Another week, another veteran rocker takes one of their classic albums out on the road to be played (say it with me) "in its entirety."
Former Pink Floyd main man Roger Waters will be celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the band's most Magnum of their magnum opus filled catalog THE WALL with a tour that will stop at Quicken Loans Arena on September 28.
No onsale date, or ticket prices yet, but I think its safe to say tickets won't be cheap...
The Wall has only been performed in its entirety a few times including a brief but massively staged tour back in 80/81 when it was released (chronicled on the double live CD Is There Anybody Out There) and Waters spearheaded an all-star version of the album at the Berlin Wall back in 1990 shortly after it came down (Chronicled on the less satisfying The Wall - Live in Berlin).
Why you ask?
Here's what Rogers says on his newly relaunched Wall themed web site rogerwaters.com
I recently came across this quote of mine from 22 years ago:
â What it comes down to for me is this: Will the technologies of communication in our culture, serve to enlighten us and help us to understand one another better, or will they deceive us and keep us apart?â
I believe this is still a supremely relevant question and the jury is out. There is a lot of commercial clutter on the net, and a lot of propaganda, but I have a sense that just beneath the surface understanding is gaining ground. We just have to keep blogging, keep twittering, keep communicating, keep sharing ideas.
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 itâs concomitant inevitable residue of ridicule, shame and punishment, provides an allegory for broader concerns.: Nationalism, racism, sexism, religion, Whatever! All these issues and âisms 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.
In some quarters, among the chattering classes, there exists a cynical view that human beings as a collective are incapable of developing more âhumaneâ ie, kinder, more generous, more cooperative, more empathetic relationships with one another.
In my view it is too early in our story to leap to such a conclusion, we are after all a very young species.
I believe we have at least 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, â You may say that Iâm a dreamer, but Iâm not the only one.â
- Roger Waters, 2010
So there ya go.
To get you all moist, here's Roger Waters doing Happiest Days Of Our Lives/Another Brick In The Wall pt. 2
How can you have any pudding if you won't eat your meat?