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Live Review: Roger Waters Brought “Us and Them” To The Tri-State

Robert Juckett September 25, 2017 Live, Reviews No Comments

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Roger Waters brought his 2017 ‘US and THEM’ Tour to our area for a string of shows that ran from August through September. Starting with 3 shows at the Wells Fargo Center Aug 08, 09 and 11 in Philadelphia PA. The Prudential Center in Newark NJ Sept 07, 2 shows at the Barclays Center Sept 11 and 12 in Brooklyn NY and 2 shows at The New Coliseum in Uniondale NY. That was 9 shows for all of you die-hard Roger Waters / Pink Floyd fans but for those who happened to miss those shows or still want more, the ‘US an THEM’ Tour returns to the area one more time on Sept 24 at the XL Center in Hartford CT.

The show covered songs from ‘Dark Side of the Moon’, ‘Animals’ and ‘The Wall’ of course with Pink Floyd classics that we come to expect from Roger. “Breath”, “Time”, Welcome to the Machine” and “Money” were just some of the many Floyd classics that did not disappoint.

Roger is also on the road supporting his latest solo Album, “Is This the Life We Really Want?” which has received a lot great reviews in the press despite his political views. He performed 5 songs from the new album including “The Last Refugee” and “Smell the Roses”.

The first set remained mostly nonpolitical and Roger did not add any commentary which ended with “another Brick in the Wall Part 2 and 3″ with kids on stage dancing and wearing t-shirts that read RESIST.

The second set was a much bigger production than the first set as a huge two-sided projection screen (think U2) was lowered down from the ceiling and split the arena in two from the stage to the back of the floor and the Battersea Power Station made famous on the cover of the album, “Animals” was displayed end to end complete with four working smokestacks coming out of the top. It rivaled ‘The Wall’ set up from his last tour.

The first song of the second set was “Dogs” which seemed appropriate for the huge screens which was then followed “Pigs (Three Different Ones). Roger really let the crowd know how he felt about the President and he let the screens do the talking on this one on just how he feels about the Trump Administration. There were a few boos but most fans were in agreement and there weren’t any surprises there.

“Brain Damage / Eclipse” ended the set with a huge laser pyramid that was generated out over the crowd that looked exactly like the cover of the album, “Dark Side of the Moon” and was the highlight of the concert. The show was an amazing event and for those who missed it, get your tickets for the XL Center Sept 24 !! You don’t want to miss it.

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