From Ken (Email 7/27)
Another perfect night. Just returned from Bristow.
Arrived 4:30, got kicked out of the parking lot, which didn't open until 5:30. Wife drives off with the car, while I walk to the artists entrance - saw Roger's van go by. Arrived at the gate 4 MINUTES after he entered the pavilion. LotaSonata, Good Little Tyke, Loadstone & his girlfriend were still shaking - Roger had stopped, signed up to 2 things each. I had my Pros & Cons CD cover ready, but just missed him!!!!!! GLT is taking it to Providence, and will try to get it signed.
Wine & cheese at the car with Lota, GLT, and others - Bob(NJ) pulls up with his wife and boy; good time had by all.
Gate guards were nazis; pat-downs and everything. Most made it through with their gear though. Heard Loadstone got busted after the first set. Bob(NJ) to the rescue with spare batteries for Henry.
Incredible show, very tight. Doyle and Snowy, side by side, shooting each other smiles. Genuine admiration for each other - two remarkable talents with a real friendship developing. It was obvious. Andy one foot behind Roger, swaying in unison as they played.
During the Dogs piano solo: Andy runs to the card table, shuffles and deals. Roger second one to reach the table, opens a bottle of Johnny Walker Black, pours for all. The dambusters is on the TV. A great game of hearts commences. Doyle takes first trick, then Snowy - then Snowy - then Doyle - then Snowy - the ladies are served fruit drinks with little umbrellas by a guy in a tuxedo T-shirt with a little towel over his right arm. Another trick taked by Doyle - then Snowy - time to go. Snowy gets up, throws both hands in the air in a victory cheer; the obvious winner. Everyone returns to play, while aAdy remains at the table to gather up the cards and write the score in a little black book. The graphics were interesting. For those going to Providence, look at the top of the little inflatable box - the one that comes on right after the box with the "worms" coming out of it. In small letters, you can just see the word "Floyd".
A Perfect Sense: hard to see, something was clouding my vision. Must have been tears, and not the only one.
Roger having a great time, real affection between the bandmembers is evident.
ESC was well-developed, very emotional. Turn around and look at the audience - a sea of flickering lights before the song started, and throughout. It's obvious the fans have learned. Held candles up during the entire song. Still picking wax off my hands.
Goodnight, and goodbye Roger. Back to the car for more food and beer; goodnight and goodbye Lota, GLT, Bob(NJ). And goodnight to Waters fans everywhere.
I've just got to go to Europe to see him one more time!
Around 3:00, I pulled in at my friend Ryan's house to make the journey from Baltimore to the Nissan Pavilion in Virginia to see the great Roger Waters. It was his first time seeing Roger and my second (first time was Baltimore Arena 1999). We had to wait for the driving rain to stop to make the drive. Around 3:45, the rain stopped and the sun came out. We made the journey to Bristow.
We arrived in Bristow around 5:30 or so. Since we had time to kill, we stopped at a nearby Wendy's to have dinner. There were plenty of people in Wendy's wearing Pink Floyd and Roger Waters tee-shirts.
We went to the Nissan Pavilion around 6:45 for the 8:00 show. In the parking lot, people were listening to Waters and Floyd music. I could hear people listening to Is There Anybody Out There?, Wish You Were Here, The Wall, and Amused to Death. I got a $15 program (similar to last years with a different cover and up to date pictures from last year's tour) and we found our seats. Section 103, Row D, Seat 27. We were about 20 rows from the stage. The stage was the same as last years.
At promptly 8:00, the band came out. We could see Roger walk from backstage to the platform on top of the stage. The crowd gave him a standing ovation. He soaked it up for a little bit before yelling, "Ein, zwei, drei...alle!" to begin "In the Flesh." When Roger gave the Hammer sign, I saw most of the audience do it. It was eerie. It looked kind of like the scene in The Wall when Bob Geldof takes in stage dressed in black. I had chills throughtout the song. Speaking of eerie, Doyle Bramhall II grew his hair out and wore trippy looking pants. He looked like a young Syd Barrett.
Roger was having a great time. He was singing along to "Dogs" and some of the other parts he didn't sing. He was yelling at the late-comers, "Come on in!" He was very animated and wore a smile on his face throughout the entire show.
"Dogs" was great again. When the dogs started barking on the quadrophinic sound system, the people around me looked around thinking that canines had invaded the outdoor venue. I also liked the middle section where the band and backup singers played cards.
My friend Ryan was also having a great time. He remarked that he was "very impressed."
I had one guy next to me who was getting a little loud. He was very high by the end of the second half. He kept yelling and standing throughout the solo material. He had some things thrown at him. Personally, he didn't ruin my good time.
After "Shine On," Roger said "That, of course was for Syd." It's nice that he pays tribute to his old band mate.
The biggest surprise of the show occured at the beginning of the second half. The stage was dark and Roger said, "And now, let's take a journey through the mists of time." It was "Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun." Wow!! The screen featured old pictures of Floyd during the promos for "Arnold Layne" and "The Scarecrow." "The Bravey of Being Out of Range" was also a nice surprise. I didn't check the setlists before the show this year. Nothing from Radio KAOS? I would've liked to hear "Home." Oh well.
The encore was "Each Small Candle." I liked how he put the lyrics on the screen so we could follow along. I heard this song on an ROIO from the 1999 Kansas City show, and he has really improved the song since then. It has a lot more emotion. Although, I would have closed the second half with this and used "Comfortably Numb" as the encore.
Speaking of which, "Comfortably Numb" featured one of the best renditions I've ever heard (being an ROIO collector, I've heard a lot). Doyle and Snowy were just plain AWESOME!!!!!!
The best concert I ever went to. I even liked it better than the Baltimore show last year. I can't wait for Roger's new album.
Thanks again Roger. You're the best!!!! Shine On!!