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Thoughts on The Wall
Published on July 9, 2012 by Sara Foss

Over at the DG, I give my impressions of The Wall - Roger Waters' concert tour of the Pink Floyd album of the same name.

Here's an excerpt:

"One of the last things I did before I left on vacation was catch Roger Waters’ Wall tour when it stopped at the Times Union Center in Albany in late June. Pink Floyd’s 1979 album 'The Wall' is one of my favorite albums of all time, and I was eager to see how Waters and his band perform the songs on the album from start to finish. I didn’t know exactly what to expect, other than a spectacle. And that I got.

The concert was dazzling, both visually and musically, integrating footage from the landmark 1982 film based on the album, 'Pink Floyd: The Wall,' deploying grotesque marionettes (including an angry-looking flying pig) above the stage and erecting an actual wall on stage. But while the album and film are largely personal works, exploring the unhealthy intersection of repression, depression, alienation, fame and war, the current tour has more of a geopolitical focus, attacking government, war and corporate greed in pretty much equal doses. If the album and movie are among the most chilling depictions of madness ever created, the Wall tour is more of a rant, directed at the powers-that-be. There’s nothing wrong with this, and on the whole the concert was quite powerful, with imagery of war victims and pleas for justice in cases of police brutality providing a grim, real-world undercurrent to the show. But the shift in emphasis made the concert feel a little less personal, at least to me. I was awed by the Wall, but not as moved by it as I expected to be."

Click here to read the whole thing.

Also, click here to read Rule of Thumb contributor Brian McElhiney's less-than-positive take on the concert.

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