Roger Waters played Pink Floyd tunes at MSG.
New York Post
New York City NY
By DAN AQUILANTE:
'DO you want a brownie?"
A question that seemed as appropriate at Roger Waters' solo extravaganza featuring a performance of "Dark Side of the Moon" as it would at a church picnic.
Of course, mama would tell you don't take food from a stranger, but mama didn't come to the concert at the Garden Wednesday, and what was the harm in gobbling a brownie?
In this case, none.
Sugar seemed to be the main ingredient, but the gracious hippie offer - hitched to a willingness to trust a stranger - said that even though decades have passed since "Dark Side" was released, the music, its creator and the fans not only haven't changed, the Floydian concert experience has stood the test of time.
Videos played on a stagewide screen, klieg lights flashed, fire pots exploded and lasers re-created the famous white light entering a pyramid and exiting as a rainbow. And then there were the life-size spaceman and the giant flying pig inflatables that floated in the rafters of the cavernous Garden.
Yet beneath the gimmicks, there was the music.
Waters, the bassist and co-founder of the iconic psychedelic British band Pink Floyd, mixed a handful of his choice solo work - including his new anti-war "Leaving Beirut" - with P.F. classics topping off the three-hour gig with a track-for-track rendering of "Dark Side." Arguably the most beloved album in rock, the record has the distinction of holding a continuous spot on the Billboard charts for a staggering 29 years.
Waters' anti-war and anti-authority songs ruled the set - and they were enthusiastically embraced by the sold-out Garden crowd. Waters was smart in getting his points across. He never preached or lectured. Instead he let songs like "The Wall," "Mother" and the before-mentioned "Leaving Beirut" make his points.
Waters' music made the audience think, but it also loosened the crowd's dancing bones with the heady, surging arena rockers like "Shine On You Crazy Diamond," played early, and "Comfortably Numb," saved for the encore.
Gray-haired Waters may have left Pink Floyd 26 years ago, but at this show he proved he still has the Pink Floyd concert aesthetic and the chops to back them up.