Photos by G.
November 6, 2010 is a day I won’t be forgetting for the rest of my life! It’s the day I saw Roger Waters of Pink Floyd perform “The Wall” in its entirety at Madison Square Garden in New York. The best way I can describe the show is to say that it was both epic and life changing. The visuals were some of the best I’ve ever seen at ANY concert I’ve ever attended (and I’ve seen easily over 1000 shows in my life) and hearing the entire Garden sing along to the whole Wall album gives me chills even after the show. A partially built wall went across the entire stage and bricks were filled in as the show went on. Once the entire wall was built, some of the trippiest projections I’ve ever seen were shown on the wall as the band performed in front of it and at the very end of the show, the wall came down.
The ticket said the show would begin promptly at 8 pm and it began right at 8:20. From the opening notes of “In The Flesh (Part 1)” the show started on a spectacular note. A video of the song will be coming soon, so stay tuned for that. The song had fireworks (indoors!), cool visuals and an airplane crash with a real explosion! It just got better from there. I remember reading that Roger Waters got in trouble with some religious groups over some of the imagery in his show, and though I don’t think (and hope he didn’t) change the show, one of the strongest impressions was a scene of an animated airplane dropping crucifixes like bombs over a city. It then changed to Jewish Stars and then it changed to the Mercedes Logo. If you think for a second that religious or status propagnada isn’t dropped over our heads like bombs, you are delusional! In these horrible global times we are in, seeing and hearing the messages in “The Wall,” which was written over 30 years ago, ring more true today than ever.
The absence of David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Rick Wright (RIP) were definitely felt, but to quote the song, “the show must go on.” Roger Waters sounded great and I was very impressed that he performed “Empty Spaces” the same way as in the movie and the demo version (that has different lyrics than the regular album version). During the song “Mother,” when the lyric “Mother, should I trust the government?” was sung, the wall lit up with the words… (see picture below)
When the words “No Fucking Way” were illuminated, possibly the biggest cheers of the night were heard across the Garden. It was really amazing. By the end of the first act, the entire wall was built and during the intermission, pictures of people who’ve died in wars were projected onto the wall.
As the second act/record/disc began with “Hey You,” Roger Waters performed that song behind the wall and during the song, trippy visuals were projected onto it. “Comfortably Numb” probably featured the most colorful visuals of the show when the bricks gave way to an acid trip like series of projected patterns. In a night of too many highlights to mention, this was another one. “Run Like Hell” also featured some impressive visuals of the bricks moving around and by the time of “The Trial,” the infamous inflatable pig was floating across Madison Square Garden.
As the wall finally came down, Roger Waters introduced the band and a night of perfection came to a close. Though the ticket prices are high for this show, it is worth every penny! It was fun watching the audience leave Madison Square Garden as everyone seemed to be in total disbelief as to what they just witnessed. This is definitely one of the best shows I’ve ever seen and I strongly recommend you go see him if he comes to your town.