WorkingAllTheTime, on 10 February 2016 - 08:17 PM, said:
My first show was the the p/g tour and it was there. I have a few friends who attended St. Louis shows on the Signals tour (10.12.1982 and 10.15.1982 - the apparently played a show at the University of Illinois in between those dates) who say they remember it - but they were perpetually stoned back then, so who knows. I asked a few folks in Texas who likely attended Signals shows in Texas (March, 1983) and they think it was there, but they were likely also perpetually stoned, so who knows. The boots I have suggest it did not show up until around Signals, but it could have been earlier I guess.
As for the love it or hate it notion. I tend to love it. Corny? Sure. Cheesy? Yep. Fun? I will go with yes. My kids loved it (as well as the hand claps for TSOR) when they were old enough to go to shows, so that brings back warm memories.
My son in later years, though, pointed out the "heys" are an odd sort of message of collective obedience, which is interesting in the context of 2112. That is probably not the message the band was going for with it, but it is an interesting thought.
collective obedience for fucksake, it's just a fun concert thing.
sheesh some people want to read something sinister into EVERYTHING.