Friday, 20 May 2011

Roger Waters - 17 May 2011 (O2 Arena)

What an amazing gig! When I first saw Roger Waters, back in 2007, it was for the Dark Side of the Moon tour during the Paris gig, and back then I genuinely thought that: this gig is probably the best gig I have ever witnessed. Since then I've seen a hell lot of other gigs and there were some of them which matched that gig and some which didn't even come close to it. However this time was different. The show was absolutely amazing. Lights, sounds, performance, atmosphere were all perfect. In particular I loved the sound, which was surrounding the venue and you could hear all the voices, small sounds and sound effects coming from the back of your head to the front. Just amazing! As mentioned, when the tour was announced, the show followed the original format that was used for the original The Wall tour in 1980, but with today's technology, which consisted of a wall being built slowly, slowly between the audience and the band, while the band was going through the first part of the show. With some amazing songs such as Mother, where Roger sang along with a recording from the last UK performance of The Wall 29 years ago, and of course Another Brick in the Wall part 2 which, as you can imagine, was sang by the whole audience along with a choir of kids that came on stage for the song, part one was just full of energy and passion. Part two of the show started with an amazing display of video effects, projected on the completed wall, which mesmerized every single person present that night with the help of songs like Hey You and Bring the Boys Back Home. This, of course, led to Comfortably Numb which came on and just putted the whole audience into a trance during the solo which was perfectly executed by Dave Kilminster(Guitar). Eventually the wall came down with the use of the amazing video effects that the team had and really gave to every one of us an amazing trip of lights and sound. During Run Like Hell the wall was projecting words in the iFormat, that Apple uses with almost all of their products, along with great images to represent the world today and how everything has become, which I thought was great (see video below). In general the gig was just amazing and all of those who had the chance to witness one of the gigs (six London gigs in total) will probably remember it for a very long time!

Roger Waters: 20/20
Sound: 5/5
Presentation: 5/5
Performance: 5/5

Posted by Nick

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