Being a child of the 80s, I can vividly remember listening to my cassette tapes of The Wall over and over until the tapes just wore themselves out. I remember watching the movie and having my mind blown. I also remember that when I bought my first CD player one of the first albums that I bought on CD was The Wall.
So when we heard that Roger Waters was coming to the Verizon Center in DC to perform the entire album we knew we had to go see it. Lucky for all of us, Red had her usual fantastic seats available for the show and invited Deb and I to join her (and P) for the show. A great concert is even better when the tickets are really good….and free. People were shelling out really big bucks to go to this show on Stubhub too.
The show really was incredible. Watching the Wall being built throughout the entire first half of the show and then come crumbling down at the end was really amazing.
The visuals of the concert were just awesome and I took a few videos during the show to let everyone know just how cool it really was. Through this first video you can see the stage hands continuing to build the wall throughout the first half of the show and some of the really brilliant visuals. Mama was especially creepy.
The second video goes through most of the second half of the show. Intermission started as the final brick of the Wall was put into place. After the intermission one section of the wall popped out and was a small living room where Roger sat in a Lazy-boy and watched TV while singing….
This third video was from a really emotional part of the show. The videos and images that were playing up on the fully built wall during Vera and Bring the Boys Back Home really did tug at the heart. I know there were quite a few tears in the crowd during these two songs….I know when I looked over at Deb she was choking them back…
The last video here is of the end of the show (Waiting for the Worms, Stop and The Trial). I love these last few songs from the album and P and I were even talking about wanting to hear these songs in particular and too see how Roger would perform them. It really did raise the hairs on my arms hearing the entire arena chanting “Tear Down the Wall!” before the wall did come crashing down.
One of the low points of the night was right around intermission. Poor P had this rather large gentleman sitting on his left that probably could have used two seats and this chick behind him that felt the need to remove her shoes and put her nasty bare feet up on the top of his seat. He was not pleased as you can tell from the shot below.
I really enjoyed every minute of the show and it really did just fly by. The whole experience was something that I am glad we did not miss and would love to do again someday. I really started to feel guilty about half the way through the night when a whole portion of the show seemed to be dedicated to the evil of capitalism and symbolized by the Iphone/Ipod marketing machine. And there I was just snapping pics and taking videos on mine. Oh well. Here are a bunch of the pics from the night:
Thanks for another fun night P, Red and Deb.