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Review: Waters scales classic ‘Wall’ with musical, visual aplomb

Roger Waters performs at the Times-Union Center in Albany Thursday, June 28, 2012.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber
Roger Waters performs at the Times-Union Center in Albany Thursday, June 28, 2012.
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As a visual spectacle, Roger Waters’ “The Wall” tour succeeded, and then some, Thursday night at the Times Union Center. From the graphic projections and the blow-up pig in the second act to the actual wall itself, this was a totally immersive experience for 21⁄2 hours. And the nearly full house ate everything up, cheering from the moment soldiers marched on stage to signal the beginning of the first set, dragging a rag doll with ...

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June 29, 2012
8:40 a.m.

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For those of us who grew up with The Wall and listened to it hundreds of times, the visuals helped keep it fresh. The initial fireworks barrage, the airplane crashing onto the stage, the giant dancing puppets and floating pig with the glowing eyes, and the surreal Wall itself (essentially a mammoth 300 foot wide video screen built piece by piece, or brick by brick), it was a show I'll always remember.

Great use of surround sound thruout the arena as well, for effects like the plane, helicopter, machine guns etc. I could not even count the number of tour buses and equipment trucks parked outside. Let's just say the production was topnotch in the Floyd tradition.

The music stayed pretty much on track, keeping in sync with the stage show, but there were a few times when they were able to loosen up and vamp on an extended theme or a song finish. The guitarists did a fine job of filling in for the legendary David Gilmour on their solos.

I've heard the remaining Floyd members may have finally gotten over their animosity. Another tour of the great Pink Floyd with all remaining members is possible!

June 29, 2012
6:13 p.m.

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Best. Show. Ever.