Do kids today still have their formative getting high experiences to Dark Side of the Moon? Is there still an asshole at every sophomore party with a guitar trying to play "Wish You Were Here"? Would Amused to Death have been better received if it was a response to the other Iraq war? Is George Roger Waters 70 today? The only question I can answer with any degree of certainty is that last one (yes, yes he is), but I have my suspicions about the rest.
Here's part of the stage show that's gotten former Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters in trouble with the Anti-Defamation League. "Of course Waters has every right to express his political views about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through his music and stagecraft," said ADL head Abe Foxman in a statement. "However, the images he has chosen, when put together in the same sequence, cross a line into anti-Semitism." (To wit: "An animated scene has projected images of planes dropping bombs in the shape of Jewish stars of David, followed by dollar signs.") Foxman, of course, just has tons of credibility after his anti-Park 51 stance. But maybe he's got a [...]
Before he launched off on a year-long tour, my (then very pregnant!) wife and I had the privilege to attend a rehearsal of Roger Waters' live performance of The Wall-Live at the Izod Center in New Jersey.
We didn't know what to expect. This evening was billed simply as a live dress rehearsal for the highly-anticipated tour-and that Pink Floyd's The Wall would be performed live for the first time in 20 years. All we knew was that we, along with about 1,000 others, had tickets. I didn't even know if I could get a beer.
"Incidentally, being from England, I had never heard of the ADL until today, but I have googled them and I see from their mission statement of 1913 that their brief is not only to defend the Jewish people from defamation, but also, 'to secure justice and fair treatment to all citizens alike and to put an end forever to unjust and unfair discrimination against and ridicule of any sect or body of citizens'. Why don't we all focus on that lofty ideal and stop throwing stones at one another." -Roger Waters rejects ADL head Abe Foxman's accusations of anti-Semitism in the former Pink Floyd frontman's stage show. Foxman [...]