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September 19, 2021
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Waters gives extraordinary show

The legendary musician Roger Waters on Wednesday evening gave the about 50,000 spectators a really unique show, in which he combined live music with projections and visual effects, grandiose sets and pyrotechnical effects, all this being presented in the shadow of a ‘wall’ that was about 150 metres long and 12 metres high. What the tens of thousands spectators came to see: what they already knew from their grandparents and parents, from the records that slipped on the other side of the Iron Curtain. Namely the story of Pink, the young man whose father was killed in war, who was ridiculed and abused by his teachers, by the society, who isolated himself from his broken family and the painful failure in marriage. All this was translated by Pink Floyd in a particularly powerful symbol: an endless suffocating wall.
When singing ‘What Shall We Do Now,’ Roger Waters introduced projections of the animation Gerald Scarfe created for the film ‘The Wall.’On the wall that was also a TV screen they posted photographs of the victims of the various armed conflicts, a moment that marked a minute’s silence in memory of all people who lost their lives in the course of time because of terrorism and wars.  During the interval the musician met a few Romanian servicemen backstage, who took part in missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. This way the musician wanted to thank them for their sacrifice in the peace keeping operations that were carried out in conflict hit areas. In the end Roger Waters thanked the audience saying that he will never forget the first experience he had in Bucharest. Thank you, Bucharest! This concert was highly important for me. You were an extraordinary audience! he said before exiting.
Before the beginning of the show, Waters met Chamber of Deputies Speaker Valeriu Zgonea and they symbolically ‘tore down’ the wall of the Palace of Parliament. 0Asked if he would agree with tearing down the Parliament wall, Zgonea said that this is not for him to decide but is the responsibility of the architects.

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