The world premiere of Roger Waters The Wall 2014

The official poster of the film. Source: Roger Waters wall on Facebok.
The official poster of the film. Source: Roger Waters wall on Facebook.

I went to see Roger Waters’ world premiere of “The Wall 2014” last night at the beautiful Elgin Theatre on Yonge Street in Toronto, not far from where the guy in front of me bought this original vinyl in 1979:

I asked the lady who got this vinyl signed "How did you get close to Roger before the movie?" "Oh, I am a warrior of the backstages. In this case I flashed a boob and got in!"
I asked the 40-something lady who got Waters’ autograph (a friend of the vinyl’s owner): “How did you get close to Roger before the movie?” “Oh, sweetie, I am a backstage warrior. I flashed a boob and got in!”

Read below a few impressions and listen to the whole Q&A session with Roger Waters in Toronto, Saturday 06 September 2014:

This was a hot ticket at the film festival. There are two more screenings aside from the premiere, but there is no deal signed for a DVD release yet. So go see the movie in the theatre!
This was a hot ticket at the film festival. There are two more screenings aside from the premiere, but – as Roger said – there is no deal signed yet for a DVD release. So go see the movie in the theater!
It was Roger's 71st birthday, so I dressed up in his honor. This t-shirt with a shot of cult Romanian band Survolaj has seen many rock milestones, including Hendrix's grave near Seattle.
It was Roger’s 71st birthday, so I dressed up in his honor. This t-shirt with a shot of cult Romanian band Survolaj has seen many rock milestones, including Hendrix’s grave near Seattle. Same for my “Hard Rock Cafe Montreal” bracelet.

FULL CIRCLE: the 2014 premiere was four years from the launch of the 3-year long  ROGER WATERS THE WALL tour (15 September 2010), which took place at Air Canada Centre in Toronto, minutes away from the theater.

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The stickers handed to the people in the queue outside the theater.

Along with many of his friends and his co-director Sean Evans, Roger – currently living in New York – brought his two sons to the premiere in Toronto (Roger also has a daughter, India).  I saw the eldest – Harry Waters – playing Hammond organ in both the DARK SIDE tour and THE WALL. Rogers presented them to the public and sent them much love from the stage during the Q&A.

Here is what Roger Waters had to say before the movie started:

Download the mp3 or listen using the player at the top: Roger Waters pre movie

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SPOILER ALERT!

This concert film / rockumentary includes the whole concert intertwined with scenes from a road trip that Roger Waters took to a war cemetery in Cassino, Italy, where his father’s name is mentioned. His father died in combat during WW II , when Roger was 5 months old.

You also get to see Roger taking his three kids to his grandfather’s grave – turns out that Roger’s father Eric lost his own father in World War 1, when he was two years old.

The concert, well, everybody knows it. FABULOUS!

As heard in a movie theatre, the concert still rocks – I saw people rocking in their chairs at In The Flesh, and quite a few air-guitar solos on Comfortably Numb.

But every single minute of seeing Roger Waters putting his soul on the table is worth watching. An amazing act of courage from a discrete person.

The open air concert shootings are from Quebec City and Buenos Aires.

Roger Waters and Sean Evans getting ready for the Questions & Answers session, after the movie.
Roger Waters and Sean Evans getting ready for the Questions & Answers session, after the movie.

The evening ended with Roger and Sean taking the stage for questions and answers.

The public was not shy. There were mentions of the (in)famous spit incident, and a good question about how the whole idea of reviving THE WALL came up (yep, as I suspected, it all started after the successful DARK SIDE tour).

Download the Q&A mp3 files:

Roger Waters Q&A part 1

Roger Waters Q&A part 2

Roger Waters during the Q&A in Toronto, September 2014.
Roger Waters during the Q&A in Toronto, September 2014.
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