At the age of 78, Roger Waters made perhaps his last ever visit to Quebec. If that was ever the case, the memory that lingers will have been a memorable one. A concert that perfectly corresponded to the current time. Very large bodies of water.
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For this tour This is not an exerciseWalking through the Videotron Center on Sunday, the ex-Pink Floyd, his seven musicians and two singers performed on a central stage with a giant giant screen overhead.
“Turn off your phones out of respect for your neighbors. And if you don’t like Roger Waters’ political opinions, swear your camp at the bar,” he began in slightly less polite words during a taped intervention.
Waters opens the evening with a daring version of comfortably Numb, slower, with some organ notes and the presence of choirs and without the mythical guitar solo. On the screens images of a destroyed city. We hear thunder rolling.
The flying pig can be seen in the pictures. The public reacts. A great entry. Different and above all successful. Which felt good with a track we’ve listened to many times and is starting to burn out.
The screen goes up, we discover the scenery, the noise of the helicopters can be heard and off we go The happiest day of our livesfollowed of course by Another brick in the wall part 2 and 3.
Relevant political messages run across the screen and testify to a turbulent current time.
Waters walks across the stage under a red light so the people on the other side can see him.
The singer and bassist returns on recent tours where Pink Floyd material has been ubiquitous Radio KAOS and Amusing to death With The power that is and The bravery of being out of reachin slightly different versions from the originals.
It was good to hear his solo material which unfortunately we very rarely hear on his shows.
While The power that is The images refer to Montrealers Pierre Coriolan, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and others, victims of police brutality. We then see the Reagans, Clintons, Bushes, Obamas and Trumps during the parade The bravery of being out of reach. A track on which guitarist Dave Kilminster delivered an excellent solo. Element of novelty, Waters was at the piano for this part.
“Cheers,” he said before taking a long sip from a bottle of wine.
Based on a short story titled The bar, with Waters alone at the piano we were spoiled Have a cigara nod to Syd Barrett with a I wish you were here sung well by the audience and the second segment, rarely played in concert, by Shine with your crazy diamond.
The electric piano sheet music from sheep, inserted by Jon Carin, can suddenly be heard. On the screen we can read that the dogs and pigs of the album Animals, Launched in 1977, they are even more powerful today.
What a piece! Certainly one of Pink Floyd’s greatest. The climax of This is not an exercise.
Waters played the air drum and got the crowd reacting by raising his arms in the air, savoring the moment before the break.
On the way back, the banners with the hammers appear In the flesh.
While Déjà-vu and Is this the life we really want?, Waters gets the “trafficking,” damn empires, the Supreme Court, patriarchy, guns and occupations, and stresses the importance of human rights. Is this the life we really want? The question was relevant.
After the obvious second page of The dark side of the moonwith the laser triangles during darknesspeople gave a standing ovation that seemed to stun the legendary musician.
During Outside the Wall, the musicians circled the stage to greet the audience. A wonderful finale, which ended a great evening.