I spent an unusually quiet day today and it took me the entire day for everything I saw to sink in…People think I might have delayed writing this post…trust me I still have no words to write what I witnessed. Any number of adjectives or exclamation marks will fail to mark the pure magic, I managed to witness. All I can say is that even after 40 odd hours since the concert… there is someone in my head….AND IT’S NOT ME!
I entered the area outside the grounds as early as 4:30 and was in time to hear what I presume to be one of the best sound-checks ever. Hush now baby babe…screamed the quadraphonix …and I was like…tell that to my heart! I walk in to the ground, a little past 5:30 and I took in one of the first zillion gasps, I took that day! I knew at that moment that I had taken one of the finest decisions in my life …to go for the 3K ticket. Up close and personal…Mr. Waters. Enroute to the grounds I could have sworn that it was a dressed in black Waters, sitting in a black car…in front of my rickshaw…I’d say a 99.99 % on that…anyway I can’t prove it and I don’t have to…so I’ll just feel happy over it
Ok the concert begins and we see ourselves about 15 odd rows away from the stage…not a bad start I guess…plus there wasn’t an inch to move…but we tried, and so did the others. I remember this middle aged guy saying, “Please let me go ahead…my wife is out there!” It was so exasperating, that the ‘devil-in-me’ replied, “Sir….even my wife is somewhere out there…it’s just that I ain’t married yet!!!” The truth was nobody could have helped him…not even Waters The screen came alive with a man smoking an unending cigarette and taking sips of alcohol and tuning a radio…and then he tuned it to the perfect station……….In The Flesh……….finally in the flesh!
In The Flesh: So ya…Thought ya…might like to go to the show………Bloody Hell yeah!!! Since the very first day we heard of the tour!!! LIGHTS! ROLL THE SOUND EFFECTS! ACTION!!!
…The dream begins …In action
Mother: One song that always nudges its way into my head and makes me sing it all the time…it was Mother that I was singing even hours after the concert got over!!! Still dunno why!!! Ooooooooh babe…ooooooooh babe….oooh babe….you will always be baby to me. Katie Kissoon …Sweeeeet Mother of God!!!
Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun: I dunno about the sun…but this amazingly mellow number did set it on collision course with a thousand hearts all across MMRDA. Amazing visuals adorned the screen behind.
Shine On You Crazy Diamond (II-V): Syd was there…….Syd was!!!
Dave Kilminister registered the four famous chords….deeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep inside us for a looooong time to remember, then Ian Ritchie gave a super saaaxxxxy performance.
…And thus he sang.…And he played!
Have A Cigar: It left many in a cloud of smoke…a smoke of smuggled cigarettes.
Wish You Were Here: Gilmour …you were missed…and many many wished you were here! Some wished their girl friends were…some their wives…I wished that one guy…who so amazingly managed to ruin it for some of us present there, by trying to push on ahead, wasn’t there at all!!!
Southampton Dock / Fletcher Memorial: This point on …Waters has lined up his lyrical best!!! The angst …pain…point of views all came to the fore…a beautiful prelude to Pig!!! Super visuals again!!! And Roger expressed all those in that whispering voice of his…before making apt introductions …
“ladies and gentlemen, please welcome reagan and haig
mr. begin and friend mrs. thatcher and paisley
mr. brezhnev and party
the ghost of mccarthy
the memories of nixon
and now adding colour a group of anonymous latin
american meat packing glitterati”
Perfect Sense: I had heard this song before and I knew that this had one of the best lyrics to come. The monkey got confused…but imparted sensibility to the thousands about… Then there was PP Arnold. She went….hold on …hold on…soldier…yeah right…like we could!!! And suddenly it all made perfect sense…3000 bux expressed as 10 rows behind the fence! (Yes we had wiggled and squiggled 5 rows ahead !) The song left with us very profound lyrics that kept racing around the head.
…Peace & more …One Earth, One God…Perfect Sense!
Then Waters spoke….about all that was Leaving Beirut….
Leaving Beirut: this was the best part of the entire show!!! Totally unexpected…totally rad! Some of the best anti-establishment lyrics ever written!!!
“Oh George! Oh George!
