Well, after finally catching up on sleep from the late night last night, I would like to share one of my most memorable nights with you all. I have been waiting, with ticket in hand, since the day they went on sale for this show, even longer before I knew about it. Floyd has been one of the biggest influences and inspirations in my life when it comes to my creativness, and other things. I cant explain what it is, but any of their songs gives me a different feeling inside. This was so much fun, I was able to belt out the words to all but one new song I hadn't heard, as did the crowd.
I was a bit skeptikal of this show. After reading many books I always held a bit of negativity towards Roger; quiting the band, suing the remaining members for the name after they started to retour, I always felt that by doing these things he was very selfish in that it was his decision to leave. I realized I was always hearing someone elses side of the story and not his. Last night changed my feelings 100%.
The show was at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul MN. It could have sold out a few days before. Im not sure but there were a few, if any, empty seats. The general population there was of a different mix, which I expected, however, there were some much older folks there, which I didnt expect. An older couple on each side of us were fans since the days of Syd.
I did cheat and get a peek at the set list, but I loved what I saw:
* In The Flesh
* Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun
* Shine On You Crazy Diamond
* Have A Cigar
* Wish You Were Here
* Southampton Dock,
* Fletcher Memorial Home
* Perfect Sense Parts 1 & 2
* Leaving Beirut
(15 minute break)
DARK SIDE OF THE MOON:
* Speak To Me
* On The Run
* The Great Gig In The Sky
* Us And Them
* Any Colour You Like
* Brain Damage
* The Happiest Days of Our Lives
* Another Brick In The Wall Pt. 2
* Bring The Boys Back Home
* Comfortably Numb
I was really surprised to see Set the Controls, while Shine On was a tribute to Barrett who passed in 2006. This was very touching as the screen behind showed old pics and video of Syd. To not just hear Comfortably Numb, but also the four tracks ahead of it was quite emotional, as it is probably my favorite song and holds the most meaning.
I feel it is sometimes far fetched to say something like this was life-changing, but at one time Floyd was just that for me. The music and lyrics made me really think about life and have opened many doors for me. As I said, it was an incedible show to attend, and Roger and his group didnt have to do as much as show up on stage to create a stadium full of excitement.
Ill leave you with a few pics I was able to take. We were section 103, row 9, seats 3 and 4, which was pretty dang close and a great view.