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He's Still Got It

16 February 2012

Last night, J and I went to see Roger Waters' The Wall at Sydney Olympic Park.
We booked it awhile back thinking it would be a nice Anniversary & V-Day treat.
It was freakin' outstanding!
One of the best concerts I've ever been to, for sure.

{Warning, the picture quality is not great because they are taken with our iphone, without flash.} {Heading up the escalators} {Waiting, waiting, waiting...did the guy in front of us really have green hair or is that some weird camera exposure?!?!} The theatrics of the show were incredible.  What you see in the pictures above & below, is the scenery during "Another Brick in the Wall Part II".....better known by me as "Hey, Teacher, leave them kids alone."  The big blow-up puppet was the creepy, tyrannical teacher.  His eyes lit up red and he moved around.  It was mesmerizing and gave me the heeby jeeby's all at the same time.
{The red glow in the center of the crowd is a big pig that floated around over the crowd.}
{The obligatory, over exposed self portrait...which makes us look extra tan.}

Some of my thoughts from the show:
+Wow it's incredible that so many hit songs all came from that one album.  You {and by you, I mean me} forget just how many hits are Pink Floyd's...and then to realize that Roger Waters wrote all of them on one album just blows your mind.

+Now I understand why the tickets are so effin' expensive--
the pyrotechnics, stage design, projections, and overall production were stunning.

+The guy/girl ratio was at least 10:1....which meant...dun dun lines for the bathroom!  Woohoo :)

+It's wonderful to see older musicians who are still alive, in good physical shape, and able to share their gift with younger generations.  It made me happy and sad at the same time.  Happy to see Roger Waters in his twilight years, who's clearly still got it, poking fun at his younger self {he called his younger self 'grumpy'.}  But at the same time, it's sad to think of how many talented musicians never live to experience that.  

+There were many anti-war and anti-government sentiments expressed throughout the show.  He showed hundreds of photos of fallen soldiers.  The album was released in 1979, off the heels of the Vietnam War {1962-1975.}  To think, we fought in Vietnam for thirteen years, amidst the outcry for peace from youth and artists alike.  Now, it's 2012 and the anti-war message is just as relevant.  In fact, it's been relevant for the past eleven years we've been at war.  How sad.  I continue to pray for peace.

Here are a few professional photographs from the show:{This last one is during Comfortably Numb and the guy at the top is singing David Gilmore's part.}

A quote was displayed that I found especially poignant.  Both J and I remembered it almost verbatim as we discussed the show on the drive home.

"Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and not clothed."
-Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th President of the United States

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