Sure, abandonment and isolation are incredibly depressing. But without them, The Wall wouldn’t have been the legendary record it is today.
Pink Floyd’s renowned 1979 prog-rock opera clocks in at a little more than an hour and 20 minutes, and recounts the life story of Pink, the record’s protagonist. Throughout the album, events in Pink’s life contribute to a metaphorical wall blocking him from everyone else. From his childhood on “The Thin Ice” to his failing marriage on “Young Lust,” each is “Another Brick in the Wall” that eats away at Pink’s emotional state.
Though Pink is a fictional character, The Wall is a semi-autobiographical sonic journey for Pink Floyd’s principal songwriter and bassist, Roger Waters. According to Rolling Stone, “Comfortably Numb” is about a “sleazy Philadelphia doctor who injected [Waters] with tranquilizers before a gig when he was suffering from hepatitis.”
“That was the longest two hours of my life,” Waters told the music magazine.
To this day, The Wall remains one of rock music’s most celebrated records. And though Pink Floyd hasn’t toured together since the mid-’90s, Waters continues to perform The Wall in its entirety, complete with an elaborate stage show and all the emotion that made the original album so great.
Fri., June 15, 8 p.m., 2012
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