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Roger Waters @ Staples Center 11/29/10

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I was twelve years old when The Wall came out, and while the theme of desperate alienation was familiar enough to any pre-teen kid, the way the thing ended - with the lead character turning into a fascist dictator - didn’t make a lot of sense at the time. It was years later, when I heard Roger Waters tell a story about the night when he spat in the face of a fan who was trying to climb onto his stage at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium, that the concept came into focus. It’s a deeply personal piece of music about about the part of himself that Waters would ordinarily address to his analyst, that part of himself that has mommy issues, daddy issues, government issues, and that secretly wanted to see barbed wire fences across his stage to keep his customers from getting within spittin’ distance.