It's been 30 years since Pink Floyd released 'The Wall' and founding member Roger Waters has performed it 31 times since then. He's looking to more than double that number this year as he celebrates the album's big anniversary by launching a massive North American tour, during which he'll perform 'The Wall' in its entirety, backed by a full band and state-of-the-art production that's suitable for, well, Pink Floyd.
"30 Years ago when I wrote 'The Wall' I was a frightened young man," Waters tells Spinner. "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."
The album's principal songwriter, Waters first took the rock opera on the road for Pink Floyd's 1980-1981 tour in support of its release. Nearly a decade later, in July of 1990, Waters staged a moving and meaningful solo performance of 'The Wall,' to celebrate the actual fall of the Berlin Wall. Nearly half a million fans showed up for that one.
The album itself remains one of the Top 5 best selling albums of all time in the U.S. -- discovering it, along with the movie of the same name, has become something of a rite of passage for American teenagers, year after year. That's not going to change ... even after they find out that their parents scored tickets for this but hired the babysitter for the night.
Roger Waters' 'The Wall' North American Tour Itinerary:
September 15: Toronto -- Air Canada Centre
September 20: Chicago -- United Center
September 21: Chicago -- United Center
September 26: Pittsburgh -- Consol Energy Center
September 28: Cleveland -- Quicken Loans Arena
September 30: Boston -- TD Garden
October 5: New York -- Madison Square Garden
October 8: Buffalo -- HSBC Arena
October 10: Washington DC -- Verizon Center
October 12: Uniondale -- Nassau Coliseum
October 15: Hartford -- XL Center
October 17: Ottawa -- ScotiaBank Place
October 19: Montreal -- Bell Centre
October 22: Columbus -- Schottenstein Center
October 24: Detroit -- Palace of Auburn Hills
October 26: Omaha -- Qwest Center
October 27: St Paul -- Xcel Energy Center
October 29: St. Louis -- Scottrade Center
October 30: Kansas City -- Sprint Center
November 3: New York -- Izod Center
November 8: Philadelphia -- Wachovia Center
November 9: Philadelphia -- Wachovia Center
November 13: Fort Lauderdale -- Bank Atlantic Center
November 16: Tampa -- St. Pete Times Forum
November 18: Atlanta -- Philips Arena
November 20: Houston -- Toyota Center
November 21: Dallas -- American Airlines Center
November 23: Denver -- Pepsi Center
November 26: Las Vegas -- MGM Grand Garden Arena
November 27: Phoenix -- US Airways Center
November 29: Los Angeles -- The Forum
December 6: San Jose -- HP Pavilion
December 10: Vancouver -- General Motors Place
December 11: Tacoma -- Tacoma Dome
December 13: Anaheim -- Honda Center