Roger Waters, The Wall
Fenway Park, Boston, MA
added: 1 Jul 2012
// gig date: 2 Jul 2012
reviewer: John Reed
Roger Waters has come a long way since his solo career started in the 1980’s. In the documentary “Which Ones Pink,” Water’s told of story about his 1988 tour in which he was playing a smaller venue at a city on the tour, and that a few days before, the David Gilmour-led version of Pink Floyd had played a sold out show at a stadium nearby. Water’s admitted in the film that realization that the Pink Floyd lineup, without his presence was still doing amazing business and his solo career was not the booking success he thought it would be, was “kind of hard to take.”
Nowadays it seems that unless Gilmour had a change of heart, Pink Floyd’s remaining members will most likely, and sadly, never tour under the Floyd banner again.
So with Floyd possibly permanently on the sidelines, Waters career has found a larger audience. And his idea to perform Floyd’s 1979 concept album “The Wall” has been a coup for Waters. The last time Waters brought The Wall to Boston in 2010, was a trio of shows that he performed at the TD Garden. The concerts were a success, so Waters brought the show back to Boston on July 1, 2012 at the much larger Fenway Park in Boston. A perfect location to stage the massive “Wall” production.
The show did not get started until the darkness has pretty much set (a good move as the show would have lost its effects if daylight had been lingering).
Waters took the stage, looking very fit for a 68 year old gent, opened with an impassioned take of "In the Flesh" which ended grandly with a huge pyrotechnic display and a small airplane (on a wire) which crashed into part of the wall. All during the first set, the wall was filled in until the set ended with one big filled in Wall, which, by the end of the set, totally obscured the view of the band (the band was later placed out in front of the Wall during the second set).
One of the highlights of the first set was a huge puppet of the school teacher which made its appearance during “Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)" and several Boston youths who were brought out to dance during the childrens-chorus of the song.
As great show as it was, Gilmour’s presence was missed, especially on “Comfortably Numb,” but vocalist Robbie Wyckoff did a gallant job filling in for Gilmour. As did Dave Kilminster, who did phenomenal fret-board work replicating Gilmour's guitar leads, while other guitarists G. E. Smith and Snowy White (ex-Thin Lizzy) excelled in adding to the shows “wall of sound.”
Anti-war sentiments were a huge part of the show and the images of deceased soldiers, and victims of terrorist acts were screened on the actually wall structure during the intermission, making this a point duirng the show which in which the horrors of war and terrorism really hit home, when a former (yet younger) classmate of mine’s (from high school) picture came up on the wall. A sobering moment to say the least.
The second set was also full of epic moments, including a moving rendition of "Vera" and a frantic duet between Waters and Wyckoff during “Run Like Hell.”
The set climaxed during the “The Trial” when the onstage Wall finally came down.
Waters and the band then returned play the final piece, “Outside The Wall.” It was a touching moment which actually brought two audience members in my area to tears.
While Pink Floyd may never truly rise again, Water tour is the next best thing and an elevated show that truly is an experience.
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