Sunday , January 24 2021

It was Roger Waters' concert in El Campina, in Bogota – Music and books – Culture



The dark side of Campina Stadium was lit up at 8:28 PM, revealing little by little every detail of Roger Waters' luxury reunion with Colombia. The delight, which turned into a cry of excitement, intensified when the lights shot their eyes on the stage, and an impressive 72-meter screen showed the first images on its surface.

A giant beach appeared on the screen. It was a reddish image of the sea, which was observed by a man who served as the basis for the first sounds of the concert. “I was crazy for many fucking years (…) I was always crazy, like most of you,” – there was a silence that began to hysterics.

Appointment with Waters, one of the most important singers and composers of the rock universe, and who built part of the story of Pink Floyd appeared on the stage, giving the first chords with his inseparable bass "Breathe".

Cadence guitars and a message that revolves around the meaning of life, electrified fans who excitedly tried to save their strength for the next emotional hit: one of these days, with this unmistakable bass Waters beat connected to your fans

Thunder broke the applause, and the multi-colored lights fell like a waterfall bouncing off a gigantic scene. Then the sound of ticking made it clear that it was time for Time. For the musicians were thousands of hours, and many closed their eyes to surrender to the trance of one of the classics of the album The Dark Side of the Moon.

When the emotional frequency was at its peak, choir players Jess Wolfe and Holly Lassig gave viewers a powerful talent show with their interpretation of Breathing (Reprise) and the Great Gig in the sky, leaving everyone open in El Campina.

Roger reappeared with “Welcome to the Car”, from the album “I wish you were here with Floyd” as a statement against the superficiality of the music industry, which does not risk.

Then the musical journey took the course “Is this the life we ​​really want”, the latest album by a British musician (2017), with the song Déjà Vu (criticism of the inconsistencies of modern society), which he later developed in The Last Refugee another strong social and political criticism, in which in one of his proposals he shouts: “Take a photo of a leader without a brain” (…) “Continue to shoot a show on your mobile phone from the front row of seats (…) Continue to register Miss Universe , lavlivayuschuyu lightning ", was part of the hard message that launched the artist.

To balance the emotions, the concert continued with the wish you were here, an emotional ballad that moved more than 30,000 participants to the concert. It was not because he was one of the hymns with which Waters and Rosy Floyd pay homage to Syd Barrett, the founder of the drummer of the mythical band.

The deafening noise of a helicopter filled the stadium at any time in order to free itself from the happiest days of our life, as well as “Another brick in the wall” (part 2 and part 3)who fired hysteria in the clouds, which calmed down after the second session and in which the group was accompanied by a group of twelve children from the Crea Foundation, which made the choir one of the most popular compositions Pink Floyd

After the intermission, the show pulsed again with a sound melody of dogs, and then mutated to the hypnotic rhythm of "Pigs (Three Different), which again spread diatribe against the powerful." And when you put your hand in your heart, you're almost a joke, you're a shooter, Sang Waters, accompanied again by images of the President of the United States and the famous pig floating above the heads of the audience, with a shocking closing in which everyone read: “Trump is a pig.”

The singer put on a mask of an animal song and presented an enthusiastic audience with a platform that turned into an industry of four smoke chimneys. Before he accepted the sign, which said: "pigs dominate the world," and then gave way to another, which said: "fuck pigs."

Waters also took a moment to talk to the fans who met him at the stadium. He suggested that they believe in human rights, apply them and, in his opinion, showed their support for the protests of Colombian students who protested for a better education.

"Student loans are not the solution … they mean the life of eternal slavery." Between loud applause, he raised another poster with the words “We need more education” (we need more education) and stressed that education is for everyone.

After a bit of criticism, his musicians presented Money chords. Again the stadium vibrated with applause and shouts that did not stop after an avalanche of hymns that followed the show with Us and Him; “Brain damage” and “Eclipse”, before plunging into “Comfortably Stunned,” deeply felt, say goodbye to a concert full of musical emotions and a powerful reflection of the world to which Waters always gave it a tinge of randomness, pain, and injustice, and the texts were considered mature hymns, but were astonishingly relevant in the present.

Resistance (resistance) was the message that the Colombian children who accompanied the artist were wearing their shirts and it was a word that several times struck the consciousness of the crowd that was with this concert, the experience of the catharsis of a gloomy panorama, but which in this case could be caused by music and reflections.

ANDRÉS HOYOS VARGAS
@ AndresHoy1
TIME OF CULTURE


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