2012/03/07

"The Wall", by Roger Waters


Last Friday I went to the concert "The Wall by Roger Waters" with three friends: we were blown. Two of my friends had never seen the movie and they liked it too. It is a completely new show, building up and deepening the themes of the original. The set is huge, with many effects for your distractions, and the music is at once true to the original and revisiting it in interesting ways.

The original version was already about rebellion against authority, but this new version revisits and extends the notion, pushing against extremism of all kinds, let it be religious (Christian crosses join Islamic crescents and Jewish stars) or economic (logos of companies such as Mercedes, Shell, etc..), against submission, against surveillance. Roger Water talked about the conflicts in Chile, expressing his support for the rebellion, and during the intermission, pictures and short biographies of hundreds of martyrs were displayed, from Gandhi to Allende and other less known from Columbia, Iran and other countries.

I won't tell you more so that I don't spoil the pleasure of being surprised by Roger Water's many tricks: just go if you get the chance!

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