as warm up for the second set . as they moved into the "amused to death" section the whole band especially roger came alive. the singing by roger and katie brought tears to my eyes more than once!the encore "each small candle" was magnificent !!i cant wait for the new album . one last note , i had an entourge of 8 sitting in the first row, four of which were in their mid-20's. i had been going crazy for 4 months since i got tickets counting down the days till the show telling them how this was going to be the best concert they ever have or seen or ever will see. and after the show all they could say was "i didnt build it up enough" but thats roger for you ,tell everyone hes the best and then he comes out and hes better! thanks roger life has meaning acain !
From The Rocky Mountain News by Mark Brown (7/4)
This is my review (not really) or maybe some mamblings. Forgive my english, I'm writing this in a hurry.
I saw the Denver Show last night. It was a wonderful show, i really enjoyed it, and i think it was better in all aspects than the last years shows. Last year i went to Boston and Jones Beach shows, and was truly amazed, it was my first Waters Show ever, but i couldn't really get into it. I went to Boston alone, and with a friend to JB. When we met before the show he asked how the previous show had been, and i said it was a good show. After the show, he said that i have to be really cold, because of my comentaries. Last night show was totally different. I had really crappy seats, row ~20, but all the way to the side, so i could only see less than half of the screen. But as soon as Roger came in, and in the flesh started, my eyes were full with tears, and i had a feeling of happiness in me that was really something. I sang when i was supposed to sing, and had a great time.
About the people in Denver: I hadn't seen so many Pink Fraud T-shirts in any of the other 2 water's Shows. Including a girl in front of me with the Delicate...tour shirt that kept flashing her tits to Roger, not that he could see them (~20th row). Everybody seemed to know and sing everything up to the wall. When the The Final Cut medley started, a lot of people sat down, and nobody sang. The same with his solo material. There were a 1000 cell phones pointing at the stage when they played WYWH. The song I enjoyed the Most was Every Strangers Eyes, one of my favourites and it sounded really great, as all the show. Roger skip What go Wants, probably due to the time limitations on Fiddlers Green, and didn't play any KAOS song, I don't know if he did in any other shows. Roger recieved a very big ovation at the middle of the show, and at the end, before Comfortably... and before ESC, and he seemed touched, or at least pretended to be, and he said his speech about the connection being restored, that i felt hasn't being complete with the whole audience. Maybe he felt different. Each Small Candle sounded so nice, its really a beautifull song. I had heard it before, but hearing it live, was something. I don't know if people knew, but after Conforbly Numb, when the band went away, everybody lit their lighters, in anticipation?, I stood on the back of the seats looking at the audience, and it was incredible, well, maybe there we had the connection :)
There is only one thing i have left to say, if you haven't and are in doubts, go see the show, it is Perfect.
From Nigel Butterworth (Email 7/10)
Roger Waters stared out into the crowd and bellowed at the top of his lungs: "You! Yes, YOU! STAND STILL, LADDIE!"
And then, of course, he went into a roaring version of Another Brick in the Wall, Part II that had the audience screaming along with every word.
OK, hold everything. This is the point in the review when you're required to lament that Waters and his fellow ex-Pink Floyd bandmates can't get along, that no one can replace David Gilmour on guitar, blah blah blah.
Forget that. Last night Waters did just fine on his own, picking deftly through his solo and Floyd catalog with nimble authority, showing that yes, he knows exactly what it is in his canon that makes fans fanatical about his work.
From the opening In the Flesh through the encores of Comfortably Numb and Each Small Candle, Waters never lost the crowd for a moment, even when pulling out ancient, semi-obscure early Floyd cuts such as Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun or the latter-day Keep Your Filthy Hands off My Desert, a cut from the wildly underrated final Floyd album, The Final Cut.
With superb quadraphonic sound and psychedelic special effects, Waters evoked Floyd memories effortlessly. But it wasn't a show about gimmicks or effects; the songs were the focus, with Waters pulling out everything from a stately Mother to a grand Shine On You Crazy Diamond. All the while he bounded around the stage, clearly thrilled to be back on tour and reclaiming his songs. His voice has lost not a note from the Floyd heyday, and his nimble bass and guitar work anchored every song.
Not that it wouldn't have been nice to have help from the old bandmates. As it was, it took three guitarists to fill in for Gilmour, with Doyle Bramhall II taking most of the hardcore solos. He tread a middle ground, echoing Gilmour's signature lines yet taking off on his own. With guitarists Snowy White and Andy Fairweather Low helping, they were able to cover the complex music with aplomb.
The result: Grown men wept as Waters reeled off classic after classic, from Wish You Were Here to Shine On You Crazy Diamond to Pigs on the Wing, songs that the reconstituted Floyd has done in concert before, but songs that sorely need Waters' wistful vocals for their emotional resonance.
Contact Mark Brown at (303) 892-2674 or at brownm@RockyMountainNews.com.
My first thought here was , wow, what a fantastic venue (we don't have outdoor amphitheatres in England). Originally I had hoped for Red Rocks to be Roger's Denver venue but this is great! (I went to Red Rocks the following night). It was also different that the band took to the stage in almost complete light, with the screen images hardly noticeable. Very different from two nights ago at Boise, ID, a 1000 mile drive from here (see my review).
The strange thing here was a large police presence outside the show, bugging people enjoying a drink, but no apparent security at the gates or inside the venue. It was now I wished I had taken my camera in, many others did so let's see some photos posted you guys!
I was the only one to shout 'yeah' at the lyric "...should I trust the government?", holding up my British passport to explain. I waved it aloft again from center arena during Dogs and Roger saw it and smiled.
As with the previous show, the audience came alive first during the WYWH set. Welcome was performed in a beautiful twilight, the screen images very clean and powerful blue. The volume seems higher now, too. Shine On was beautifully played with Snowy and Jon playing very carefully again, perfect. The piece finished with the mirror still center screen.
The crowd was slow to return for Set The Controls, which was haunting in this venue. I got the feeling that something was troubling Doyle during the second set. He became agitated, bending down to mess with his monitor several times and apparently jamming/ improvising more than usual. Snowy seemed to give him a surprised glance. I can't imagine Roger likes much deviation from the norm during the Dark Side section. The tapes will tell whether Time/ Money sounds OK, I got the feeling Doyle was not playing at his best here. Snowy and Andy F-L kept things together. Roger again really enjoys Money, I'd noticed this at Boise.
Amused To Death went down really well yet again, though the crowd were quietly appreciating rather than ranting and raving. Except Perfect Sense II when all went crazy, including me this time! I hope Roger is encouraged to play more ATD stuff if/ when he comes to Europe or England.
An unfortunate occurrence on screen was the appearance of Bill Hubbard's epitaph out of sequence, as the band launched into Brain Damage.
I imagine this Denver audience was one of the best behaved of the whole tour. This seemed to be reflected by Roger in his thanks.
Hershey, PA was my favourite gig of the tours, this was definitely my favourite venue.