I never had the chance to catch Pink Floyd, so I jumped at the opportunity to go to Roger Waters’ The Wall at the L.A. Coliseum this past weekend. I have seen many shows there, but this was by far the most elaborate.
The stage and back stage areas took up half of the Coliseum field. Three huge towers projected the images onto the wall as it was being “built.” At age 68, Roger’s voice was still strong. And his band was very tight. G.E. Smith, once the band leader on Saturday Night Live, delivered the goods on guitar.
Two songs into the show, Roger stopped everything to fix a technical glitch. Once that was corrected, the show went on and the wall was built and torn down, but not before such classics as Hey You, Comfortably Numb and Run Like Hell were brought to life. Local school kids were brought on stage during Another Brick In The Wall Pt.2. How awesome for them!
I think it’s a fair statement to say that the chances of a Pink Floyd show these days are slim. And most of our classic rockers are in their 60′s or above. So in this age of regurgitated, disposable pop year after year, it’s nice to see a master at work.