Fender Concert Series: Dan B. from NY
As part of our Fender Concert Series, we invited readers of Fender News to tell us about their first, best, worst or just overall most memorable ever concert. We appreciate the response we’ve gotten so far (keep ’em coming), and have chosen to feature the following entry from Dan B. of Schenectady, NY:
I waited in line for several hours to see Pink Floyd play The Wall live. It was 1980 and I had just turned 14. Nobody knew these would be their last concerts in North America as a four-piece band.
It was a hassle to get to Nassau Coliseum for the show from where I lived in New York City. I had to take a train to the nearest town and hail a taxi from there, which was not easy to do when there were thousands of Floyd fans trying to do the same thing. I wound up with a total stranger sitting on my lap in the cab.
I had okay seats, not up at the front or anything, but somewhere in the middle of the large arena.
The show itself was mind-blowing. It was a very elaborate stage show in which a wall was built in front of the band as they played.
For me, the highlight of the show was when David Gilmour appeared on top of the wall to play the solos in “Comfortably Numb.” If memory serves, he was using his legendary Black Strat. There was a bright light behind him and as he played, something magical happened. Nobody can make a guitar sing the way David Gilmour can!
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