Pros and Cons, October 11th 1997
Live in The Hague, The Netherlands
By Ed Sander
At the time I write this it's Saturday 12th of October 1997
somewhere in the afternoon. I've got a splitting headache, even
though I didn't have a drop of alcohol last night. It must have
been that stage smoke they used with the Pros and Cons concert
Yep, me and some friends of the Echoes Mailing List went down to
The Hague to see Pink Floyd cover band Pros and Cons (formerly
Pink Project) play live.
Although the doors were opened at 9 o'clock the performance
itself started long after 10 o'clock. The venue was quite small,
with a bar, small 'dance floor' with tables and chairs (quite
cosy) and a small stage where the risk of knocking instruments
over was quite large.
The show started with - could it ever have been different -
Shine On You Crazy Diamond. It was immediately noticeable
that lead guitarist little-black-barret Danny was quite a talent.
I especially liked the fact that he sometimes gave his own
interpretations to solos instead of copying Dave Gilmour's solos
note for note.
The end of the song had the sax solo played by checkered-
trousered Lilian. Unfortunately it didn't really work. I found
her improvised solos later in the show a lot better.
After a short introdution keyboard player Jan-Willem grabbed the
microphone for a performance of What Do You Want From Me.
Unfortunately, his keyboard playing was a lot better then his
singing. However, I did like your his headbanging and swaying
stage presence. ;-)
A large chunck of Roger Water's solo album Pros and Cons of
Hitch Hiking followed. Here it became very obvious that
bassist/lead singer Peter has a voice not unlike Roger's own
(meant both positively and negatively). It also proved that he's
got his own opinion about the lyrics, especially with Running
Shoes and the 'Lets go out to Dagger' start of Sexual
Revolution. He really should study the lyrics.
Sexual Revolution was also a song which wasn't really
suited for Peter's voice; he had to struggle to make something of
it. Highlight of the Pros and Cons part was the title song, which
was performed very well.
The first set was closed with one of the highlights of the
concert: a beautiful extended version of The Gunners
Dream. Fantastic !!
The second set started with Have a Cigar> (all guitar
players knib bling away on cigars). This was perhaps the biggest
let down of the show. It didn't work at all, perhaps especially
because of Jan-Willem's vocals.
A large part of the Animals album followed. First there was the
Snowy White solo-less Pigs on the Wing 1. This was
followed by very good versions of Dogs and Pigs.
Both songs featured sax solos during the quite parts (which I
enjoyed very much). Pigs was played very fast and had an
The encores followed. First one was Learning to Fly/Terminal
Frost/Learning to Fly. I loved the idea of the combination of
these two songs. Unfortunately the cross-over didn't really work
because JW had to 'Run Like Hell' to his keyboard to be on time
to play the opening of Terminal Frost. In my opinion, of
all tracks sung by JW his vocals worked best on LtF,
although others had a different opinion.
The set was closed with High Hopes, with vocals by second
guitarist Edwin. I quite liked the performance of the song,
'though others thought differently. However, I would have chosen
a more up-tempo song to close the set.
Unfortunately the band didn't have their inflateable pig and
slide show with them of Friday. I suppose the small size of the
venue was the reason for this.
All in all it was a very enjoyable evening, well worth the total
4 hour drive (therefore completely alchohol-less). Highlights
were The Gunners Dream and the songs from Animals. I
especially like the way the band takes some of the songs and give
their own interpretation to them (like with the sax solos on
Dogs and Pigs and the combination of
Ltf/TF). I think they should take this even further. Maybe
they could even give one of the three female background singers a
try at one of the lead vocals. Now that would be really
Best musicians were guitarist Danny and drummer Gerben who played
all parts perfectly and full of dynamics. Things the band should
really work on: vocals, lyrics, stage presence and timing of some
Conclusion: 7 out of ten, taking into account that this is a
Shine On You Crazy Diamond
What Do You Want From Me
Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking
[Apparently They Were Travelling Abroad
Arabs With knives and West German Skies
For the First Time Today - Part 2
The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking (part 10)
Every Strangers Eyes
The Moment of Clarity]
The Gunners Dream (extended)
Have a Cigar
Pigs on the Wing (part 1)
Dogs (with Sax Solo)
Pigs (with Sax Solo)
Learning to Fly/Terminal Frost/Learning to Fly