I went to the Roger Waters concert last week and enjoyed it quite a bit. I did set my expectations ahead of time that it was going to be quite political and VERY anti-Trump. Now that’s ok, everyone’s entitled to his own opinion and if you have a pulpit from which to preach…well more power to you.
So it was fine, and in fact I quite enjoyed the whole Trump/Pig part of the middle of the show.
I did come to a realization though.
It actually happened during the song, “We don’t need no education.” The realization was: Roger Waters is still an 11 year old boy inside.
That song, when you hear it today, when every and all teachers are so immersed now-a-days in proper PC interactions with students, it falls flat. I mean its a catchy tune, but really? “exposing every weakness, however carefully hidden by the kid.” That line in the song and many others, roll of the tongue great, but would any teacher anywhere (except the extreme exception) do anything like this in 2017? In the US? In the UK?
Well like I said, it’s a catchy tune, and I still like it, but understanding where his emotional age got locked in (1964 primary school), sheds a lot of light into the bands lyrics.
Oh one other thing, the hackneyed use of the non-white shoolkids as props was just aweful.
But the backing vocalist ladies just rocked it in the “Great Gig in the Sky”. I’ve always wanted to see that performed live and they were great.