On October 6th 2023 Roger Waters released his re-imagining of Pink Floyd’s 1973 classic album titled The Dark Side of the Moon Redux. A few days later Roger would perform the album in its entirety for two evenings at the London Palladium on October 8th and 9th. Roger’s band consisted of many of which had appeared on the album itself. There was a six piece string section fronted by Gabe Noel, a few of the members from Roger’s current touring band: Jon Carin (keyboards/guitars/synth), Jonathan Wilson (guitar), Gus Seyffert (bass), Robert Walter (keyboards/organ) and Joey Waronker (drums) along with Johnny Shepherd (organ, piano, and vocals), Via Mardot on the theremin, and Azniv Korkejian on vocals.
Released: 6th October 2023
Live: The London Palladium: 8th-9th October 2023 Summary: “Unexpected, poignant, but critically informative”
The set list was quite unexpected and this will be explained below.
Entrance: Increased security and long queues
- First Half Roger enters the stage in black with a Pink Blazer.
- No political statements made
- Says his thank yous to Andrew Lloyd Webber for allowing his event to go ahead. So peace has been made with him over ‘Echoes’.
- Sits at his desk with his laptop and reads from his forthcoming memoirs.
1. Growing up in the 1950s
2. A cat and Syd Barrett, Bike
3. Donald the Duck (she) and pronouns
- Swears at a heckler
- Does impressions of Bruce Forsyth and Max Bygraves
Music (14 piece band)
- The Bar (a longer version than the tour)
The first half songs had a 14 piece band and was more orchestral with strings. A very different Roger mostly mellowed and relishing his time in the theatre.
1. 20 minute video explanation of every song lyric on the album. This for me was the most important and informative part of the evening and explains both the 1973 and 2023 versions.
Roger is now 80 and the explanation was as a 29 and 79 year old (when DSOTM and Redux were recorded)
2. Dark Side Of The Moon: Redux Live
Great to see the Live premiere of this album with the lyrics on the screen. I found the album to be hard to listen to the day before, but with the explanation my view has changed.
It was not like the O2 show or a typical rock concert and it was good that it was different. Some tickets came with extras.
Ended at 22:45. Overran. Roger loves to talk.
Photo credit: Kate Izor
The London Palladium is a Grade II West End theatre located on Argyll Street, London, in Soho. The auditorium holds 2,286 people. Hundreds of stars have played there, many with televised performances. Between 1955 and 1969 Sunday Night at the London Palladium was staged at the venue, produced for the ITV network.
Review and photos thanks to Chris Rogers. Bottom photograph thanks to Kate Izor.
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