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Old 06-15-2007, 12:06 PM   #241
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Glad you two enjoyed the show...
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Old 06-16-2007, 10:26 AM   #242
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Another great performance. Because it's so close to the summer solstice, the sun has barely set by 7:45, the time last years shows started around. At 8:00 I'm actually into the songs being played on the radio that begins the show. I want them to go on so it will be darker when they hit the stage. Around 8:10 they roll out, but for me things don't really kick in til Set the Controls. Shine On kicks as does WYWH, Perfect Sense, Fletcher Home. Sheep is phenomenal. Roger says they're taking a "15 minute break, and I mean 15 minutes". Then we'll be back to perform Dark Side of the Moon. Huge cheer for that brings a big grin to Roger, as he turns to walk off. People charge for the smoking area. I don't know why.

I've always liked the long intro to DSOTM, the beat that gets louder and louder leading into Breathe. But none of that tonight as the abbreviated screams leading into it throw me off kilter a bit and Breathe sorta slips by. On the Run though is awesome, and there is no let up from there on. Prism effects are tremendous tonight and the sound for whatever reason seems louder.

Because of the config of the bowl, the people at the front are never closer than say 20 feet from Roger and the band. GibsonGirl, you lucked out at your venue getting so close. It probably isn't like that at every venue.

As great as the concert was, I couldn't get the nagging thought out of my head why the Floyd aren't doing this themselves. I'm sure Mason & Wright would jump right on board if the two prima donnas could just get over themselves. Just something I was thinking about last night. Oh, the possibilities.........

One more tomorrow night
Cheers, great review, glad you guys had a good time at the show! I've seen some shots of the extra pyro that comes out of the top of the stage during Sheep...bloody impressive. I would have loved to have been there, just for that! Thanks for the videos, Lila.

And yeah, it's such a shame that Roger and Dave can't give it one last go. Could you imagine the tour? I've tried to, but my brain just shuts down at the thought. I think Roger would very much like to do something with the Floyd as a last farewell - he's mentioned in interviews an idea for a few gigs in a select few cities, no major world tour or anything, just something to give the fans a proper goodbye from all of them. I can't find the interview right now, but it's out there somewhere. Dave's really put the nail in the coffin, though. Said numerous times that Pink Floyd is over and he wants nothing to do with the band. Silly bugger.
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A review by Bob Lefsetz to whom it may concern.

Now THAT was an extravaganza.



Just before the show began, Barbara Skydel and I were reminiscing about the heyday of Premier Talent, when Frank Barsalona was the godfather, the Tony Soprano of his domain, keeping concert promoters throughout this vast land of ours in check, preventing them from invading each other's territory. Barbara told me how she remembered when if you had a hit single, or were in a movie, it killed your career. Boy have times changed. But if you wanted to know how it used to be, you needed to be at the Hollywood Bowl last night, when in a thoroughly modern production, Roger Waters took us right back to the heyday, when music ruled the world, when everybody was in on the game, in the seventies.



Maybe I don't go to enough shows. I remember seeing Yes on their "90125" tour and marveling at the descending light rig. Then Rod Smallwood told me Iron Maiden had been doing this for YEARS! Maybe everybody on the road is using a hi-def screen, but I'd never seen one before.



Yes, ensconced in the bandshell of the Hollywood Bowl was a screen as large as that inhabiting any movie theatre. And the images were so detailed, so warm, that your whole mood was changed just looking at them. You were brought back to your bedroom, listening to albums as you fingered the jackets.



And then a hand reached in to change the station on the multi-band radio on the screen, and the show began.



I've got to tell you, I don't think Roger Waters exists. I don't think ANY of these classic rock acts exist. Those are OUR records. They weren't made by human beings, but GODS! And this God, he was only a few dozen feet away, prowling the stage. How can this be?



Oh, it's not like running into a reality TV star on the Sunset Strip. This guy, he's the soundtrack for a nation, the WORLD! He WROTE (along with David Gilmour and others, of course) that material. How did he come up with it? What was going on in his mind? And how is it that he's a mere mortal, walking the stage?



