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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.
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.
Boo, Houston: The audience in Houston sucks.
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!
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?
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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?
Do any of you really think an inflatable pig and a few Roger Waters songs are worth discrediting everything this man and his crew put into providing us a freaking amazing concert? Bottom line, it was a killer show.
And it was meant to get your panties in a wad folks! Welcome to the real world. I'm glad he has you all so stirred up. Maybe now you will start thinking for yourselves.
Numb: I am reading all of this hubbub from Seattle. I can hardly stop laughing as I type this. Obviously, I was not at the show, but from reading this review and the various comments, some things are obvious.
1) The Waters show was terrific.
2) People in Houston are so out of touch with the rest of the country and most of the entire planet. It is pathetic! Don't you people read anymore?
All the people griping and sniveling about Waters trashing Bush (a war criminal), your educational system and everything else that you are so indignant about...just proves that your educational system is crap. You don't seem to know what democracy is. You don't seem to know that people all over the world do not agree with your imperialist warmongering aggression. As much of a shock as that fact may be to you pea brains, it seems that Roger Waters was just trying to draw your attention to this in a nice way, through his show. But you are comfortably numb.
I love it: The show was so good it was ridiculous — some of the world's best musicians performing some of the world's best music, with an accompanying visual masterpiece that trumps virtually anything attempted before. It was one of the greatest shows of all time. Pure art. Mind-blowing. This will be etched in the minds of over 10,000 people permanently. So there was one new song that people were probably not familiar with, and it contained lyrics that were offensive to some. How that can be surprising? That was truly something special. I had high anticipations and he overshot every single one of them.
Houston Press food writer Robb Walsh has been notified that his feature story "Las Fabulosas Taco Trucks" has been included in The Best Food Writing 2007, an anthology of food writing compiled each year by the Avalon Publishing Group.
Walsh has been frequently selected for inclusion in this volume, which includes writers from across the United States.
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In our May 8 issue in a café review "Nuevo Inca-Mex" by Robb Walsh, we incorrectly referred to Inka South American Cuisine as Café Inka, which is the coffee shop next door
with the same owners.
The Press regrets its error.