November 16, 2010
I arrived at the St. Pete Times Forum at 7pm sharp. The company I currently work for is in charge of the parking facility for any event at the Forum. So I was able to park for free. I even had a special spot reserved for my attending. It was like receiving V.I.P. treatment. I mixed in with crowd of anticipating Pink Floyd fans as we walked to our destination, and gathered inside with the masses. I bought several souvenirs and proceeded into the arena. My seat was section 102, row J, seat 16. I had a clear view of the stage to my right. The stage had a partial wall set-up and was intrigued by what Roger Waters had in mind for us.
I sat down and waited and watched as Floyd fans assembled to their proper seats. At 8pm the arena darkened and the roar of the crowd welcomed Roger Waters as the rest of the band took their places. He looked 30 years young, dressed in black with white sneakers commanding our attention as he opened the gig with IN THE FLESH. He was transformed as Pink when he wore the black trench-coat and dark sun glasses.
"So you, thought you, might like to, go to the show."
One of the first images to appear on the wall was of Eric Fletcher Rogers (Roger Waters' father) who died in World War 2 when Rogers was approximately 5 months old. Several images of soldiers soon emerged on the wall that has died in the current Iraq war.
As the show went on...the crew kept adding brick by brick to complete the wall. Towards the end of ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL PART 2 a group of young kids from Patel Conservatory concluded the highlight of the song. To me it was like Waters was reliving his childhood and came to terms with his destiny.
My personal favorite is when he stepped into the front of the wall with his acoustic guitar to perform MOTHER.
"Mother, should I trust the government?" Immediately, with sprayed bright red letters the wall answered with 'No Fucking Way.' One can only speculate that answer of the current political/economic times. Moving on to NOBODY HOME, a portion of the wall opened up to what seemed like a miniature theatrical setting that included an arm chair in front of a television and also a bed. This represents Pink in a lonely hotel room with "I've got 13 channels of shit on the T.V. to choose from."
He paused for a moment to address the Tampa crowd and asked "Are there any paranoids out there?" I wasn't going to admit that fact to a bunch of strangers and then he dedicated RUN LIKE HELL for every paranoid in the house that was well over 14,000.
The pinnacle exhibition came when the wall tumbled down into a pile of bricks. The incandescent lights shun the stage as the entire band showed up to perform the last number, OUTSIDE THE WALL. One by one the band members left the stage as Waters introduces them. Of course he is the last to exit and takes one more look at the screaming Floyd fanatics and waves.
I experienced the greatest show ever! I will not attend another gig that can over power the magic of Pink Floyd under the sole creator of a man who needs no introduction.