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Roger Waters

The press release reads:

Roger Waters, the co-founder and principal songwriter of the archetypal progressive band Pink Floyd, has announced the return of the historic production of "The Wall" to North America in 2012. His aural and visual masterpiece of alienation and transformation will be performed in-its-entirety featuring a full band and state-of-the-art production. "The Wall" live has played more than 120 shows around the world for more than 1.6 million fans making it one of the most successful tours of 2010 and 2011. Roger Waters will return to New York, bringing the historic production to New York's Bronx landmark, Yankee Stadium, on Friday, July 6. Tickets for "The Wall" 2012 at Yankee Stadium go on sale on Monday, January 30th at 10AM on LiveNation.com.

[As previously announced] The 2012 tour will begin on May 1st in Houston, Texas at the Toyota Center making a 36 show trek throughout North America, including several outdoor stadium performances with state of the art modifications transforming the arena production into magnificent outdoor events. The tour, promoted by Live Nation, includes stadium stops in San Francisco at AT&T Park on May 11th, Vancouver at BC Place on May 26th, Chicago's Wrigley Field on June 8th, Toronto at Rogers Centre on June 23rd and Philadelphia at the Citizens Bank Park on July 14th.

"Thirty years ago when I wrote 'The Wall,' I was a frightened young man," Waters recalls. "In the intervening years it occurred to me that maybe the story of my fear and loss with its concomitant inevitable residue of ridicule, shame and punishment, provides an allegory for broader concerns: Nationalism, racism, sexism, religion, whatever! All these issues and 'isms are driven by the same fears that drove my young life."
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In addition to Roger Waters (lead vocals, bass), "The Wall" live touring ensemble includes: Snowy White (Guitar), Dave Kilminster (Guitar), GE Smith (Guitar & Bass), Jon Carin (Keyboards), Harry Waters (Hammond Organ), Graham Broad (Drums), Robbie Wyckoff (Vocals), Jon Joyce, Pat Lennon, Mark Lennon and Kipp Lennon (Backing Vocals).

More tour dates HERE (the NYC venue was previously listed as "TBA").

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Comments (118)

"We're posting some select news stories today"

Seems like the usual amount of stories to me. Nothing "select" about it.

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2012 12:03 PM

I AM GONNA SCALP THE SHIT OUTTA THIS

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2012 12:05 PM

If you have a good seat and they people around keep their f--king mouths shut, this should be pretty spectacular. Expensive, but no doubt an amazing show if you can afford it.

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2012 12:06 PM

I am gonna trip on a few sheets at this.

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2012 12:09 PM

not sure the point of the blurb at the top of each post if it is just gonna be the same stuff as every other day...everyone could have waited another day for any of this info.

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2012 12:11 PM

OMG, ROGER WATERS DOING THE WALL. I HAVE BEEN WAITING FOREVER FOR ... wha? for real? so, he's been touring The Wall for almost a decade now? and this appearance is news because ....?

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2012 12:28 PM

Roger Waters = one dour cunt

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2012 12:29 PM

I hate to admit it but this does have "scalp the shit outta this" written all over hit.

I'm glad I hit up the show in October 2010 in Hartford. Not Yankee stadium by any stretch of the imagination but it was still the Wall.

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2012 12:29 PM

The only wall I will go see is the chinese take out down the street. Way more authentic than this hack!

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2012 12:31 PM

white people lol

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2012 12:42 PM

"Way more authentic than this hack!"

Hack? Go F yourself, moron! Please let us know when you're qualified to get paid to do something at Yankee Stadium that doesn't involve cleaning vomit of out a urinal.

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2012 12:44 PM

^it is lame he doesn't have new material..lame he charges what he does

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2012 12:48 PM

12:44 woopdie doo...Roger Waters is just very overrated. Still playing the same album OVER AND OVER AND OVER again. He makes these other nostalga act seem like small potatoes in terms of rehashing. YAWN!

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2012 12:51 PM

Roger Waters is a dour hack

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2012 12:51 PM

12:44..let me lay it out for you. Mccartney played Yankee Stadium last year. He is a nostalga act indeed. But you know what? I give him tons of credit he keeps on releasing new music and even plays a song or two in concert from this decade! He hasn't fully given up like Waters.

