So, I saw Roger Waters The Wall
last night. Can’t get the experience out of my mind and thought I’d write some random thoughts I’ve been having. But before I do that, a couple things first.
1. If you are a Pink Floyd Wall fan – you really need to see this. And if you don’t get a chance to see the live show – see the DVD when it comes out. I know I’ll be getting the DVD, just so I can better absorb/understand what I saw last night.
2. I never felt very adept at writing full-blown concert reviews, so I’ll leave that to Chicago rock critic Greg Kot who wrote one a few days ago. In my opinion, it is completely spot-on. http://leisureblogs.chicagotribune.com/ ... enter.html
Now…here begins my random blather….
What does Pink Floyd mean to me?
My Floyd experience and interest was for the most part confined to my high school years – 1975-1979. Picture countless evenings (and afternoons after school) spent in a friend's basement with anywhere from 2-5 of my closest friends and me, no alcohol but lots of weed, profound (maybe not, but we thought they were
) and hilarious conversations, and MUSIC! Our collective favorite band was Yes, but Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon
, Wish You Were Here
, and Animals
were definitely up there as our favorite albums. By the time The Wall
came out, I was a freshman in college and getting more interested in bands like Talking Heads, B-52s, Ramones, and the Sex Pistols. So, I never even bought The Wall
(until yesterday on iTunes!) Of course, I heard the music a lot over the years, and my personal favorites have always been Comfortably Numb
and Run Like Hell
Why did I go to the show?
Lol – my sister and brother-in-law (who were at the show Monday and tonight) insisted! Also for nostalgia’s sake, once in a lifetime experience, yadda yadda.
Roger Waters The Wall: Rock Concert or Spectacle?
Spectacle! This is where I start to have mixed feelings. I have enjoyed so many metal gigs in small to medium sized venues in recent years, that The Wall
experience was a bit of a shock to my system. That’s not to say that I don’t love spectacle – Corvus Corax at Wacken this summer and the over-the-top theatricality of Dimmu Borgir come to mind. However....in my opinion, The Wall
spectacle is not only bizarre, but often heavy handed and perhaps a bit too politically charged at times – therefore it strikes me as a different animal altogether. Well, DUH, Laura
....wasn't / isn't that the whole point?... and my bad – I really should have read up in advance more on the history of it, why Waters wrote it, etc. Usually I’m good about doing my homework so to speak (and I still haven't!), but since I went to this very last minute, just didn’t get to it. Then, there are the ticket prices – up to $250 for this show – Holy Moly! I paid $125 and I think that’s the most I ever paid for a show. But again, we’re talkin’ spectacle here – think Vegas.
Ok, I think I’ve rambled enough for one night.