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Roger Waters Brings Pink Floyd Classic “The Wall”

Roger Waters Performs Pink Floyd’s The Wall Live! Roger Waters Performs Pink Floyd’s The Wall Live!

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When I heard Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters would be performing the band’s classic The Wall album on tour in its entirety live beginning in Toronto this September, it reminded me of seeing the now-defunct classic Pink Floyd line-up thrill tens of thousands of people while performing The Wall from behind a wall at Earl’s Court in London in the early 1980’s.

These days, Water tours with a stage-stuffing array of sidemen to re-create the artistry provided by Waters, guitarist David Gilmour, drummer Nick Mason and keyboardist Richard Wright when Pink Floyd toured behind classic albums Echoes, Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals and The Wall.

Depending on whose version of events you believe, Pink Floyd broke up and reunited several times between the making of Dark Side of the Moon in 1972-73 and The Wall, which was released in 1979.

Regardless, Pink Floyd is ranked at or near The Beatles and Rolling Stones as the top and most influential serious rock band of the 20th century.

And when you listen to the searing, penetrating, existential lyrics and pioneering studio craft, musicianship and special effects of Pink Floyd’s albums, you see why so many people are willing to pay as much as $250 a seat to see Waters bring The Wall back to life in a 2010 North American tour.

When I wrote The Wall, I was a frightened young man.When I wrote The Wall, I was a frightened young man.Pink Floyd (or Roger Waters or Gilmour-Mason) live deliver more than just excellent renditions of their complex studio albums- they also deliver visual effects, theater, huge floating pig props that soar over audiences, surround sound audio, and radical progressive politics.

When Waters toured a couple of years ago to do Dark Side of the Moon, he got redneck boos in some American cities by adding anti-Bush, anti-war songs to his sizzling set list.

Nevertheless, and despite the fact that Waters is now in his 60’s, and has to hire musicians because Gilmour is in semi-retirement, you’re assured that if you love The Wall album and Pink Floyd, this year’s Roger Waters The Wall tour will satisfy and enlighten.

As Waters himself told the media recently:

“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.”

The Wall Live is better than any video!

One other thing is for sure: this year’s The Wall tour will sell out quickly. Visit http://www.roger-waters.com/ to find tour dates and how to get tickets. Having seen The Wall when I was just a wee child growing up in Brixton, UK and also having seen Waters touring Dark Side of the Moon a couple of years ago, I can tell you his version of the live Pink Floyd theater rock classic is a once in a lifetime event you can’t afford to miss.

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