Fans Rejoice! Roger Waters “The Wall” is coming to the big screen October 18th!
I had the opportunity to represent the Advice Sisters at a press viewing of Roger Waters – The Wall, hosted by Fathom Events at the AMC 25 theater in New York’s Times Square. As one of the biggest Pink Floyd fans on Earth, I had actually saw this concert at Madison Square Garden a couple of years ago. The film brought back great memories, and honestly even better sound and experiences.
The film documents one of the most elaborately staged theatrical productions in music history, as Waters performs The Wall in its entirety using concert footage from his three-year solo tour. The concert is juxtaposed with Waters, his friends and even members of his family visiting the graves and memorials to his father and grandfather, both of whom were killed in battle. In fact, Waters grandfather was killed in World War I when his father (Eric Fletcher Waters) was two years old. Interestingly, Waters own father, Eric Fletcher, was killed at Anzio in World War II when Waters was also just two years old.
While the two stories together made the film lengthy, the journey to the graves helps one understand the pain and anger that is reflected in the music and lyrics to the album itself.
If you are a Pink Floyd fan, seeing the concert up close and from behind the scenes through the documentary is a real treat. With the sound provided by the AMC 25 and on the large screen, it was an absolute joy.
Just as importantly I learned something about Fathom Events, which was hosting the screening. Fathom Events presents cinematic experiences that offer high quality, affordable entertainment events broadcast to the big screen. Audiences get the best seat in the house for both live and pre-recorded concerts, world-class opera, sporting events, comedy acts, and other programming all from the convenience of local cinemas. Fathom events, as was proven by the Roger Waters the Wall, feature outstanding visual and surround sound and utilize only the largest cinema screens. In this showing they also featured a short film with Wates and Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason answering fan questions for the set of The Wall movie. I had to laugh when Waters said to Mason: “You’re not a musician, you are a drummer,” in response to one fan’s question.
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“Roger Waters The Wall” is a Rue 21 Productions presentation of a film by Roger Waters and Sean Evans. Music by Roger Waters, Music Production by Nigel Godrich, Edited by Katharine McQuerrey, Photography by Brett Turnbull. Executive Producer is Mark Fenwick. Producers are Roger Waters, Clare Spencer. Directors are Sean Evans and Roger Waters.
For further information visit www.rogerwatersthewall.com.
For further information on Fathom Events visit http://www.fathomevents.com
*the advice sisters thank John Dunham (he really is the biggest Pink Floyd fan on earth) for this review