The Newest Bricks in The Wall

Monday, October 18, 2010
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 Roger Waters wrote the Pink Flyod album The Wall, an epic rock opera which became a feature length tripped-out cartoon, 30 years ago when he was 36 years old. And now at 66, Waters (minus the original members of Pink Flyod) is taking The Wall on the road.

For his New York performance at Madison Square Garden, Waters lured a true mix of A-list New York from Calvin Klein (with 20-year-old boyfriend Nicholas Gruber) to publicist Peggy Siegel to Scarlett Johansson to publisher Jann Wenner to Patty Smyth. After the show, which involves a wall being built, then torn down, brick by brick, guests with VIP passes went upstairs to a dinner at MSG that Waters and his wife Laurie organized. Who was there? Andre Balazs, Anna Rothschild, Bettina Zilkha, Karen Cord, Marc Lazard, Candance Bushnell, Jay McInerney and Anne Hearst, to name just a few.

The new production of The Wall, replete with enormous scary moving puppets, projected images of an army of marching hammers and photographs of people who have died at war and a menacing floating hog updates the story of youthful alienation with images from the war in Iraq and the global financial crisis.

“This new production of The Wall is an attempt to draw some comparisons, to illuminate our current predicament, and is dedicated to all the innocent lost in the intervening years,” Waters explained.

The Wall tour continues until December 13th when it closes in Anaheim, California, home to another trippy, cartoon-filled fantasy world: Disneyland.


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by Beth LandmanPhotographed by Billy Farrall