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Pink Floyd's Roger Waters 2017 Us And Them Concert Report




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#1 MeAgain

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Posted August 10 2017 - 09:36 AM

First of all I had to drive into Philly down the Sure Kill Express, so that took almost 2 hours due to construction.

 

Once there it was $25.00 to park, in American dollars. 

It was in the Wells Fargo Arena (remember Wells Fargo the scam bank?).

We had the top seats in the house, about ten stories up, our heads were scraping the ceiling so the mortals down below looked like the proverbial ants.

Luckily they apparently enlisted NASA in the design of the upper reaches as they had thoughtfully installed anti gravity flooring so you couldn't fall over the edge and plummet to your death. I'm assuming it was some kind of Velcro as our shoes stuck to the floor when we walked, but I was afraid to look down because of the height.

 

It seats over 20,000 thousand.

A rum and Pepsi (generic rum and Coke) cost $11:00 per Dixie cup...so screw that. Our tickets were about $85.00 plus fees.

Down on the floor they were over $250.00 for in the back as the dude in front of us said he got those by mistake for the first show and he couldn't see a thing because everyone stood up.

So he came back to the second show and bought "in flight seats" so he could see what he missed.

 

The show started with Speak to Me, with videos on a huge, I don't know 40 foot screen in the back of the stage.

Next was Breathe.

The sound was excellent. There were speakers hanging down all over the ceiling...below us, and they really provided fantastic separation so the music flowed around the arena.

The videos were very good progressive art mixed with views of the band as they played, very nice.

 

The rest of the set list  for the first half of the show was as follows:

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Breathe (Reprise)

    The Great Gig in the Sky

    Welcome to the Machine

    When We Were Young

    Déjà Vu

    The Last Refugee

    Picture That

   Wish You Were Here

 

Then there was a 15 minute break for bathroom calls, beer, and whatnot.

 

The second half kicked off with The Happiest Days of Our Lives, which was okay.

Then Anther Brick in the Wall 1 and 2, for this part they marched out a bunch of school kids who danced around in "Resist" T shirts.

 

Next Roger kicked it into high gear.

There were two long parallel rails hanging from the ceiling below us. Around three quarters as long as the entire stadium. They descend toward the floor until they were just over the peoples' heads then four smoke stacks arose toward the ceiling belching smoke. I was hoping it was happy weed, but alas..

Then screens dropped down from the ceiling, below us, along both rails. Eight 40 foot tall ten foot wide ones facing each side of the seats.

The image of the powerhouse from the Animals album was projected onto the screens.

 

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Then they played Dogs, followed by Pigs.

This was the best part for me as while they played, images of Trump and Putin appeared on the screens. Trump as a baby, later as a fat man with his little dickie showing, doing a Nazi salute, etc. All the while the famous flying pig was circling the arena, below us, with "Trump is  a pig" written on the side. Also a lot of really stupid true Trump quotes which were kinda scary.

Then they did Money, with more pictures of greedy Trump, Us and Them, Smell the Roses, and Brain Damage.

 

The screens, pig, and smokestacks disappeared and a flying silver orb started flying around...below us, as they finished with, Eclipse, Vera, Bring the Boys Back Home, and Comfortably Numb.

 

Also the giant laser pyramid appeared and lasers shot all around the place but we didn't get burnt or anything.

 

Roger came down to the first row and shook hands all around but he never made it up the mountain to our seats.

 

Then we went home.

 

Next, Willie Nelson and Van "the man" Morrison.


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#2 Moonglow181

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Posted August 10 2017 - 09:40 AM

Oh, lucky you! I always wanted to see Pink Floyd live  in concert.


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Posted August 10 2017 - 10:14 AM

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Posted August 10 2017 - 10:17 AM

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Posted August 10 2017 - 10:21 AM

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Posted August 10 2017 - 07:02 PM

I don't care for the guy's political rhetoric, which comes off as preachy.  Trump is a buffoon, and I dislike him as much as Waters himself, but being overly political takes away from the music, IMO.  People go to concerts to enjoy the music, not to be given a political lecture.  All Waters is doing is feeding into the divisive mentality the system wants.


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Posted August 10 2017 - 11:43 PM

Oh dear God, you know I am just going to troll Pink Floyd, seriously, arent they all dead yet?

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Posted August 11 2017 - 05:32 AM

I don't care for the guy's political rhetoric, which comes off as preachy.  Trump is a buffoon, and I dislike him as much as Waters himself, but being overly political takes away from the music, IMO.  People go to concerts to enjoy the music, not to be given a political lecture.  All Waters is doing is feeding into the divisive mentality the system wants.

In the sixties and early seventies music was very political. It's just another medium for transmitting messages.

 

All music has a message, so when I go to a concert I take into consideration what the message is and who the artists are.

For example Arlo Guthie's Alice's Restaurant wouldn't be much of a song if it wasn't for the political monologue. Just the same old notes over and over again for 18 minutes.

 

Dark Side of the Moon was a statement about mental health.

Wish You Were Here was about Syd Barrett (who had mental health issues)

Animals was based on the  political book Animal Farm

The Wall was about megalomaniacs and fascism.

The Final Cut was about Nationalism

 

...so they have a history of expressing ideas through their music.


 

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Posted August 11 2017 - 01:39 PM

In the sixties and early seventies music was very political. It's just another medium for transmitting messages.


I guess there's nothing wrong with a show being political, as long as the audience wasn't mislead about what they were being sold.  Still, it seems like the content was more mud slinging than intelligent political commentary.

 

You didn't say if you liked the show/ thought it was worth it.  My guess is that you liked it but were a bit irritated that you had to drive so far and pay so much much for nosebleed seats.

 

Big name shows a rip-off, imho.  I guess if you are really crazy about someone, then just being in the same place with them and lots of other fans might make it worth it.



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Posted August 11 2017 - 01:42 PM

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