torsdag 1. juni 2017

Is this the life we really want?

"Our parents made us who we are. Or was it God? Who gives a fuck?"



It's been nearly 25 years since the album "Amused to death" was released. 25 years. I don't remember much from that time, but I do know people have been waiting for this album for 25 years. Hoping for a new album. Waiting. And now it's finally here! It was one happy Maria coming home from work to  check my mailbox today. The most beautiful little thing. Roger Waters new album.




Before the cd release, 3 songs from the album has been released with a few weeks apart. The first one was "Smell the roses". A song I liked straight away. An angry Roger song! I played the song on repeat for days. The more I listened to it, the more I liked it. But I was of course wondering if the rest of album would be similar.
Then the song "Déjà vu" was released. And it was very different from "Smell the roses".A very beautiful song. The melody catched me straight away, and the lyrics are great.
The next and last song to be released was "The last refugee". This song went straight up to the top as favourite. There is something about his voice in this song.



"Picture that" is a song that also got available to listen to before the album release. It didn't come up on spotify etc, but it was filmed during the dress rehearsal in New York. And then I had a new favourite. Here we're talking angry Roger! And I love it! The lyrics are priceless and the song is in general very catchy.



Listening to these songs made me very hopeful for the full album. There is something very special about listening to the full album in one go. From track 1 until track 12. It's definatly one slbum you should listen to in one go, like many other Pink Floyd and Roger Waters album. The songs are melting into one another. For my ears - it's pure perfection! Roger Waters did it again.
I never had any doubt about the album being good, but then again - you never know. Just thinking of how much control he actually gave up on this album. Which is not something this man does easy. But it actually turned out great.

Track list:
1 - When we were young
2 - Déjà vu
3 - The last refugee
4 - Picture that
5 - Broken bones
6 - Is this the life we really want?
7 - Bird in a gale
8 - The most beautiful girl
9 - Smell the roses
10 - Wait for her
11 - Oceans apart
12 - Part of me died

It's hard to hide the exitement

After listening to the whole album over and over again, it is hard to pick a favourite! I love them all! Best album of the year. I'm sure it's gonna be the album that I will play the most this year. Every song floats so great together with the next one. I imagine I will rarely listen to only a song or two. Need to hear it all together. I already got tears in my eyes a few times listening to it. It is a very special album to me. First Roger Waters album I have listened to straight after the release. A very special moment for a young(ish) Pink Floyd girl.

Thank you Roger Waters! This album was very much needed.

Picture that


Is this the life we really want?

søndag 27. november 2016

Roger Waters - Live at Desert Trip

Ready for Oldchella


Coachella. Or as media called it - Oldchella.
The weekend where Bob Dylan, Rolling Stones, Neil Young, Paul McCartney, The Who and last but not least - Roger Waters would all play at the same festival, over three days.
When the tickets was released, we only managed to get tickets to the sunday show (first weekend). It would be fun to see all these big stars, but if I had to choose one day, it would definatly be sunday.
Don't think I would go all the way from Norway to California to see any of the others. But Roger has this power over me, so I really couldn't help going all.

Wristband and matching dress

Me and Tracey

Me and Philip drinking coffee 


I flew with my family from Bergen to London and then to Los Angeles. We had a few days in this city before we drove up to Indio. We also met up with a few friends on this trip.
Whilst my parents and sister slept in the RV, I had a friend who was kind enough to let me sleep there. He and some friends had been to all the concerts, so it was fun catching up the night before the big Roger Waters concert!

Pink with the wristband

Breakfast time

One ready fan


The next morning I got up quite early and started to get ready for the big day. My wrist band (that was basically the concert ticket) was activated and I was ready to go. We had some breakfast/lunch at James' house before Greg came to pick us up. Then we headed to the RV camp to pick up my parents and sister. And then we drove to meet Laura. Her cousin drove us over to the concert area, and we started walking.

Too exited to be normal

Me and Laura on the way 

Family on the way


Hammer time with my sister


I was under the impression that this area would be huge. And that it was!! Wow! As soon as you got into the area, you had to walk for quite a bit just to get close to where the stage was.
I've been to a few outdoor concerts and festivals, but never been somewhere like this. There was barely no lines. Clean toilets, small lines to get food and drinks, and there was several places where you could sit down in the shade to enjoy a beer.

