Roger Waters’ Us+Them Tour 2018 at U-Arena, Nanterre-Paris-La Défense


Seeing Pink Floyd or any of its members perform live is something that I never even thought of dreaming about. I grew up in a small barrio so it’s really a faraway idea. During the performance, I couldn’t believe that Roger Waters with his guitar was just 10 meters away from me. It was like I was going to have an infarctus.

I’ve learned of Pink Floyd when I was six years old because older sister and my cousin were marking our stairs with the words “Pink Floyd” using a Pilot Marker. I was learning how to read then and just like most kids, I would read everything readable from product labels to wall vandalisms. “Pink Floyd” was everywhere-on our home’s staircase, walls of our elementary school and even that of our barrio’s chapel, coconut trees, fences, etc. I found the two words combined cute and I was curious about it so it got stuck in my head. Note: My sister and my cousin are not gonna be fined. The statute of limitations applies. J J J

I bought the ticket for Roger Waters’ Us+Them Tour last October 2017. Imagine the waiting. And the universe knows what’s in my heart because when we were queuing at U-Arena, someone has given me tickets which are closer to the stage than the one I got. Inended up having seats so close to the stage. I tried searching goers who didn’t have a ticket yet but everyone got their tickets. I called up friends living nearby but nobody was available. Dommage!

Roger Waters Us+Them Tour 2018 in Paris
A panoramic screen with a serene scene of a lady facing the beach served as the aperitif. After 10 minutes or so, the intro of “Breath” was played with a video of the galaxy and a metallic planet on the screen. I couldn’t believe what was happening. I was wishing my brothers and my sisters were there too. It was followed by “One of These Days” and “Time”.  I don’t remember the sequence anymore. I was like in a trance with the music surrounding me. Well, we always do that at home with the stereo but that was a live performance.

I’ve wanted to just watch and listen but then I wanted to keep a clear memory of that moment so taking a video was irresistible. That was one of those times that I wished I have some Duplication power so I could concentrate on watching the concert while my duplicate would do the documentation. I ended up taking the videos without looking at it and watching the real thing at the same time. 

The graphics were sublime and so psychedelic but the one that remains so clear in my mind was that of “Time”. It just reminded me of my favorite Dali painting (I saw the real one by the way) with those gold clocks. Roger Waters’ unceasing activism especially on human rights was also emphasized there. There were clips of US President Trump and other world leaders accused of human rights violation. Well, President Duterte was in the videos too. Sadly. 

Time - Pink Floyd


Roger Waters Us+Them Tour 2018 in Paris


When the first set was over, militant messages were flashing on the screen like the issue on Palestine, the silencing of Julian Assange, etc.  The people were also encourage to “RESIST” world prominent figures from Zuckerberg to Trump and other world leaders. 
Roger Waters Us+Them Tour 2018 in Paris
Resist





Roger Waters Us+Them Tour 2018 in Paris

Almost all of the Pink Floyd elements were there like we had the giant inflatable pig floating just above us during the second set when they performed “Pigs”. During the last two songs I guess starting “Eclipse”, the great Pink Floyd psychedelic pyramid appeared surprising everyone especially me. It was kind of explosive - figuratively and literally because of the fireworks at the finale. When they performed “Comfortably Numb” as the encore, I left my seat and went so close to the stage together with other hyper fans. I was in the pyramid with all that psychedelic feeling which was way more intense than New Year’s Eve.


Roger Waters Us+Them Tour 2018 in Paris




Roger Waters Us+Them Tour 2018 in Paris
Lightshow begins.

Roger Waters Us+Them Tour 2018 in Paris

Roger Waters Us+Them Tour 2018 in Paris



Before the concert...

Well, just like most bodies of water, they go from shallow to deep. This is the shallow part. If it makes you happy, it can't be that bad, so here I go.

My Pink Floyd Tee was still at the laundry basket so I decided to stick with the choker. It is not an official merch but they don't have that so I had to find another source...Aliexpress

Pink Floyd Choker and Little Black Dress
Pink Floyd Choker and Little Black Dress
Sometimes...every once in a while...once in a blue moon...a girl gotta dress like a girl...    


Little Black Dress and Flats
Can't wait to see Roger Waters...

Little Black Dress and Flats
Smile when something you desire but never even attempted to wish for it comes true.    


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