Thursday, September 29, 2011

Roger Waters to bring The Wall back to America next year

The day after a seriously rocking performance of a track from “The Wall” on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon Tuesday – with the Foo Fighters, no less (see it here) - comes news that Roger Waters will be bringing his live show of the Pink Floyd classic back to the States for a return engagement next year.

And it’s occasionally going to be a super-size trip, including some U.S. stadium shows in cities like New York, Chicago and Boston.

"There are quite a few markets we didn't cover last time, like Austin," Waters tells Rolling Stone. "But we want to base the tour around Saturday nights in baseball stadiums. As we speak, I'm at my office working on an outdoor version of the show."

Pink Floyd played live versions of The Wall in 1980 and 1981, and Waters spent the last year reviving it – but it's always been an indoor show. "We're going to be projecting over 140 yards," he says. "So now it's going to be 1,500 pixels wide. We've done light tests and Fenway Park and Wrigley Field and Yankee Stadium just to see what the ambient light is like. And it's fine. It works. We've taken part of the Wall and the projectors into those three places."

When the American tour ends next summer, Waters will have been on the road for nearly two years. "They're trying to get me back to Europe next year," says Waters. "But I think I'll be completely cooked by the end of July next year."

This may be Waters' last big tour. "I'm not sure I want to go out and do the greatest hits again," he says. "Which just sucks. What I love to do is theater in a rock & roll context. I think if I did any more in the future, it might well be smaller."

A massive Pink Floyd reissue campaign launched this week, one which sees the re-release of 14 of the band’s studio albums covering 1967-1994…including “The Wall,” of course.

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Roger Waters – Comfortably Numb

Special guest David Gilmour
02 Arena – London, UK – May 12, 2011

See also:

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Roger Waters has ‘no wish to reunite with Pink Floyd ever again’
Pink Floyd-founded London school to close
VIDEO: Pink Floyd reunite in London
Pink Floyd to reissue full catalog
Pink Floyd: David Gilmour’s son faces more charges for UK protest
Pink Floyd: David Gilmour’s son pleads guilty to violent disorder
Pink Floyd: David Gilmour’s son charged following UK protest
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Pink Floyd: David Gilmour’s son arrested following London riots