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Pink Floyd bassist and singer Roger Waters wrote his 1979 ode to isolation, The Wall, because he hated playing stadiums. Following Floyd’s fraught 1977 stadium tour, Rogers spoke of how he wished a wall could be erected between the band and its audience. Clearly he’s long made peace with his issue, because he’s playing nothing but stadium-sized venues on this current tour of The Wall, which came to the Verizon Center last night. Or perhaps it’s more political than that. On his website Waters writes: “The record’s story of fear and loss with its concomitant inevitable residue of ridicule, shame and punishment, provides an allegory for broader concerns.: Nationalism, racism, sexism, religion, whatever! All these issues and ‘isms are driven by the same fears that drove my young life. This new production of The Wall is an attempt to draw some comparisons, to illuminate our current predicament, and is dedicated to all the innocent lost in the intervening years.”
Additional photos from this show can be seen here.