Roger Waters showcases material from
Dark Side of the Moon.
Photo / Richard Robinson
The New Zealand Herald
July 14th 2007
North Harbour Stadium
By Peter Griffin:
Pink Floyd founder Roger Waters had only a three-quarter-full moon shining down on him in his concert on the North Shore - but the celestial theme of his greatest-hits show more than made up for that.
A backing band of long-time Waters collaborators seamlessly recreated Dark Side of the Moon, which was performed in its entirety and formed the highlight of the performance.
An early number to savour was Shine On You Crazy Diamond, which was played while an eerie, blood-red image of former Floyd frontman Syd Barrett, who died last year, floated above the stage.
A stunning backdrop of visuals mixed the faces of dead and, Waters would argue, living tyrants, with classic images from the Floyd canon - lunar landscapes, spinning clocks and even the band's early oil slides on Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun.
But even the supreme guitar playing of Andy Fairweather-Low couldn't save Leaving Beirut, a meandering new anti-war song about Waters' travels through Lebanon back in 1961.
In fact, if there was any weakness in Waters' show, it was the lack of new material.
Still, the timelessness of many of his classic tracks shone through, especially when a giant inflatable pig was released into the night sky during the bleak number Sheep.
Plastered along the wobbling hog's underbelly were anti-Bush slogans and the word "tinorangatiratanga" at the centre of a bull's eye.
Diehard fans rose to their feet for more-obscure numbers from the Floyd's last real album, The Final Cut.
Amused to Death was the only one of Waters' three solo albums to get an airing.
An unforgettable performance and the closest thing to a true Pink Floyd performance we younger fans are likely to witness.