One word really sums it up for me. WOW! Well maybe three words Holy F’n Wow! Yes the show was that good. I admit that my perspective is a just a tad skewed on this issue having been a fan for over 25 plus years.
As I commented in my earlier post I spent my formative years fully in the grasp of Pink Floyd. From angst filled drives pouring out my soul to friends or having a manic episode raging with Run Like Hell burned into my brain. Good times, good times.
But onto the show, I knew going in that the production values of this production were going to be beyond top-notch, Roger being the detail oriented man that he is, and I wasn’t disappointed. The minute we walked into the MTS Centre and saw the beginnings of the wall I knew that we were going to be simply blown away.
Doing a quick scan around the arena revealed a few surprises that were to come. The German fighter plane tucked into the rafters and tethered to a wire, two oddly placed bundles high above the stage, and what appeared to be trap doors in the stage floor. All would be revealed in good time, and with great effect!
Then all hell broke loose, people whistling, clapping and cheering. Roger on stage it’s all just like a slide show in my brain now. In fact it may be easier to explain in pictures so here we go.
“So ya thought ya might like to go to the show”
The Nazi-esque Roger takes the stage challenging the audience to dare and have a good time. I must admit I was feeling the thrills of confusion and space cadet glow. Explosions boomed, pyrotechnics flashed and at the height of the action the German fighter plane hidden in the rafters flew into the wall causing a huge explosion and shower of sparks from the front of the stage.
One hell of a way to start the show, don’t you think?
“We don’t need no education”
The arrival of the teacher and his students really got the audience singing along. Who doesn’t know the iconic lyrics. “We don’t need no education, we don’t need no thought control.” The inflatable puppet of the teacher bounced around angrily. A choir of local schoolchildren sang the chorus and taunted the teacher. The children were all decked out in exclusive t-shirts that read “Fear Builds Walls”