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The Stunning Spectacle Of ROGER WATERS: THE WALL LIVE Renders Merrick Comfortably Numb!!

Published at: May 10, 2012, 12:03 p.m. CST by merrick

 

A sound clip from Stanley Kubrick’s SPARTACUS punctuates the arrival of Nazi-esque troopers (‘the establishment,’ in essence), hauling along a floppy, stuffed rag of of a man.  Completely limp and scant on features, the figure pointedly conveys the tragic fatigue and defeat of oppression.  The goons dispassionately toss the visage into the pit lining the sprawling stage, effectively heralding the edgy opening of Roger Waters:  THE WALL LIVE - and nicely portending the essence of what's to come.    
 
 
As  is the case with many enduring works, the “truth” of THE WALL - originally debuted as a 1979 double album by Pink Floyd - varies greatly from observer to observer, and its potency is hugely dependent on whatever perspective is brought to the experience by individual listeners/watchers. Officially, THE WALL is the stylized, agonized, highly symbolic journey of a man called “Pink” as he explores (and comes to terms with) the isolated and lonely life he’s now leading - the titular “wall” representing the symbolic, protective structure behind which many of us seek internal shelter and solace.  This is, most certainly, an integral component of Waters’ musical narrative. But the multi-decade longevity of THE WALL hinges on more sweeping notions - it’s also a cautionary tale about small scale and large scale oppression (both deliberate and unintentional), a scathing indictment unyielding totalitarianism, and is about the “walls” which are built around us by others...as much as the walls we construct for and around ourselves.  In short, “The Wall,” for my money and at its most base essence, examines how we are molded by our world...perhaps more so than it centers on our reactions to it.  
 
Roger Waters’ gargantuan live interpretation of the piece, now making its way across North America, fully and pointedly preserves this powerful flexibility of interpretation.  Time tested iconography loving recalls the earliest days of THE WALL phenomenon via image and animation - which are now applied atop a conceptual tapestry which feels eminently at home, and poignantly resonant, in our modern world.  
 
"It's a very slippery slope when we give our governments and police too much power...” states Waters when explaining that a lonely projected image was a real-life man who’d been held down and shot in the back of the head by London police (who were never brought to justice), while subsequent media invokes contemporary social upheaval and overseas military operations.  For a concept piece that is over thirty years old on the whole...Waters’ present iteration of THE WALL is startlingly current, and imminently germane.   
 
 
Other statements, both spoken and by way of complex projected graphics, implore the audience to think, question, act, wonder, and doubt.  THE WALL’s iconic,   inexorably marching fascist hammers are omnipresent here...in set-decoration, costume design, even on Graham Broad‘s Bass Drumhead.  As a result, THE WALL’s assault on oppression, injustice, and its championing of the under privileged, forgotten, or misunderstood is rarely understated, and never far from the forefront.  
 
The above-mentioned “flexibility of interpretation” is equally evident in the production’s utilization of The Wall itself.  The Wall, as a structure, begins life here as a partially constructed frame for Waters’ sprawling stage.  As the first of two acts progresses, stage hands and supernumeraries move  about on-stage, slowly continuing its assembly...large “brick” by large “brick.”  This is a ceaseless background process throughout - occurring during over music, during Waters’ interactions with the audience.  Much like our lives and world, the Wall is a work in progress, and its journey towards completion is relentless.   Slowly but surely, the musicians and their stage are increasingly obscured by the Wall and its ever toiling crew...who result to hydraulic lifts and other means to install bricks into hard-to-reach places.  As the first act concludes, the Wall is completed and performers can no longer be seen.  
 
Throughout all of this, THE WALL’s duties and purpose are multitudinous.   It serves as a projection screen for graphics both simple and elaborate - displaying various animations which also interact with the iconic Waters/Floyd “fisheye/Iris” suspended eerily above the stage.  
 
 
Sometimes the Wall is an obstacle, sometimes it’s merely a tool.  In one of the production’s more subtle-but-amazing feats, single Wall components...featureless and drab in their natural state...seem to take on lives of their own when installed directly into the Wall.  As if, suddenly, the projection technology recognizes their presence and decides to share the projected material with each newly connected component.  Whether this be an optical illusion, or some form of technical wizardry, the gag is nicely representative of the astonishing attention to minutiae evident throughout the entirety of this presentation. 
 
In one of THE WALL LIVE's more poignant moments, Roger Waters duets "Mother" with himself via a recording from a 1980 Earls Court  performance.  
 
 
 
Waters with guest chidren..."Another Brick In The Wall"  
 
 
With The Wall firmly erected, performances throughout the second half of the show happen on several plains:  musicians are set-up in front of the wall, on top of  the Wall, and the Wall possesses reveals few surprising functionalities.  And, of course, it obscures the prep and deployment of the legendary ‘flying pig’.  Large, black, and smeared with angry tagging and propagandistic slogans like “trust us,” its blazing red eyes survey the audience sinisterly as it rises from behind the Wall and maneuvers smoothly throughout the arena’s airspace.  Stalking its prey from overhead, the pig’s radio-controlled effortlessness is unnerving on a number of symbolic levels - but why no one has marketed a radio controlled, helium-based replica of this propaganda swine for consumers (like THIS toy) is completely beyond me.  
 
Handling back-up vocals, along with relatives Mark and Pat, is Kipp Lennon - who Aint It Cool readers may recall sang the opening title song - “Suspension”-  for Glen A. Larson’s 1979 movie/backdoor series pilot BUCK ROGERS IN THE 25th CENTURY.  
Robbie Wyckoff is also on hand, charged with the unenviable task of handling David Gilmour’s haunting pre-chorus/chorus in “Comfortably Numb.”  Wyckoff meets the challenge admirably enough, although it’s a difficult not to miss Gilmour’s serene power in those particular moments.  
 
Longtime Pink Floyd collaborator Snowy White (guitar) joins  guitarist/bassist G.E. Smith - SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE’s music director for ten years (1985-95).  Keyboardist Jon Carin cites Floyd’s A MOMENTARY LAPSE OF OF REASON and DIVISION BELL releases among his many credits, with Harry Waters (Roger’s son) on organ and piano.  A world class assemblage of talent for an incomparable undertaking. 
 