They say we're jaded here in Hollywood, that we've seen all the big stars, up close and personal. That they're a dime a dozen. But when you see a creator, in the flesh, you TINGLE!



And tingle I did as Waters and his band played "Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun". I bought "Ummagumma" when the hoi polloi had no idea who Pink Floyd was. Long before "Dark Side Of The Moon", long before "Money". It was dreamy music for alienated people, not made for Richard Nixon and the Administration, but US! Albums like this were our soundtrack. Their contents never appeared on Top Forty radio, and oftentimes you didn't even hear the music on FM either. You were clued in by the buzz, in your high school, amongst your friends...you dipped your toe.



Now this was not a modern concert. Not a usual dinosaur production.



Somehow everybody's seemed to have gotten the message, that seats are SUPERFLUOUS! That gigs are high energy, that you need to STAND to participate. But nobody was standing last night. Everybody was sitting tight, in the groove, enjoying the music.



This is the way it used to be.



Oh, the production values were unbelievable. They had flashpots. And the triangle from "Dark Side Of The Moon" appeared atop the bandshell, emitting laser beams.



But really, it was about the music.



Yes, it was billed as a full performance of "Dark Side Of The Moon", that was what was bringing the people in. But really, I enjoyed the first set better, with the tracks from "Wish You Were Here".



Everybody in attendance seemed to know "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" was about Syd Barrett. This was not an audience made up of casual fans, only knowing the hits, these were not dedicated followers of fashion, but dyed-in-the-wool BELIEVERS!



And "Have A Cigar"... You're gonna go far!



The day the bands started believing the handlers, the fat cats at the labels, that they were on their team, is the day this business started falling apart. NO ONE IS ON THE ARTIST'S TEAM EXCEPT THE AUDIENCE! Fuck the corporations... I saw no logos last night, who can trust someone who SELLS OUT? No, you've got to REACH, following your muse, and your muse only, and record what's in your head. Chances are you're far ahead of the businessmen, the audience too, it's gonna take some time for them to CATCH UP!



Who knew that "Dark Side Of The Moon" was gonna break through? Just another Pink Floyd album, right? But all those years of dedication, establishing their base, their sound, their ethos, paved the way for mass success. Pink Floyd didn't come to the audience, the audience came TO THEM! Really, no one thought that "Money" was gonna burn up the airwaves, but when it did people wanted the whole album, the whole EXPERIENCE! Which is still in heavy demand TODAY!



When this tour hit L.A. last year, there was a backlash. How could Roger Waters be so political? Couldn't he just play the songs, why did he have to offend all the REPUBLICANS! But in the year that's ensued, the public has caught up with Roger. Now they too are against the war. And to hear Roger rail against the Christian Right, a taboo the politicos won't commit...I stood up and CHEERED! FINALLY, someone speaking their MIND! You've got a mind, do you use it? Or do you calculate the response before you utter a single damn word...



And all this came as part of Roger's new song, "Leaving Beirut". Which, stunningly, no one left during, even though he set it up as being new. You see the hi-def screen had cartoons, with the story of his trip to Lebanon back in '62. With the lyrics emanating in bubbles from the characters. He brought the story alive. Aren't we all brothers? Isn't this war being fought in the name of religion more than dissension? Can't America get off its high horse?



I don't know if it can, but contemplating this, a giant pig started flying over the audience. With anti-war, anti-Bush, anti-religion graffiti painted all over it. If you want to know what it was like way back when, this was it. When the artist wasn't just giving us a show, but enrapturing us, collecting us in his tiny little hand, and then leading us into his mindspace.



Oh, there was confetti raining down from the sky. And surround sound. It was a cornucopia of sensory effects. If you weren't caught up in it, you weren't alive.



Yes, the second half was comprised of "Dark Side Of The Moon". With the band, including Andy Fairweather-Low and P.P. Arnold, handling almost all of the vocals. You wanted the original four, with David Gilmour's sweet voice.



