It has been unforgivably long time since I went to a rock concert. It has also been awhile since Mr. Roger Waters, of the Pink Floyd fame, had performed in LA – more than 30 years in fact. Our paths had crossed again on Nov 30, 2010 and by pure chance we ended up staring at each other from a distance of just 20 meters, which separated me from the stage! It is impossible to describe the performance of this 67 year old man and his group. The sound, the music, the special effects were so amazing that for more than 2 hours the audience was transported into a different world, far away from the Staples Center and their stressed out lives of the 21st century. Although, maybe not… The concert’s themes were pointedly anti-war and anti-establishment, which seemed to resonate very well in the today’s world. The constantly growing Wall on the stage was showing images of the murdered soldiers, civilians, journalists, and activists during the current and past conflicts all over our planet. These portraits were being bombarded and shredded into pieces by various icons of power (new and old): swastikas, hammer-and-sickles, dollar signs, religious symbols, etc. The message was unmistakable – “Humans! Stop killing each other!” And so we left the Staples Center feeling shell shocked, slightly deaf and fully determined to be better, kinder, considerate and… attend the rock concerts more often!