The Hydro, Glasgow
Roger Waters is, in large part, his own tribute act. The setlist consisted mainly of Pink Floyd numbers from 1971 – 1977, along with a few songs from his latest solo album. Is there any difference then, between this and, say, The Australian Pink Floyd, who can be seen playing much the same songs, in this very same venue? Other than the absence of Rog’s solo numbers, which some may not be too upset by? I do believe there is.
This is, of course, a spectacular, with jaw-dropping lighting and effects. And it needed to be – the Hydro is huge. Happily this is a show designed for large arenas, with Rog prowling the stage conducting band and audience. Part 1 consisted of some Dark Side of the Moon (props to the backing vocalists for Great Gig in the Sky), a menacing One of These Days and Welcome to the Machine, crowd-pleasing Wish You Were Here and solo stuff. An unexpected highlight came at the end of the first half with Another Brick in the Wall.
It’s a song I didn’t care if I ever heard again, to be honest, so I was surprised by this electrifying version. The band were assisted by local school kids who lined the stage in orange jumpsuits, which they tore off towards the end to reveal RESIST t-shirts. Call me a big softy but I found this quite affecting. It set the scene for the second half.
In the second half, things ratcheted up a gear. For a start, in an impressive effect, a Battersea Power Station appeared (yes, complete with pig), stretching across the arena, bisecting the stage and acting as a screen for images. And there was Angry Rog. This manifested itself in breathtaking, snarling, savage renditions of Dogs and Pigs (3 different ones). And there it was – no tribute band could pull that off; you need to mean it. Rog is still very much a political animal (see what I did there) and, in a surprise development, is not taken with Donald Trump, cartoons of whom featured heavily in Pigs.
I was kind of stunned by all that but led down from the ledge by the rest of DSoTM, more solo and a final Comfortably Numb.
Let’s just say that no-one here would have felt out of place.
It made me think..
Animals is a fantastic album, maybe Floyd’s best.
OK, so this was Roger Waters plus top notch hired guns. But really, maybe Animals was too?
I would be a very happy man if I look as good as that in my mid-70s.