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Average User Rating 9.91
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Last Reviewed August 20th, 2006
 
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Waters does it again!
Venue/Date: Summerfest (Milwaukee, WI)
Concert Date:  
July 2nd, 2007
Reviewer: aceshooter

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9.98

Waters is a concert Legend! See him!


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Music reawakens senses
Sold-out show pulls out all the stops, harkens back to epic Pink Floyd
By DAVE TIANEN
Posted: July 3, 2007

There was a porker on the wing over the Marcus Amphitheater on Monday night, which, of course, can mean only one thing: Roger Waters and "The Dark Side of the Moon" tour had come to roost.

"The Dark Side of the Moon" is Waters' and Pink Floyd's great masterpiece, an album that in the '70s challenged the mind and the senses, and expanded the known universe of rock 'n' roll. In concert Pink Floyd was known for its epic performances, blending avant-garde film with gigantic props and high-tech effects. Pink Floyd was, in an almost literal sense, drugs for the ears.

If it's Waters' intent to revive that sense of sensory adventure that marked Floyd at its zenith, he largely succeeds. Reliving an experience 30 years later can never have quite the same sense of discovery and revelation that the original moment embodied.

That said, Waters and company held nothing back during Monday's sold-out show. There were giant animations, hovering lunar capsules, fountains of flame, showers of confetti, the familiar prism from the "Dark Side" cover and even bubbles. Not to be overlooked was a superb band with such high-profile support personnel as Andy Fairweather-Low.

Some of the effects were stunning. During "Brain Damage," an animated drug capsule broke open, and each little grain was a miniature brain. Thirty years later, the music retains its sonic grandeur: the gorgeous sax solo on "Us and Them," the clanging percussion of "Time," the wailing vocal of "Great Gig in the Sky."

The first half of the show is something of a Floyd greatest-hits package, with "Mother," "Shine On You Crazy Diamond," "Wish You Were Here" and "Sheep."One new song, "Leaving Beirut," used the kindness Waters found visiting Lebanon in the early '60s as a young student as an anvil on which to hammer American and British foreign policy.

Unfortunately, we live in times that suit the paranoid,
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Roger Waters is Awesome
Venue/Date: Qwest Center Omaha (Omaha, NE)
Concert Date:  
June 29th, 2007
Reviewer: aceshooter

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9.86
Fans pack Qwest for Roger Waters concert
BY NIZ PROSKOCIL
WORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITER

Who needs Fourth of July fireworks when you've got a Roger Waters concert?

Pink Floyd's Roger Waters been touring without the other original members of the legendary 70s band.
In front of 13,000 wide-eyed fans at Qwest Center Omaha, the former Pink Floyd singer, songwriter and bassist put on an eye-popping, jaw-dropping concert with a full range of pyrotechnics that could rival many fireworks displays.

Towers of flames, bursts of fireballs and a curtain of sparks were among the special effects that made his two-hour-and- 45-minute concert a visual as well as a sonic treat.

The concert was the 62-year-old rock legend's first time in Omaha, and the multi-generational audience gave him a welcome that was hard to ignore.

Fans greeted Waters and his 10-piece band with a standing ovation. During the show, they sang along and swayed to the music. Screams and applause filled the room after every song.

At one point, the roar from the crowd and the swelling applause prompted Waters to say he had been "proved wrong" in thinking Canadian fans he performed for before coming to Omaha were the best of his tour.

The fan enthusiasm was well-deserved. Waters and his band performed music that ranged from the beautifully eerie to the breathtakingly operatic.

Waters kicked off the night with "In the Flesh" from Pink Floyd's "The Wall," followed by another song from that album: "Mother."

"Mother, should I trust the government," he sang. He shook his head, and the crowd cheered.

Waters' political views were a big part of the show.
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I would go again tonite if i could. It was 10 times better than i imagined it could be. I took my 21 year old nephew who is pretty music wise for his age. it tickled me when about the third song in says this is the best concert i have ever seen, he has seen quite a few for his age and goes to the classics when in town. by the end of the show i would say i agreed. leaving the arena after the show i think a few thousand agreed too by the roars and cheers i heard all the way to the car. what a showman roger was and all the musicians where dead on. AWSOME AWSOME AWSOME


Any time you can see Roger in concert, it is an event. Last night was no exception. From the opening filmed sequence to the final notes of Eclipse, with the hanging prism showering the crowd with the colorful light beams, the show was very well orchestrated and finely tuned. A well oiled machine. Having seen Roger in concert 5 times, once with Floyd, I was cautiously optimistic that Friday's show would somehow surpass his Pro's & Con's and Radio KAOS shows, but, he didn't quite hit the mark. But, quite possibly I had set the bar too high. I was somewhat dissappointed that he only did two songs from his solo projects, Perfect Sense and Leaving Beirut, but he did offer up several wonderful selections from Wish You Were Here and The Final Cut. The whole show was accented by well timed explosions, thought provoking images and film clips on the video screens, highlighted by a cartoon like sketch illustrating the politically charged song Leaving Beirut. After intermission it was straight into the Dark Side of the Moon. Only now did the absence of David Gilmour begin to stick out. The musicians were perfect, hitting each and every note as if it were the original recording, but, you knew it just wasn't quite the real thing. This is not to say it wasn't worth every penny of the $100 ticket price, it was just the one quirk in the show. Perhaps the only negative of the whole show, in my estimation, was the encore. He did 3 songs from the Wall, closing with Comfortably Numb. The one Floyd song where the absence of Gilmour is most evident. But even without David on the stage, this truly was a Pink Floyd concert. Having seen Floyd without Roger, and Roger many times without Floyd, let there be no mistake, Roger is definitely pink!