 
 
Adequately reviewing Roger Waters: THE WALL LIVE is a difficult proposition at best.  It’s easy to clinically express what transpires during the roughly 2 and 1/2 hour show, but there’s an innate potency to THE WALL LIVE which simply can not be encapsulated or conveyed by mere words or description.  Part oversized Trans-Siberian Orchestra-esque effects extravaganza, part performance art, part good-old-fashioned rock concert supported by state-of-the-art multi-media immersion - THE WALL is a gargantuan and visionary production requiring around 25 semi trucks to transport its components and crew from location to location.  It is so rich in texture and detail that seeing it only one time can not possibly provide one a full sense of the production’s nuance or execution.  There are, simply, too many facets  - overt and subtle - to grasp the entirety of THE WALL LIVE in one sitting.  Which is appropriate, really, as complexity and richness are key factors empowering THE WALL’s endurance and evolution over so many years.  
 
 
Given Waters’ lengthy association with THE WALL, one might expect the performer to be tiring of both its content and presentation.  This was decidedly not evident during May 3‘s sold out performance at The Frank Erwin Center here in Austin.  While Waters was clearly hyper-focused and appropriately pre-occupied with getting down to business, he also conveyed a certain sense of pride - the countenance of a man who loves his music, and still believes in its strength.  
 
 
And he’s right.  With THE WALL LIVE, Waters has dazzlingly reasserted the relevance of his music and the broader ambitions accompanying it, complementing one of rock's most significant works with a performance and of unparalleled vision and power.
 
It’s the experience it should be, and seems meant to be.  
 
 
 
THE WALL LIVE is currently touring North America. While the current schedule shows the tour continuing through June, scuttlebutt suggests further dates may be added.  Ticket information is available via the production’s official site, HERE
 

 

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  • May 10, 2012, 12:05 p.m. CST

    Fuck, I Run Sorely Today

    by Rick Webb

  • May 10, 2012, 12:06 p.m. CST

    Cool.

    by Bodacious_Crumb

  • May 10, 2012, 12:08 p.m. CST

    Going to see him in Charlotte!

    by Bodacious_Crumb

    YouTube his performance with David Gilmore seeing Comfortably Numb from last year! Chills. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hUYzQaCCt2o

  • May 10, 2012, 12:14 p.m. CST

    The wall without gilmour just isn't the same

    by FrodoFraggins

    Sure Waters wrote it all and asked David to throw in solos or sing here and there. But David is the much needed balance to Rogers voice.

  • May 10, 2012, 12:16 p.m. CST

    Never my favorite Floyd

    by I am_NOTREAL

    and tickets are too expensive for the live performance of an album I only sorta like. I saw Waters do Dark Side of the Moon live a few years back, and I think that was a solid enough capstone to my live Floyd experience. Dark Side will always be more resonant to me than The Wall. I can't say I wasn't tempted, given how important Floyd was to me in my teens and that The Wall Live is one of the legendary concert experiences of the past forty years. I'm still a little torn, since this is almost certainly the last opportunity ever.

  • May 10, 2012, 12:17 p.m. CST

    st. paul on june 3rd!

    by Monnie Knapp

    I missed it last time, but have tix and suite secured this time!

  • May 10, 2012, 12:23 p.m. CST

    Just a little pin prick...and there'll be no more awwwweeeee

    by Tikidonkeypunch

    Though you may feel a little sick.

  • May 10, 2012, 12:29 p.m. CST

    Never cared too much for The Wall

    by ThaWhiteShadow

    Always liked Dark Side and Animals more. And as far as concept albums, The Wall can't hold a candle to the Who's Quadrophenia or Tommy.

  • I thought it was ok. I then saw the movie at a midnight showing while drunk. Again...it was ok. Pink Floyd's music is too slow and sleepy for me.

  • .. and this 'Roger Waters: The Wall' tour just feels like a cash grab. </p> </p> Maybe it's because I'd seen (and even met) him several times in the past when you could still get tickets for under $20 (front row/center no less) and now prices start @ $200 for 'the cheaper seats' but the appeal of this tour is just lost on me.

  • May 10, 2012, 12:42 p.m. CST

    Saw The Wall 12/10...

    by BoggyCreekBeast

    in Tacoma and it was an amazing show! Hoping to catch it again when it swings into Seattle two weeks from today.

  • "... I'm anti-censorship if it affects me and my point of view." In other words, it's great for him, but not for anybody he disagrees with. His actual personality apparently isn't too far removed from the "dictator" character in The Wall. Dave Gilmour was right when he said, "In hindsight, I found 'The Wall' a bit whinging."

  • May 10, 2012, 12:44 p.m. CST

    One of the most gut wrenching rock albums ever....

    by LF Martinez

    It was the soundtrack of my youth, specifically between 1986-1987, when I started ditching my middle school classes to go down to Wax Trax (in Denver) and spend long hours browsing through their records. I remember buying a lot of great Rock albums that year: Sex pistols, ramones, the cure, this...would go home and smoke cigs in my room and draw all afternoon while blasting my music as loud as I could...what a depressed kid...especially after listening to comfortably numb and mother over and over...

  • May 10, 2012, 12:53 p.m. CST

    nice broken images...

    by FrankBooth93

    such a professional operation.... going to see the show in about 2 weeks...

  • May 10, 2012, 12:56 p.m. CST

    I was considering going to this in the bay area.

    by gotilk

    But I checked ticket prices. wow.. Good seats were around 300. There were cheaper seats, but I'm not really up for that. I can't help but to feel a loss though, for not being able to see this at some point in my life. Perhaps if he heads out again. :( Has anyone else noticed our Merrick kind of resembles Mr Gilmour? Check out his Twitter pic. At first glance it's almost uncanny.

  • VERY nice, man. A keeper.

  • May 10, 2012, 1 p.m. CST

    Waters/Gilmour

    by lowman

    They are kinda of like the Beatles for people, you are either a Waters fan or a Gilmour fan. I love Gilmours work in and out of Floyd... but I am tempted to see this next week.

