Am 12.4.2010 war es endlich so weit. Roger Waters gab seine "The Wall" Tournee bekannt. Für Roger Waters möglicherweise die letzte große Tournee!
Die Tour beginnt am 15. September in Toronto mit Sicherheit einer der spannendsten Termine, und endet am 15. Dezember in Anaheim. Bisher sind 35 Konzerte bestätigt. Es gibt aber noch Spielraum für weitere Termine. The Wall 2.0 wird auch nach Europa kommen. Aber das wird erst 2011 sein, das gibt uns die Möglichkeit noch ein wenig Geld zu sparen und wir haben auch den Vorteil genau zu wissen was auf uns zu kommt.
Das Original von Pink Floyd ist hinlänglich bekannt. Die Gefahr, dass es sich bei der neuen Version zumindest aus technischer Sicht nicht um eine billige B-Version handelt, die scheint nicht groß zu sein. Die folgende Beschreibung liest sich auf jeden Fall vielversprechend: The show will be a state-of-the art affair, featuring a 240-foot-wide and 35-foot-tall wall constructed and subsequently torn down during the concerts. Other props and special effects are expected to be part of the show as well.
Und Roger Waters ergänzt noch: "Projection systems now are completely different from what they were then, which means that I would be able to project over the entire 250-foot expanse of the wall ... which we couldn't do in those days."
Gerald Scarfe arbeitet auch bei diesem Projekt wieder mit und hat neue Grafiken und Puppen, und fliegende Objekte entworfen!
Waters möchte das diese „The Wall“ Konzerte eine stärkere politische Aussagekraft haben. Er wird während der Show gefallenen Soldaten aus vergangenen und aktuellen Kriege gedenken. Um das tun zu können bietet Waters auf seiner Webseite die Möglichkeit an, Fotos von verstorbenen Verwandten und Freunden zu senden. Waters wird diese Fotos während des Konzerts auf die "The Wall" projizieren. Waters: "I get slight shivers talking about this. I want people to remember their loved ones as I remember mine, as part of a show that has a strongly anti-war message." (USA Today)
Waters: "When we did it then, we were after the end of the Vietnam War, and we're right now in the middle of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, so there's a very powerful anti-war message in 'The Wall.' There was then and there still is now."
Waters wird ab März 2011 seine Tour mit 57 weiteren Konzerten in Europa und Südamerika fortsetzen! Allzu lange Gitarrensolos wird er nicht zulassen, und filmen wird er seine neue Show auch lassen!
Roger Waters: "I started to think that maybe there is something in the story of 'The Wall,' which is about this one guy...that could be seen as an allegory for the way nations behave towards one another, or religions behave towards one another. So I started to think about it more and more, and I suddenly had a few more ideas and I thought, 'Maybe if we did this with this song and that with that song, we could achieve that.' And so I started jotting a few things down on paper, and eventually I said, 'Y'know what? I'm gonna do this...' "
Waters' "The Wall" will be a theatrical opus like Pink Floyd's performances in 1980 and Waters' all-star presentation to celebrate the fall of the Berlin Wall in July 1990. The centerpiece will be an actual wall -- 240 feet wide and 35 feet tall -- that's constructed during the first half of the show and knocked over towards the end. The shows will also feature Gerald Scarfe-designed puppets that "Gerald Scarfe will articulate more than they did in the last show," according to Waters, as well as extensive projections and other special effects.
"The engineering and technology has gotten better, especially the projection techniques," Waters notes. "We can make a very bright image across the width of the arena, which we couldn't do before."
On the musical end, Waters says this version of "The Wall" will be closer to the Pink Floyd performances than to the 1990 exposition at Berlin's Potsdamer Pltaz, which had to be arranged to accommodate his special guests. "Because it's so visual, it means playing to clicks a lot," Waters explains. "I personally don't mind that. I'm happy to sacrifice the freedom of guitar players flailing about, doing anythign they want, on the altar of creating a show that moves people and that's political and so on. It's a piece of theater, so it has to be controlled...The lighting and the visual content has to be in sync with the music that we're making. That doesn't worry me at all."
Despite the more "universal" focus of the piece, Waters does not anticipate changing "The Wall's" songs very much; he's considered with the idea of swapping out a reference to Britannia in "Waiting For the Worms" for a more inclusive "us" but is leaning against it. Otherwise he's confident the work will hold up as well now as it did when it was releaed in November of 1979.
"I thought it was a great piece of work," Waters says of "The Wall," which spent 15 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart and has been certified 23-times platinum. It also won a Grammy Award for Best Engineered Recording -- Non-Classical. "I was a bit surprised it was so successful, but I was really proud of it. I was proud of everythign we did on it. It was ridiculously successful."
Waters adds that he hasn't thought about filming or recording during the tour but says that "it's very unlikely we won't film it at some point." Pink Floyd's production was documented aurally on "Is There Anybody Out There? The Wall Live 1980-81," which was released in 2000.
15.09.2010 Toronto Air Canada Centre (Kanada)
16.09.2010 Toronto Air Canada Centre (Kanada)
20.09.2010 Chicago United Center
21.09.2010 Chicago United Center
26.09.2010 Pittsburgh Consol Energy Center
28.09.2010 Cleveland Quicken Loans Arena
30.09.2010 Boston Garden
05.10.2010 New York Madison Square Garden
08.10.2010 Buffalo HSBC Arena
10.10.2010 Washington Verizon Center
12.10.2010 Long Island Nassau Coliseum
15.10.2010 Hartford XL Center
17.10.2010 Ottawa Scotiabank Place (Kanada)
19.10.2010 Montreal Bell Centre (Kanada)
22.10.2010 Columbus Schottenstein Center
24.10.2010 Detroit The Palace of Auburn Hills
26.10.2010 Omaha Qwest Center
27.10.2010 St. Paul Xcel Energy Center
29.10.2010 St. Louis Scottrade Center
30.10.2010 Kansas City Sprint Center
03.11.2010 East Rutherford Izod Center
08.11.2010 Philadelphia Wachovia Center
09.11.2010 Philadelphia Wachovia Center
13.11.2010 Fort Lauderdale Bank Atlantic Center
16.11.2010 Tampa St Pete Times Forum
18.11.2010 Atlanta Philips Arena
20.11.2010 Houston Toyota Center
21.11.2010 Dallas American Airlines Center
23.11.2010 Denver Pepsi Center
26.11.2010 Las Vegas MGM Grand Garden Arena
27.11.2010 Phoenix US Airways Center
29.11.2010 Los Angeles The Forum
06.12.2010 San Jose HP Pavilion
10.12.2010 Vancouver GM Place
11.12.2010 Tacoma Dome
13.12.2010 Anaheim Honda Center
1 Show in Deutschland möchte ich sehen.
Ich fang schon mal an zu sparen.