Pink Floyd's Roger Waters been touring without the other original members of the legendary 70s band.
June 29th 2007
CA Omaha NE
By NIZ PROSKOCIL:
Who needs Fourth of July fireworks when you've got a Roger Waters concert?
In front of 13,000 wide-eyed fans at Qwest Center Omaha, the former Pink Floyd singer, songwriter and bassist put on an eye-popping, jaw-dropping concert with a full range of pyrotechnics that could rival many fireworks displays.
Towers of flames, bursts of fireballs and a curtain of sparks were among the special effects that made his two-hour-and- 45-minute concert a visual as well as a sonic treat.
The concert was the 62-year-old rock legend's first time in Omaha, and the multi-generational audience gave him a welcome that was hard to ignore.
Fans greeted Waters and his 10-piece band with a standing ovation. During the show, they sang along and swayed to the music. Screams and applause filled the room after every song.
At one point, the roar from the crowd and the swelling applause prompted Waters to say he had been "proved wrong" in thinking Canadian fans he performed for before coming to Omaha were the best of his tour.
The fan enthusiasm was well-deserved. Waters and his band performed music that ranged from the beautifully eerie to the breathtakingly operatic.
Waters kicked off the night with "In the Flesh" from Pink Floyd's "The Wall," followed by another song from that album: "Mother."
"Mother, should I trust the government," he sang. He shook his head, and the crowd cheered.
Waters' political views were a big part of the show.
During "Sheep," confetti fell from the ceiling and an inflatable pink pig decorated with slogans including "Fear Builds Walls" and "Impeach Bush!" hovered above the audience.
Fans got an eyeful of cool visuals courtesy of a massive video screen towering behind the band.
As soap bubbles floated down from the ceiling, pictures of late Floyd co-founder Syd Barrett appeared on the screen during "Shine on You Crazy Diamond."
Other visuals included images of marching hammers and floating brains, black-and-white photos of early Pink Floyd, and footage of politicians, protests, jet fighters, oil rigs, the sun, moon and stars.
Highlights of the first set include a rockin' "Have a Cigar," a dramatic "Fletcher Memorial Home" and a wistful "Wish You Were Here," in which Waters played acoustic guitar.
His excellent band consisted of guitarist-bassist-vocalist Andy Fairweather-Low; guitarist Snowy White; guitarist-vocalist Dave Kilminster; keyboardist-vocalist Jon Carin; drummer Graham Broad; Waters' son, Harry, on Hammond organ; saxophonist Ian Ritchie; and powerhouse vocalists PP Arnold, Carol Kenyon and Katie Kissoon.
After a 15-minute intermission, the band returned to play all 10 songs of "Dark Side of the Moon" from start to finish.
During a mesmerizing "Us and Them," keyboardist Carin nailed the ear-caressing vocals to the song, originally sung by Floyd vocalist David Gilmour.
During "Eclipse," the last track on "Dark Side," a rainbow of laser lights lit up a triangular prism above the crowd, re-creating the well-known image from the album cover.
The show ended with a three-song encore, including crowd favorites "Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2" and "Comfortably Numb."
Until Pink Floyd decides to reunite, a Waters concert is the next best thing.