Showing off tattoos

Pink had a great day

Pirate/hippie Maria


When The Who was about to go on stage, we went to the main concert area and found a place we could stand. There was a fence we could lean against, and not too crowded. The Who was amazing, but I was also a bit too exited to see my hero again.
After nearly 90 minutes after The Who went off stage, they dimmed the lights and you could hear some construction noises. You knew something big was about to happen.

One happy family


It was so great to see him again, and he really did look better then ever! The band started the show with "Speak to me" and "Breathe", which was a great was to start off this show with. I was almost in shock and knew this was gonna be one of the greatest shows I've ever seen!
I was dancing, singing and bouncing up and down. One of the songs I was most exited to hear, was played quite early. And that is "Fearless". That was a truly perfect moment for me. And the band nailed the song! I wouldn't mind it they turned up the sound a bit more, but besides that - no complaints. Also - as a Liverpool supporter - standing with 80 000 other people singing "You'll never walk alone". WOW!

Big screen close to where we were

"Have a cigar" was also on the set list, and I was very surprised that Roger sang the chorus himself! Thought his voice might struggle, but no. His voice sounded so powerful and raw.
When the band was almost halfway through the set list, they played "Wish you were here", and since that is a song that is almost always played, I decided to run to the bathroom and to buy something to drink. I brought my sister along, and we ran as quick as we could. I knew they might start playing songs from "Animals" after this song. And that is an album I haven't heard too many songs live from.
Anyways, before we got back into the main area, we heard the construction noises again, so we found a spot where we could see the stage. And what do you know! 4 chimneys rose up from the top of stage. And BOOM! Battersea Power station was a fact.



When he started playing "Pigs on the wings, pt1" we started running back to the others. Halfway over, the song was ending, but luckily for us he had put part 1 and 2 of that song together. I really wanted to be where I was supposed to be when he started playing "Dogs".
Back in the right spot - "Dogs" was played. Mindblowing! Finally I could hear it live. Been a dream since I bought the "In the flesh" live dvd. Listening to this song live brought out a big smile on my face and also a few happy tears.

The view of the stage from where we were



"Pigs (Three different ones)" was a very pleasant experience. There was loads of Trump references , and I found that very entertaining. This was of course a few weeks before Trump was elected President, but still. Roger had the posibilities to let people know what he though, and he definatly took it. The flying pig came flying in. Me and Philip actually tried to chase the pig two times. Juuust in case they would bring pig down. But they didn't. It was fun going on my first pig hunt.
One one of the sides of the pig they had a map over US with the words "Together we stand, divided we fall". On the screen behind the stage he'd also put up quite a few of Trump's most 'famous' quotes. Not charming at all. It felt like a lot of people in the audience agreed with Roger and the venue was boiling.




Roger had two new female background singers. I was not familliar with them, but the rest of the band was almost all the same that joined him during "The Wall" concerts. The background singers did an amazing job! Their voices was powerful and very suitable to this concert. I'm still no huge fan of "The great gig in the sky", but these girls did a good job on this song.
Other highlights of the show was "Brain damage" and "Eclipse". I did hear Roger perform these songs during the "Dark side of the moon tour", and was happy to hear him play them again.

Prism


As expected, the concert ended with "Comfortably numb". It was great to see both Robbie Wycoff and David Kilminster on top of 'the wall' during this song. It was a bit windy, but they both still did a perfect job. Took me straight back to when I travelled around to see "The Wall".
I've heard this song so many times live before, but I never think I've been singing so loud to this song before. I knew it was almost over, and wanted to get out exactly how I felt.

 Amazing


I found it strange that the band was not introduced. That left me a little hope that there would be an encore, but that never happened. Good thing I know the entire band from before. The ladies I haven't seen before, but the rest all have familliar faces.
The show was over, and I did take my time getting out from the area. I was sad I wouldn't see it again any time soon, but was also so happy to have seen my hero again. And at Desert Trip.

Me and Pink after the show!

It really is the wonderful life of being a Pink Floyd fan

Full concert. Enjoy!

Happy times with this lovely girl

Greg and my parents

Beautiful 

DESERT TRIP

Much fun seeing David Kilminster playing with Roger Waters again


Pink after show

Dinner time

I had good reasons to be exited before this dream of a concert


torsdag 10. november 2016

David Gilmour live at RAH - Part II

The second show was happening friday 30th of september. I was really happy to see him again, but also felt a bit sad. Last ticket to see David Gilmour this summer, and I have no idea if he'll ever tour again.
This day was quite buisy. Luckily we didn't stay up too long after the show yesterday, but we did get up quite early this morning. Earlier this day we'd been to London Museum, Gerald Scarfes exhibition and Scarfes bar. I had been very buisy letting my Pink Floyd geek shine.



