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The Wall Live

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

17 comments

  1. Wow. The con­cert pic­tures look so crisp! And it looks like one would have a good time in that concert!

  2. 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!

  3. @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 :lol:

    @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! :lol:

    @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. ;-)

  4. Drugs? Ha ha… I need some that can me look for­ever young too!
    Maybe I need to speak to Cher to find out where she got hers!

  5. 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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