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Apr 2013 Wall wows worldwide audiences

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Roger Waters has been pushing out the boundaries of progressive rock for decades, both as co-founder of Pink Floyd and as a solo artist.

Now, as he prepares to tour Europe this year with “The Wall”, Roger is excited about giving fans an even more thrilling show – particularly in large stadium venues – thanks to the wonders of modern technology.

“I’m extremely glad to be playing ‘The Wall’ in Europe again. It’s going to be a lot of fun for all of us. I’ve reworked the show to play outdoors in large stadiums.

“It’s really good. Even more moving, engaging, dramatic and thrilling than the arena shows. I’ve had to rethink the whole thing about stadiums”.

This wide-wall stadium show could not have been done 40 years ago. We couldn’t have filled the space in a way that would have been emotionally, musically and theatrically satisfying. Technology has changed. Now we can.”

‘The Wall’, Roger’s aural and visual masterpiece of alienation and transformation, has already been staged at 192 shows around the world to more than 3.3 million fans, making it one of the most successful concerts in rock history.

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With modern technology to aid him today, Roger has redesigned and scaled up “The Wall” show to create the ultimate stadium event, bringing the experience even closer to fans wherever they are sitting and making the production even more encompassing in large venues.

The 2013 tour will consist of 18 open air/stadium shows, including such iconic venues as Rome Olympic Stadium, Amsterdam Arena and Berlin Olympic Stadium.

Roger first reinvented his stage production of “The Wall” in 2010 utilising technological advances and special effects that have been embraced by audiences around the globe with countless sold out performances and multiple-night stands, including a record-breaking nine sold out shows at the River Plate Stadium in Buenos Aires.

Before 2010, ‘The Wall’ show was simply too large to contemplate a tour, but new arenas and the advances in touring technology have solved that dilemma.

The original production of “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.

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Pink Floyd were founded in 1965 by students Syd Barrett, Nick Mason, Roger Waters and Richard Wright. David Gilmour joined as a fifth member inDecember 1967.

When Syd left Pink Floyd in April 1968, Roger – vocalist and bass player  – became the group’s lyricist, principal songwriter and conceptual leader.floydsmall2

After the psychedelic era of Barrett, Pink Floyd moved into progressive rock   and enjoyed international success in the 1970s with the concept albums “The Dark Side Of The Moon”, “Wish You Were Here”, “Animals” and “The Wall”.

Creative differences within Pink Floyd led to Roger’s departure in 1985 and he was then involved in a legal battle with the remaining members over the intended use of the group’s name and material. They settled the dispute out of court in 1987, and it was nearly 18 years before Roger performed with Pink Floyd again.

 

Ralph Gowling

 

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