  • May 10, 2012, 1 p.m. CST

    He'll be in Chicago on my birthday!!!

    by Lukes Lost Hand

    FUCK YES!!! I know how I'm celebrating this year!

  • May 10, 2012, 1:02 p.m. CST

    gotilk re: photos

    by Merrick

    All photos are by my older son...who sometimes writes as "The Enemy" here on the site. I'll pass along your kind words...which are appreciated!

  • May 10, 2012, 1:06 p.m. CST

    My butt will be in a seat in St Paul as well...

    by thethedew

    ...but I can't wait for the inevitable CD/DVD/BR release. That should also be epic.

  • May 10, 2012, 1:15 p.m. CST

    merrick: OH!!

    by gotilk

    All I read was Oliver, missed the different first name there. He's great!

  • May 10, 2012, 1:16 p.m. CST

    larsson

    by gotilk

    I really, really want to. The ticket price thing is me kidding myself a little I guess. Getting away is the real big deal for me right now.

  • May 10, 2012, 1:20 p.m. CST

    Nashville 6/19!!

    by 2for2true

    Really looking forward to this - more so now that I read this article.

  • May 10, 2012, 1:26 p.m. CST

    Is this now a music site????

    by Kevin

    WTF?

  • May 10, 2012, 1:28 p.m. CST

    I'd go if they performed "Suspension"

    by thelordofhell

    As it is.......I'll wait for the inevitable(pinhole burns) video release.

  • May 10, 2012, 1:29 p.m. CST

    the entire thing is on youtube

    by ghost_matt

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uWMoD92OSco I've watched some of it, but stopped because I didn't want to spoil it for when the blu ray eventually comes out (Waters' official website already confirmed it a while back). I own the Roger Waters The Wall Live in Berlin dvd already, and while it's good I wished for more Waters and less celebrities singing some of the roles. I'm looking forward to this new blu ray because it will actually have Waters singing the whole thing.

  • May 10, 2012, 1:30 p.m. CST

    Loved it when Spidey beat the crap out of this guy

    by Blanket-Man

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4hMRRWzACpM

  • May 10, 2012, 1:30 p.m. CST

    Berlin show..

    by FrankBooth93

    was incredible..wore out my vhs years ago..hopefully I can find the DVD somewhere

  • May 10, 2012, 1:31 p.m. CST

    ANIMALS!!!!!!!

    by diggerd

    'nuf said.

  • May 10, 2012, 1:32 p.m. CST

    All Floyd Suck!

    by Kakii

    Floyd are so overrated in fact I cant stand them, bloody awful crap, but each to their own I guess

  • May 10, 2012, 1:34 p.m. CST

    kakii....

    by FrankBooth93

    your mom sucks...quite well though

  • May 10, 2012, 1:39 p.m. CST

    frankbooth93

    by Kakii

    Yeah she does, a lot better now shes dead though as she doesn't complain as much about the cum going in her eyes!

  • May 10, 2012, 1:40 p.m. CST

    Saw it in Philly in '10. Can't wait for the Animals tour.

    by Joe Plumber

    Animals is one of the best concept albums ever, imo. A masterpiece. Could listen to it on an endless loop.

  • May 10, 2012, 1:42 p.m. CST

    Animals is also my fave

    by I am_NOTREAL

    Angry, angry album but Floyd's high-water mark if you ask me...Meddle, Dark Side, and WYWH all had powerful stretches but were ultimately too idiosyncratic and airy compared to the compressed nastiness and dripping cynicism of Animals. Dogs rules all.

  • May 10, 2012, 1:48 p.m. CST

    bodacious_crumb

    by t_allen

    Thank you for that link, I had no idea they performed together last year.

  • May 10, 2012, 1:52 p.m. CST

    kakii...

    by FrankBooth93

    that gave me a chubby!

  • May 10, 2012, 1:54 p.m. CST

    Just bought 2 tickets to AZ show

    by lowman

    $75 bucks a piece... not too bad. Then I realized I paid $30 in charges and fees. Fuck Ticket Master

  • May 10, 2012, 1:55 p.m. CST

    @bodacious_crumb

    by MrLongbaugh

    I am going to try for the Charlotte show too. Saw Floyd back in '94 (I think) for the Division Bell in Raleigh. One of the coolest experiences of my life. Floyd is my all-time favorite band. Might also explain the Floyd tat I have of the cover of The Dark Side of the Moon cover. Enjoy the show and if we bump into each other, I'll buy you a beer, lol.

  • May 10, 2012, 1:56 p.m. CST

    If Waters toured Pro's & Con's of Hitchhiking...

    by Melanie Griffiths Sour Patch

    ...I'd probably spontaneously combust. That album is fucking epic and features some incredible musicians on it. I went to see the Dark Side of the Moon tour and loved it. I'm thinking of going to see The Wall at Yankee Stadium. Gotta say Merrick got me excited about it. I was also lucky enough to see The Who do Quadrophenia in the 90's where they had Billy Idol sing one of the parts. Quadrophenia, The Wall, Pro's & Con's and Dark Side were the soundtrack to big part of my youth.

  • May 10, 2012, 2:02 p.m. CST

    The greatest concert experience of my life!

    by slave to the one

    I was fortunate to catch The Wall Live tour in Dallas back in 2010 and it was the most visual and engaging concert I have ever seen! Pink Floyd (sans Roger Waters) was my first major concert experience. They performed at Texas Stadium during the Division Bell tour and that was a feast for the eyes however there was something sorely missing without Roger's pain tinged vocals. Granted Waters' is the only original Floyd member performing on this tour however he assembled a solid backing band that effectively recreates the music of the album. I also caught his DSOTM tour a few years back and I can honestly say The Wall Live is far, far superior!

  • May 10, 2012, 2:08 p.m. CST

    DSOTM - their only good album

    by Raptor Jesus

    The Wall.... has it's moments, but generally it's just self-impressed teenage angst.

  • May 10, 2012, 2:11 p.m. CST

    Seeing the show in Indy!

    by castor778

    Thanks for posting this Merrick. Very excited to see this live!

