Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Another great show last night; the band was tight as ever; there were no mic problems for Roger and I didn't notice any other technical problems at all. The venue in Lisbon is one of the best in Europe in my opinion. The sound is incredible no matter where you see the show from. I always remember how good it sounded in 2002 when I saw the In The Flesh show here. The design and building itself is a masterpiece, and I've not seen any other venue like it in the world. Although it doesn't look like it in the picture below, the whole roof is made up of wood!
Lisbon venue panorama
Watched the first 30 minutes from the front of the stage, and then we made our way towards the back and stood just behind the mixing desk for the rest.
View from the front
I took a new camera to the show, and I'm really disappointed with it for shots in low light. For pictures in daylight, like the ones I took sightseeing earlier in the day with my other camera, it's fantastic, but it just doesn't compare to my old one for gig pictures. Fortunately, I still have the other camera with me, so its back to that one from Madrid onwards!
Tonight's plane crash
I was hoping to take some good shots of the “sharp dressed men” in their suits, but these were the best I was able to get tonight.
Dave K's solo was spot on again, and there were more hair flicks for the girls than at the USA shows! Roger again chose to “freeze” on the left hand side podium during the swirling graphics for Comfy Numb--something he’s done on all the previous tours, but hasn't done on this one until now. Looks like the head-butt to the wall has been replaced with his fists thumping the wall to smash the bricks up again. This continues to be a highlight of the show and gets great cheers and applause from the audience! I do think the audience are distracted from Dave K’s solo by this, though, and it's such a shame, as it happens at one of the best parts of Dave's playing.
Comfy Numb (inc Roger “freezing” )
As much as the second half seems to fly by and be over in no time at all, the first half of the show seemed to do the same last night! If only The Wall had been a triple, or even quadruple, album!
I have to say, the graphics really do look fantastic the further back you see them. The 3D effect comes across a lot better from the rear of the hall. It's all a trick of the mind as you're watching them, but it's a very clever trick, and it's pulled off very well. Roger's changed up a few of the graphics during Run Like Hell, and as can be seen below, I believe the quotes are related to George Orwell's 1984.
Second half went along without a hitch. Roger used his machine gun again to fire on the audience, telling us all we should be shot, then picking the odd one or two out of the audience, pulling his imaginary gun from his jacket and firing it at the select few.
I actually like the band's new outfits for the second half. I think the berets look great; the backing singers look fantastic with their new shirts, armbands and even replica (I hope!) holstered guns by their side. Roger now not only tears off his armband, but he also pulls off his shirt and throws it down onstage in time with the music at the end of Waiting For The Worms. He doesn't, however, throw his armband into the crowd anymore.
As the wall came down tonight they played some extremely loud, heart thumping bass through the speakers. I never heard it before, and even though we were stood 3/4 of the way back in the venue, we could feel it going through our chests as the wall fell forward and backwards with smoke, flashing lights and a very loud crowd cheering away.
Lyrics to To Kill a Child have even been added to the wall!
Sorry about the quality of the pictures and videos above, but as I said before, I got a new camera for the shows, and while its turning out to be fantastic for daylight pictures, it's not the best in the world for gig pictures. So it's back to my good old Fuji F30 from Madrid onwards for pictures of the shows.More pics from the show in the album below
Posted by Simon W at Wednesday, March 23, 2011