FacebookTwitterGoogle+RedditEmail

Animals at the Roger Waters Concert

Photo by Yoav Litvin

Last Saturday night, I was fortunate to see Roger Waters, one of my musical and personal idols, perform live.

At age 74, the rock legend still puts on the edgiest, most radical performance in town.

An old rocker with an old message is the pinnacle of radical art these days.

But is that a statement on Waters’ unquestionably brilliant creativity and artistry, or on our subdued, obedient and apathetic society?

Dogs

Once the performance started my friend and I slowly made our way to the open spaces on the floor to dance away with a few others not clinging to their seats. We were met by an annoying assortment of security.

The first tier included 20-somethings in private security uniforms who told us to return to our seats. When we nodded and continued dancing, they walked away only to return to badger us again and again. Finally, the chief crowd-control officer came by with a stern face, obviously itching for a fight. I told him that he can just move along, we only wanted to dance. I love everybody, himself included I said, at which point he said he’s “just doing his job”, and walked away.

Together with several private security personnel, four intimidating cops aggressively hauled away a man like us who was just dancing to himself and did not harm anyone. My friend followed the cops to make sure they did not beat him up.

There was no smoking allowed and beers cost between $9-$11.

Sheep

People around us were either sitting or standing in their assigned seats. Many were with cell phones in hand taking photos, videos and selfies. A few were singing along, most were quiet.

Several people stopped my friend and I to take our photo. Why? I asked. They replied that we’re “awesome” for dancing and not obediently sitting in our seats.

That’s what it takes to stand out these days, to be “radical” and picture-worthy – dancing at a rock concert.

Pigs

Waters was accompanied by a wonderful band with backup vocals including a crew of children with “Resist” printed on their t-shirts, an impressive lightshow that included Trump in a KKK uniform and other unflattering photos, and a series of texts of Trump’s obnoxious tweets. There was also an enormous airborne float of a pig with Donald Trump’s image on it.

A few people shouted “fuck Donald Trump” at these images.

At the end of the performance thousands of notes with “Resist” written on them rained down from the ceiling of the Dome unto the crowd.

What more could Roger Waters do to hammer in the message? How else can he show us that his music is as relevant as it was when it was released forty years ago?

How else can he reiterate that we’re all in need of shelter from pigs on the wing?

More articles by:

Yoav Litvin is a Doctor of Psychology/ Behavioral Neuroscience.  

August 20, 2018
Carl Boggs
The Road to Disaster?
James Munson
“Not With a Bomb, But a Whimper” … Then More Bombs.
Jonathan Cook
Corbyn’s Labour Party is Being Made to Fail –By Design
Robert Fisk
A US Trade War With Turkey Over a Pastor? Don’t Believe It
Howard Lisnoff
The Mass Media’s Outrage at Trump: Why the Surprise?
Faisal Khan
A British Muslim’s Perspective on the Burkha Debate
Andrew Kahn
Inhumanity Above the Clouds
Dan Glazebrook
Trump’s New Financial War on the Global South
George Wuerthner
Why the Gallatin Range Deserves Protection
Ted Rall
Is Trump a Brand-New Weird Existential Threat? No.
Sheldon Richman
For the Love of Reason
Susie Day
Why Pundits Scare Me
Dean Baker
Does France’s Economy Need to Be Renewed?
Jeffrey St. Clair
A Mighty Voice for Peace Has Gone Silent: Uri Avnery, 1923-2018
Weekend Edition
August 17, 2018
Friday - Sunday
Daniel Wolff
The Aretha Dialogue
Nick Pemberton
Donald Trump and the Rise of Patriotism 
Joseph Natoli
First Amendment Rights and the Court of Popular Opinion
Andrew Levine
Midterms 2018: What’s There to Hope For?
Robert Hunziker
Hothouse Earth
Jeffrey St. Clair
Roaming Charges: Running Out of Fools
Ajamu Baraka
Opposing Bipartisan Warmongering is Defending Human Rights of the Poor and Working Class
Paul Street
Corporate Media: the Enemy of the People
David Macaray
Trump and the Sex Tape
CJ Hopkins
Where Have All the Nazis Gone?
Daniel Falcone
The Future of NATO: an Interview With Richard Falk
Cesar Chelala
The Historic Responsibility of the Catholic Church
Ron Jacobs
The Barbarism of US Immigration Policy
Kenneth Surin
In Shanghai
William Camacaro - Frederick B. Mills
The Military Option Against Venezuela in the “Year of the Americas”
Nancy Kurshan
The Whole World Was Watching: Chicago ’68, Revisited
Robert Fantina
Yemeni and Palestinian Children
Alexandra Isfahani-Hammond
Orcas and Other-Than-Human Grief
Shoshana Fine – Thomas Lindemann
Migrants Deaths: European Democracies and the Right to Not Protect?
Paul Edwards
Totally Irrusianal
Thomas Knapp
Murphy’s Law: Big Tech Must Serve as Censorship Subcontractors
Mark Ashwill
More Demons Unleashed After Fulbright University Vietnam Official Drops Rhetorical Bombshells
Ralph Nader
Going Fundamental Eludes Congressional Progressives
Hans-Armin Ohlmann
My Longest Day: How World War II Ended for My Family
Matthew Funke
The Nordic Countries Aren’t Socialist
Daniel Warner
Tiger Woods, Donald Trump and Crime and Punishment
Dave Lindorff
Mainstream Media Hypocrisy on Display
Jeff Cohen
Democrats Gather in Chicago: Elite Party or Party of the People?
Victor Grossman
Stand Up With New Hope in Germany?
Christopher Brauchli
A Family Affair
Jill Richardson
Profiting From Poison
FacebookTwitterGoogle+RedditEmail