  • May 10, 2012, 2:27 p.m. CST

    So is Another Brick in teh Wall their only high-energy song?

    by Jaster Mareel

    I remember listening to DSOTM and having the same issue, that it's just sleepy-time music.

  • May 10, 2012, 2:51 p.m. CST

    melanie_griffiths_sour_patch

    by gotilk

    DAMN fine, very underrated album. I wonder how things would have been if they had chosen to do Pros and Cons instead of The Wall. One of those what-ifs usually saved for genre movies/tv shows/comics. Pros and Cons with Gilmour, Waters, Wright and Mason. Hmmm... the mind boggles. I still have not heard all of the Wall and Hitchhiking demos.

  • May 10, 2012, 2:52 p.m. CST

    So the rest of the band said =Naw man...we've milked that shit dry=

    by Jaster Mareel

    And he said =Fuck it, I'll do it by myself=?

  • May 10, 2012, 2:56 p.m. CST

    wrath_of_fett

    by gotilk

    Try Run Like Hell and some of the ending tracks on the album for more energy and *rockin'*. I think their darkest, gloomiest and slowest overall album is The Final Cut, even though I like that album. Floyd is one of the only bands I can go back and listen to again and again without feeling that dirty, cheap, sold-to nostalgia vibe. Them and some Supertramp, Zeppelin (Houses), Beatles and Parsons Project (some, NOT all). ELO is another. No matter how cheesy ELO's *Time* is, it still feels great to listen to. For the most part, I try to skip the oldies and listen to new music.

  • May 10, 2012, 2:58 p.m. CST

    So you...thought you...might like to go to the show...

    by phifty2

    Well that will be $300!

  • May 10, 2012, 2:58 p.m. CST

    To this day...

    by gotilk

    I cannot get through Animals without being bored though. Every other album.... EVERY ONE... I can listen to again and again.

  • May 10, 2012, 2:59 p.m. CST

    phifty2 To feeeeel the warm thrill of

    by gotilk

    poverty... that panhandling glow.

  • May 10, 2012, 3:10 p.m. CST

    I'll be seeing him in Portland this month

    by BobJ812

    Saw him at The Gorge in 2000, where he buzzed us with his tour jet as the opening power chord of "In the flesh?" blasted us. Best. Concert. Opening. EVER.

  • Overwrought, bloated hippie shit!

  • May 10, 2012, 3:24 p.m. CST

    Missed it.

    by zer05um

    Had tickest fro the Auckland gig back in Feb, but on the day of the show my daughter ended up in surgery. I'm told the show is awesome. I've been trying to see a Floyd / Wall show for 30 years. Never managed it yet. Broke down on the trip once, train delayed on another. Violent food poisoning on another. It's like somebody is sending me a message!

  • hands down one of the BEST shows i have ever seen & i've seen plenty.

  • FINALLY got to see the "Lamb" in Atlanta last Sunday & it was extraordinary. Genesis was setting the bar VERY high with this show back in 74 & 75 & pushing the available technology to its limits& it STILL is an impressive & amazing show.

  • Dude--here's a link to a playlist that has every song, in order, except Cuckoo Cocoon(it's at the end for some reason) & Broadway Melody--which i'll give you a separate link to The playlist even has the encores, which were "the Musical Box" & "Watcher of the Skies": http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLD046AB02EDF7EA7D BMelody: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nlRoApAAw0U There you go--NOT the same as being there, BUT, better than almost ALL of the original footage you reference & --IT's the ENTIRE SHOW. and just for fun, here's TMB performing "The Knife" which they occasionally do as a post lamb encore: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPvfmywNmhs&feature=results_main&playnext=1&list=PL25D24698E18879D0 If you havent seen TMB perform this--do NOT miss the chance--it was a dream come true for my friends and I who have wanted to see this for over 30 years

  • May 10, 2012, 4:13 p.m. CST

    gotilk

    by Melanie Griffiths Sour Patch

    Pro's & Con's would've been an interesting Floyd album no doubt but I LOVE hearing Clapton and David Sanborn on it. When I first listened to that on CD (I was too young for vinyl and I didn't know about it when it was on tape) it blew my mind. You listen to it and it's like a movie explodes in your mind. Someone should do a documentary about that album and the wall and how they each went the ways they ended up.

  • May 10, 2012, 4:19 p.m. CST

    The Kidd will hate it

    by Jack

  • May 10, 2012, 4:27 p.m. CST

    Got tix for the Ft. Lauderdale show in June

    by FarSky

    Cannot. effing. WAIT.

  • Just my personal preference, but while all the guest stars are really cool & the significance of the location is unprecedented--RW does it "better" w/ his own crew IMO

  • May 10, 2012, 4:41 p.m. CST

    Perhaps the best concert I've ever been to.

    by Bryan

    I saw him Columbus in 2010, met Roger personally backstage after the first act, which would lead to my obvious bias. It is a sight to be seen though even without Gilmore.

  • May 10, 2012, 4:46 p.m. CST

    See it live once. It's like those Tito Puente records...

    by chris hinojosa

    "Tito Puente is gonna be dead, and you're gonna say, 'Oh, I've been listening to him for years, and I think he's fabulous.' " Seriously, even if The Wall isn't your favorite Floyd, seeing the full production, with all of today's technology, the way Waters (megalomaniac or not) intended, is amazing. Worth it.

  • I just realized that I have actually caught ALL of his solo tours. He and Peter Gabriel are unmatched IMO when it comes to live shows that are memorable & leave you wanting more.

  • May 10, 2012, 5:08 p.m. CST

    I watched a few minutes of the youtube link

    by Jaster Mareel

    Yeah it's all 2 hours, it's even in HD! But once again....sleeeeeeepyyyyyy. And for $200, you even get the same fucking circular screen they did like 3 =final tours= ago. Remind me why AICN is now reviewing fucking concerts?

