In the past two years I have seen Roger Waters' marvellous stage show five times; last month's show in Liverpool was raucous and memorable, while the shows at the 02 were sonically magnificent. But each time he starts up Leaving Beirut, with his patronising introduction, I can hardly believe this is the same genius who has created ALL the other music, all of which I adore, from The Wall to Radio Kaos and beyond. The lyrics are simply dreadful and don't even work as parody. Never mind 'George, oh George' , we should be singing 'Roger oh Roger, please play something else'!!! The Guardian newspaper hailed the live concert as brilliant, yet referred to the Leaving Beirut song as a 'stain on a lovely carpet', which I think is accurate and less verbose than my rant.
having said all this, I will agree with other reviewers that Roger is my favourite rock star and I don't hold one bad song against him .