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13 APRIL 2018




On Friday the 13th and before a capacity of over 80%, with a delay of about twenty minutes, the stage formed by a large LED screen, the first sounds of Speak To Me made an appearance to continue with Breathe Voiced by Jonathan Wilson.

Then the instrumental One These Days with great force ended accompanied by the first Tic-Tac of the song Time with a new percussion introduction by the new drummer for this tour Us + Them, Joey Waronker.

The Great Gig In The Sky also has a controversial version of the female duo Jess Wolfe & Holly Laessig, with detractors and in their favor, in my personal opinion I liked it.

And one of the highlights of the concert, Welcome To The Machine, in an astonishing performance, with great strength that gave way to four songs from their latest album Is This The Life We Really Want?_cc781905 -5cde-3194-bb3b-136bad5cf58d_that perhaps it was the moment that because for many they were unknown songs, the public was a little more disconnected, When We Were Young,_cc781905-5cde-3194-bb3b -136bad5cf58d_Déjà Vu, The Last Refugee y _cc781905-5cde-3194-bb3b-136bad5cficture5 Thad_Picture5.

The melancholic moment of Wish You Where Here with its memory of Syd Barrett also had its presence.

And the first part of the concert ended with The Happiest Days Of Our Lives, Another Brick In the Wall Part 2 y_cc781905-5cde-3194-bb3d5Abb3d5-bb3b the Wall Part 3 with a group of teenagers dressed in orange jumpsuits to later get rid of them to show some black shirts with the word Resist.

A great first part after which Waters announces a few minutes of rest to start what for many is the most spectacular part of the concert.

Screens descend from the central part of the pavilion creating the old power station on the banks of the Thames, Battersea Power Station, cover of the album published in 1977, Animals.

Dogs is the song that opens the second part with the voice again of Jonathan Wilson with a great interpretation of Dave Kilminster on guitar, with a parody in the central instrumental part of the song with Waters and his musicians sitting at a table with some pig masks.

 And now my favorite moment, Pigs (Three Different Ones) with a direct attack on Donald Trump ridiculing him with images even dressed as a transvestite with the final tremendous guitar solo by Kilminster .

Algie also made his appearance by flying over the heads of all of us.

Money and Us And Them as in the album The Dark Side Of The Moon sounded together to continue with the new theme Smell The Roses.

Brain Damage and Eclipse imitating Money and Us And Them were also heard united as on the original album with the construction of a large light pyramid with a rainbow light show.

After this, Waters had a few words of thanks with the public and made reference to the current political and war problems in the world to interpret below Mother.

Comfortably Numb closed this great concert with Waters coming downstage to greet the front row VIP attendees, while Kilminster wowed us with perhaps the best guitar solo ever.

Regarding the impressions of the concert, reflect the quality of the sound, although there were times it gave the impression that there was a variation in sound, as if it was heard at times with less sound and in some areas they told us it was not heard as well as it should be heard, Although they told us that the second day the sound was superior.

And Waters, at 75, showed great physical shape by moving the entire concert from one side to the other, with great dedication as if he were a musician starting his musical career.

This almost new band with the exception of David Kilminster and Jon Carin who is supporting him since last year on his new tour, they really performed very well, the new drummer surprising me among all.

Foto Ruta Floyd



24 MAY 2018




After having attended three concerts by Roger Waters, one is cured of horror and knows that what one is going to find is a show of enormous dimensions, seasoned by music that, no matter how well-known it is always fascinates, and is performed by musicians of superior quality. Of course, everything is meticulous and there is no room for improvisation or surprise: nothing is out of the script, so if you are one of those who expects a return to the origins de Pink Floyd_cc781905-5cde- 3194-bb3b-136bad5cf58d_o long and progressive instrumental dalliances, better not spend money on these concerts. It is not about resurrecting a Pink Floyd (hopefully), but rather about preserving his legacy and paying tribute to it, a word that, unfortunately, is associated with Rock with too often in recent years.

Due to circumstances that are irrelevant to explain, I had to enjoy the concert seated, in the American style that I say, when what I like is to go down to the arena and move from one place to another and mingle with the people, but of course there is evil that does not come for good, this allowed me to focus more on the details of the stage and imbue myself with something more in the interpretations than when you are downstairs, sweating and, sometimes, chatting with the person next to you. The bad thing was that we were located in such a central place that, when the Battersea was deployed perpendicular to the stage, we lost part of the grandeur of the effect, but hey, you can't have everything...

