The tour of Pink Floyd’s multi-million selling album will begin in Toronto on the 15th September (two years to the day since former band mate Rick Wright passed away), and will end on the 13th December in Anaheim. Dates for gigs in Europe and the rest of the world in 2011 should be announced later in the year.
These shows will again feature a wall being built on stage during the first half of the show, and then torn down at the end of the second half. The wall itself will be a staggering 240ft wide and 35ft tall. That’s 73m wide and 101/2m high in new money.
Pink Floyd toured ‘The Wall’ in 1980 and 1981. However the tour consisted of just 31 shows in four venues due to the sheer scale of the props. These venues were: The LA Sports Arena (7-13 Feb ’80), Nassau Coliseum (NY) (24-28 Feb ‘80), Westfalenhalle (Dortmund) (13-20 Feb ’81) and Earls Court (London) (4-9 Aug ’80 & 13-17 June ’81).
The shows at Earls Court provided the music for the live album ‘Is There Anybody Out There? The Wall Live 1980-81.’ The very last show – 17th June 1981 – was the last time Roger Waters played with Pink Floyd until they reunited at Live 8 in 2005.
As a solo artist, Waters only played ‘The Wall’ in its entirety once. That was in Berlin on the 21st July 1990 to commemorate the fall of the Berlin Wall eight months earlier. The concert featured guest stars such as: Van Morrison, Sinéad O’Connor, Cyndi Lauper, Marianne Faithfull, The Scorpions and Bryan Adams. The crowd was a monumental 350,000 people, and the show was televised in 52 countries around the world. That until later this year was the last time a member of Pink Floyd has performed ‘The Wall’.
Fingers crossed that the tour will be coming over here in 2011. I was lucky enough to see Roger play ‘The Dark Side of the Moon’ in 2008. I’ll count myself f*@#ing lucky to see him play ‘The Wall’ as well.