We might be a ways off until Roger Waters arrives on UK soil with his groundbreaking Us + Them tour, but the noise we're hearing from the other side of the Atlantic suggests we're in for something special.
Waters has been criss-crossing North America since May with his most ambitious audiovisual experience yet, wowing crowds with a fully immersive experience, pulling out Pink Floyd classics from 'Dark Side Of The Moon', 'The Wall', 'Wish You Were Here' and 'Animals', as well as the biggest cuts from his solo material. The North American leg has just wrapped, so let's take a look at what the critics have been saying.
“Beauty was in no short supply at Staples Center, where Waters’ typically elaborate production put his expert road band (filled with hip young players like singer-guitarist Jonathan Wilson and drummer Joey Waronker) on a stage tricked out with sophisticated visual components: high-definition video screens, a floating orb equipped with a camera, a collapsible replica of the iconic Battersea Power Station pictured on the cover of Pink Floyd’s “Animals.” – Los Angeles Times
“one classic-rock staple after another, delivered through a breathtaking sound system that somehow made a hockey arena sound like a pair of Bose headphones. Honestly, it was the best sound quality I’ve ever experienced during my decades of attending shows at the home of the San Jose Sharks.” – East Bay Times
“the most striking cinematic theatrics ever employed on a rock stage. There should be Oscars for this kind of work.” – Billboard
“By the time the second solo hits [in “Comfortably Numb”], so does the strange euphoria that comes with throwing your hands in the air and singing along to a perfect song with thousands of other strangers.” - UPROXX
“Roger Waters delivers music that matters”– OC Register
“Next-level rock-and-roll theater” – Arizona Republic
We all love a glowing review, but what have the fans in the crowds been saying? Let's have a glance at Twitter...
Thank you for your show in Columbus Ohio! 🎶â¤ï¸🎶 I loved and will remember it always 💕 pic.twitter.com/syjUajACE1— Becky (@becky051959) October 31, 2017
When artistic genius & humanitarianism meet,it is sublime&profoundly moving!1 month post show,still takes my breath awaySHUKRAN #rogerwaters— Randa H. (@rnahnna) October 30, 2017
Saw the Ottawa show and cried through â€œUs & Themâ€. Only other time Iâ€™ve cried during a show was Tragically Hipâ€™s goodbye show.— K Goffin (@kgoffin_k) October 30, 2017
thank you for the amazing show Saturday night in Vancouver. second time seeing you. hope to see you again.— Stephen middleton (@Stephen198027) October 30, 2017
@rogerwaters Roger It was a real pleasure to interact with you on Oct 26 with my question about the FN issues ... I will always remember that moment ... The show blew me away last night Please take care of yourself ... this world needs you man Peace ,light and love brother âœŒï¸ pic.twitter.com/6PlshA0QVt— Jaeme Grosvenor (@koyamishishi) October 30, 2017
BONUS: Have you ever wondered how Mr. Waters makes his way from the dressing room to the stage? Well, watch the video below and wonder no more!
The Us + Them tour will arrive in the UK in the summer of 2018. Catch it live at one of the following dates:
29 - GLASGOW SSE Hydro
30 - GLASGOW SSE Hydro
02 - LIVERPOOL Echo Arena
03 - MANCHESTER Arena
07 - BIRMINGHAM Arena Birmingham
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