so who put on the better show?
I am a much bigger Floyd fan and I ended up staying the whole McCartney set, cant be said about Water's set. Paul could still sing, Water's not so much.
July 21- Soundgarden- Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
July 30- Rage Against the Machine/Muse- LA Coliseum
Oct 21- Portishead- Berkeley Greek
Nov 18- Pixies- Fox Theater Bakersfield
Waters was leagues above Paul - not even close. I grew up listening to the Beatles and had high hopes for McCartney's set, but his performance seemed like the kind of thing that'd be right at home on cruise ship or some shitty Vegas casino. Quite possibly the most dissapointing live music experience in my life.
Based on songs alone and not special effects to stimulate those under the influence of hallucinogens: Paul McCartney. A floating pig doesn't trump Hey Jude.
And Paul can still sing his songs. How many people sang for Waters?
The poll options should be:
Paul McCartney (The Presets/The Crystal Method)
Roger Waters (Modeselektor/Simian Mobile Disco)
I would have to go with 2008 even though The Presets had the best overall show of the four.
They are the two best shows I've been to in my life, for entirely different reasons. McCartney was a celebration, Waters was a spectacle. It was amazing to experience the spectacle, and it was just as amazing to be part of the celebration.
Wow.. I can't believe McCartney is winning..
For me, it was Waters, NO CONTEST.
it's finally happening
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Yeah who the fuck is Paul McCartney?
EVERYONE knows who Roger Waters is...
Please. McCartney had shitty Rock Band graphics, old man banter and a bunch of fucking Wings songs.
I'm calling you out TomAz. All past and future handshakes rescinded.
Ridiculous stoner nonsense in surround sound.
show-wise it was waters, but that's only visuals.
performance-wise it was all mccartney - acoustic and electric guitar, ukulele, mandolin, piano, his voice. come on now, can't dispute that.
Waters executed his show to perfection. you would think a planned setlist would be easy to execute, but that wasn't the case the first time i saw him. the first time i saw McCartney, his set was tight and the songs flowed nicely, keeping the crowd into it throughout.. this time around, his set hit bumps in the road and there were many fans (Pot) not into his Wings and recent stuff. McCartney was still great, but I think at Coachella, he was bested by Waters' 08 performance.
It seemed like there was much more headliner fireworks this year.
Did they think, wow, look how excited people got during Roger Waters. Let's make everyone use fireworks.
And, for the record, I didn't miss a second of Waters and was brought to tears during afew songs VS expecting the same reaction to Sir Paul's set, and leaving before giving him a chance to do the same...Yeah, I said it. We walked away from Paul McCartney after say, the first 20-30 minutes to head back to the Sahara for the Presets and Crystal Method.
It was later, back at the campground that I shed a tear from listening to everybody talk about what we missed once Paul's show really kicked into gear...Enjoyed Presets and CM, but now I know how stupid Randy must have felt about missing Daft Punk in 2006... Pardon me for the subtle jab there.
Waters sounded great singing the songs that were actually his vocals. The unfortunate bastard who had the task of imitating David Gilmour during the "Dark Side of the Moon" portion of the set didn't fare so well. I guess you can judge that as part of Waters' show, but let's at least be clear about it. "Mother", "Sheep", "Wish You Were Here", and "Another Brick in the Wall" sounded flawless.
The Beatles songs McCartney played vs. the Pink Floyd songs that Roger played are nearly a wash. Both were excellent selections, although obviously with McCartney sticking mostly to his own material it left out many of the best Beatles songs that were ever made.
Something no one is mentioning here in regards to McCartney's set is that he was acting like a drunk, hamfisted grandpa every moment that he wasn't playing. All the boogeying around and "OH YEAH!" and "Cornchella!" between songs was fucking distracting. On the list of things I did not want to watch a former Beatle do, McCartney did just about every one of them, short of singing a duet with Katy Perry. After watching Roger Waters command the stage like a god last year - and more recently, after watching Leonard Cohen carry himself like the coolest 74-year-old man who ever lived a couple hours prior - McCartney's stage presence came off desperate, and desperately uncool. The fact that he wasted about an hour playing shit that I didn't want to hear (and this is from a big fan of "Jet" and "Blackbird") only killed the momentum coming into his set further.
Of course, from "Eleanor Rigby" on, the show was wonderful. It wasn't enough to erase the sometimes-painful slow start, but it did redeem it considerably. In the end, though, that's not enough to top one of the 5 best shows I have ever seen. You may think that a concert should be first and foremost about the music, and that the "spectacle" of Roger Waters' performance was somewhat hollow. My feeling is that a sensory presentation of that caliber (video, stereophonic audio, lasers, pyro, prism, and of course - the fucking pig) elevates itself far above the level of mere "spectacle" and into the realm of EXPERIENCE. That's in addition to some of the greatest, most intellectually and emotionally stimulating music ever made. It was jaw-dropping and unforgettable.
And this is from someone who was stone sober for the entire thing.
It was during the Presets that suffacated nudged me to look towards the main stage, and although I couldn't really tell what was playing, I could certainly see we were indeed missing something special. I really wanted to experience "Live and Let Die" like I had seen on the You Tube vid, but my dancing feet were keeping pace in the Sahara. When CM ended, we immediately headed out, happy to be able to catch the end of Paul's set atleast, but I still have a small regret in not giving him a chance to "move me" like Waters did.
McCartney= Beatle! (best band ever!)
Waters= well he's just a man that played in pink floyd
hahah its funny how people are trying to be cool saying yeah waters oh my god! haha but the beatles are the beatles and pink floyd they were a good band but not better
This is much closer than I anticipated. Waters set was so much better all around than McCartneys, in my opinion.