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2012 12:53 PM

After you write something equally compelling, both musically and lyrically, you may then feel free to call him a hack and overrated.

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2012 12:57 PM

^burns you up that I am right! Look back in the 70's he was great...in 2012..not so much! Truth hurts

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2012 1:00 PM

Why is Yankee Stadium so good? Seems like a hassle to get there and back. Come on Roger, play Animals or Wish You Were Here or something.... How long are you going to milk it out with The Wall! You've already played over close to 10 shows in the area already!

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2012 1:01 PM

your only posting select stories today, and this is what you choose as one of them? This is a mainstream story about a mainstream artist that will be picked up by every mainstream internet site.

Why would you waste one of your selected posts on this?

You should use your selected posts for things much more BV, BV.

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2012 1:01 PM

12:57...keep in mind what you just said...next time you insult a President or politician (make sure you have held a political position first). Next time you insult a sotre worker (Make sure you have worked at that store first). Next time you insult a truck driver for cutting you off (make sure you have driven 18 wheelers before). Bad taxi driver...you get it, right?

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2012 1:03 PM

"Roger Waters is just very overrated"

Wrote and played on....

The Wall
Dark Side of The Moon
Animals
Meddle
Obscured By Clouds
Saucerful Of Secrets
Piper at the Gates of Dawn
The Final Cut
Ummagumma
Wish You Were Here
Atom Heart Mother

YOU ARE WORTHLESS AND YOUR OPINION IS SH!T

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2012 1:09 PM

"^burns you up that I am right! Look back in the 70's he was great...in 2012..not so much! Truth hurts"

His music is timeless, your logic is infantile

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2012 1:12 PM

1:09 again..which of thos songs was from this Millenium!?

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2012 1:16 PM

I'm just glad he's indirectly putting another thousand dollars in my pocket #scalpnation

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2012 1:24 PM

1:03...it would appear the answer is to treat others with respect. I just wish everyone could get that. Be well.

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2012 1:24 PM

READING COMPREHENSION 101!

Look back in the 70's he was great...in 2012..not so much! Truth hurts

"Roger Waters is just very overrated"

Wrote and played on....

The Wall
Dark Side of The Moon
Animals
Meddle
Obscured By Clouds
Saucerful Of Secrets
Piper at the Gates of Dawn
The Final Cut
Ummagumma
Wish You Were Here
Atom Heart Mother


YOU ARE WORTHLESS AND YOUR OPINION IS SH!T

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2012 1:30 PM

"We're posting some select news stories today,
but please help us in supporting the fight against internet censorship."

So far "only" 8 stories have been posted.

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2012 1:30 PM

Thank you 1:24...that is the correct answer...

Posted by stay thirsty my friends! | January 18, 2012 1:30 PM

@1:16 -- Rog, you've written some of the greatest albums of all of time. People will still pay lots of $$ to see you in the largest venues across the country....but watcha done for me lately son???!?!!

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2012 1:32 PM

The Wall is many things, but I would never say it was "compelling"

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2012 1:33 PM

Mel Gibson has acted in some classic movies.

Roger Waters is the Mel Gibson of rock.

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2012 1:37 PM

^lulz...you got that right!

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2012 1:38 PM

You're welcome 1:30. These discussions tend to bring out the worst in humanity. Certain comments would never be tolerated face to face, so my guess is that this arena serves as a sort of pressure release for many. The Animal Planet should do a feature on the brutality of human nature. Though I guess you can see that on any reality show!

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2012 1:43 PM

I'm gonna take bong hits and play the wall alongside the wizard of oz and get totally freaked out how they match up in celebration of this news.
Then I'm going to dip some pita triangles into a familiar tan substance and have the greatest day ever.

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2012 1:43 PM

Here, here 1:43, and hoping with you that the others come back to join you at Zuccatti Park real soon.

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2012 1:47 PM

The Wall is many things, but I would never say it was "compelling"

^^ Please list the last 3 shows you went to so I can have a hearty chuckle

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2012 1:49 PM

"Roger Waters is the Mel Gibson of rock."


You are the f()cktard of life

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2012 1:50 PM

1:49..sure I will play

Roger Waters The Wall Nassau Collesium 1983
Roger Waters The Wall MSG 1996
Roger Waters The Wall MSG 2011

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2012 1:53 PM

^Bwahaha lulz!

