Flying Pigs and Presidential Politics

Deep Waters

Houstoned blog readers respond to "Last Night: Roger Waters at the Woodlands Pavilion," by Bob Ruggiero, May 5.

Thank you: And thank god that someone actually wrote a real review of this awesome show. Let's just say the other Houston review was chronically bad.

Thomas

Ruined: That song was a piece of crap! So was the Democrat infomercial! So much left-wing bullshit ruined it for me. I didn't pay that much money to be told who to vote for.

EK

Boo, Houston: The audience in Houston sucks.

Anonymous

Historic: EK...that song was epic! You are one of those lost souls still living in delusion and buying into the left/right game. I feel for you, that with a show so incredibly amazing, you could allow something as silly as politics to affect your mood and what you took away from the evening. Next time, please stay at home and let likeminded people enjoy themselves together. Your ignorance has no place at a gathering like that. The pig was historic. Obama 2008!

Ryan

Pink Floyd newbies? I had lunch with a friend who had been to the show, and she confirmed there was a lot of grumbling about the "political" stuff. Jesus, folks. I am assuming that if you spent the dough on tickets, you are familiar with Pink Floyd. Have you not heard "Dark Side of the Moon," "Animals" and "The Wall"? Is it possible you don't realize that these are political albums?

UncleLijah

Foreign opinion: I just don't understand why someone from the UK has to shove his own political opinion in everyone's face. How many times do you hear about American bands touring the world plugging their opinion about another country's politics? I guess the closest you come is Björk's "Free Tibet" comment in China that ultimately banned her for life from ever performing there again.

I think actors and musicians need to remove themselves from being political icons and focus on what they know best. I sure know that I'm not going to take advice on foreign monetary spending from P. Diddy, or whatever he calls himself now.

ChrisW

Dig the pig: You people are seriously making me die laughing here. Freedom of speech is something we allow in America, so maybe just maybe that's why these artists do it. I personally find nothing wrong with it; everyone has a right to say what they want, and you have a right to listen or not listen.

I mean, come on. I'm a Republican, I thought that pig was awesome and I voted for Bush. It's art — love it or leave it.

DK

Stick to the music: My wife was ready to leave at intermission because of Roger's political messages. She already had a problem with paying more than $200 per seat. I was willing to put up with Roger's comments just so I could hear the music. I prefer that musicians make their political statements within their music....kinda like they did back in the '60s and '70s. If Roger wants to make a political point at an event that I dropped $600 to attend, I think he should put in a little more effort and make his point purely with his guitar and his songs, not on the monitors. I've been to many PF and RW concerts since the '70s, and this was the best performance I've ever seen. I would go again.

Keithp

This is comical: Apparently some George W. Bush supporters got offended that Roger Waters, who has never shied away from stating his political and social viewpoints, had bad things to say about George W. Bush, the Religious Right and the rest of the neocon scum. It was an absolutely great show, on every level. If you want your Fox News-addled views to remain unchallenged, go see Big & Rich instead of the guy who composed "The Wall." I for one am glad to have had the privilege of seeing Waters play this excellent show deep in the belly of the beast, Houston, Texas, home of Exxon and Second Baptist (man, I hope the pig landed right in the middle of Ed Young's lawn).

kk33deg

And, stay out: I came to the concert expecting to hear good music; instead, I got a lot of political crap. He ruined the night for me. I think he and any other people in the spotlight should keep their opinions to themselves. Don't come to Texas and put down our state, education system and President. I was totally bored with the concert. Then, Roger Waters leaves the U.S. like a coward. By the way, don't ever come back.

dd

Off topic: Why does he have to have songs about America's politics? I don't hear any American artists writing about Kim Jong Il.

Rebuttle

Let's see here: You paid money to see Roger Waters perform and didn't know there was going to be an underlying political statement? Did you not notice the pig at any other point? Or do you just assume this was something he came up with just to get a rise out of you? Were you just there because your buddies said it would be cool?

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