That Texas education must have fucked you up when you were very small”
“Not in my name, Tony, you great war leader you
Terror is still terror, whosoever gets to frame the rules
History’s not written by the vanquished or the damned
Now we are Genghis Khan, Lucretia Borghia, Son of Sam”
…He said that
“America, America, please hear us when we call
You got hip-hop, be-bop, hustle and bustle
You got Atticus Finch
You got Jane Russell
You got freedom of speech
You got great beaches, wildernesses and malls
Don’t let the might, the Christian right, fuck it all up
For you and the rest of the world”
…And he said that!
And ….it all made Perfect Sense too….
Sheep: The Sheep got eclipsed by the pig! 😀
The Pig: The 30 footer floated up like the emotions that Mr. Waters was managing to well up, towards the lag end of the first half. We were unsure who the more vociferous one was! The pig said… Impeach Bush…Kafka Rules…Habeus Corpus matters a lot…Save Our Bacon…Cut Along Dotted Lines (that lined up its neck)…Fear Build Walls…then it tried Hindi with Sarva Jaati Ek!
…The Pig! …It flew!
It got Free At Last…and flew away into the inky Mumbai sky…
We got also moved ahead to the first 5 rows…as the Gods decided to take a break for 15 minutes…and then what looked like a dot or a lighting malfunction appeared on the screen….then it grew bigger by the minute! We were being taken….to The Dark Side Of The Moon!!!
It started with heartbeats…it ended with it. In between them, we experienced…Infinty! I had a deep sense of time loss…and I saw …what I had always wanted to see…
…The promise gets closer!
Breathe: We took in the experience in gulps…! But…we did not breathe….at all!!!
On The Run: This took us into a maze of colors and sound! We expected nothing less from thw Masters of Psychedilca
Time & Breathe Reprise: The clock ticked…the alarms rang…and Graham Broad lost control over himself and uleashed venom on the drums! Kilminister…sang, Snowy and Andy joined in….Waters performed! And …it brought the faithful to their knees…with their quadraphonic 360 degree spells!!
The Great Gig In The Sky: I had always wanted to know how they made that sound and Katie (I think it was her) showed it just how……….pain…anger…pleasure…sensuality…joy …sorrow all rolled at once…only gods can make such a exhilarating composition. All I can say that it was a very special moment in time! Thanx lady!
Money: It was worth it…….totally! I got paid in full!
Us And Them / Any Colour You like: This reflected all th at was the moment…There were Us in the crowd and them on the stage…and everything got held up in a very somber atmosphere…as we visualized…the feel that the song portrayed and a riotous colors spangled all about us…as we waited patiently for the lunatic to turn up.
…The dark side!!! …Welcome
Brain Damage / Eclipse: Boy…did he turn up or what! The lunatic in me…was at his vocal best…when the promise of the Dark side was made to him!! All that he touched and all that he was pure magic and it probably could eclipse even the greatest of sorrows in this world. The lunatic lost control…the lunatic had made it to the third row
Then Waters ‘staged’ an end to the show…kinda lame given that the entire setlist was up on the Wikipedia :P!!! But I guess…it comes very naturally to rockers…they love the sound of encores!
…Don’t worry…This is an act!
The Happiest Days Of Our Lives: No explanations needed…goes without saying: D!!!
…The reason behind our happiest day!
Another Brick In The Wall-Part II: Eeeeeeeeeeehawwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!!! The Anthem went Live!!!
Vera Lynn / Bring The Boys Back Home: Her beautiful face lit up the backdrop as Roger went all out for this one! This was more like a precursor to what would be the highest point of the concert, but sadly …many of the boys/girls wouldn’t come back home…as they preferred to stay on at the moon! There had to be a greater call…reality was far from us…And then he took us even farther…
Comfortably Numb: …
…Numb & Number… by the minute!
The last thing I remember is that I had reached the first row…and heard the song being played…Roger, Dave, Snowy, Andy, Ian, Jon, Graham, Harry, Katie, PP and Carol had waved…and left amidst smoke.
…Thank You …Adieu
I lay on the ground, happy and sad, thirsty…hungry…very much hungry for more…delirious…still hearing sounds, staring at the suddenly-dark-&-lonely Mumbai sky…
And I silently wished…that I could see a few more stars…