Posted by David Gilmour | January 18, 2012 1:55 PM

If 'lulz' is in your vocabulary, you have failed at being a man.

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2012 1:59 PM

Well then people should stop listening to Mozart then, he hasn't written anything new in over 200 years!!

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2012 2:00 PM

^I am David Gilmour..I wrote some of the best songs of my generation. What have you done that warants earning money more than cleaning puke off a urnial?

Posted by David Gilmour | January 18, 2012 2:01 PM

2:00 he is also dead..is Roger Waters?

Posted by Duh! | January 18, 2012 2:06 PM

2:00 nothing wrong with listening to old songs..something is wrong if he has to tout the same album for decades...what is this Cats the musical!

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2012 2:07 PM

^lol cats!

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2012 2:08 PM

"You are the f()cktard of life"

Well, at least I'm not a fucktard like you. So, I got that going for me. Which is good.

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2012 2:10 PM

Ha Ha 1:53 won! Ha Ha

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2012 2:11 PM

why are people puking in urinals? isn't that what the sinks are for?

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2012 2:13 PM

^Because they realized they paid $225 for a ticket to a show at Yankee Satdium?

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2012 2:16 PM

Man this show is wack...he should have played Shea Stadium instead...then I would go!

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2012 2:17 PM

I miss Rick Wright.

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2012 2:18 PM

And now ... (AANNAANNDANNDDD NNNOOWWOWOWOW)
Numbah 3 ... (NNNUNNUUNUUUMUMMMBUMMMMBBAAHAAHHAHHHAH THRETHRTHRTHTHRRREEEREEEREEE)

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2012 2:18 PM

I miss Miss Right.
well, at least I still have hands

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2012 2:19 PM

2:10 - if you are older than 9, your comeback is purely dismal.

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2012 2:20 PM

All this bickering is making me hungry.
At least there is one thing all of us can agree with... hummus is very satisfying. Now where is that dill hummus?

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2012 2:23 PM

Saw this at MSG. Great props and stage show, but way too much pre-recorded background music and Waters lip-syncing.

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2012 2:25 PM

^that is sad...on another note I heard Ashlee Simpson is opening for Roger this tour1

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2012 2:27 PM

I am trying to figure something out . . . . If an album was brilliant in the 1970s and is probably one of the top 20 rock albums ever made, how is it irrelevant in 2012? Am I still allowed to go see the NY Philharmonic? They've been known to play some stuff from the 18th Century! If it's good, it's good, and always worth hearing. If it's a classic, which the Wall is, then it's always relevant, especially when performed by the man who wrote it. The Wall is better than anything that will be released in 2012. I am sure of that.

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2012 2:31 PM

Roger Waters was never a good singer anyway. Waters and Gilmour are two guys that really need each other to sound good.

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2012 2:32 PM

Read the Mccartney point a few post ago...

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2012 2:33 PM

This bickering is stupid. If you dismiss Waters and The Wall, and you like bands that came out this year....eat a steaming pile of infectiously diseased waste.

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2012 2:37 PM

2:31 don't be so sure. Lana Del Ray full album 2012! Word!

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2012 2:38 PM

2:37 misses the point once more..no one is dissing The Wall...they are dissing the constant resting on his laureals nonsense. If he played any other album I would cut him some slack..still he should have some new material by now...even Lana Del Ray will have new material this year...I hope Roger can do better than that!?

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2012 2:41 PM

2:31 - "probably one of the top 20 rock albums ever made"

It's not even in the top 200. It may not even make the top 5 of the band that produced it (it's definitely not in the top 4 there). Sorry junior, your argument after this is built on sand. You ARE the weakest link. B'bye!

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2012 2:41 PM

"The Wall is better than anything that will be released in 2012. I am sure of that."

The Wall is better than anything that has been released in the past 10 years! 15 years?? It is one of the best albums ever recorded, no need to defend it.

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2012 2:42 PM

Meddle>Piper>Dark>Animals>Wish>Atom>Saucerful>Umma>Wall>Final

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2012 2:43 PM

^ this

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2012 2:45 PM

If you say the Wall isn't in the top 200 rock albums ever made, then you're the weakest link. It might not be top 20 on everybody's list, but come on -- not top 200? Are you serious? And it is certainly in the Top 4 Floyd albums, all of which are in the Top 200 rock albums of all time . . . . Personally, the only Floyd albums I like better are Wish you were here and Animals.

