Roger Waters Using Real Life Images Of War For ‘The Wall’ Tour

Roger Waters Using Real Life Images Of War For ‘The Wall’ Tour

This autumn, former Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters is taking his seminal rock opera, “The Wall,” out on the road.

“The Wall Tour” launches Sept. 15 in Toronto and concludes Dec. 13 in Anaheim. Right now Roger Waters has announced 35 concert dates with another 15 pending.

Pink Floyd played “The Wall” 30 times during a 1980-1981 tour and then Waters played it again in 1990 to commemorate the fall of the Berlin Wall. That’s it. The Wall has only been played live on those 31 occasions.

But Waters, “The Wall’s” principal composer, felt it was time to revisit the opus and make it relatable for today’s world.

“[I] realized that the story in The Wall— of a young man who is alienated and defensive, because he’s fearful — could be an allegory for a more universal story. We’re all frightened of each other, and that makes us behave in ways that are sadly inhumane, like engaging in wars. I wanted to make this show more political,” Waters told USA Today.

To make the show more political, Waters is going to incorporate images of slain soldiers. The photographs, which he’s soliciting via his website, will be used during the show, projected onto surfaces as “proverbial” bricks in the wall.

“I get slight shivers talking about this,” says Waters. “I want people to remember their loved ones as I remember mine, as part of a show that has a strongly anti-war message.”

Waters lost his father in World War II.

Anything that combines images of heroes who died defending freedom with a post-hippie, anti-establishment, echo-fest is bound to stir controversy.

How much controversy this idea creates remains to be seen. Waters is definitely a lefty-liberal but besides the typical Bush-bashing that’s so common amongst his people, he seems like a class act.

And this idea, emanating from an artist whose world view generally holds the military in contempt, may actually honor our fallen heroes and not besmirch them.

Not only that, but it’s “The Wall” not the Glenn Beck show. Attendees know what to expect going in.

Land of Punt predicts that most of controversy from Waters’ picture idea won’t be idealistic but legal. Waters will use an image he’s not supposed to use (a friend of a fallen soldier submits an image but doesn’t get the permission from the parents or spouse).

If that happens things could get rough for the 66-year-old bass player. And no, that was not dark sarcasm.

“Thirty years ago, when I wrote The Wall, I was a frightened young man. It took me a long time to get over my fears. In the intervening years it has occurred to me that maybe the story of my 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.”

Due to the demands of presenting “The Wall” live, attendees should expect an experience similar to a Broadway show and not a rock concert.

Nonetheless, the show will be spectacular. For his last big tour, Waters played “Dark Side of The Moon” in its entirety. Reviews for that Roger Waters concert were extremely favorable.

For the upcoming tour, a 240-foot wide, 35-foot-tall wall will be constructed and destroyed during the course of the show. Large-scale video projectors, 3600 quadraphonic sound system, and various other story-telling props will also be used.

Gerald Scarfe, who illustrated the album, the Pink Floyd tour, and the 1982 film, is providing new art and puppets just for the outing.

Finally, and this may be the best news of all, Waters is working with librettist Lee Hall (Billy Elliot) to turn “The Wall” into a stage musical.

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9/15 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
9/20 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
9/21 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
9/26 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Consol Energy Center
9/28 – Cleveland, OH @ Quicken Loans Arena
9/30 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden
10/5 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
10/8 – Buffalo, NY @ HSBC Arena
10/10 – Washington, DC @ Verizon Center
10/12 – Uniondale, NY @ Nassau Coliseum
10/15 – Hartford, CT @ XL Center
10/17 – Ottawa, ON @ ScotiaBank Place
10/19 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
10/22 – Columbus, OH @ Schottenstein Center
10/24 – Detroit, MI @ Palace of Auburn Hills
10/26 – Omaha, NE @ Qwest Center
10/27 – St Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
10/29 – St. Louis, MO @ Scottrade Center
10/30 – Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
11/3 – New York, NY @ Izod Center
11/8 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wachovia Center
11/9 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wachovia Center
11/13 – Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Bank Atlantic Center
11/16 – Tampa, FL @ St. Pete Times Forum
11/18 – Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena
11/20 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
11/21 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
11/23 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
11/26 – Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Grand Garden Arena
11/27 – Phoenix, AZ @ US Airways Center
11/29 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum
12/6 – San Jose, CA @ HP Pavilion
12/10 – Vancouver, BC @ General Motors Place
12/11 – Tacoma, WA @ Tacoma Dome
12/13 – Anaheim, CA @ Honda Center

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