The Wall Comes Alive in Austin

Written by on May 24, 2012 in Live Reviews, May 24, 2012 - Comments Off on The Wall Comes Alive in Austin

Roger Waters

Roger Waters bassist, vocalist, lyricist, and founding member of one of the greatest rock bands of our time, Pink Floyd, brought his world tour “The Wall Live” to a sold out crowd of appreciative fans at the University of Texas’ Frank Erwing Center in Austin, Texas on May 3, 2012.

Roger Waters“The Wall Live” is a massive rock opera style undertaking reproducing Pink Floyd’s original tour for their 1979 album, “The Wall,“ the third biggest selling album of all time in the U.S. This tour has been updated with new technology and features some of the most advanced lighting and concert effects on tour today. The Pollstar Music Industry Awards honored Waters and “The Wall Live” tour as the “Major Tour of the Year” in 2010 and as the “Most Creative Stage Production of the Year” in both 2010 and 2011.

The Wall,” featuring Roger Waters and a sizable group of talented musicians and backup singers, is presented in two parts. During the first half of the show, an actual wall is built on stage as Waters and the band perform multiple songs. During the second half, the set begins with a full wall hiding the band. During the finale, the wall is broken down. In between, we are treated to creative costumes, a plane flying over the audience, massive puppets of the Teacher, the Mother, and the Wife, simulated machine gun fire, pyrotechnics, and a flying pink pig. Flanking the sides of the stage was the “Fallen Loved Ones” gallery which includes photographs of loved ones, both military and civilian, lost in wars around the world. During one part of the performance of “Another Brick in the Wall,” a group a local students from Barton Hills Elementary School, dressed in t-shirts reading “Fear Builds Walls,” appeared on stage with Waters and the band for a stand-off with the Evil Teacher puppet. Basically, this concert extravaganza was everything a fan of Pink Floyd would want and expect, and a lot more.

Review by Margy Moore Photographs by Scott Moore/ Limelight Imaging