First of all, it is worth highlighting the good shape in which he is Waters at his 75th birthday: he does not stop moving around the stage, absolutely involved, passionate, and with a voice who has kept enough of his youthful claw and fury, the one that was torn apart in the howls of Eugene or in the most provocative phrases of_cc781905-5cde-3194-bb3d.bb3d. The band that accompanies him is deluxe and among them stand out regulars from other tours in the area Floyd, the keyboard player Jon Carin_cc781905-5cde-3194-bb3b-1356-bb3b-1358_1356 and the guitarist 5cde-3194-bb3b-136bad5cf58d_Dave Kilminster, ya los que hay que añadir el otro guitarrista Jonathan Wilson, el batería Joey Waronker y varios músicos más supporting choirs and various winds.

As for the venue of the concert, which for me will always be the Palacio de los Deportes, now renamed the Wizink Center, as it is a somewhat inhospitable place for the type of concerts that I prefer, with less capacity, but I understand that for a A show with these characteristics is perhaps the most appropriate place and where cash can be made in a big way, something that is also inherent to the size of the show, since otherwise it would surely not be economically viable. Let's leave it correct and, of course, very expensive in terms of drinks (that is, beer) and food.

The sound, yes, spectacular and thunderous, and now is where I complain again for not having been below, in the sand, which is where the vibrations really make the inside of your body rumble. Upstairs, from where we were, the shaking of the speakers is not so well appreciated, but well, we also felt the decibelic power that Roger carries on his tour and that it is not Little thing.

Of course, the huge LED screen, the light effects, and the videos were spectacular, especially when, with Dogs playing, an impressive model of the_cc781905-5cde was displayed. -3194-bb3b-136bad5cf58d_Battersea (which smokes and everything) on which the videos and lights are projected: spectacular. In addition, we could also see a Algie in top form and as fledgling as usual.

And now we come to the fundamental point, that is, the music. I am not going to stop to describe each song because we all know them and we know very well that in these tours what is intended is to recover the great themes of Pink Floyd, with an oblivion, yes, absolute of what happened before de The Dark Side of the Moon; algo que está remediando Nick Mason en una mini gira por pequeños locales británicos en los que está resucitando temas de la primera época de Pink Floyd_cc781905-5cde -3194-bb3b-136bad5cf58d_y hopefully it will expand to other countries and include Spain.

En definitiva, un repaso de temazos como Breathe, One of These Days, Time, The Great Gig in the Sky, Welcome to the Machine,  Wish You Were Here, Dogs,_cc781905 -5cde-3194-bb3b-136bad5cf58d_Pigs (Three Different Ones), Money, Us And Them, Eclipse,_cc781905-5cde- 3194-bb3b-136bad5cf58d_Mother or the essential Comfortably Numb, among others, which delighted those present. He also reeled off some of the songs from his new album, Is This The Life We Really Want?, como_cc781905-5cde-3194-bb3b-136bad5cf5e138bad5cf,Las 5cde-3194-bb3b-136bad5cf58d_Smell the Roses o Picture That, which, at least, sounded wonderful to me (maybe), because the album was quite noticeable the downturn of the public when those less recognizable parts arrived. One thing that annoys me a lot is that he has left aside, once again, the themes of The Final Cut, so much his and that I like so much.

Full stop for messages with a high political content and direct criticism of Donald Trump (there was a moment during Pigs (Three Different Ones) when the message appeared in Spanish 'Trump you are a pig', with which I fully agree) that truffled the entire concert, something that cannot surprise followers of the career of Roger Waters y_cc781905 either -5cde-3194-bb3b-136bad5cf58d_Pink Foyd, a band always committed up and down the stage and that had in Roger its leading political scientist and ideologue.

To conclude I will tell you that I attended a great concert, yes, but too corseted and millimeter: a circus show in which the music of Pink Floyd is the great protagonist and everything it happens without surprises and satisfactorily.

Foto Ruta Floyd



25 MAY 2018




Little by little the enclosure was filling up in its entirety.
On this occasion Roger's band was made up of:
Joey Waronker - Drums
Jonathan Wilson - Guitar and Vocals
Gus Seyffert - Bass and Vocals
Dave Kilminster - Guitar
Bo Koster - Hammond Organ and Piano
Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig - Vocals
Ian Ritchie - Saxophone
Jon Carin - Keyboards and Guitar

On the high definition screen, a woman sitting on a dune facing the sea and with her back to us, livened up the wait for the start of the concert, which started 20 minutes late.
 Darkness fell, and  to the sound of the intro of "Speak to Me" the  screen began to change to red colors a kind of meteorites traveled through space while the band was placed in their respective positions, giving way to "Breathe·, if I have to be honest I will say that Jonathan Wilson's voice seemed a bit pasty to me, soft without strength.

