Aged 78, Roger Waters was perhaps making his very last visit to Quebec. If ever this was the case, the memory left behind will have been a memorable one. A concert that corresponded perfectly to the current era. Very great Waters.
For this This is Not a Drill tour, passing through the Videotron Center on Sunday, ex-Pink Floyd, his seven musicians and two choristers evolved on a central stage with, above them, a huge giant screen.
“Turn off your phones in respect with your neighbors. And if you don't like the political opinions of Roger Waters, take your side at the bar, ”he said in slightly less polite terms, during a pre-recorded intervention.
< strong>Political Messages
Waters kicks off the evening with an audacious version of Comfortably Numb, slower, with some organ notes and the presence of choirs, and without the legendary guitar solo. On the screens, images of a city in ruins. We hear the thunder rumble.
The flying pig is seen appearing in the images. The public reacts. A superb entry. Different and above all successful.
The screen rises, we discover the scene, the sound of helicopters is heard and it's time for The Happiest Day of Our Lives >, followed, of course, by Another Brick in the Wall Part 2 and 3.
Political, relevant messages scroll across the screen and bear witness to a turbulent current time.
Waters crosses the stage, under red lights, so that he can be seen by people on the other side.
With recent tours where Pink Floyd material was omnipresent, the singer-bassist revisits Radio KAOS and Amused to Death with The Power That Be and The Bravery of Being Out of Range, in slightly different versions of the originals.
It was good to hear his solo material which, unfortunately, we hear very infrequently in his shows.
During The Power That Be, the images refer to Montrealers Pierre Coriolan, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and others, victims of police brutality. We then see the Reagans, Clintons, Bushes, Obamas and Trumps parading during The Bravery of Being Out of Range. A piece where guitarist Dave Kilminster delivered a superb solo. Newly, Waters was on the piano for this piece.
“Cheers,” he said, before taking a long sip from a bottle of wine.
After a short story called The Bar, with Waters alone at the piano, we were treated to Have a Cigar, a nod to Syd Barrett with a < em>Wish You Were Here well sung by the audience and the second segment, rarely played in concert, of Shine On You Crazy Diamond.
The electric piano notes of Sheep , deployed by Jon Carin, are suddenly heard. On the screen, we can read that the dogs and pigs from the album Animals, launched in 1977, are even more powerful today.
What a piece ! Certainly one of the greatest of Pink Floyd. The highlight of This is Not a Drill.
After intermission, the streamers with the hammers appear for In The Flesh.  ;
During Déjà Vu and Is This The Life We Really Want?, Waters pays the “deal”, sending the empires to hell, the Supreme Court, the patriarchy, guns and occupations, emphasizing the importance of human rights.
After the unmissable second side of Dark Side of the Moon, with the laser triangles during Eclipse, people gave the legendary musician a standing ovation.