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President Piñera meets with Pink Floyd singer

President Piñera meets with Pink Floyd singer
March 01
22:16 2012
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Roger Waters will lead a performance of Pink Floyd's "The Wall" this weekend. Photo: Andrew King

SANTIAGO – Ex-Pink Floyd singer Roger Waters, who has been in Chile since last Friday to prepare two concerts tomorrow and Saturday in the National Station in connection to his tour “The Wall Live”, will meet President Sebastián Piñera in La Moneda at an undisclosed time.

Although the details of this appointment are unknown, British ambassador Jon Benjamin will be there too. Apparently, the musician wants to let the President know his opinion about various topics of national importance, especially about the Chilean education system, which he labeled during his interview with the press as “elitist”.

At the same time, Waters scheduled another meeting during his time in the capital.  At about 7:30pm he expects students’ representative Camila Vallejo to attend his rehearsal, which is scheduled for tonight. The room where the artist stayed since his arrival in Chile is located in the area of Ñuñoa, where they are finishing the details of the huge set now.

Just one day before the first concert in the capital, the construction (which came from Britain) is almost completely installed in the Ñuñoa colosseum. During the last few days around 300 technicians worked to finish constructing the giant white wall that covers a big part of the Galería Sur sector of the area, where they project the visual effects that will be running during the show.

This is a reproduction of what Pink Floyd did 1980 and 1981 on their tour of their smash-hit album The Wall. It “pays homage to that show with new technology, and for the first time we are constructing a real wall,” said Chris Kansey, the group’s tour manager.

After their performance in Chile, they will go to Argentina and Brazil.

According to the producer, the time in Santiago has permitted them to test the sound effects and the structure of their tour, which until now have only been used in closed areas. “This is our first time with an open-air set, so we learned a lot, fighting with aspects like humidity and the wind,” he explained. He also added, “Roger came last night and he was surprised. He walked around the station to see how it looks from every aspect.”

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Maggy Meyer

Maggy Meyer is a translator from Germany. She has lived in Chile since August 2011 and came to Santiago during the student movement after classes at her university in Iquique never begun. Besides doing translations she gives English classes and writes for ILC.

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