To me this is the best concert ever in omaha. I was prepared to be a little let down being a huge Pink Floyd fan but incredibly he nailed every song. The band he put together also did a very good job of recreating the Pink Floyd experience including the David Gilmore Vocals.
The dark side of the moon set was done perfectly and the crowd was really into it. If you like Pink Floyd and you didn't make it to the concert you missed the closet thing to a Pink Floyd concert you will ever see.

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Roger Waters Concert Review: The Man is Awesome!!!
Venue/Date: Madison Square Garden Arena (New York, NY)
Concert Date:  
May 30th, 2007
Reviewer: aceshooter

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9.88
ROGER'S COMFORTABLY ONE
By DAN AQUILANTE

June 1, 2007 -- 'DO you want a brownie?"

A question that seemed as appropriate at Roger Waters' solo extravaganza featuring a performance of "Dark Side of the Moon" as it would at a church picnic.

Of course, mama would tell you don't take food from a stranger, but mama didn't come to the concert at the Garden Wednesday, and what was the harm in gobbling a brownie?

In this case, none.

Sugar seemed to be the main ingredient, but the gracious hippie offer - hitched to a willingness to trust a stranger - said that even though decades have passed since "Dark Side" was released, the music, its creator and the fans not only haven't changed, the Floydian concert experience has stood the test of time.

Videos played on a stagewide screen, klieg lights flashed, fire pots exploded and lasers re-created the famous white light entering a pyramid and exiting as a rainbow. And then there were the life-size spaceman and the giant flying pig inflatables that floated in the rafters of the cavernous Garden.

Yet beneath the gimmicks, there was the music.
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I went in with low expectations and was very impressed!!
Amazing!!! Rock and Roll at it's finest......LIVE!!!
AWESOME
I went last night and drove from Philadelphia. In the 200 level to his left of the stage. The show was well thought out and well done. effects, lighting and timing all on time. I also like him ripping geogie and tony another one. The floating pig and astronaut were gravy. Who knew that a 50 year old and his 17 year old son would be singing pink floyd songs in concert together....
Saturday night in Philadelphia at the Wachovia Spectrum will be the 6th time I'm seeing Roger since 1999 and the 2nd time around for "Dark Side". Let me tell you the tickets are worth every damn penny. I paid 1400 bucks last year for 4 tickets in the 3rd row..... This year I went with 400 for 2 in the 16th row right in the middle... I bought tickets without a second thought because the show is so ridiculously AWESOME.!!
I've been to hundreds of concerts over the years and 9 out of 10 are disappointing to me .... I cant stand when they deviate from the music in concert and put their own spin on songs... Roger does none of that. You hear CD quality music onstage and live you cannot believe how phenomenal the sound is after all these years! Enjoy and I will see you on the dark side!
good to see the two waters boys together, but I honestly prefer David Gilmour in concert.
Great Sound At Philly Last Night.True Pros in Action, Know How To Give You your money's worth
after seeing pink floyd a half dozen times in the 70's,beginning with the 71 spectrum "theatre" meddle show,i was a bit apprehensive 30 years later mainly about someone other than gilmour playing guitar. tho roger is the "heart" of floyd,gilmour's guitar sound is/was the groups signature.
well,lemme tell ya,30 years later last nights show at wachovia was as good as any pink floyd show i ever saw,including the original dark side of the moon tour.i'm not sure exactly who was playing which guitar leads on which songs,but Dave Kilminster and Snowy White equaled or even surpassed gilmour by playing every lick almost note for note
the entire band was tight and professional
if you're a floyd fan and you want to see a true pink floyd concert,then don't miss this

This was without a doubt the best concert of the last two years! The filmed effects, the pig, the sound and sights were all first class! Besides dark side they played almost all of wish you were here as well! If you can, you must see Roger Waters!
Wow- the only words I can say after seeing Roger Waters et al last night at the Wachovia Center is WOW! I listened to Pink Floyd from the early 70's. For all of you who did psychodelics this will definitely create flashbacks.... of the good kind, of course.
my husband and I were at the Wachovia Center (Philly) on Saturday night - we're old pink floyd heads from the 70s when were very young teenagers -
phenominal sound, cool effects and top notch production, lyrically perfect... all around excellent show that I highly recommend - only downside, the two politically bent songs in the middle - but they were over quickly so we'll give him his variance from the true pink floyd greats we came to hear - 26 songs in total, worth every penny of our tickets (left of stage, 20 rows up - pig came out right above our heads - couldn't be much better!)
One of the best concerts I've ever seen!
Not as good as the GSAC concert in the fall of 2007 ---but still awesome!
i saw Mr waters in Ottawa Jun 6 and it is definitely one of the best shows i have ever experienced. In 200 years they will be looking at Pink Floyd the way Beethoven is now

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