Get comfortably numb

Classic rock: Experience 'The Wall' with Roger Waters

December 10, 2010 

The original world tour for Pink Floyd's "The Wall" stopped in just four cities. But Saturday, "The Wall's" chief architect, Roger Waters, finally will bring the classic rock opera to Washington state.

On Saturday, Waters will give it the same treatment he gave “Dark Side of the Moon” in 2006, playing it in its entirety at the Tacoma Dome. And with the production cost exceeding $60 million, expect it to be one of the most epic rock displays of 2010.

Adding to the hype is speculation about Pink Floyd singer-guitarist David Gilmour, a guy Waters has famously feuded with since “The Wall.” Gilmour has agreed to show up at one tour stop to help with “Comfortably Numb.” Local fans have to wonder: Could Tacoma be it?

In preparation for this weekend, we’ll get you in the mood by letting you test your knowledge of one of rock’s most iconic films and concept albums. Answers are on Page 9.

1. The album “The Wall” was released in what year?

A. 1968

B. 1976

C. 1979

D. 1983

2. The film “Pink Floyd: The Wall” came out later in …

A. 1970

B. 1979

C. 1982

D. 1988

3. The central character, Pink, is based largely on …

A. Roger Waters

B. Syd Barrett

C. David Gilmour

D. Jim Morrison

4. The catalyst for “The Wall” was a 1977 incident at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium during which the above musician …

A. Got so drunk he ran head first into a wall

B. Was declared legally dead after overdosing

C. Experienced a psychotic break

D. Spat on an unruly, distracting fan

5. As the album’s producer, _________ helped bridge the gap between Waters’ and Gilmour’s differing visions for the album.

A. Phil Spector

B. Martin Hannett

C. Quincy Jones

D. Bob Ezrin

6. Waters resisted the idea of releasing singles from “The Wall,” but this song became his band’s only No. 1 hit.

A. “Comfortably Numb”

B. “Run Like Hell”

C. “Money”

D. “Another Brick in the Wall (Part II)”

7. Finish the line: “If you don’t eat your ________ you can’t have any _______.”

8. Much of “The Wall’s” imagery is drawn from this historical period.

A. World War I

B. World War II

C. The Industrial Revolution

D. The Great Depression

9. This rocker plays Pink in the movie.

A. David Bowie

B. Angus Young

C. Robert Fripp

D. Bob Geldof

10. During the “Another Brick in the Wall (Part II)” scene from the movie, a young Pink is humiliated when his teacher snatches his poetry book and starts reading lyrics from this Floyd classic.

A. “Wish You Were Here”

B. “Have a Cigar”

C. “Money”

D. “Dogs”

11. This band’s disco remake of “Comfortably Numb” was its breakthrough hit in 2004.

A. Gorillaz

B. Brazilian Girls

C. MGMT

D. Scissor Sisters

12. Waters needed audio of a ringing phone and called band mate Nick Mason, assuming he wouldn’t be home. The result is the confused operator you hear as this song fades out.

A. “Young Lust”

B. “Hey You”

C. “The Happiest Days of Our Lives”

D. “Is There Anybody Out There?”

13. Finish the lyric: “We don’t need no education, we don’t need no thought control, no __________ in the classroom.”

14. Roger Waters’ son, Harry, is part of his touring band. But his first contribution to dad’s work was saying “look, mummy, there’s an airplane up in the sky” at the beginning of this song.

A. “Goodbye Blue Sky”

B. “Another Brick in the Wall (Part II)”

C. “Run Like Hell”

D. “Brain Damage”

15. While working on “The Wall,” Waters also recorded demos that became his 1984 solo album …

A. “Amused to Death”

B. “Blonde on Blonde”

C. “In the Flesh”

D. “The Pros And Cons of Hitch-hiking”

16. Tickets for Saturday’s show top out at $201. According to Rolling Stone, it cost this much to get into the original “Wall” concerts, which lost money because of excessive production costs.

A. $4

B. $12

C. $100

D. $500

Roger Waters ‘The Wall’

When: 8 p.m. Saturday

Where: Tacoma Dome, 2727 E. D St., Tacoma

Tickets: $57 to $201

Information: www.tacomadome.org

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