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In Tune Tuesday...

September 21, 2010 - Ray Eckenrode

‘The Wall’ turns 30 mp3some

  Thirty years after Pink Floyd released the greatest concept album in history, 67-year-old Roger Waters (this week’s Rolling Stone cover boy no less) is taking his dark masterpiece on the road once more with the most ambitious, theatrical, over-the-top rock spectacle ever conceived – and he’s getting rave reviews for it. With “The Wall” rising in the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh this Sunday (“15 Minutes” review coming on Monday), here are three essential track to get you (or us) in the mood:

“In The Flesh”
  The song so important it appears twice on “The Wall,” explosively setting up the tension between the fictional rock star at the center of this opera, Pink, and the fans and the band and himself. This clip is from one of the few times “The Wall” was played live in 1980.

“One of My Turns”
  The highest note Waters ever hit in his career comes at the end of this startling eulogy for a relationship gone sour, leaving Pink “cold as a razor blade, tight as a tourniquet, dry as a funeral drum.” Later, when Pink tells a groupie where she can find his “favorite axe,” you truly wonder whether he means a guitar.

“Comfortably Numb”

  Rock stars were self medicating long before Waters and David Gilmour wrote the book on it, but this song opened a clear and terrifying window into the despair behind the self destruction. This clip is from the opening night of “The Wall, 2010” in Toronto.

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