Roger Waters @ Toyota Center
Last night, I had the opportunity to see Roger Waters, bassist and vocalist for legendary classic rock group Pink Floyd, for the third time. First, I caught the Dark Side Of The Moon tour when it hit Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion several years back, next when Waters brought The Wall to Houston for the first time two years ago, and finally last night with another go-around of The Wall at the Toyota Center. While mostly the same as the first time, Waters changed the show up just enough to keep me enthralled again.
Read about the show and check out a bunch of photos after the jump
We are all familiar with The Wall, both the double album as well as the movie, so everyone knew exactly what songs were to come. People didn’t come to hear that one song from that one album, something that is rampant among the ipod generation of music we live in now. The fact that Waters can take this decades old record on tour in this day and age, and continue to sell out shows, is somewhat amazing. No band that has started a career in the past 20 years could play a show and only play one record. Even bands like Radiohead, Wilco and My Morning Jacket, who have taken on this challenge, still encore or fill in the set with their stronger material from other albums.
The show was spot on, loaded to the gills with top-notch playing from an a-list group of touring musicians as well as the expected onslaught of political imagery projected onto the wall as it was being built through the entire first set. Waters was a bit more on spotlight this time around, with his image showing up on the wall throughout the entire show. He also broke away from the show for a bit to address the crowd and added a bit of an acoustic interlude between “Another Brick In The Wall Pt. 2″ and “Mother” that was never apart of the album. While I think the message of ending war, and fucked up politics was a bit more present and in your face during the first show, it was still full on last night.
The second set was definitely the stronger of the two both musically and in the full aspect of the show. “Hey You,” “Vera” and “Bring The Boys Back Home” were extremely moving, and big as ever, and even almost brought me to tears once when they showed the expression of a young girl who was surprised by a visit from her father who had apparently just returned from deployment. “Comfortably Numb” was delightfully cheesy, but I sang along to every word. Everyone stayed on their feet from the run of “The Show Must Go On” through “Waiting For The Worms” which all culminated with the falling of the wall at the end of “The Trial.”
The show was great, and I will never even think about passing up an opportunity to see Roger Waters. Bring The Wall back tomorrow, and I’ll still have an ear-to-ear grin on my face the entire show.
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