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2012 2:46 PM

If you think the Wall is better than anything from the last 15 years you need to start getting out more!

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2012 2:46 PM

David Comes To Life is a better concept album than The Wall.

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2012 2:47 PM

Where is Division Bell?

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2012 2:48 PM

Uncle Floyd>Pink Floyd

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2012 2:49 PM

Division Bell is not a Pink Floyd album.

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2012 2:51 PM

^The Wall is not a Waters album!

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2012 2:51 PM

Double studio albums (not live or greatest hits) that are better than The Wall (in no particular order) ...
Electric Ladyland
London Calling
Songs In The Key Of Life
The Beatles
Exile On Main Street
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Blonde On Blonde
Quadrophenia
Physical Graffiti
1999
Daydream Nation
Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs

Just off the top of my head. I am certain I could go on. That's only counting AOR rock.

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2012 2:52 PM

^Being There

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2012 2:53 PM

^The White Album

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2012 2:56 PM

2:56 - "The Beatles" is the actual title of the White Album

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2012 2:57 PM

^Yes my bad

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2012 2:57 PM

Electric Ladyland -- No.
London Calling -- Yes.
Songs In The Key Of Life -- No.
The Beatles -- The case can be made.
Exile On Main Street -- Great album but no.
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road -- no freaking way.
Blonde On Blonde -- Yes.
Quadrophenia -- No.
Physical Graffiti -- Definitely not.
1999 -- No.
Daydream Nation -- Are you serious?
Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs -- No.

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2012 3:00 PM

I would put The River over The Wall any day!

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2012 3:05 PM

MONEY! ITS A GAS!
GRAB THAT CASH WITH BOTH HANDS AND MAKE A STASH!!

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2012 3:12 PM

I'm David Gilmour. I played sleep-inducing 12-minute guitar solos to aging hippies and had feathered hair. Worship me.

Posted by David Gilmour | January 18, 2012 3:13 PM

I think the River v the Wall is a pretty interesting jumping off point . . . . I love them both. Depends on the day and the mood I am in which I would rather listen to at a partuclar given time.

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2012 3:19 PM

3:00 you are too funny
You have confirmed that your head is completely up your ass. Good luck with that.
As for on BV, your opinion is now certifiably useless.

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2012 3:21 PM

nothing in this post is relevant.

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2012 3:33 PM

I'm David Gilmour. I play guitar better than any fool mentioned on this site. I'll run clinic for your weak asses. Oh no, I wont...BECAUSE I DON'T GIVE A F-CK ABOUT ANY OF YOU!!!

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2012 3:41 PM

Daydream Nation over The Wall???!!?! HAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2012 3:43 PM

"Electric Ladyland -- No."

I stopped reading there.
You poor misled hipster.

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2012 3:58 PM

To be fair, Daydream Nation is a really good record, it isn't as good as the Wall, but not that many records are.

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2012 4:43 PM

I attempted to read through these responses, but by and large, they seem inane.
There's no doubt of the contribution Roger (as a member of Pink Floyd) has had to prog rock and to the production values of the modern arena/stadium show.
With that said, his solo work has been lackluster, so in order to create his retirement plan, he is resting on the laurels of his earlier work with Floyd.
If you enjoy big production values, large inflatable objects, shiny things, and things that go "boom!", then this is your show. Otherwise, musically it's recreated by a very sterile sounding bunch of studio professional musicians and fronted by a bored-looking Roger.

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2012 4:44 PM

3:00 I agree with you on all the above, except that Physical Graffiti only gets a moderate "No" or an "almost as good, but not quite", but certainly not a "Definitely not."

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2012 5:02 PM

2:43, where does "Several Small Species of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together in a Cage Grooving With a Pict" fit into that comparison?

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2012 5:04 PM

"Seems like the usual amount of stories to me. Nothing "select" about it."

Damn, how many stories were posted?!? Someone needs to look up the word "select" in the dictionary.

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2012 5:36 PM

2:46, Name some albums from the last 15 years that were better than The Wall. I'm curious. I'm struggling to find anything post 1997 that even comes close.