  • May 10, 2012, 5:09 p.m. CST

    Gilmour may have been a sidenote...

    by Jeremy Jar Binks

    but he did basically write the music for a couple of the album's best songs (Run Like Hell, Hey You) as well as provide the amazing solos for Comfortably Numb, Another Brick, etc. Don't look at me, I'm a Barrett man myself :) But Waters is definitely the brain behind the best Floyd stuff

  • May 10, 2012, 5:15 p.m. CST

    Spring Breakers has some new images out.

    by TheMachinist

    Hot damn. http://www.movies.com/movie-news/spring-breakers-images/7876

  • May 10, 2012, 5:20 p.m. CST

    by Keaton

    I went when he came to Denver. It was purely amazing

  • May 10, 2012, 5:46 p.m. CST

    New York!

    by UCFKevin

    I'll be seeing this at Yankee Stadium in July. It will be the only time I will be at Yankee Stadium cheering.

  • May 10, 2012, 5:47 p.m. CST

    merrick, you're insane

    by Holly

    The Wall Live in Austin was the biggest spectacle of over-blown, desperate crap I have ever seen. The images of people killed in the name of ideology were shamed by Water's own performance of fascism, in which he egged the crowd into participating. He's a pathetic old man now, however talented, to be relying upon such tired and obvious mechanism of manipulation. At his age he should allow his wisdom (which he evinced in referring to "the poor, fucked up" young Roger of 1980) to bring nuance to the work of his youth. Instead he brought a sledgehammer. And lots of pictures of himself.

  • -- Now I love the Grateful Dead.

  • Especially today in America given that nobody knows how to parent anymore or do anything right anymore.

  • *corrected

  • May 10, 2012, 7:34 p.m. CST

    I'm seeing this June 11th

    by MrGonev5

    June 11th can't get here soon enough. I can't wait to see the show!!

  • May 10, 2012, 7:49 p.m. CST

    Animals tour, 1977, LA

    by Ninja Nerd

    Saw this show with 9 of my friends and we STILL talk about it. (well, those still alive at least) I discovered PF before DSOTM. By the time Wish You Were Here came out, I was hooked for life. While The Wall is very good, my 2 favorites are WYWH and Animals. A few years ago, my son did a 'guest appearance' with a local band for the title song from WYWH on acoustic guitar. (I play guitar...he's crazy good) Besides being very proud, I was amazed that a pretty young crowd knew and loved the song. This article confirms the staying power of the Floyd and I'm glad to know that. Good article...thanks!

  • At least I've heard it does when you've been doing bong hits all day.

  • May 10, 2012, 8:09 p.m. CST

    what took so long?

    by gernblanston67

    saw this tour 18 months ago...great, but why now?

  • May 10, 2012, 8:54 p.m. CST

    batmancw WOW!!

    by gotilk

    That version of Broadway Melody is PERFECTION. I'd love to see that show. I used to dream of being able to see that tour.

  • May 10, 2012, 8:55 p.m. CST

    Echoes

    by Nice Marmot

    Nuff said . . .

  • May 10, 2012, 9:02 p.m. CST

    Kipp Lennon

    by Egheaumaen

    Hey Merrick, good memory, recalling "Suspension." Is it also worth mentioning that Kipp sang "Flaming Moe's" on the Aerosmith episode of "The Simpsons," as well as "Happy Birthday, Lisa" in a Michael Jackson impression? (To this day, that story seems to keep making news.) That he was the singing voice of Zack Morris on "Saved By the Bell?" That in "Star Trek 4," he sang the song that the punk rocker was listening to on the bus before Spock Vulcan neck pinched him into turning it off? That in "Ruthless People," he sang the song that Judge Reinhold used to try to sell an overly expensive stereo to a teenage father-to-be? Or that he's currently one of the lead singers of the band Venice, along with his brother Pat and cousin Mark, who are also background singers on this Roger Waters "Wall" tour? Kipp has definitely had his hand in some cool stuff.

  • Opening the gatefold sleeve, looking at the pictures, reading the lyrics. And I'm not giving a "vinyl is better" speech here, either. That's just the experience that has always been the deepest for me over the last thirty years. I dig the original movie. I dig bootlegs of the original tour. I dig video of all the more recent performances, including the one with all the guests. But nothing quite captures the contradictory feelings of isolation and warmth that I get from listening to the original recording in a dimly lit room. Maybe with some wine and some smoke. <p> Still, looking forward to checking this out since I passed on the tour. I have nothing against Roger Waters - in fact I quite like him - but I really only want to see Pink Floyd doing Pink Floyd songs at this point.

  • May 10, 2012, 9:17 p.m. CST

    melanie_griffiths_sour_patch

    by gotilk

    Pros and Cons, by far one of the best headphone albums of all time.

  • May 10, 2012, 9:20 p.m. CST

    obijuanmartinez

    by Nice Marmot

    G.E. Smith is a badass. I'm guessing you're judging him as that guy before & after commercials on SNL. I've seen him in a live jam and he is profound. No way you'd think, "wish it were Jeff Beck."

  • The guy joined the band three years into their history. Waters wrote a lot of the lyrics, but other members of the band wrote a lot of the music and contributed greatly to the overall asthetic of Floyd's sound from the late 60s (Ummagumma) until The Wall. How many people can SING YOU every note of a Gilmour guitar solo. They're iconic. That's not a "side note".

  • .... Piper At The Gates Of Dawn to The Delicate Sound of Thunder. Division Bell didn't do much for me, though.

  • May 10, 2012, 9:25 p.m. CST

    headbooter - I wish I could have seen an older tour

    by Jaka

    I mean, of course I've seen some (and heard a lot) on bootlegs. But the only Floyd tour I was able to attend was The Momentary Lapse of Reason Tour. Which, to a 17 year old who had been listening to Pink Floyd regularly for the last five years, was still pretty damn mind blowing. Lasers and a light mist falling into the stadium make for a lovely visual accompaniment.

  • Sign o' the times, I guess.

  • May 10, 2012, 9:57 p.m. CST

    Loved the show.

    by Chain

    it's on youtube in decent quality. there's a playlist that has it all in order too. can't wait to get the blu ray. http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLF7444D92373F4F4A

  • May 10, 2012, 10:20 p.m. CST

    @jaka: re Gilmour...

    by Jeremy Jar Binks

    I totally agree. I was just referring to his presence on "The Wall" album. He had been pushed to the side largely by Waters by that point. Not to his role in the band's career. Gilmour's sound, I would argue, was in fact the essential album rock Floyd sound. Their best album (Wish You Were Here) is a perfect mix of Gilmour/Mason sound and Waters' lyrics and drama. Waters provided the sauce, but Gilmour was the meal. And "One Of These Days".... fucking amazing song... pure Gilmour.

