Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters thinks the world’s ready for The Wall in its entirety again, and plans to tour an updated version of the 31-year-old rock opera across North America from September through December, which includes a Tacoma date. According to his revamped website, Roger-Waters.com, which Waters updates himself, the album resonates again:
Why now? [verbatim]
"30 Years ago when I wrote The Wall I was a frightened young man. Well not that young, I was 36 years old…. It took me a long time to get over my fears. Anyway, in the intervening years it has occurred to me that maybe the story of my fear and loss with it’s 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…. 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."
Umm, amen. Waters has only played the The Wall live, and all the way through, about 30 times, which includes the original 1980-1981 tour and a special performance to celebrate the fall of the Berlin Wall. The tour opens in Toronto on September 15, and comes to Vancouver’s General Motors Place on December 10 and Tacoma Dome on December 13. Tickets don’t go on sale for another month (May 10 at LiveNation.com ), but when they do, they’ll probably go quickly. I’m just hoping Waters keeps the inflatable pig in the show. It’s my favorite part.