Monday, March 19, 2012

Show 8 Buenos Aires

We're just back from show number 8 in Buenos Aires.
We stood a little further back tonight. Every show of the South American leg of the tour they have pulled down the pig at the back of the venue and let the crowd tear it apart! For the last few shows Kami has been voicing to me several times a day that she would really like to go tear the pig up, so we decided tonight was the night!  Our friends Georg and Marcelo did it a couple of nights previous and said it was crazy!
Kami wore her camo pants just so she could put everything in the her pockets and wouldn't have to take her bag, leaving her with two hands free to tear the pig! This was a precision planned operation.
Our view for the 1st half
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They were filming the show tonight, and the crowd was illuminated by lights all around the arena similar to how it was in Greece. It was the same the previous show, too. There were 6 cameras visible in the stadium for the filming; a point Roger shared before Mother.
Stadium lit up with lights for the cameras
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We watched the first half of the show from the rear on the floor, and for the second half we moved up just to the left of the area where the pig is brought down!
Area where pig is brought down                                    All closed off until the wall comes down
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They have the pig on 2 lines steered by two handlers. It comes out at the beginning of In The Flesh pt.2, and it is then taken and hovered over the crowd during Run Like Hell, Waiting For The Worms and The Trial. As the wall is falling down, they real the pig in and let it hover just above the crowd so that they can reach it. As soon as the crowd on the right start to pull it to the ground, they let people run in from the left, and the pig is totally torn apart in seconds! Georg told us the best way to get a piece is to puncture it with your finger and then tear it, since it's made of rubber about 1mm thick.
At intermission, I had found a small, sharp piece of wood on the floor and gave it to Kami to pierce the pig! As it happened, this didn't work, and it broke right away. I followed Kami as she ran over once the pig was on the ground and took video of her. At least I tried--at one point, she totally disappeared and was nearly dragged under the pig! I had warned her to be careful, but I'm not sure she listened to a thing I said! When I found her she was like a raving mad man trying to get a piece with her teeth! As she was scrambling around playing tug-o-war with other people who had the opposite end to what she had, I saw a guy in the audience with one of the tusks, and it was still inflated. He was waving it around, showing his prize to the rest of the crowd. I got a couple of small pieces and went to help Kami. She was still in a tug-o-war match, and I just ripped what I could, and started biting a tear in the rubber, too. It turns out it's pretty easy that way! Once I'd done that a couple of times, the piece that Kami had in her hand was all hers! We quickly rolled it up and headed on out from the rampage!
You can see my video of the pig tearing below:
It was a great show tonight, but the view we had wasn't the best. That was kind of our choice, and it was a sacrifice we had to make for the pig. The sound was incredible at our location, though, and I've never heard the surround as good as I did tonight! The one thing we were able to catch was some new graphics in the second half. It was nothing major, and appears to be small additions which they may be trying to tweak the act with. For example, "TRUST US" flashes up on either side of the wall during Waiting for the Worms.
Full album of pics from tonight:


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