Legendary Pink Floyd bassist and founding member Roger Waters was in Denver Saturday night for the first of a two-night run in the Mile High City. Waters is currently on his Us + Them tour, or you might really call it a crusade, one where you get to hear classic Pink Floyd songs and some of Waters’ newer solo material played by his amazing band. And as usual, Waters spared no expense on the production of the show. Be sure to check our our amazing photo gallery above.
As noted, one of the first things you saw when you walked into the Pepsi Center arena was a giant screen that stretched the length of the entire stage. Before the band came out, the screen projected a picture of woman sitting on the beach, but it wasn’t just a still photo. You could see the breakers rolling in and the grass on the dunes swaying in the ocean breeze, with the woman turning her head to look out over the sand or surf every now and again. And this was all before the show even started.
When the band took the stage, they jumped right into the opening suite to Pink Floyd’s seminal 1973 album Dark Side of the Moon, “Speak to Me”/Breathe.” After “One of These Days,” Waters returned to material from Dark Side with “Time” and “Great Gig in the Sky,” the latter of which was handled beautifully by Waters’ two female backup singers. Waters jumped to the follow up to Dark Side, 1975’s Wish You Were Here, on “Welcome to the Machine,” for which he slung on a 12-string acoustic guitar.
Next, Waters and launched into a four-song run of newer solo material including the socio-political “The Last Refugee.” Waters returned to Pink Floyd numbers for a closing foray that included “Wish You Were Here” and “Another Brick in the Wall” parts two and three. On part three, Waters had a number of children join him onstage as usual to help sing the famous line “Hey, teacher, leave them kids alone” to close out the first set. Although the first set contained some political songs and imagery, it was during the second set when Roger really got going.
Waters’ disdain for American president Donald Trump is no secret, and shots were certainly fired with the opening volley of two songs from the 1976 album Animals, “Dogs” and “Pigs,” Of course with “Pigs,” the famous Pink Floyd pig made an appearance while images of Trump flashed on the screen with the word “charade” when the band would sing the famous line “Ha ha, charade you are.” There were also some very piggy theatrics during the synthesizer portion of the song where members of the band donned pig masks. Perhaps appropriately, the next song was Dark Side's’ “Money” and “Us and Them” before the Waters solo song, “Smell the Roses.”
Waters then returned to Dark Side for the album's closing suite of “Brain Damage” and “Eclipse.” Things got political again with the Pink Floyd number, “Bring the Boys Back Home” before the show closer of “Comfortably Numb,” which featured a stunning, multi-colored laser pyramid that hung above the crowd. All in all, it was a night of great music and amazing production. But all that has come to be expected from the incomparable Roger Waters.
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