Saturday, June 16, 2007

Bright Side of the Moon

Wednesday night we saw Roger Waters at the Hollywood Bowl. The sold out concert was packed with middle aged overweight white people.

As we were making our way up Highland, we saw a guy playing Pink Floyd songs on his guitar for handouts. As we passed him, sombody ran up and threw him the coolest tip ever... a ticket for that night's show!

As I expected, besides sounding great, the show was very visual. The band played in front of a huge screen that totally enhanced the experience. They opened with "In The Flesh" and "Mother" fron The Wall, and then went into a surprisingly current sounding "Set the Controls For The Heart of the Sun". It dawned on me that the song wouldn't have sounded out of place on one of the later "experimental" Radiohead albums.

A few tracks from Wish You Were Here were followed up by a track from Animals, and a few from The Final Cut. Of course, the giant inflatable pig was released over the crowd. It's been given a makeover - covered with anti-Bush graffitti. The first set ended with some solo song I didn't really know, and a new song called "Leaving Beirut". I was impressed with how Waters made a lot of his songs feel relevent to what's going on in the world today. He's written a lot of songs about World War II, but he could have been singing about Iraq. The punks are dropping the ball. It seems the angriest, most vocal, political, anti-war music I've heard has come from old fogeys and other unexpected places: Roger Waters, CSNY, The Dixie Chicks! Come on kids!

The second set was comprised of Dark Side of the Moon in it's entirety. I think when I saw Pink Floyd (without Waters) in the early 90's, they did the same exact thing. Nonetheless, it is a great, if not overplayed, piece of music. The band was spot-on. The lead guitar player was kind of a cheesy rock dude, but he nailed Gilmour's parts. The solos were identical to the records. A few of the people in the band took turns singing Gilmour's vocal parts, which sounded okay, but seemed pretty cheesy.

For some reason, it was real smokey inside the concert... Ha! I bet you could smell the Bowl from Orange County.
For the encores, the band did five more songs from The Wall - including, oddly, "Vera" and "Bring The Boys Back Home". During the latter, the guy behind us suddenly got real excited and started "singing" at the top of his lungs. He was losing his voice by the third line, he was screaming so enthusiastically. Around the same moment, a guy next to us starting playing air guitar like his life depended on it. It was a perfect end to a a very fun evening.

- H


gina & heath said...

I really wish we got a picture of that old dude playing the air guitar. He was soooo into it... and oddly enough, I was very impressed with his moves.


Kiki Maraschino said...

Oh my God, did you take those pictures???