  • 'I eschew you!'

  • May 10, 2012, 10:47 p.m. CST

    Ah. Sorry about that stinky jar jar finger

    by Jaka

    I just saw somebodies response and started typing. You know how the internet goes. <p> But I still love Gilmour on The Wall. Great guitar playing and some incredible vocal work, even if he didn't write the words. I might go so far as to say that the tension involved with making that album even added to the power of the parts that Gilmour laid down. Now, The Final Cut, that's a different vibe for me. Waters pretty much took over on that one.

  • May 10, 2012, 11:03 p.m. CST

    Going to see the Wall tomorrow in SF @ Att Park

    by saint seiya

    2nd time seeing this show. Saw it in San Jose in 2010.

  • May 10, 2012, 11:15 p.m. CST

    saint seiya - Cool. Let us know how it goes.

    by Jaka

    That's the second time I've decided to not go to this tour (I'm in Alameda).

  • May 10, 2012, 11:47 p.m. CST

    @longbaugh....

    by jay2517

    im thinking about going to the Charlotte one myself! buuuuut fucking $900 for 4 fucking tickets....sheeeet man!! ive freaking regretted not going to the 94 show. *was it love or the idea of being in love? or was it the hands of fate that seemed to fit just like a glove*---*The moment slipped by and soon the seeds were sown The year grew late and neither one wanted to remain alone*---*one slip and down the hole we fall...* love that song, takes me back to the 90's Floyd...

  • May 10, 2012, 11:49 p.m. CST

    ^ and to a few certain ladies :)^

    by jay2517

  • May 11, 2012, 12:54 a.m. CST

    I was at this show too, good review

    by ironburl

    One of the best shows I've ever seen. If this comes to your town, GO.

  • May 11, 2012, 12:56 a.m. CST

    I went with a guy that saw it in 2010

    by ironburl

    and he said a lot had changed. The technology is incredible. The largest projection system ever created.

  • Possibly because he's not an asshole anymore. The guy has chilled out from his litigious 80's era, as evidenced by the fact that Gilmour is prepared to spend time in the same room and even play with him again.

  • May 11, 2012, 2:28 a.m. CST

    @has_snyder_been_fired_from_superman_yet

    by JonRD463

    Yep. Start the DVD of Wizard of Oz. When the old black & white MGM lion roars the third time, start the DSotM CD. Things to look for: the song playing during the tornado scene, the munchkins dancing to Money, & the heartbeat at the end of the CD. There are many other synchronicities, but those stand out for me. Or you can see it on Youtube, like this clip. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0q8QMK6lTQY&feature=related It's still cool to watch it all line up in sequence as it plays, though.

  • May 11, 2012, 6:49 a.m. CST

    @jay2517

    by MrLongbaugh

    You have got to be kidding me. We live in the same state? If we both go, we will definitely have to meet up and grab a beer.

  • May 11, 2012, 6:49 a.m. CST

    jonrd463

    by Nice Marmot

    Always thought the Oz/DarkSide thing had to be B.S. but MAN are there some crazy synchronicities. 'The Great Gig in the Sky' plays over the tornado, Dorothy opens the door to reveal OZ in color the SECOND 'Money' kicks in, and the Witch pops onto the screen right on the word, "black" in 'Us & Them.' But the album is shorter than the movie, so it's not PERFECT . . .

  • May 11, 2012, 6:50 a.m. CST

    @jonrd463

    by MrLongbaugh

    Thanks for the link!!

  • May 11, 2012, 7:17 a.m. CST

    Imminently

    by veteran_of_mu

    I'm really sorry to nitpick such a really good review, young Merrick, but you need to get out your dictionary and review the words "imminent" and "eminent". Love Waters and his Wall in all its forms. Still recall the Geldoff flick where he shaves his nipples off - apparently he really did that in his audition and they saved the tape to use in the film. Sure hope they grew back!

  • May 11, 2012, 8:24 a.m. CST

    Saw the show twice last year

    by Fuck The Napkin

    Spectacular show - a real multimedia extravaganza that was worth splashing out for twice, as there's so much going on you can't take it all in first time. Also good to see it from a distance in a standing venue, then from near the front of a seated venue - totally different experience each time. Nice review and all... but why's this on Ain't It Cool News? Are we going to get more live music reviews, or only when they're 'filmic' like this?

  • May 11, 2012, 8:30 a.m. CST

    Ticket prices - worth saving for

    by Fuck The Napkin

    Yes, it's expensive, but scrape some money together and go see it if you can. The show's so big that you don't need to be in $300 seats near the front and you'll definitely never see anything like this again. Seriously.

  • May 11, 2012, 8:38 a.m. CST

    fuck the napkin

    by Merrick

    *** why's this on Ain't It Cool News? Are we going to get more live music reviews, or only when they're 'filmic' like this? *** Fair enough questions, which have previously been answered...although those answers were easy to miss/overlook in the bigger picture. Basically... Aint It Cool has always been about things Harry & Co. think are "COOL." In Harry's mind, this can representing nearly anything and everything (Harry's posted about space missions and UFOs, for example...we've previously posted about specify gadgets, etc.). HOWEVER, AICN often happens to default to movie and television coverage...as that's what we're chiefly known for, and it's also a force of habit...thus this broader mission statement frequently and easily gets lost in the mix. We have had music coverage in the past from time to time...stage shows, live performances, etc...and I'd suspect we'll see more coming up in the future. IN GENERAL (but not necessarily as a rule), I'd bet that whatever we cover will somehow tie pointedly into pop culture. I.e. stuff like the BATMAN ARENA SPECTACULAR (aka BATMAN LIVE), MICAEL JACKSON IMMORTAL...the HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON LIVE arena tour...stuff like that...seem to make as much sense as our coverage of SPIDER-MAN: TURN OFF THE DARK, for example. I'm not saying these will definitely show up here in the future (accessibility and politics determine such things)...just examples of how we might tie into events of this type - which make a lot of sense for Aint It Cool News when one steps back and thinks about it.

