Kansas is pretty much a bullseye in the centre of America, and I don’t know that it was part of Roger Waters’ plan to open his latest tour (which savages the President) there on Memorial Day weekend, but I suspect it was…and some in the crowd were not pleased about it.
The savaging came during “Pigs (Three Different Ones) from the Animals album, and because the song is about corruption in the halls of power and business, Waters took the opportunity to make the piece about the current POTUS. It was an incredible highlight of the show, with different staging, but many of the same stencil-styled graphics he used during a recent performance of the song in Mexico City last Fall…
Most of the crowd went bananas (in a good way), but at the end of the song, peppered liberally (HA!) amongst the cheers were boos, loud and hearty. According to a review of the show, some even walked out, and one guy flipped the bird in the direction of the stage before leaving.
This guy tweeted his displeasure…and I can’t help think that maybe (at least in the context of Waters’ music and politics), he’s the one who was out of touch.
It was interesting, as a Canadian, to be in a heartland USA audience while the president was being trashed – on Memorial Day weekend – and to witness the reaction. I’m not at all surprised that 99% of the crowd was supportive of Waters, but it was heartening all the same.
Then, the concert went on with a continued great vibe, but if there was any doubt about what the underlying theme of the production and what Waters was trying to say, it was underlined during the show finale when, as the band tore through Comfortably Numb, pink confetti with the word “RESIST” in bold letters showered the crowd.
And what a concert it was. There are many photos HERE, but I will caution that there are visual spoilers as well, including video of the most incredible staging I’ve seen at any show. I took video on the night, but elected not to share it so as not to spoil the surprise of what was one of many Holy #&^% moments during the show. You really need to experience these live for yourself.
I’ll include a few of my own non-spoiler shots, but my takeaway from the show was this: I’ve been lucky enough to see most of the biggest artists in the world, including David Gilmour’s Pink Floyd in 1994 at Winnipeg Stadium (my first live Floyd experience) and Roger Waters six times, now.
This show is not only bigger in scale than The Wall tour he brought through town in 2012, but the effects, vibe and setlist were top-notch. In short, in my opinion, Waters has somehow outdone himself this time, and if you are or were shying away from the high ticket price, you’ll get good value for your money when the tour comes through in October.
Me? I’ve got tickets for that show, as well as a single ticket ($382 CD after exchange) to see him in Chicago in July.
Yes…it was that good.
Pre-show video on the screen that is the same size as The Wall was…extending up the sides right up to the private boxes.
Wish You Were Here…
Great Gig In The Sky (with two “soloists” singing the same notes in harmony, like a twin lead guitar solo; incredibly powerful…
Eclipse (the beginning)…
Finale…Comfortably Numb (with confetti).
(Photos: Kelly Parker/Greyhawk Media)