The torn down wall

Posted Jul 05, 2005 in Events, Music, Politics.

David Gilmour, Roger Waters, Nick Mason, Rick Wright

I first saw Pink Floyd live in 1989. The venue was London's Docklands Arena, and the concert was part of the Delicate Sound of Thunder tour that followed the release of A Momentary Lapse of Reason - their first studio album since Roger Waters left the band. I'd been a big fan of their music ever since I heard The Wall as a young kid at school. I was not to be disappointed, as I was treated to the most spectacular concert I'd ever seen.

In 1994, I had the good fortune to see them at London's Earls Court. To this day, the concert - part of the Pulse tour that followed The Division Bell - has remained the most amazing and memorable concert in my entire life. Superb music and incredible production values created an awe-inspiring spectacle that made me weep with joy.

Eleven years later, the magic of streaming video from America Online has brought it all back. To see Roger Waters join David Gilmour, Nick Mason, and Richard Wright on stage and watch them play together to help in the cause against world poverty is truly wonderful. And yes, the tears flowed again as Gilmour's sublime outro to “Confortably Numb” flowed from my computer. My thanks to America Online for providing unedited coverage - the MTV/VH1 coverage available in America was disgraceful.

I don't think it will happen, but I would love to see Pink Floyd tour again. I'll fly anywhere and pay anything to see them one last time. It made me so happy to see them all together again, and to hear Roger's tribute to Roger “Syd” Barrett. Perhaps it might happen, if David and Roger really have torn down that pesky wall.


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