From Carolyn (Chat Zone 7/10 7:34 PM)
We drove roughly 5 hours to get to Cincinatti from Flint MI yesterday to see the show!! We were not disappointed!! I personally had seen the tour twice last summer in Clarkston and Grand Rapids so I was somewhat prepared, the five others with me had no previous experience with Roger in a live setting. Long story short, they were all blown away and are now full blown Roger fans.
Now on to a review of the actual show. Good size crowd, I've never been to that venue before but being a new comer, I would still refer to it as "packed". The show started at about 8:10, the setlist was the same as you'll see everywhere else. I'd like to say that I do think that it flows better then last years, but it just seemed a little shorter for some reason. Hmm.
The second set was nothing short of amazing. Set the Controls is a great song no matter where or when it's played in the set. Great opener for the second set and the jam in the middle really helped get people going. Then came the DSotM stuff. I think overall, this stuff got the best crowd reaction all night. I'm not as sick of it as say Brick II so I stil enjoyed it, but I always think to myself during Money or Time, couldn't this time be used better for say, more or Amused to Death or something?
The rest of the set went as planned, lots of people sat down for Every Strangers Eyes (until ofourse the "From where I stand!" line, then they stood again. (?)) Then the sheep all sat again for Perfect Sense Part I, then they all stood again during Part II when the crowd was coming through the speakers. The part that suprised me though was the crowd reaction for It's A Miracle and Amused to Death! The crowd seemed to be enjoying both songs very well actually! I know the people that were with me didn't know any of the Amused to Death material prior to going and they all ate it right up so maybe the same was occuring around the venue, who knows.
Brain Damage/Eclipse and Comfy Numb were played as part of the second set, I don't know if this is how it was played elsewhere but I thought it worked well, as opposed to doing an encore type situation. Then came the actual encore. I thought it was so cool that (just like last year) that even with the house light being brough up, only a few people left. That is so cool of them! Then ofcourse Roger came back, explained the meaning behind Each Small Candle and played it. It was so cool hearing it for the first time live. I had the same opinion I've been hearing around the net though, the timing is odd as is the chord progesssion, I'll need so hear to it few times before making a final judgement. The funnt thing is, the guys who were with me loved it immeditaly! Go figure!
This review has already been long enough, but I do want to reitterate something I've seen posted elsewhere. Wendy Melvoine (the backup singer all the way to the right) IS hot as hell. Doyles a lucky man!
As I had seen 2 shows in the previous year it wasn't a necessity to go, but more of a want to go if I can get really good seats sort of thing. Friday was my lucky day as I timed the Ticket Master release of 11th row (F) center section seats. Wow! The drive from Indianapolis was full of anticipation. Would there be drunks and screamers all around me? I had seen a post on this board from PikOJoe saying he was in Row F center. What a relief when he and his friend (didn't get his name) sat down next to me! We only had a moment to talk before the show started. What a great feeling to see such devoted young fans. I am not that much younger than Roger. It was a pleasure to sit next to them. I hope this old timers jubilation over finally being close enough to see actual expression's on Roger's face wasn't too disruptive! Actually I thought the crowd near us was better than I had hoped for as there weren't any noticeable drunks and no excessive screamers. It was a bit warm, actually it was hot in the pavilion. What a feeling it is to be that hot and to get chills from hearing Roger perform right in front of you! There were too many high points to mention them all but here's a few of mine. Dogs Live-What can I say but that this song, lyrics and guitar solos, reaches in and grabs at my soul! Set the Controls-Excellent live version. Too bad most people were still finding their seats. I missed the first few minutes myself. Amused to Death portion-This seemed more intense. Bravery was especially good. Roger seemed to really enjoy himself for these songs as did I! For the first hour on the two and a half hour trip home we traveled in silence, no music and just a little conversation, letting the show sink in. I really think the silence helped to seed it into my memory! Sure, I missed Gilmour, Wright and Mason. (I saw them in 94) I regret never seeing the four of them together, but I was busy with a young family at the time. While my husband appreciates Pink Floyd music, he's not the devoted fan. I'm the one that always finds myself back for more. After about 30 years I'm still getting goose bumps. Yes, Roger I agree. All that matters in the end is if the music moves you. Thank-you and I think I'll keep dreaming of a reunion, even if it's only "in my head". Meanwhile I'll be listening to my collection and imagining what it must have been like then and remembering this excellent show! Can't wait for the new cd and the DVD of the show!From The The Cincinnati Enquirer (7/11)
Ex-Floyd band member still true to the music By Chris Varias
The Cincinnati Enquirer
A Roger Waters concert is closer to the spirit of Pink Floyd than one by the group still calling itself that.
Mr. Waters left Pink Floyd in 1985 and embarked on a solo career that, as evidenced by his performance at Riverbend Sunday night, is the true continuum of the band.
In the 21/2-hour, two-set show, Mr. Waters, along with a tremendous backup band, blended Pink Floyd classics with his own solo stuff. Of course, part of the reason it all sounded so seamless is Mr. Waters is the main man behind those classics, not those guys who've released A Momentary Lapse of Reason, Delicate Sound of Thunder, and whatever other garbage.
Also, it was as good-sounding a show as you'll hear at Riverbend — rock, Cincinnati Pops, Cincinnati Symphony, whatever. A near-perfect mix shot through speakers set up on all four sides of the pavilion. Pristine sound is another legacy Mr. Waters bestowed upon Pink Floyd.
The first set was the more Floyd-heavy of the two, yet surprisingly the second was better.
Three songs from The Wall and three from Wish You Were Here bookended set one, with tunes from The Final Cut and Animals thrown in the middle. Most memorable was “Shine on You Crazy Diamond,” a tribute to Mr. Waters' fellow Floyd founder Syd Barrett, whose image flickered upon the video screen throughout the song.
Set two was all over the place, beginning with the best song of the night, “Set Your Controls for the Heart of the Sun,” a blast of psychedelia from Floyd's 1968 album A Saucerful of Secrets. Next came a couple from Dark Side of the Moon, “Breathe” and “Money.” The latter included a manic guitar solo by Andy Fairweather-Low that earned him a big hand from the crowd. Toward the end Mr. Waters and the band did that album's title track.
But first came four songs from his 1992 solo album Amused to Death that had those classic Pink Floyd elements: the sound was headphone-worthy, the tempos stoner-slow. Anti-war messages, in the tradition of The Final Cut, filled the lyrics. What more could a Floyd fan want? How about Marv Albert? That was his recorded voice calling play-by-play of a war battle in the song “Perfect Sense.”