Roger Waters is back in the area, Aussie Pink Floyd played last night (pics, dates & stuff)
As a rabid Roger Waters and Pink Floyd fan, I am in a very weird place right now with regards to that fact. Roger has been on what seems like a 200 date tour of The Wall. He did two shows at Madison Square Garden on October 5th and 6th and has a third show lined up at the same venue exactly a month later on November 6th (tickets still on sale). But before he reunites with the asbestos laden MSG, he is charged with the task of tearing down the wall at the Izod Center tonight (November 3rd) and tomorrow (November 4th). There’s no way to describe how badly I want to see this show. I have friends from other states who have gone and have reported back unanimously that I absolutely have to see this show. Yet I am incapable, mentally and financially, of coughing up a whopping $277 for the experience especially when Waters himself pretentiously stated:
There is enough of everything in THE WORLD for us all to have enough to eat, to be warm and dry and to have a colour TV and a car. WE are taught to FEAR that if WE share what WE have with THEM, WE won’t have anything left for US.
Sure, while there MAY BE enough of everything in THE WORLD for us all to have enough to eat (me), to be warm and dry (me) and to have a colour TV (me) and a car (not me), there clearly isn’t enough of everything in the world for us all to have something as simple as a ticket to see Roger Waters in concert. So while some of you New Yorkers / New Jersians have three opportunities to see the Roger Waters Wall spectacle, some of us will have to be content with our TVs and food. And hey, you never know… one of these three dates MIGHT JUST be the one where David Gilmour makes the live appearance that has been promised to happen on one night during the tour.
On a somewhat related note, it seems that seeing a cover band has become a pretty accepted means of seeing your favorite band without actually seeing your favorite band or paying what you’d have to pay to see your favorite band. I am not talking about bar bands; I am talking about cover bands as BIG BUSINESS (not the band). Last night The Australian Pink Floyd Show hit the Gramercy Theater in NYC. The place was PACKED with people who paid $45 to see a band play songs they didn’t write. And they were good. Remember how at the beginning of this post I said that I was in a very weird place right now with regards to Pink Floyd and Roger Waters? The APF show contributed to this. The devil on one shoulder was cursing the fact that these dudes are making a living playing music they didn’t write. The angel on the other shoulder kept whispering into my ear “Dag yo, this is kind of awesome.”
The pictures in this post were taken at various stops on the current Roger Waters Wall tour, and they continue below…