The Wall hits Houston this Saturday (11.20.10) at Toyota Center. Roger Waters and band will perform the classic Pink Floyd album in its entirety.
Here’s a review of the tour kick-off show in Toronto. Highlights below:
Roger Waters kicked off his massive 30th anniversary tour of The Wall last night in Toronto. It was the first time a full, proper production of the classic album and related stage show has happened since Waters’ former band Pink Floyd toured it in 1980. True to his word, The Wall was done in its entirety with some incredible technological augmentation and, most importantly, a well-executed focus on bringing a “broader meaning” to what was originally Waters’ intensely personal album about the death of his father, his wife leaving him, abuse at school, and personal isolation.
In the 2010 version of The Wall, fallen 9/11 firefighters share equal tributes with Iraqi civilian casualties in a sweeping condemnation of capitalism, organized religion, politics and the sort of Apple i-everything universe we live in, all with a trust-no-one zeal that would make The X-Files’ Fox Mulder blush for lack of commitment.
With Waters already deep into his 60s, the odds of him revisiting The Wall again in three more decades is mighty unlikely, despite how spry he looked on stage this night. And if this, like hushed rumours are to be believed, is the last time Waters will ever properly do The Wall, the question that hit me around the time “Goodbye Blue Sky” played became “Who will break down The Wall when he’s gone?” It’s very clear from Waters’ massaging of the show that The Wall is something now very much bigger than its creator, and something that needs to not only be seen now, but well into the future as well.