But that's not what we got.



It's hard for us on the outside to understand the hatred within. You've got to live with each other for years, you've got to battle the egos, it's a wonder ANY of these bands stay together. But if they got back together...



The last musical highlight was Pink Floyd at Live 8. If Pink Floyd would just go on one more damn stadium tour. Playing whatever the fuck they liked. Our heads would explode.



Only one problem... How to get the youngsters in. Yes, teenagers love Pink Floyd as much as those who experienced the band's music when they were still together. If only there was a student price. Maybe for sitting WAY in the back, but...



Maybe the venues have to hold two or three hundred thousand.



But the audience is there. Because Pink Floyd is raw, unadulterated art. Uncompromised by the system. It's the best of us.
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Thanks for that, hiphop.

Fah! Dress up nicely for your show...this is unofficial at the moment, but it looks like there is a very high possibility that Vancouver will be filmed in HD for a DVD release!
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Thanks for that, hiphop.

Fah! Dress up nicely for your show...this is unofficial at the moment, but it looks like there is a very high possibility that Vancouver will be filmed in HD for a DVD release!


That sounds quite fab

I'm taking my brother to the show

The last time we went to a show together was way back when we went to see The Who in the early 80's.
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Another great show tonight

I agree with much of what has already been said and there were many times tonight when I had tears in my eyes (Mother and Wish You Were Here).

But I must mention the band and in particular the guitarists.



The in-sync guitar solos were incredible

The co-lead singers were great too. I thought the guy on keyboards did a great David Gilmour

I am so tired...more tomorrow
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Another great show tonight

I agree with much of what has already been said and there were many times tonight when I had tears in my eyes (Mother and Wish You Were Here).

But I must mention the band and in particular the guitarists.



The in-sync guitar solos were incredible

The co-lead singers were great too. I thought the guy on keyboards did a great David Gilmour

I am so tired...more tomorrow
Woo, glad you had a great time! Reports from another forum I visit confirm that there were quite a few video cameras set up...so it looks like the DVD rumours were indeed true!

The guy on keyboards (Jon Carin) does a great job filling in for Dave, I agree. He's actually a pretty interesting fellow, in that he's played for both of the Floyd divorcees... He's performed with David Gilmour and the 3-man Pink Floyd since 1987, and he has been performing with Roger Waters since 2000. He was also there with the reunited band at Live 8. In other words, he's one of the few live performers associated with Pink Floyd that all fans of the band can agree on without getting into a Waters/Gilmour argument.
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Another great show tonight
Nice. Did it appear to be filmed by a lot of cameras?
GG- I just read that other thread, but they only mentioned a few more cameras, so it's still not clear to me.
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Now someone on the other forum says it's for Roger's personal archive . Why does he need such a big personal archive?
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Now someone on the other forum says it's for Roger's personal archive . Why does he need such a big personal archive?
ARGH, I KNOW. I honestly can't believe that this is all for a personal archive...I mean, no way. Why would you film a show in HD if you're just going to watch it at home with the kids? He's got the Manchester show for that. I still say this stuff is going to be released...there's no way he'd sit on this footage and not release it. This is the greatest tour he has ever done since 1984, surely he realises that?

It's going to be pretty disappointing if the only Floyd-related DVD we're going to see next year is going to be David "cardboard cutout" Gilmour's snoozefest, Remember That Night...
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It's going to be pretty disappointing if the only Floyd-related DVD we're going to see next year is going to be David "cardboard cutout" Gilmour's snoozefest, Remember That Night...

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Nice. Did it appear to be filmed by a lot of cameras?
GG- I just read that other thread, but they only mentioned a few more cameras, so it's still not clear to me.
We were sitting in row 20 adjacent to the stage. My seat would have been equal to the front row of floor seating. In the space between the stage and the front row there was a large mounted camera on wheels that moved back and forth. There was also a camera mounted on a long arm about halfway up the floor. It was moving around filming the crowd and the band. I also saw two hand held cameras on the stage.
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