The gigantic inflatable pig had some problems Monday night at the Pink Floyd concert at Capital Centre. It faltered a bit on its way down from the ceiling, listing to one side and looking a little low on air, but that was to be the only glitch in an otherwise precise and spectacular show.
From the crowd's reaction to the first gurgling synthesizer notes from keyboardist Rick Wright, it was apparent that it wasn't going to let the absence of bassist and founding member Roger Waters ruin a good time. By the time guitarist David Gilmour joined in with the opening notes of "Shine on Crazy Diamond" amid a swirl of lasers, it also became apparent that the evening was going to be as much a visual spectacle as a musical event. There was a flying bed, which crash-landed on stage, haunting video interpretations of the songs projected onto a circular cyclopslike movie screen, and ominous lights resembling advanced weaponry.
With the exception of the first song, the first half of the show consisted entirely of material from Pink Floyd's newest album, "A Momentary Lapse of Reason." The painful and monotonous dirges in this section of the concert were perhaps the biggest reminder that former member Waters was the most talented of the group's songwriters.
The second half was purely the Floyd of old, with Gilmour at some points softly breathing his vocals ("Us and Them," "Comfortably Numb") and at other points robotically droning ("Welcome to the Machine," "Another Brick in the Wall"). The band's classic "Money" contained a reggae-tinged middle section and "Time," with its cacophony of alarm clocks and time bomb ending, was enhanced by sometimes unbelievable visual displays.
The band ended the show with the churning "Run Like Hell," sound advice for anyone wishing to get tickets for Pink Floyd's remaining shows.