  • May 11, 2012, 8:39 a.m. CST

    @killer_instinct on Roger Waters 'hating Jews'

    by Fuck The Napkin

    That story was bullshit. During 'Goodbye Blue Sky' a bunch of CGI warplanes fly over a landscape dropping icons like bombs. There's the Mercedes logo, Shell logo, Dollar signs, Euro symbol, Christian crosses, Muslim crescent and Star of David, among other things. Fox News did a piece only mentioning the Star of David and got some rent-a-quotes to be 'outraged' by it. It's just classic Roger Waters symbolism having a dig at war, capitalism, organised religion, etc. Here's a video of a show in Toronto two weeks before that Boston gig, and you can see the planes drop Christian crosses and Muslim crescents before Jewish Stars of David, so the story's pure wank. It's just as anti-Muslim and anti-Christian as it is anti-Jewish. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BALPk6V69VA

  • May 11, 2012, 8:45 a.m. CST

    Thanks Merrick

    by Fuck The Napkin

    I think it's cool to have things like this on AICN, just seemed strange as it's such a rare occurrance - and because the Wall show's been touring for two years now. I guess we normally see reviews of things like this when they're new. But hey, you went to an awesome gig and did a great review of it, so all good. :)

  • Was blown away with "Rammstein- Made in Germany tour 2012", and i have been to countless shows over the years (am 43). Incredible, over the top, and fun! And tickets were 1/2 price of "The Wall".. Check it out..

  • May 11, 2012, 9:31 a.m. CST

    Jaka - the LA show was epic

    by Ninja Nerd

    The show was at Anaheim Stadium, which allowed them to do stuff you can't do indoors. They had a flying pig inside the stadium AND released another pig behind the stage, outside the stadium, that flew several hundred feet straight up and exploded in a ball of flame. I think some of the folks on LSD are still sitting in a corner babbling "the pig blew up, the pig blew up!" :-) I've seen all the 'major' bands in concert over the years...Yes, Fleetwood Mac, Kansas, Bad Company, Tull, Heart, Supertramp, Boston, Stones, and so on. Pretty much any band you can think of except The Beatles. The one that was most memorable for me is still Pink Floyd in '77. I wish I could have gotten an iPhone or something from the future and recorded some of those shows.... *SIGH*

  • May 11, 2012, 9:44 a.m. CST

    girugamesh, I second the awesomeness of Rammstein in concert

    by Joe Plumber

    Saw them in NY last year. Any group where the lead singer has the balls to strap a flame thrower to their face is aces in my book. You could feel the heat in the back of the stadium every time he breathed fire. One of the best concerts I've ver seen and I'm not a fan. Was introduced to them from the Trent Reznor soundtrack of David Lynch's Lost Highway. My friend who bought the tickets is a huge fan.

  • May 11, 2012, 9:54 a.m. CST

    frankbooth93

    by Kakii

    PMSL

  • May 11, 2012, 10:41 a.m. CST

    longbaugh...

    by jay2517

    yep, sure do. u me and dvader :)

  • May 11, 2012, 10:52 a.m. CST

    @jay2517

    by MrLongbaugh

    I live in the Triad...W-S to be exact. You?

  • May 11, 2012, 2:07 p.m. CST

    I have seen it 1 year ago

    by Suskis

    It costed me 500$ in the whole, and I honestly think they have been the best money I have spent in my life. I have never seen anything like that. The show is so AWESOME that the word "awesome" should be replaces with "The Wall" in dictionaries. I had goosebumbps for so long during the concert that they lasted even after it ended. The Wall is my favorite album and seeing it live was nothing short than fantastic.

  • May 11, 2012, 2:24 p.m. CST

    Goddam Merrick your boy took those?

    by malificus

    Check your ticket does it read "Roger's lap"? Really nice shots too, especially the accoustic with the circle of light framing, good stuff man.

  • May 11, 2012, 2:36 p.m. CST

    killer_instinct: crying anti-semite is tired

    by malificus

    Cathy Grtiffin tired. As Darth Vader said in Robot Chicken SW: "Princess....let it goooooooo...."

  • May 11, 2012, 2:37 p.m. CST

    malificus re: pics

    by Merrick

    Thanks so much! I'll pass along your kind words! He was the youngest person in the photo corps that night (recently 18) & was gently heckled by the other (seasoned) photographers accordingly...which I anticipated. But he's been a very gifted and experienced photographer for some time, and I was 1 million %, without any doubt, *certain* he'd land this perfectly...which he did. Been trying to upload embiggenable versions of these (and other) WALL LIVE pics, but for some reason the servers won't have it. The larger files are stunning. Much appreciated

  • May 11, 2012, 2:47 p.m. CST

    I caught Roger and the newly-reformed non-Roger Floyd

    by malificus

    within a week of each other back when Waters was touring with Radio Kaos. Sad to say Floyd had a very boring song set and didn't impress me at all, but Roger was fantastic, even had Paul Carrick(sp?) on keyboards, one of the best all-time shows I've seen and not bragging but I saw some incredible shows in my time (first one was ray Charles). Years later I caught Floyd again and they played Dark Side in it's entirety and it was unparalleled in it's awesomeness even without Roger. Seriously tho your boys got chops I was a photographer in the Army for 4 years, a graphic designer after that so I know solid stuff when I see it, that's as nice as anything I've ever seen at Rolling Stone.

  • May 11, 2012, 3:28 p.m. CST

    I was there...

    by A

    I was in the audience for the Wall at Earls Court London in '80, and again in 81. I was in the Berlin Audience in 90. I was in the London Audience this tour on the one night that Gilmore guested on stage, on top of the wall, for Comfortably Numb. Am I allowed to say "I win"?

  • May 11, 2012, 3:46 p.m. CST

    Rog first did this show in 1990 in Berlin when the wall

    by Col. Tigh-Fighter

    And filmed it. Albert Finney played the judge. Tim Currey played the lawyer, and Jerry Hall played the girl "you wanna take a bath!". Hell, even German rockers Scorpion did a number. Now that is a film!

