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Thursday, May 24, 2007

Roger Waters at Philips Arena May 22

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Last year following a reunion performance at Live 8, former Pink Floyd bassist Roger Waters decided to revive arguably his best work, 1973’s Dark Side of the Moon, into a live format, and has since taken it on the road, beginning in Brazil last June. The tour has covered six continents and eventually found its way to Atlanta. Meanwhile, thousands of eager fans made their way Wednesday evening to Philips Arena to experience something that, for a Pink Floyd fan, would have before been considered unimaginable.

More photos after the jump.

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The first half of Waters’ performance included Pink Floyd classics from “The Wall,” and “Animals" to the artist’s solo works such as “Leaving Beirut” and “Perfect Sense.”

No Floyd-related experience would be complete without the appearance of the infamous flying pig. Remote-controlled and propelled by small fans, the enormous pig circled slowly above the crowd, displaying strong political messages: “Impeach Bush Now,” “Torture is wrong … It shames us all,” and “Fear Builds Walls,” among others. Themes of human struggle, war, and political corruption, present in much of Waters’ work, prove to be timeless. As seemingly recent images of improvised graves, battle wounds, and various political leaders appeared in succession on a massive projection screen, the song lyrics served as a strangely appropriate narration. After a short intermission, the crowd received what they had come for: a complete performance of Dark Side of the Moon, from start to finish.

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Waters shared the stage with his son Harry, who plays Hammond organ and synthesizers. Father, son and a band of all-star musicians — including Snowy White and Dave Kilminster, each on electric guitar — reminded the audience of the sheer passion and true artistic merit of the album that has kept its place as one of the single greatest albums in rock 'n' roll history. Witnessing the performance of such a powerful selection of music, in a live setting, is sure to redefine the rock 'n' roll experience of any listener. Sorry, David Gilmour … but it’s Dark Side we're talking about.

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