 The earth in the shape of a metal ball, which moves away from the Battersea Power Station, gave way to "One These Days", played by two basses and with Jon Carin on slide guitar, I thought it was spectacular , even for my taste it surpassed the original version.
"Time" has arrived  one of my favorite Pink Floyd songs that with its classic clocks turning on the screen reminded us of the inexorable passage of time, highlighting the powerful voices of the chorus girls and the magnificent solo by Dave Kilmister.
Once again the slide guitar introduced us this time to "The Great Gig in the Sky", the truth is the song that I liked the least of the concert, because the voices of Jess and Holly completely change the score of this beautiful song, something that I don't like; I want to hear the intonation that  Clare Torry gives it in the original version.
Then with  "Welcome to the Machine" I fulfilled one of my wishes, to see Roger perform this song live again, since since 2002 at the Palau San Jordi with the tour of In The Flesh? It has never been included in the Set-List in the seven concerts that I have attended on different tours.

 From there, came the interpretation of the new songs,  “Deja Vu”, “The Last Refugee” and “Picture That”, of these three the What I like the most and what I managed to record, is "Picture That", in this song I loved the choruses of Jess and Holly although I can't help but admit that the show took a downturn, because these songs don't drag the masses.

Enthusiasm builds with “Wish you Were Here” chanted by the audience, and on the center screen two hands coming together but coming undone before reaching touch, followed by “The Happiest Days of Our Lives” and parts 2 and 3 from “Another Brick in the Wall.
During these songs, a chorus of children dressed in orange uniforms and black hoods appeared on stage, imitating Guantanamo inmates. During the guitar solo they took off their uniform and wore black T-shirts with the word RESIST underneath.
And so we come to a 20-minute break.
Then some sirens announced that something big was happening  and from the roof of the Wizink a mechanism hidden by flashing red lights was descending and came to a stop just a few meters from the heads of the track spectators, Little by little, as if by magic, the Battersea Power Station emerged from the bottom up, with its smoking chimneys and all.
Jonathan sang "Dogs", with a timbre quite similar to Gilmour and his hair blowing in the wind in imitation of David in his youth,  several members of the band donned dog and pig masks.. Roger with a pig mask acted as a bartender and served glasses of champagne  for everyone little by little he raised signs with criticisms such as: "Pigs rule the world" or "Fuck the pigs" after Roger raised his drink and toast to all attendees.
With "Pigs" came the moment that seemed to me the most sublime of the concert, because ever since I saw Roger in the Zócalo in Mexico, I had been dreaming of seeing this live, what can I say about the images of Trump on the screen, which this time was the Battersea??  Y of the flying pig?? A total enjoyment!!
I loved the sound of Kilmister's guitar that for me shone like the brightest of stars that night.
I thanked God for being present and being able to listen to this song, because we had overcome a great health problem... otherwise, we would not have been able to attend the concert.

The sound of the cash register announced that "Money" was now coming, the lyrics of this song written by Waters in 1973 are as valid now as then, for me the most remarkable thing was the guitar solo and the saxophone of Ian Ritchie .

The slow and melodic "Us and Them" arrives, sung by Jonathan, very well accompanied by Ian Ritchie on saxophone  and the voices of Jess and Holly.
The Show continued with "Smell The Roses", another song from Roger's new album

A standing ovation as the bars of "Brain Damage" sound, which intersects with "Eclipse"...and ohh surprise, a giant three-dimensional prism appears  formed by lasers that give the stage an unreal appearance, and on those present, to later change to the colors of the rainbow spectrum, being traversed by lasers of multiple colors imitating and perfectly surpassing the cover of "The Dark Side of the Moon"
Roger, visibly moved, thanked us for the warmth and love that the audience was showing..."in a world full of hate and evil, this is exactly what it takes to bring us closer to each other", he said... and many more things that I could not understand due to my poor knowledge of the English language. Then one by one he introduced us to his band.

Roger continued with three of his new songs "Wait For Her", "Oceans Apart" and "Part of Me Died", the truth is that I didn't like that when he was about to finish the concert, he incorporated these songs from the new album, I think it took away that part of going "In crescendo" from the fans' spirits when you see that the concert is ending...I would have liked more to hear "Mother", that was the one she sang the day before in the same place.
Finally the tremendous moment arrived with "Comfortably Numb", Roger went from one side of the stage to the other looking at his audience, and encouraging us to sing  and collaborate, arms outstretched and hands up!!_cc781905- 5cde-3194-bb3b-136bad5cf58d_

 While on the screen the hands that in "Wish You Were Here" could not join, now during the final solo, they meet! Roger takes advantage of these moments and comes down from the stage to also shake hands with a few lucky people in the VIP area.
Honorable mention for Kilmister, spectacular with his guitar! The best of the night!
Then with the greeting of the formation, the end of the concert came. With my hands already red from clapping so much, I saw a slightly hesitant Roger  get off the stage.
 Already in the silence and darkness of my hotel room, I could not fall asleep because the images and emotions experienced that night came and went through my head... and I ended up wondering how whenever I go to a Roger concert...will this be the last time I see you live??


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