President Trump supporters who’re planning to see Roger Waters at TD Garden Thursday, get ready.
If it’s anything like Wednesday’s show, the anti-Trump vitriol is relentless and may be a turnoff for hardcore fans who just want to chill with a $13 beer and hear Pink Floyd’s greatest hits played by Waters and his ace band.
The music — and related Pink Floyd iconography — was indeed excellent Wednesday. (Waters put the crowd into a rock ’n’ roll trance with impeccable, if somewhat bloodless versions of “Dogs,” “Pigs,” “Money,” “Comfortably Numb,” and “Another Brick in the Wall,” during which he was joined on stage by school children from Seekonk wearing “RESIST” T-shirts.)
But Trump was the other star of the show. His angry face flashed on video screens throughout — at one point, there was an image of the president in a diaper cradled by Russian President Vladimir Putin — and Waters, who still plays a mean bass at 73, concluded Wednesday’s first set by taking a knee on stage in front of a giant “RESIST” backdrop.
Since it was an older crowd — OK, much older — who’d grown up in the ’60s and ’70s — the heyday of protest music — the majority of those in attendance cheered wildly Wednesday. But there were a few boos, too, and we’re told that some people walked out when Waters kneeled. On Twitter, the reaction was mostly positive. People seemed to appreciate Waters’s spirit and dissent.
Roger Waters, Boston, kneeling at end of 1st set, while saying diversity of opinion is vital. Some boos, but most of crowd went WILD! pic.twitter.com/jGOqTdUdiv— Gobsmacked (@DAGinNH) September 28, 2017
Others, though, weren’t down with a rock star being so explicitly political.
Am now an ex-Roger Waters fan. His tour goes way over the line. Another spoiled rich foreigner preaching at us. Tear down the wall. pic.twitter.com/v86C23IF99— J Michael Waller (@JMichaelWaller) September 28, 2017
But it was hardly a bait and switch. In its own peculiar way, Pink Floyd was a political band, and Waters has made his antipathy for Trump well known: The tour is called “Us + Them” in part because of the Floyd song of the same name and in part because Waters has an adversary and, well, he wants you to know it.