When I wrote my review of Roger Waters' Sunrise, Fla., performance of "The Wall" on Nov. 13, 2010, I held back on calling it the greatest concert I had ever seen because I did not want to seem melodramatic. After talking about and reflecting on that night since, I am convinced it was.
"The Wall" is a deeply personal narrative of Waters' life, blending isolation, alienation and ultimately, liberation. Its beautifully haunting imagery provokes and dazzles. Waters, a founding member and the creative force behind the legendary rock band Pink Floyd, took the grand production of the band's 1979 double-album around the globe in 2010 and 2011.
Late last year, Waters announced another lap in 2012, including the two Florida stops that are coming up: Friday, June 15, at BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise and Saturday, June 16, at Amway Center in Orlando.
If you go
What: Multimedia concert inspired by the Pink Floyd double disc
When: 8 p.m. Friday, June 15, BankAtlantic Center, 2555 NW 136th Ave., Sunrise; 8 p.m. Saturday, June 16, Amway Center, 400 W. Church St., Orlando
Tickets: $60-$229, ticketmaster.com
The TV show "60 Minutes" did a feature on Waters and "The Wall" a few weeks back. When asked about the resiliency of his operatic masterpiece, Waters offered, "I think it strikes some chords, maybe just beneath the surface in most of us. What it's about is the walls that exist between human beings, whether on a family level or global level, and I think that resonates with people."
On how the audiences are different today than in the '70s, Waters expounded with a sarcastic grin.
"They've all got (expletive) cellphones, and it drives me insane. Why would you come to a show and stand there like that looking at a little screen when there's this huge spectacle going on in front of you?"
The eternal question of fans and the media about the iconic Pink Floyd is, will they ever reunite? Will the band's wall come down? Creative direction and personal perspectives can be unrelenting chasms, and that space between Waters and guitarist David Gilmour may be more profound than we, or they, can comprehend.
Is a reunion necessary? I think not. Pink Floyd has given everything and owes nothing, a general sentiment that could be fueling the interest and adoration of Waters' current trek, which took several years to implement and a lifetime to conceive.
While musical tastes are subjective, Roger Waters' production of "The Wall" could very well be the most monumental, captivating concert experience.