Roger Waters to Build The Wall in San Diego May 13

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Last year, Roger Waters toured the world to celebrate the 30 year anniversary of the legendary Pink Floyd album The Wall. He got as close as Anaheim, playing two nights at the The Pond, but didn’t make it down to San Diego. That oversight earned him a spot on the list of the top 5 shows that didn’t come to San Diego. But this year, it’s a different story, as Waters is set to bring The Wall tour to San Diego May 13th at the Valley View Casino (formerly the San Diego Sports Arena).

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 12 years that Waters, without the other members 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 Wall 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. Throughout 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.’”

Tickets, priced from $63 to $258 each, go on sale at 10 a.m. Nov. 14 at all Ticketmaster outlets.

One Response to Roger Waters to Build The Wall in San Diego May 13
  1. joe
    November 2, 2011 | 1:16 am

    Great story on the history of the wall and the band! Hope the place is packed…to the wall.

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