In the Flesh - full concert
Todays blog features a favorite of mine, Roger Waters "In the Flesh" tour video from 2000. I actually saw this tour and it was amazing.
For those that didn't know, Roger Waters was the bassist and main songwriter for Pink Floyd. The DVD was filmed live at the Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon back in June 2000. It is a 3 hour long concert and covers all of the Floyd classics such as Time, Comfortably Numb, Wish You Were Here, Money, Dogs, and many more. It also features a "best of" of Rogers solo work. It comes with a 30 minute long documentary on preparing for the tour, one of the few DVD side documentaries worth watching. Other than that, it's kind of a no-frills deal, as are most concert DVDs.
Most notably in my opinion and the reason I'm blogging about this dvd today is the guitar playing of Doyle Bramhall II. Not only is he a left handed guitar player, but he doesn't reverse the strings for left handed playing. That means he's literally playing upside down with the low strings on the bottom and the high strings on the top.
As this quote from Bramhall himself says, playing left handed and upside down presents its own challenges when it comes to playing, transposing and music theory.
I play by ear, so it could be the same and have no challenges for me. However, the different challenges for me are chords and transposing chords, because there are no instructions or music books out there for the positioning of the fingers for a left-handed, upside-down player. All the theory and technique doesn't apply to me because I would have to transpose it completely, as opposed to if I strung left-handed. Then all the finger positions on the first, second, third, fourth, fifth fret would all be the same. But for me, it's useless. - Doyle Bramhall II
However, I think Bramhall does a nice job of playing both staying true to the original Pink Floyd guitar style while at the same time bringing his own style of playing and making the songs his own. Its a fine balancing act to do that correctly and I think he pulls it off.
Here is the setlist of the dvd
01. In The Flesh
02. The Happiest Days Of Our Lives
03. Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2)
05. Get Your Filthy Hands Off My Desert
06. Southampton Dock
07. Pigs On The Wing (Part 1)
09. Welcome To The Machine
10. Wish You Were Here
11. Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts 1-8)
12. Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun
16. Pros & Cons Of Hitch Hiking Part 11
17. Perfect Sense (Parts 1 & 2)
18. The Bravery Of Being Out Of Range
19. It's A Miracle
20. Amused To Death
21. Brain Damage
23. Comfortably Numb
24. Each Small Candle
Sure Roger Waters solo career has some questionable tunes and they're definitely not the highlight of the dvd. But guitar players will like this dvd for the unique playing of Doyle Bramhall II. Pink Floyd fans will like the song selection from such underrated albums like Animals (a real guitar players album in my opinion). Enjoy.
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