Tuesday, February 14, 2012

The Wall

Gate 42, Row G, seat numbers 289 and 290 at the Allphones Arena at Sydney's Olympic Park gave us a GREAT view of Roger Water's The Wall concert last night. Over 20,000 people in the audience and we didn't see one face we knew-although a lot of people were our vintage, and wearing their favourite Pink Floyd merchandise. After all it's been 32 years since the Wall was first performed (in Earl's Court, London).

They say this show cost over 37 million GB pounds to stage. The pyrotechnics, animations, graphics and surround sound were pure Pink Floyd, including the small plane that crashed into the wall (in flames) in the stunning concert opener.

I just loved all the projections of the original Gerald Scarfe animations from the 1982 film and the historic Wall Concert in Berlin a decade later. They give the production a really strong, graphical anti-war stance with all that visual imagery inspired by the 30s, pasted with stuff from the 60s & 70s and current stuff too.

All the songs from the album were there - including the "we don't need no education" refrain from Another Brick in the Wall (Part 11). (Roger Waters must have had some really BAD teachers growing up in Britain in the 50s!)

I don't know where these kids were from - hopefully from a school in Australia. Their teachers were at the front in the pit doing all the actions along with them (just like Claire does with the Bom-Funk preschoolers)!

With the brick wall almost completed we had the wonderful Comfortably Numb - but we really missed Dave Gilmour on this one!

And of course - no Wall concert is ever without a flying pig Trust Us.

I got some decent little iPhone video clips too but for some reason they won't upload. I'll have to get some advice on that.

I overheard one young thing gushing afterwards that the concert "was INSANE - like totally!" I would have to agree!!

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