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Review: Rogers Waters “The Wall” at BankAtlantic Center 6/15

June 18th, 2012 -

Photos by LP

Roger Waters “The Wall” is an experience incomparable to any other rock concert in the world. To call it a concert is hardly suitable anyway; it is, all in all, a theatrical experience whose themes hold more truth now than ever before. What began as an autobiographical rock opera expressing Waters’ feelings of isolation and abandonment, has bloomed into a much broader political statement on greed, war, the media, fear, and all the walls that shield us from what we can be.

Roger Waters first built up The Wall (literally) about 30 years ago, and many asked why he chose to resurrect the show decades later. The answer is evident when you experience the production first hand. For starters, the technological advancements we have now allowed Waters to create something as monumental and unforgettable as The Wall itself, a show it deserved. Building a wall that stretches across the entire length of the given stadium’s stage, for once being far away actually adds to the experience. Hi definition projectors allowed the wall to be manipulated and transformed as it was progressively built up, and it was there that some of the most poignant imagery was visualized.

From portraits of the fallen and victims of war (the first being of Waters’ father himself) during “The Thin Ice”. To Latin crosses, dollar signs, Stars of David, Mercedes Benz, Shell and McDonald logos, all colored red and shown as dropping bombs in “Goodbye Blue Sky”. Real life videos of returning soldiers reunited with their awe stricken children, to, of course, the revamped versions of Gerald Scarfe’s powerful animations shown in the film, Pink Floyd-The Wall.

Perhaps the most directly relevant of the visuals was the repetition of the satirically used prefix, “i” such as in “iBelieve”, referring obviously to iPhone, iTunes, iPod, etc. It illustrated the ominous nature of technology today, and as Roger has expressed, the fine line between the negative and positive affects it may have on us- by either bringing us together and allowing connections to be made, or by further fueling tyrannical use of information.

Other visuals outside the wall included famous characters such as the giant and slow moving Schoolmaster whose bug eyes glared down at the local Ft Lauderdale students who chanted along to the famous, “Another Brick In The Wall”, as well as the Ex-wife puppet, both which seemed to have jumped directly out of the film and onto the stage.

But besides the gorgeous manner in which the visuals were produced, what made this show so successful and extraordinary was the impeccable attention to detail and the insightful way in which Waters displayed  The Wall’s relevance. Nothing was just slapped together in this show. Every single detail was incredibly thought out, every visual was there for a reason, there was no extraneous footage or images shown- they all had their place. For instance, the subtitled video during “Run Like Hell”, of Saeed Chmagh and Namir Noor-Eldeen being attacked by American pilots, their cameras being mistaken for weapons. Following the footage, a banner was dropped saying,”Namir Noor-Eldeen and Saeed Chmagh, We Will Remember You.” As well as a picture of a pig next to “iLead”, a dog next to “iProtect”, and sheep next to “iFollow”, all in reference to their parts in Pink Floyd’s, “Animals” album. As I said, nothing was irrelevantly placed.

Roger Waters “The Wall” showed us how now more than ever, walls can be built without us even realizing it. He illustrated that by taking our social media, our war, and our fears, and spelling them out across an ever rising barrier that was the wall. By using photos sent by real people, videos and statistics of recent occurrences, and symbols prevalent in our day to day lives, (such as those of religions, and products), the show exemplified how real The Wall is, and how easily it can get out of hand. The production was an enlightened warning, sometimes subtle, most times not. Perhaps one of my favorite moments of bluntness, was during “Mother”, when Waters sang, “Mother should I trust the government?” and splattered on the wall were the words, “No. Fucking. Way.”

 

One Response to “Review: Rogers Waters “The Wall” at BankAtlantic Center 6/15”

Jeffrey Lutes says:

ROGER WATERS THE WALL (Last Night – 15 June 12).

I’m sitting at my desk right now… my head still spinning from last night’s performance of THE WALL… much like it did after I saw PINK FLOYD perform the show in New York in 1980, & after I first caught Roger Waters’ current tour of THE WALL at the same venue of last night’s show (BankAtlantic Center, Ft. Lauderdale/Sunrise) about 1.5 years ago…

… I’m still too dazed by the massive avalanche of thoughts this show seems to trigger in me each time I see it, to go into much detail of any kind here right now… Not to mention I’m multitasking with our own business maters at the moment…

… So please allow me to just put it as simple & short as possible : Now that this tour of THE WALL has been such a HUGE success in nearly every damn country & culture on Earth… I clearly can see that NO ONE KNOWS HOW TO TELL ALL THE SO-CALLED “GREAT [CIVILIZED] SYSTEMS OF SOCIETY” ON PLANET EARTH TO FUCK-OFF! QUITE AS CLEARLY, PRECISELY, ACCURATELY & BLUNTLY AS PINK FLOYD’S ROGER WATERS HAS MANAGED TO DO…

… in my humble little view… (& I’m very grateful for that…)

CHEERS!
Jeff Lutes (A.K.A. : Little Lutes on the BIG FAT BASS!)

. . . & also . . . I’m very happy that I was able to provide a perfect seat (center floor seat) for this show to a fine young man by the name of FERNANDO . . . I had never known Fernando before meeting him as I was about to enter the arena . . . but my first impressions of people have proven to be very accurate, over the decades . . . & my gut feelings tell me I couldn’t have done this for any better person . . . YOU take care Fernando! . . . I know my efforts were not wasted on you . . . & I feel extremely good about that . . . CHEERS!

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