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2012 6:28 PM

I'm not 2.46. I actually just wrote a post in answer to 6.28. Then I thought about it. Instead, I will say fuck you all. I think this will go over better than a real comment.

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2012 7:15 PM

And really, fuck you all to death.

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2012 7:16 PM

$400 tickets. 3 hour traffic jam to and from the stadium.

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2012 8:25 PM

Should have played this to close old yankee (or shea) stadium and then actually smashed the walls of the stadium to the ground. That would have been rock.

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2012 8:44 PM

Daydream Nation is a much, much better album than The Wall, which is really a pretty poor and bloated double LP. Shit, I'd take Ozzy Osbourne's Tribute over The Wall, and I don't like that one either. At least it's got a decent guitar player on it.

Didn't everyone get tortured with The Wall enough in high school?

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2012 9:03 PM

If Syd Barrett's zombie, Rick Wright's Zombie, Nick Mason, and any bassist besides Roger Waters reformed to play Piper at the Gates of Dawn, "See Emily Play," and "Arnold Layne" at Yankee Stadium, I'd be all over that shit.

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2012 9:07 PM

A significant number of these pro-Waters comments were left by young men who aren't old enough to buy beer yet. Or more likely, one young man.

Ooh, you need a dirty wo-mahn. Ooh, you need a dirty gal.

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2012 9:16 PM

he's not singing. if you know that in advance, how can you possibly justify paying those insane prices and going to this? he's the main draw as a performer, and he's not actually performing. no amount of stage effects should trump that.

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 2:04 AM

I'll leave you with your filthy, smelly, old, hippie, women. Just because I'm a virgin doesn't mean I don't know about music. In fact, I'd go so far as to say that the two matters are mutually exclusive for most people.

Posted by hipster jesus | January 19, 2012 2:09 AM

6:28 Flaming Lips "Soft Bulletin", Radiohead "Kid A', Sigur Ros "Ageatis Byrjun", Elliott Smith "XO", Beck "Mutations" all of these shit all over the wall...Floyd has better albums than the Wall. If you pick something else by Floyd maybe I would agree with you?

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 7:30 AM

^Those are some solid picks..I can see those..

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 8:11 AM

7:30, I agree that Floyd has better albums than The Wall. I also like your choices, but I still don't think they're better than the Wall. When you think about how much work and creativity went into creating the concept, how great the production was for its time, the songwriting, David Gilmour's playing.. etc, none of the above (as good as those records are) are as good as The Wall.

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 8:38 AM

I'm betting on buying a cheap $10 ticket outside the venue on the night of, from a poor schmuck who bought up too many tickets thinking he could make money on Stubhub.

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 8:39 AM

2:04, that's exactly why I wouldn't pay more than $10 to see this. You're basically going to see lots of lights and flashy thingys, with a very professional sterile-sounding studio-quality band playing the music, fronted by a frontman who looks bored and is lipsynching the difficult parts.

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 8:42 AM

8:38..7:30 here..I get it on the production. Floyd were revolutionalry for their time so I do give them that edge over bands of today!

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 8:57 AM

FEED THE RICH

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 9:07 AM

If you can afford it (or find a cheap ticket close to the date, which will likely be possible), go to this. I saw MSG and really enjoyed it. It's a huge production, which is a fun alternative to Bowery/Merc/Glasslands shows every once in awhile. But yeah, expensive.

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 9:12 AM

^can I trade my Santogold ticket for one?

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 9:14 AM

All in all your just another chickpea in the wall.

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 10:26 AM

I can't believe people still put up with this shit. People still pay massive money to see one of the most annoying cunts in show business history phoning in a performance of one of the worst double LPs in rock history?

Find a charity you can donate to...

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 11:23 AM

11:23 - A fool and his money are soon parted...

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 12:03 PM

I love you all. Your comments have kept me from putting the handguninthemouth. Oh, and if I never heard a single note of "the Wall" ever again, I'd be really okay with that. Tepid anti-authoritarianism for 12 year olds. S'okay, if you're 12. [Graduated high school in 1983, which means I already heard that music about 600,000+ times, fuck you very much.] PS. The Wall ruined Bob Geldof, he coulda been a contender but for his involvement in that so-called film.

Posted by Anonymous | February 9, 2012 3:44 PM

rogers rules

Posted by jordon | August 7, 2013 7:42 PM

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