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The phrase "visually stunning" is overused in show business, but a more appropriate description for the performance put on by former Pink Floyd bassist Roger Waters is not to be had.

Once again, San Diego will be bypassed by a major tour in favor of multiple dates in the Los Angeles market. Three shows were performed on November 29, 30, and December 5, and if you want to see this show there are two left in Anaheim on December 13 and 14.

Playing his opus The Wall in its entirety for the first time since Pink Floyd's 1980 tour (Waters performed it in a one-off in Berlin on July 21, 1990 to commemorate the fall of the Berlin Wall eight months earlier), Waters was freed of the constraints of sharing the spotlight with his former band mates and took center stage.

Waters's solo version of The Wall has evolved into an anti-war, anti-corporate message, even slamming Apple's "iEverything" products by displaying the words like "iLead" next to an image of pigs, "iFollow" next to sheep, "iTerror" next to an image of Osama Bin Laden, and "iPay" next to gravestones. In each case the images are shown wearing iPod-like headphones.

All in all, a perfectly executed, very moving performance. Everything you would expect from the former Pink Floydian.

  • Concert: Roger Waters
  • Date: November 29
  • Venue: Staples Center
  • Seats: photo pit
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chrama1 Dec. 6, 2010 @ 1:58 p.m.

"Waters was freed of the constraints of sharing the spotlight with his former band mates and took center stage." Mr. Knighton writes...

I have been a huge Pink Floyd fan for as long as I can remember listening to music. Waters being center stage was the reason the "band" ceased to exist in 1985. Post Waters Pink FLoyd such as Momentary Lapse of Reason with Gilmour taking front spot was still a huge success and some wonderful music came from that time.

You will also notice that Gilmour asked Wright and Mason to continue on without Waters and they gladly did (especially Wright who was kicked out of Pink Floyd by Waters). Waters was so convinced that he WAS center stage he tried to prevent the other members from using the name...

I enjoy both Gilmour's and Waters' solo careers (if you can call Waters a solo career and not someone holding onto his greatest hits)... but to say that Waters is freed from the constraints disregards the entire history of the band.

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Daniel Knighton Dec. 11, 2010 @ 9:39 p.m.

that was actually my point, Chrama1, this was without a doubt "The Roger Waters Show". It had been reported that Gilmour would make a guest appearance at some point in the tour, and with the amount of Media in attendance that night I thought it would be that night. But it was all Roger, for better or worse.

Dan

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