Saturday, June 16, 2007

Roger Waters live

Originally uploaded by DaigoOliva

[Spoiler warning: This post includes details about Roger Waters' 2007 tour]

My SO and I don't go to many concerts, but this week we went to see Roger Waters (of Pink Floyd fame). The tour advertised that he would be playing the entirety of Dark Side of the Moon, but he also played a great assortment of his other work1 (list from here):
  • In The Flesh
  • Mother
  • Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun
  • Shine On You Crazy Diamond
  • Have A Cigar
  • Wish You Were Here
  • Southampton Dock,
  • Fletcher Memorial Home
  • Perfect Sense Parts 1 & 2
  • Leaving Beirut
  • Sheep
  • The Happiest Days of Our Lives
  • Another Brick In The Wall Pt. 2
  • Vera
  • Bring The Boys Back Home
  • Comfortably Numb
While our seats weren't terribly close to the stage, the venue had continuous video footage broadcast on large screens. Much of this video footage focused on the guitarists' hands, which I was appreciative of thanks to my newfound hobby of playing the guitar2.

As one might guess, Roger has little love for George W. Bush, and thus included many jabs at him. His new song Leaving Beirut had a graphic-novel-style background including the lyrics, which included this bit:

Roger Waters_Leaving Beirut - Oh George! Oh George!
Originally uploaded by Garry'

Oh George! Oh George!
Originally uploaded by Garry'

He also had a floating pig covered in graffiti:

A Pig never lies
Originally uploaded by Ronaniversario

While our pig didn't look exactly like the one pictured above (after browsing Flickr it appears that a new pig is made for each show), the writing on our pig included such statements as "Torture shames us all," "All religions divide," "Impeach Bush," "What an asshole [with an arrow pointing to "Bush"]," "Fear builds walls," and "Habeas corpus matters."

My favorite was the addition of a quote from Bush in the background visuals for The Fletcher Memorial Home:

Fletcher Memorial Home
Originally uploaded by EddieBerman

Ignoring all the traffic getting to and from the concert, it was a great evening of prog rock. Up next: Genesis.

1 I was probably one of the few fans in the audience who was sad that most of his solo work was left out.
2 Methinks it will be a very, very long time before I'm able to come anywhere close to playing songs like them.

[Note: All images in this post are Creative Commons licensed.]

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