Roger Waters Ready to Put Another Brick In The Wall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thirty years after Pink Floyd first performed the legendary Wall album, lead singer Roger Waters takes to the road this year to celebrate the classic rock treasure. The Wall is one of rock’s all-time greatest sellers and will be played in its entirety in an updated version. This will be the first time in 10 years that Waters, without the other member of Pink Floyd, will perform The Wall from start to finish. Waters performed the double LP as a solo artist in 1990 in Germany to celebrate the fall of the Berlin Wall. The 26 tracks on the album include some of rock’s greatest hits including, “Another Brick In The Wall Part 2,” “Run Like Hell,” “Mother,” and “Comfortably Numb.”

The Wall was released on November 30, 1979; it deepened the creative rift between the band members of this progressive rock group to the point that they eventually broke up. With The Wall, lead singer Waters began to take full reign over the direction of the band, basing the lead character ”Pink” in the rock opera around himself and his dissolution with fame. Through out the double disc Pink begins to isolate himself, and full of anger and fear, he eventually builds a wall to protect his fragile existence.

“30 years ago, when I wrote The Wall, I was a frightened young man,” Waters  shared on his website www.rogerwaters.com. “It took me a long time to get over my fears. Anyways, in the intervening years it has occurred to me that maybe my story of fear and loss with its concomitant inevitable residue of ridicule, shame and punishment provides an allegory for broader concerns: Nationalism, racism, sexism, religion, Whatever! “all these issues and ‘isms are driven by the same fears that drove my young life.”

Waters goes on to comment about why The Wall is relevant today and why he is ready to return the rock opera to the stage.

“This new production of The Wall is an attempt to draw some comparisons, to illuminate our current predicament, and is dedicated to all the innocent lost in the intervening years… I believe we at least have a chance to aspire to something better than the dog eat dog ritual slaughter that is our current response to our institutionalized fear of each other. I feel it is my responsibility as an artist to express my, albeit guarded, optimism, and encourage others to do the same. To quote the great man, ‘You may say I’m a dreamer but I’m not the only one.’”

Waters will kick off the tour September 15th at Toronto’s Air Canada Center.
Source: Rolling Stone, www.rogerwaters.com

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