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“Tear Down The Wall…”

Roger Waters; The Wall, performed at Vector Arena, Auckland February 18, 20, 22 & 23rd 2012

The Album...the beginning of a deep-rooted fascination

I have anticipated many a concert in my time. And that amounts to some total collection of built up anticipation as I have been to a lot of them; Deep Purple (twice), Joe Satriani, Elton John (twice), Billy Joel, Eurythmics, Ozzy Osbourne, UB40, Kylie Minogue, Joss Stone and Chris Isaak to name a  (very) few…but I have never desperately wanted to see a concert as much as this one.

I was introduced to Pink Floyd by a mate when I was about 13 or 14 and took an instant liking to them. Quirky, broody, anarchic. At the time I was learning guitar and to me David Gilmour (we all call him Dave) was technically one of the best in the business with a style and sound that took you away on rivers and clouds and all that other psychedelic stuff it stood for. But as I learnt more and more about the music (I like to know about bands, it helps me understand the music and appreciate it more) I came to answer the most puzzling question in rock music; who is Pink? And to me no one epitomizes Pink more than Roger Waters (we all call him Rog).

While Meddle and The Final Cut remain my two favourite Floyd albums (although the second is only Floyd by association) The Wall has a special place in my musical journey in that it was way different to anything done before or since, and my understanding of the story in the music, as well as behind the music made me feel a real scholar amongst Floyd-ites and could shoot down many a wannabe-part-time listener. Read more…


Rick Wright – Happy Birthday & RIP

Today would have been Richard (Rick) Wright’s birthday. For those who don’t know him, he was the keyboard player for Pink Floyd, a very talented musician. While he had a tumultuous relationship with Roger Waters to the point he was fired during making The Wall, and played on contract, he rejoined the Floyd after Waters left. He also had a mediocre solo career, although his music was somewhat underrated.

In memory of Wright, here is an example of his ability on the keys, and in his writing, and his singing also. This is the epic Echoes from the Meddle album (my favourite), this clip in particular from Live in Pompeii (one of the best live concerts you will see). Things seemed so much laid back and simple back then…

I have the DVD for Pompeii if anyone wishes to borrow it. It is a great insight into the workings of one of the enigmatic and yet so private groups of our time. It is particularly interesting to watch as it is interspersed with clips of them in the studio making their next album…Dark Side of the Moon!


Concert of the Year? Damn right!

To my mate, Jason, over their in the great country, thanks very much for sending this through to me…trust me, I will be there!

One of the most poignant albums of our time

Roger Waters, to me the answer to the immortal line “By the way, which one is Pink?” is planning a trip Down Under once again to perform his immortal production, made into an album and movie, The Wall. For anyone who is anyone, “Another Brick In The Wall” defined a childhood, but for the majority that is probably where their Pink Floyd experience ends. For the true blue amongst us, The Wall is a rock opera with no match. The album is musically, and metaphorically brilliant, and the movie (whether under the influence or not) is an opening to one’s own place in the greater scheme of things.

Roger Waters, circa 1980 performing behind his 40 foot tall wall to isolate himself from the audience

I saw The Floyd (minus Waters) play at Western Springs back in the late 80s, and Roger Waters perform “Dark Side” a few years back at North Harbour Stadium, but The Wall will be something special. I have seen the movie so many times, seen clips from their once only tour, and Roger Waters’ reprisal of it at the Brandenburg Gates on the collapse of the Berlin Wall.



Tour Promo

Mark my words, if you can, get there. If you can’t, don’t complain. For each of us personally there are a few must dos when it comes to music – I have done most of mine; Joss Stone, Joe Satriani (three times), Deep Purple (twice), Iron Maiden (twice), Eric Clapton, Dire Straits and others…and now Roger himself will give me the second of the ultimate double-header – Dark Side and The Wall! OK, it isn’t the full Floyd (and can never be) but hell, who cares!?

The only issue I have with this is the Auckland date (20 Feb 12) is set to be held in the Vector Arena…WTF??!! Which brainless gorm came up with that? Surely this extravaganza should be held outdoors, and with February traditionally our warmest time of year those risks are lessened. So, do I dare consider Melbourne instead? Or both? I did this with Mick Jagger when he did his solo tour with Jimmy Ripp and Joe Satriani in tow – awesome seeing them twice in the week. Maybe again?

A real shame but not unexpected.

Roger Waters has ‘no wish’ to be part of Pink Floyd again

Roger Waters has dismissed speculation of a full-blown reunion with his Pink Floyd bandmembers following their surprise gig appearance together earlier this month – insisting he has “no wish” to be in the group again.

Waters was joined by David Gilmour and Nick Mason during his show at London’s 02 Arena on 12 May, following months of rumours about the group reforming.

But the star is adamant he has no plans to reteam with Gilmour and Mason for any other Pink Floyd projects.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs programme, Waters says, “I’m really glad that I was in that band for the 20 years that I was in it and I really enjoyed it. I think we did some great work together but I have no wish to do it ever again.”

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