  • May 11, 2012, 5:28 p.m. CST

    onetimepassword103: I concede sir..

    by malificus

    ..I Wish I had Been There.

  • May 11, 2012, 9:56 p.m. CST

    longbaugh....WOW....ur shitting me...

    by jay2517

    just go 52 North for about 40 minutes. u ever heard of the Andy Griffith Show??

  • May 11, 2012, 10:37 p.m. CST

    @Jay

    by MrLongbaugh

    I assume you are talking about Mt. Airy? Or is it Pilot Mtn.? My step-father was born in Mt. Airy. His brother was the post master there for years. Also have family in Dobson. I actually live in Belews Creek. That is so cool. Where is vader from?

  • May 11, 2012, 10:54 p.m. CST

    u, sir, assume correctly! what does this man win??

    by jay2517

    whos ur step dad, if u dont mind saying over the net? vaders from charlotte. post masters brother...u talking about Brad Dorsett?

  • May 11, 2012, 11:02 p.m. CST

    anti-semitism?

    by ironburl

    My Jewish pal said it was totally amazing. All religions get criticized in the show equally.

  • May 12, 2012, 2:34 a.m. CST

    Saw it last year

    by crazylegs

    Brilliant arena spectacle. However the anti-corporate messagrs kind of fall flat when your sotting in a $300 seat surrounded by people in $50 Wall shirts.

  • May 12, 2012, 5:49 a.m. CST

    The Wall and Darkside

    by DontKnowJacK

    Saw the 2011 and 2012 shows in Houston. Just an amazing show. Roger Waters also did Dark Side of the Moon here in 2008, one of 3 US stops on that tour. Quest complete. Thank You Roger Waters!!!

  • May 12, 2012, 6:09 a.m. CST

    @Jay

    by MrLongbaugh

    My step-dad was Bill Taylor. His brother was Louis Taylor. He retired a while back.

  • May 12, 2012, 9:10 a.m. CST

    longbaugh...

    by jay2517

    ah cool. i think i might know him. louis taylor sounds familiar :) we need to drink what the carolinians call the beer together. a friend of mine invited me to Ziggy's last night but i couldnt go with her cause i had my little ladies. havent been to the new Ziggy's yet. have u?

  • May 12, 2012, 9:43 a.m. CST

    Animals

    by hank90000

    I saw Floyd in 1977 on the Animals tour. To this day I consider it to be the best concert I have ever been to. For months after the show i could not listen to a Pink Floyd album, without it sounding like a transistor radio, compared to the Quadrophonic sound system the band used live , even the best stereo systems sounded like trash. I wanted to see the band In 1980 on the Wall tour, but with only two stops in the U.S. I was not able to make the shows. I am looking forward to seeing Roger in Louisville on June 10.

  • May 12, 2012, 10:04 a.m. CST

    @Jay

    by MrLongbaugh

    Not yet. Used to go there quite often back in the day. Yeah, a beer is in the future.

  • May 12, 2012, 10:23 a.m. CST

    Merrick: The other photographers...

    by gotilk

    I've experienced that crap first hand, and I have NEVER understood it. I've had news photographers try to bully me before, even had one seek out my name so that he could come back, address me by name and tell me that he was going to talk to the local editor at the local paper about me in a negative way. I can't remember what lie he was going to tell about me, but it was nasty. All because I kept arriving at scenes before he could. Really nasty behavior. I hope they weren't too hard on your kid. His work looks really good.

  • May 12, 2012, 10:28 a.m. CST

    jaka

    by gotilk

    Waaay late responding to you, but I just HAD to. You're so right about people being able to literally SING every note of many Gilmour solos. I know I can. That truly is iconic, and a billion miles from a side note or small contribution. Nice post.

  • ...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NtbunQgEi_0

  • May 12, 2012, 12:32 p.m. CST

    saw the show last night in SF.

    by saint seiya

    It was amazing, biggest production ive ever seen. I saw the show in 2010 and this was so much bigger it was truly amazing. I recorded some videos after i tried to get in three different times with my dslr. I am the biggest Gilmour fan, learned to play Echoes (the pompeii version) when I first got into guitar, im sure the show wouldve sounded more awesome with Gilmour but you kind of forget about that with all the production of this show.

  • May 12, 2012, 10:44 p.m. CST

    my recording of the show

    by saint seiya

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1uyTr4wnwkw&list=UUlt9OMefD736HIJ6eurYcUw&index=10&feature=plcp

  • May 12, 2012, 10:45 p.m. CST

    oops heres the correct link

    by saint seiya

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_-PwBE5dZg

  • May 13, 2012, 1:33 a.m. CST

    Merrick

    by Mastidon

    I have been debating for a long time now if it was worth the cash to go see The Wall live. I saw Roger do all of DSOTM and as my wife described it, it was a poor cover band of PF. Your article has pushed me overt he edge. If I don't see it now, I will forever hate myself. Thanks for the great review!

  • May 13, 2012, 1:40 a.m. CST

    saint seiya

    by Mastidon

    Killer! Thanks for that. Makes me want to go see it even more...

  • May 14, 2012, 4:47 p.m. CST

    By the way which one's Pink?

    by Dark Doom

    Yes, Roger is an asshole, you don't tell a founding member of your band he's fired, and then take him on as a hired hand. Rick Wright was wronged badly by Roger. But Roger is the genius of the band, his voice, his vision after Sid left made the band. I saw Roger do Pro's and Con's with Clapton, Snowy White, and Andy fairweatherlow (Pink Floyds's secret session men) when Dave couldn't be bothered. Roger did The Wall, Dark Side and Pro's and Con's. I also saw Radio KAOS. And to compared to the overblown Division Bell I have to say Roger may not make as much money as Daves' Floyd, but Roger was much, much better. I go to see songs, not overblown solos, Pink Floyd died when Roger left. Roger is a writer/performer. Dave is a excellent guitarist, but his writing is bland and has no heart. Roger sings from his tortured soul. Just the fact that floyd replaced Roger with 5 guys shows who the real Pink Floyd is. But all in all the reunion of Floyd on Live Aid was amazing. So sad they can't get it back together...