Review: Roger Waters brings 'The Wall' to life at Tampa's St. Pete Times Forum
For fans of The Wall, the wait is over. Roger Waters played the St. Pete Times Forum Tuesday night -- that's him flanked by students from Tampa, who joined him to sing Another Brick in the Wall Part 2, one of the highlights of Pink Floyd's iconic 1979 album.
Sean Daly was there, and he writes that for the 14,539 fans in attendance, the performance was epic, a colossal achievement in live rock-music excess:
The still-handsome British rock god worked in and out of the conceptual tale, doing a fairly good job of balancing spectacle with emotion. He duetted with himself — via a video circa 1980 — on Mother. He grinned as local students from the Patel Conservatory made up the rebellious choir for Another Brick in the Wall Part 2. And later he led the crowd in a joyous clap-along for Run Like Hell (which I never thought of as a "joyous clap-along" kind of song, but hey, Roger said, "Enjoy yourself!" so we did).
Another Brick featured the first appearance of giant, and fantastically creepy, inflatable marionettes based on the original album art by Gerald Scarfe: the horrific schoolmaster, then a domineering mother, then a naked insectoid seductress, then a really mean pig.
It got weirder from there. Click here for Sean's full concert review.
Photo: Willie J. Allen Jr., tbt*