Roger Waters has announced he will tour this fall (2010) to perform ‘The Wall’ in its entirety. He also said it will most likely be his last tour ever.
This news continues several trends in the world of Rock ‘N’ Roll. One trend is that major bands are showcasing full albums live on tour. Rush is doing ‘Moving Pictures’, Waters did ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’ in 2008, Judas Priest played ‘British Steel’ in 2009, and the list goes on. Another trend is the best bands in history are all touring . . . and touring well. Iron Maiden, Rush, Scorpions, KISS – all these veterans are still doing it. What’s so amazing is that these guys aren’t resting on their laurels and padding their retirement accounts, they are putting out the best albums and the most incredible concerts of any groups out there!
‘The Wall’ is one of those ‘desert island’ albums. Timeless.
From Roger Waters’ website:
I recently came across this quote of mine from 22 years ago:
” 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?”
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 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.
In some quarters, among the chattering classes, there exists a cynical view that human beings as a collective are incapable of developing more ‘humane’ 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, ” You may say that I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.”
– Roger Waters, 2010
When people ask me, Johnny Concert, “whats the best concert or concerts you’ve ever seen?”, I always tell them that 6 of the top 10 are either Pink Floyd or Roger Waters. And Waters was brilliant in 2008. Definitely the ‘Best Of 2008’.
For details – rogerwaters.com.