|Roger Waters, the co-founder and principal songwriter of the archetypal progressive band Pink Floyd, has announced the return of the historic production of “The Wall” to North America in 2012. His aural and visual masterpiece of alienation and transformation will be performed in-its-entirety featuring a full band and state-of-the-art production. “The Wall” live has played more than 120 shows around the world for more than 1.6 million fans making it one of the most successful tours of 2010 and 2011. Tickets for “The Wall” 2012 go on sale beginning on Monday, November 7th at LiveNation.com.
The 2012 tour will begin on May 1st in Houston, Texas at the Toyota Center making a 36 show trek throughout North America, including several outdoor stadium performances with state of the art modifications transforming the arena production into magnificent outdoor events. The tour, promoted by Live Nation, includes stadium stops in San Francisco at AT&T Park on May 11th, Vancouver at BC Place on May 26th, Chicago’s Wrigley Field on June 8th, Toronto at Rogers Centre on June 23rd and Philadelphia at the Citizens Bank Park on July 14th.
“Thirty years ago when I wrote ‘The Wall,’ I was a frightened young man,” Waters recalls. “In the intervening years it occurred to me that maybe the story of my fear and loss with its 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.”
Waters’ first reinvented his iconic stage production of “The Wall” in 2010 utilizing modern day technological advances and special effects which have been embraced by audiences around the globe with countless sold out performances and multiple-night stands including a record-breaking 9 sold out shows at the River Plate Stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina. “The Wall” remains one of the most influential albums in the history of recorded music with a profound effect on pop culture, resonating with multiple generations of music fans.
Prior to 2010, “The Wall” show was simply too large to contemplate a tour, but new arenas and advances in touring technology have solved that dilemma. Waters has updated the look and feel of the show to ensure it matches the astonishing theatrical extravaganza that The Wall’s live incarnation became so legendary for - thus allowing yet another generation to be inspired by the grandeur of the breathtaking visual and aural spectacle. The 1980 original production of the “The Wall” had been performed live-in-its-entirety just 29 times during Pink Floyd’s 1980 tour in support of the album and once in Berlin in celebration of the fall of the Berlin wall.
The Associated Press described opening night in 2010 with, "Roger Waters tore down the house Wednesday night in Toronto…He walked out to thunderous applause beginning with the first track of the seminal concept album, ‘In the Flesh’, and the adulation never stopped." While during the New York stop, the New York Post declared, “When Roger Waters finished building "The Wall" in its entirety, at Madison Square Garden, it was just another brick on what was the best arena concert I've ever been to. Period.”
In addition to Roger Waters (lead vocals, bass), “The Wall” live touring ensemble includes: Snowy White (Guitar), Dave Kilminster (Guitar), GE Smith (Guitar & Bass), Jon Carin (Keyboards), Harry Waters (Hammond Organ), Graham Broad (Drums), Robbie Wyckoff (Vocals), Jon Joyce, Pat Lennon, Mark Lennon and Kipp Lennon (Backing Vocals).
Roger Waters “The Wall” North American Tour Itinerary:
May 01 Houston, TX Toyota Center On Sale 11/14
May 03 Austin, TX Frank Erwin Center On Sale 11/14
May 05 Tulsa, OK BOK Center On Sale 11/14
May 07 Denver, CO Pepsi Center On Sale 11/14
May 11 San Francisco, CA AT&T Park On Sale 11/18
May 13 San Diego, CA Valley View Casino Center On Sale 11/14
May 15 Phoenix, AZ US Airways On Sale 11/14
May 19 Los Angeles, CA TBD On sale 11/18
May 22 Portland, OR Rose Garden On Sale 11/14
May 24 Seattle, WA Key Arena On Sale 11/14
May 26 Vancouver, BC BC Place On Sale 11/14
May 28 Edmonton, AB Rexall Place On Sale 11/14
May 31 Winnipeg, MB MTS Centre On Sale 11/14
June 03 St Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center On Sale 11/14
June 05 Detroit, MI Joe Louis Arena On Sale 11/14
June 06 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena On Sale 11/14
June 08 Chicago, IL Wrigley Field On Sale 11/14
June 10 Louisville, KY KFC Yum! Center On Sale 11/14
June 11 Indianapolis, IN Conseco Fieldhouse On Sale 11/14
June 13 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena On Sale 11/14
June 15 Ft Lauderdale, FL BankAtlantic Center On Sale 11/14
June 16 Orlando, FL Amway Center On Sale 11/18
June 19 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena On Sale 11/14
June 21 Buffalo, NY First Niagara Center On Sale 11/14
June 23 Toronto, ON Rogers Centre On Sale 11/14
June 25 Ottawa, ON Scotiabank Place On Sale 11/14
June 26 Montreal, QC Bell Centre On Sale 11/14
June 28 Albany, NY Times Union Center On Sale 11/14
June 29 Hartford, CT XL Center On Sale 11/14
July 1 Boston, MA TBD On sale 1/30/12
July 03 Pittsburgh, PA Consol Energy Center On Sale 11/14
July 06 New York, NY TBD On sale 1/30/12
July 09 Raleigh, NC RBC Center On Sale 11/14
July 10 Charlotte, NC Time Warner Cable Arena On Sale 11/14
July 12 Washington DC Verizon Center On Sale 11/14
July 14 Philadelphia, PA Citizens Bank Park On Sale 11/7
For complete ticket and tour information, please visit RogerWaters.com, Ticketmaster.com, and LiveNation.com.