Comfortably Young 

Kids born in the '90s perform a Pink Floyd classic.

Children from the Paul Green School of Rock Music perform Pink Floyd’s The Wall this weekend. Fifteen students from the Rocky River branch of the famous Philadelphia school will recreate the 1979 opus at a pair of shows at the Phantasy. And Westlake sixth-grader Max Foster says he’s ready to channel his inner Roger Waters -- even if Floyd’s music sounds nothing like the AC/DC and Green Day CDs he usually listens to. “The difference is that Pink Floyd’s songs have all these neat effects and noises,” says the 12-year-old bassist.

The school’s drum teacher, Tommy Rich, leads the pint-size musicians through the entire album -- Floyd’s epic treatise on rock-star alienation. Each student performs on at least five songs. Foster lays down the rhythm for cuts like “Mother,” “Run Like Hell,” and “Another Brick in the Wall (Part III).” Foster says the workout will help break in the bass he recently got for his birthday. “I started on the six-string guitar,” he says. “But I switched to bass because it’s a lot easier to play.”
Fri., May 18, 6:30 p.m.; Sat., May 19, 2 p.m.

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