After visiting Scarfes bar, me, dad and Sam went straight over to Glouster Arms, where there was pre-drinks today as well. Some people had already arrived, and we found ourselves a table, and bought some food. I was not feeling to well this afternoon due to some back problems, and I think I also felt more sad then I would admit. Knowing it's your last show is not a good feeling.

Having a meal at the pub


As the hours went by, I started to feel a bit better, and I got around to talk with people. So again I had a great time with old and new Pink Floyd fan friends. The pub was filled up with crazy fans.
My dad went for a walk after a while and we planned to meet up outside the venue a bit before the show was to start.
We had a great time at the pub. When it got closer to 7pm, we were a small group of poeple finishing the rest of the beer, before heading over to the venue.

Pink and a beer glass with image of Battersea Power Station


This evening we had were sat in the same row as the day before, we just had different seats. Philip was joining us today, so I was sat between him and Sam, and then Sam sat next to my dad. It was great fun seeing this show again with Philip. We saw two shows together in Verona, and I have never been to a show with someone who is equally passionate about the music as I am. It feels good not to be the only one stuggeling to sit still in seats and want to sing through the whole show.

Philip, me, Pink, Sam and my dad


The show was the same as the night before, as expected, but it still felt quite different. It was like the entire band was filled up with adrenaline, and they all seemed to enjoy themselves on stage. They were smiling all the time and some of them seemed to dance around more then they usually do. I guess they all felt great ending a tour that has been going so well.
I know for sure I at least have enjoyed all 7 shows I've got to see this year.
Anyways, we enjoyed a few beers during the show. During the intermission me and Philip went to get David Gilmour posters. The merchandise shop on 7th floor was very limited, so I settled for a poster.

Happy Norwegians at the show


Some of the songs got me really emotional this evening. Especially "Fat old sun". A song I first heard live just one year ago - during the same tour. It truly is one of my favourite song, and knowing this might be the last time to hear it live got me all teared up. Luckily it was most happy tears, feeling so lucky for being there.
I was quite loud today as well. Singing a lot, cheering and screaming. The day before I got up to dance etc a few more times then I did today, but it felt like I had to keep seated today and absorbe it all.





Again, the setlist was much the same as the day before, but he did play "The girl in the yellow dress" again today. I'm one of not too many fans of this song, so at least I was very pleased he had put the song back on the setlist. I was glad to see it again live one last time. The only annoying thing is that I did not expect him to play this song tonight, so I did not wear my yellow-ish dress. I did brought it to London, but decided last minute not to wear it.

The yellow-ish dreass I should have worn



This evening I got to see a concert I wouldn't change a bit of. It all seemed so very perfect. Had a great view to the stage both nights, the sound was loud and clear, and all the songs sounded great. Even "The great gig in the sky"!It really has been growing on me with these background singers. Still no favourite song, but I enjoyed it more tonight then I did the first night.



When the show was ending, we were all standing up, jumping, dancing, clapping and singing. One by one song ended - and then it was over.
I didn't want to leave the venue after the gig. I wanted the show to start all over again. All I felt leaving this venue was the sensation of being mindblown. And wow! That is a good feeling.




I bought some t-shirts outside the venue today as well, before heading over to the pub we were all to meet at after the show. The place seemed more packed then yesterday, and it was so good meeting up with all the crazy fans one last time on this trip. There was a lot of laughter and happiness in the pub tonight. At the end of the evening (when bar was about to close), we all started singing "Wish you were here". A truly magical moment.
I was very lucky this evening, since one of my new friend, Daniel from Canada, gave me Guy Pratt's bass pic! I was in shock, and I still am. A very nice gesture!



Crazy fans!


When the pub closed, my dad went back to the hotel, whilst me and Sam joined Ole, Philil, Laila and Anne Marie to their hotel. We bought some food and drinks on the way to the hotel, and when we got there we were sat talking and having a good time. Around 3 at night we decided to get a taxi back to the hotel to get some sleep.


Went to bed with a big smile on my face. It really had been a great day.