Friday Nite Jazz Floyd: Roger Waters’ The Wall

I saw the original Pink Floyd The Wall concert at Nassau Coliseum back in 1980. Floyd played something like 8 shows between Nassau Coliseum and Los Angeles.

I always assumed that The Wall would show its age over time, and surprisingly, that isn’t really the case. What was an quasi-autobiographical discussion of a single person’s isolation has matured into a critique of government surveillance, excess consumerism, and war.

I knew decades ago that we would still be talking about The Wall years later. But musically, compare Pink Floyd’s opus with another great acid rock, white covered double album: The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway. I still find that Peter Gabriel-era Genesis disc — written mostly by the rest of the band — much more interesting musically.

When Roger Waters announced he was doing another show of The Wall, I decided I had to go.

A few observations: The sound quality was simply outstanding. The visuals were just terrific. The one weak spot was the not present David Gilmour, Pink Floyd’s brilliant guitarist and occasional vocalist.Water’s band had servicable, even technically excellent guitarists — but those solos lose something when their creator isn’t playing them. And I was less than enthused by the vocals that substituted for Gilmour.

I took about 250 photos, which you can see in order here and here.

Here are a few:

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We Don’t Need No Edcuation

Waters Accompanying his 30 year younger self

Comfortably Numb



Bob Lefsetz Review

Complete Analysis of the Wall

Official Pink Floyd Site

Wikipedia: The Wall

CD at Amazon

See also:
The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway
[Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

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