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Roger Waters


Crossover Prog

4.29 | 154 ratings

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4 stars A great show, and shamefully for die-hard followers of the Gilmour camp, better than his version of Pink Floyd.

Waters had the advantage when planning this show of having no other band members to squabble with over the set list. And as people have rightly pointed out, he based his choices on personal taste and entertainment value, as opposed to popularity and "fulfilling the needs of fans", like Gilmour. Sure 'Money' and 'Another Brick...' are present, but not in their usual places (as encores for example) and without such humdrum execution. Waters also includes some greatly underplayed tracks: 'Dogs' is here (rejoice!), 'Set the Controls...' (great jam with additional sax), 'Southampton Dock' (not amazing but different), the list goes on. These are much better inclusions than say, the obligatory 50% of 'Momentary Lapse...' that's on 'Pulse', where most of such songs sound the same.

This concert is well played by various musicians, which are effectively varied in age, experience and virtuosity, making for a much more interesting show with different people soloing in every subsequent song. Waters himself is doing well with the singing, and on the bass (okay, he's no Chris Squire, but if he was, it would distort the more lyrical leanings of these songs). And there's also a wealth of his solo material here, which I don't really dig that much but given that it is a ROGER WATERS concert I can hardly complain. I tend to just watch all the Floyd songs and then stop it (on their own, these still last a good hour and a half).

Well worth the effort, but too long unless you're a Waters fanatic. 4 stars.

thehallway | 4/5 |


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