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Roger Waters
Roger Waters

Roger Waters projected his message stadium-wide, literally, when he brought his new production of "The Wall" to Yankee Stadium on Friday, starting a two-night stand. A white-brick wall, which is both an ideal video screen in concert and the central metaphor of the rock opera he wrote for the 1979 album by Pink Floyd (with additional music by the band's guitarist, David Gilmour), spanned the stadium and towered 40 feet high.

The message Mr. Waters hammered home -- with images including animated regiments of goose-stepping hammers on the march -- was distrust of power and authority in many forms: parents, schools, celebrities, corporations, countries, ideologies. Throughout intermission (as elegiac music played), and at points during the concert, the names and faces of people killed by wars, terrorism and government actions were shown on the wall. Quotations from George Orwell, Franz Kafka and Dwight D. Eisenhower also appeared on it. At one point, animated bombers dropped corporate logos and religious symbols; "Run Like Hell" included a WikiLeaks video from an American helicopter firing on Iraqi journalists. Early in the concert, Mr. Waters decried "all the victims of state terror all over the world," and preached that giving governments, police and soldiers too much power was "a very steep and slippery slope to tyranny. [NY Times]

Roger Waters brought his unbelievable, high-budget, musical-theater performance of The Wall to NYC this past weekend for shows on Friday (7/6) and Saturday (7/7) at Yankee Stadium. Complete with the long video screen wall (and stage) spanning the outfield, costume changes, the pig flying around the stadium, giant puppets of Wall characters like the teacher and mother, pyrotechnics, video of David Gilmour singing parts (and Robbie Wyckoff handling some of the Gilmour parts live), G.E. Smith of the Saturday Night Live band on guitar, and much more, the Wall Live is an over the top spectacle that leaves even the most die-hard capitalists (the ones in the $250 seats), but maybe not all Pink Floyd purists, satisfied.

The shows were part of an ongoing tour, which also hits Philly this week.

More pictures, a video, and setlist (aka the Wall, in order, with an intermission between the two records) from night one, below.

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