On his second attempt, Rogers Waters has truly built an impressive version of 'The Wall.' The stage show he visited the Quicken Loans arena with last night, particularly the huge state-of-the-art video projections, helped to dramatically illustrate and expand the story featured in Pink Floyd's famous 1980 rock opera.
Waters has been given nearly sole credit for the creation of 'The Wall,' and it's clear he's both rightfully proud of his work and meticulously dedicated to presenting the show exactly how he hears and sees it in his head. Problem is, the whole thing felt a bit too planned out, a little cold, despite the best efforts of the highly talented backing musicians Waters brought with him.
Granted, the show's themes of isolation and loss don't lend themselves to a celebratory performance, but for all his many talents, Waters is simply not a dynamic frontman. His vocals were spot-on all night long, almost suspiciously so give how little his body moves while singing some of the high notes, but he frequently appeared to be either hitting his marks or basking in the attention rather than telling a story.
The second half of the story, especially the trial scene, remains a bit of a narrative muddle and a more charismatic on-stage presence might help pull the listener through it better. It was still a fantastic spectacle, but what if he let the next generation, perhaps some irreverent young Broadway performers, tear up his finely crafted work a bit next time? — Matthew Wilkening