Thursday, June 14, 2012

Additional thoughts on The Wall - or - why I need an editor

I was asked a few questions about my last post, so I thought I would clear things up a bit.

Where did Leroy leave his car??  Inquiring minds have to know!
He persuaded a fireman to let him go around one truck and into a public parking garage.  $40 for an overnight stay, opposed to $0 just down the street.  After a very expensive evening, that was just icing on a rather large cake.

There was something else about the cab getting to the concert.  What was it?
We ran to the corner of Wabash and Van Buren to catch a cab.  We were all getting into Pano Johnson’s cab when Kathy realized we “stole” it from a mother and her two little girls who were there before us.  Despite all the justification (and teasing) from the rest of us, she still felt bad.  Oh Kathy.  What a good heart you have.  I'm sure that mother and her kids are still waiting for a cab at that corner.  (Snicker, snicker)

You said you didn’t agree with all of Roger Waters’ views.  Explain.
When The Wall was originally released, it was personal.  It was about wrestling with his own demons.  Now it’s much broader and political.  He’s obviously very anti war, and hates big government and oppression.   He’s outraged at people blindly following who and what they deem worthy without thinking of the repercussions.  All good stuff.  But he’s an atheist too.  At one point in the concert, there were images shown on the wall of planes dropping “bombs” of symbols – Mercedes, Apple, Toyota and Christian crosses among them.  To him, Christianity is just another way to control people.  I can understand how someone like him would think that.  The atrocities carried out in the name of God seem never ending.  But as a Christian, finding peace, comfort and love where he finds death and destruction saddens me.  That’s all.

OK.  What was your issue with the pig?
If you watch the video, you’ll see the pig floating around above the audience – a Pink Floyd thing from way back in the Animals days.  But this pig was all tatted up with graffiti, and clearly a symbol of all that is bad with the world.  When the pig floated low enough for the audience to grab onto, I PANICKED.  I thought that was a HUGE concert snafu!!!  I thought audiences after Chicago were not going to have the pleasure of experiencing the pig!!  And it was a very disturbing image - seeing the pig torn apart.  I guess it was good that a "bad pig" was destroyed, but seeing people doing it with fervor was unnerving.  

What did you do after the concert?
Getting out of the concert was pretty unnerving as well.  The crowd was so thick, it was claustrophobic. Kathy admitted that she said a Hail Mary in the thick of it.  We made it out and flagged down our second awesome cabbie that night.  Sadly, I don't remember his name.  He didn't have to drive like a madman to get us back to the condo, but he was good at getting us out of Wrigleyville - not an easy thing.  We went to Tavern on the Park (just down the street from the condo) and had martinis and Manhattans.  Then the boys needed pizza.  They went to Paesano's and Kathy and I went to the condo.  She went to bed, I stayed up with the wine and potato chips and stared at the beautiful Chicago skyline until the boys returned.  

Like I said - the concert of a lifetime.  Next concert on the docket: Train at the Peabody in St. Louis.  

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