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Snowy White
mit Roger Waters auf Tournee:

January 29th 2007
Auckland NZ
North Harbour

TINA: I saw the concert in Auckland, New Zealand, and was sitting ten rows from the front with the most amazing view of the stage! Unfortunately I didn't take a camera with me, as it said on the ticket that cameras may not be allowed, and I didn't want to take the chance that it may be confiscated!



However, I'm glad I was able to fully take in all the sights and sounds of the show without worrying about peering down a camera lens! It was truly the most amazing experience. Sitting so close to the front, I was able to clearly see Roger's, Snowy's and Dave's fingers on the fretboards of their guitars. I've never sat so close to the front in a concert before, so the NZD$400 for a ticket was the best money I've ever spent. It was like they were playing for the first ten rows - and no one else existed. Pure magic.

From the first strains to the last, the fans got what they wanted - a piece of nostalgia from one of the finest bands ever. I had spent a lot of time wondering how Gilmour's parts in the music would be covered, but I needn't have worries. Dave Kilminster is not only a world renowned and accomplished guitarist, but an awesome vocalist as well. He has raw passion, and it must be amazing for him to get up there every night of this tour and change people's lives with his interpretation of the music. It was amazing, and I still have goosebumps thinking about it.

Waters also proved he's still got what it takes. To see him live on stage, strutting it up with a huge grin on his face, was just so amazing that it defies description. He looked like he was having the time of his life, and didn't miss a beat. Any traces of the reputed 'ego' seem to have vanished, as many of the entourage took the mic for different songs. What a legend.

When Snowy's guitar was lost during 'Set the controls for the heart of the sun' and he missed his solo, Waters continued through to the end of the song, and then told the crowd that he couldn't possibly go on without us hearing Snowy's part, so they started up from that point and replayed the end of the song!! Fantastic!!!

I loved 'Great gig in the sky' - fantastic. The whole of 'Dark Side of the Moon' was unspeakably beautiful - and even more perfect when heard under a starry, moonlit sky with not a breath of wind nor a drop of rain to marr it. Auckland certainly turned on one of the most beautiful summer nights of the season so far.

Many people from the main stands came down to the sides of the front seated area, and were shouting and dancing near the side of the stage. Roger went to the sides of the stage often, and acknowledged his fans, waving and grinning at them, and dipping his guitar at them. They were going wild! It must be difficult for the musicians to play to a seated audience, and even though we were rocking in our seats, Roger loved the wild crowd at the sides! Good for him.

So anyway, that's my review of the concert - I feel privileged to have been there, and it's something I'll remember for a long, long time. Having had a copy of 'Dark Side of the Moon' since I was ten years old, it was just the most awe inspiring experience to hear it played live, and by a living legend. I hope the rest of the tour goes well!

Tofa soifua

Tina Bourne

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