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