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roger waters at hollywood bowl review

powerful. stirring. with detailed staging designed by the same architect from pink floyd’s the wall tour, pyrotechnics, large-scale video projections, theatrical staging. a full moon (courtesy of mother nature) adds to the experience, while a 360° quadraphonic sound system delivers the power and density of waters’ music to a thirsty audience.

the production consisted of two sets: the first a collection of pink floyd material, and songs from roger’s solo career. a wide variety of waters’ music, including several classic compositions from the the wall, pieces from animals, (with a giant flying puppet pig with the phrase “impeach bush” inscribed on its “gluteus maximus”), wish you were here, and the final cut.

it also included a new(ish) song. “leaving beirut”, an instrumental backdrop for a short story/graphic novel about waters’ experience hitch-hiking in lebanon, interspersed with lyrics about the us and uk involvement in the iraq war. a line caught my attention in this song: “don’t let the might of the christian right fuck it up for you and the rest of the world”. good stuff. it invoked a mixed reaction from the crowd, with many rising to their feet and cheering.

the second set featured roger waters and his full band performing the dark side of the moon album in its entirety, plus encores.

a definite must; not to be missed by any floyd and waters’ fan.

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  • Chris October 9, 2006, 1:23 am

    I am SO envious of you! I’ve NEVER seen Floyd or Waters in concert. Hell, I have never even been in the same town where they were in concert.

    I was so absorbed in the Wall when I was younger but then Radio KAOS blew me away. That cd can still bring me to tears.

    Can I say that “I hate you” in a nice way? LOL

    I am glad you enjoyed a great evening!

  • Jennifa......G October 10, 2006, 12:09 am

    I wanted to thank you for your nice comment. I enjoy reading your blog and peek in whenever I can. I admire you tenacity and gusto. Wishing you a wonderful week!

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