The Wall Live

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Roger Waters of Pink Floyd doesn’t look 67 years old. Maybe it’s the drugs; maybe it’s his weird twisted mind. Who knows. He can still put up a show and his songs are still oddly relevant today.

On Sunday night, Feng and I went to see The Wall Live in Ottawa. I’m too young to be a child of the seventies, I grew up with Pink Floyd music as my dad loves them. I first listened to his vinyls and then eventually bought my own CDs of the band’s main album. The Wall, Dark Side of the Moon, the Division Bell… I love the fact the lyrics are open to interpretation while songs like Money, Time or Run Like Hell speak for themselves.

I wasn’t sure what to expect from The Wall. While I love the CD, the 1979 movie is a bit too weird for me. We stepped into Scotiabank Place and found the place packed—the concert was sold out. On the stage, half a wall was built with white bricks.

Roger Waters came on scene at 8 pm sharp. Fireworks lit up the place and he began singing. “So ya
Thought ya/ Might like to go to the show/ To feel the warm thrill of confusion and/ That space cadet glow”.

He went on with The Thin Ice and the huge screen behind him started showing videos of soldiers killed on duty during WWII, the Gulf War and more recently, in Iraq or Afghanistan. Slowly and inconspicuously, crew members added bricks to the wall as the show progressed. Eventually, the wall was completed and Roger Water sang “Hey You” from behind it, before reappearing again at the front of the stage. Various giant puppets were used: the teacher (“hey, teacher, leave the kids alone! All in all you’re just another brick in the wall…”), the mother and the wife, lurking at the audience, appearing and disappearing from behind the wall.

The wall served as a screen to project messages, quotes and elaborated animations towards the end of the show. “Are there any paranoid people in Ottawa?,” asked Roger before starting Run Like Hell, during which were displayed logo of the major car and oil companies, as well as the dollar sign. During Mother, the question “Mother, should I trust the government?” was answer by a three word sentence—“no fucking way”, displayed on the wall in the Pink Floyd’s signature font.

Eventually, the room started to chant “tear down the wall!” and the music grew louder during The Trial. The wall was destroyed in a matter of seconds and the musicians all played an acoustic version of Outside The Wall.

All apologies if the pictures aren’t the best… We had great seats and I enjoyed the show. This is not the kind of concert where you focus on taking picture of the band.

Roger Waters

Roger Waters

The Happiest Days of Our Lives

Young Lust

Mother

Mother

Is There Anybody Out There?

The Show Must Go On

In the Flesh

Comfortably Numb

Run Like hell

Run Like hell

Half-way Through The Show, the wall is Built

Tear Down The Wall!

End of the Show

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17 Comments

  1. I’M SO JEALOUS!!!! I’m a big Pink Floyd fan; the only band I have truly loved at any stage in my life since I was 13.
    I would have loved to see that! I saw in dvd the show he put up for the fall of the Berlin wall in 1989 and thought it was great.
    I once had a ticket for the Pulse tour in 1994, but it wasn’t in my town and there was nobody to go with me so I didn’t go, how stupid?! Even though it wasn’t the original Pink Floyd and it was just after the release of The Division Bell, which I didn’t like.

  2. Je regrette une fois de plus de ne pas avoir pu être sur scène avec lui ; que veux-tu, Roger a toujours été une tête de cochon, mais quel talent !!!!

    À part ça ici tout va bien ; c’est la révolution : les rues de France sont érigées de pics en haut desquels, sanguinolentes, les têtes nobles, crient encore vive le roi ; des bûchers ont été dressés pour le patronna et des poteaux d’exécution pour les ouvriers. Des hauts parleurs diffusent sans interruption la Marseillaise et on entend au loin le tumulte de la barricade. Rien d’extraordinaire.

    Ah si quand même : ce matin, alors que, coiffé de mon béret je suis allé cherché une baguette de pain parceque je n’avais rien à me mettre sous le bras, j’ai remarqué que les jours rétrécissaient. J’espère que cela ne va pas durer trop longtemps.

    Bon, je te laisse il faut que j’aille emmener ton frère à la manif.

  3. Wow! It sounds amazing and those are great pictures! Pink Floyd is everything that more musicians and artists should be-Creative, imaginative and informed. I grew up in the 80s-90s, but when I was in high school I did listen to some Floyd and really respected their genius.

  4. how’d you dodge the security? I can’t imagine they’d sanction your photos! Are you using a Spy camera? Tell us your secrets!

  5. @Em – No worries, I got your comment back from the spam. Sorry about that, not sure why it was flagged… happens. I know how frustrating it is when comments get lost in the cyberspace!

    @Richard Wright – Picasso a appelé. Il vaut que tu lui rendes ses pinceaux.

    @Sidney – Thank you!

    @shionge – I lost my hearing, for sure 😆

    @Cynthia – It was one of my favorite part of the concert, the animations were awesome.

    @Pauline – We must be about the same age (I was born 1983) and even though I grew up in the 80s and 90s I love them.

    @Em – Awesome! I know tickets are expensive (and this is true for most shows these days, sadly) but I can guarantee you you will enjoy the show. Report back after the concert!

    @Priyank – Mmmm… should we trust the government… well, we can definitely pretend too and take the pay cheque home, can’t we! 😆

    @Linguist-in-Waiting – They are not that great, really. But good memories anyway!

    @rich b – Oh don’t tell me about it… it was hell! I sneaked the DSLR in, hiding the lens in my bag and the body on me. The bags weren’t search and when we entered, they said “no flash but cameras are okay”. I was super relieved and proceed to attach the lens to my camera. And right before the show, security came to see me to say my camera was too professional and wasn’t allowed. I was so mad! I took a lens that doesn’t zoom just to be fair and still, these idiot wouldn’t understand that it,s just a regular camera. Anyway, we also had a pocket camera so I use it for most of the show. And I took a few pictures with the DSLR as well when security wasn’t looking. 😉

  6. Hey Zhu,

    LOL yeah, the drugs must keep him young LOL (you kill me)! Now seriously, old boyo does look nice for his age.

    What on earth is he wearing on his arm? It seems so Nazish of him lol *nodding*…

    Anyway, I am not much of a fan of this band, never been (I started listening to them when I was 3 years old – my mom loved them); however they know how to entertain: look at that stage design…only Michael Jackson could beat this.

    I hope you had fun, girl.

    Cheers

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