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  posted on 9/14/2010 at 01:48 PM
Tour starts tomorrow.

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  posted on 9/14/2010 at 02:33 PM
Looking forward to it.
Will be at MSG on 10/5

 

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  posted on 9/14/2010 at 02:42 PM
Roger did a full dress rehearsal at the Meadowlands Sunday night. I was at the Giants game next door that afternoon. It messed up the parking situation because a lot of the Izod lot was being used for the Roger camp. Someone mentioned that they saw Warren in the house. This show is a must see. If you don't have a ticket get one ASAP! First show of the tour tomorrow night.


Here is some reviews of the Roger rehearsal.


Here are 10 quick things that blew me away last night. There are probably 50 more, but this is just what came to mind:

1. Perfect use of original Scarfe animation from the movie -- Empty Spaces, Waiting for the Worms and The Trial

2. Footage of soldiers returning home from Vera/Bring The Boys Back Home. I spotted several people actually crying!

3. Great use of vintage Wall tour footage during Mother

4. All of the classic puppets -- teacher, mother and wife. Really creepy motion control on the Teacher.

5. Amazing motion control pig.

6. Living Room setup during Nobody Home -- just Roger

7. Hey You opening to the second set -- not a single break in the wall, not a glimpse of anyone on stage, just the wall projection

8. The Trial -- just Roger alone on stage and the movie animation in the background

9. Confetti! Great use of symbols throughout the show -- crosses, stars, corporate emblems -- and the confetti followed!

10. The projection -- most amazing video technology i have ever seen. Each individual brick had its own projection. Bricks would shift, rotate, appear, disappear, show images, etc. Just blown away.






"Tonight I had the chance to see a preview of Roger Waters The Wall in all of its rock glory at the Izod center in NJ where Roger is rehearsing for his upcoming tour. The Wall has always been on my bucket list, so I jumped at the chance to see this new updated live version. I have to tell you that this is much more than a concert, it is an experience and the show has been updated with state-of-the-art technology and new political themes that make the show as relevant and fresh as it was 30 years ago. I know the tickets are expensive, but you have never seen anything like this before you need to check this out!!!

 

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  posted on 9/14/2010 at 04:10 PM
Stef said on her show that she was there. I think she said walk, run , bike ,drive Get a ticket. It was amazing. Going Sept 28 in Cleveland.
 

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  posted on 9/14/2010 at 05:14 PM
Roger Waters goes Back to the Wall in new Rolling Stone
Written by Matt
Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Roger Waters, during the Long Island rehearsals for the Wall tour (specifically, August 24th) is the cover star of the September 30th, 2010 issue of Rolling Stone magazine (US edition). It's available from North American newsstands from tomorrow (September 15th, coincidentally the first show of the 105-date tour), and online from October 1st via Rolling Stone's premium subscription plan.

The article, only a small fragment of which has been posted online, reveals preparations for this mammoth tour, which kicks off in Toronto. This ranges from Roger's fitness routine, through to decisions on what the band will be wearing (Roger apparently met with a stylist to select stage clothes in various shades of black, rejecting one pair of leather boots as "very Bruce" and another as "too Pete Townshend"!)

Lighting director Marc Brickman, who also worked on the original shows, talks about the scale of even those performances. "It was just mind-blowing — I was speechless," says Brickman. "It was mounting opera at a rock & roll show. In 1980, you couldn't even dream of that show." For Waters, the idea behind arena theatrics was simple: "You can't ask people to go to the circus and just have fleas in the middle — you've got to have elephants and tigers."

The magazine has also posted a set of exclusive pictures taken at rehearsals but DON'T click here if you don't want to see any of the new staging or effects...

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/photos/28431/203290


 

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  posted on 9/14/2010 at 09:06 PM
friday nite show in hartford, I think its the 15th.

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  posted on 9/14/2010 at 09:11 PM
I'll be at the oct show in Buffalo!...My wife bought me a ticket and i cant not go.
 

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  posted on 9/14/2010 at 09:26 PM
11/3 Izod Center NJ
 

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  posted on 9/15/2010 at 12:11 AM
From what I am hearing ticket sales for this show/tour are dismal.

 

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  posted on 9/15/2010 at 12:45 PM
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From what I am hearing ticket sales for this show/tour are dismal.


Atlanta regular tix are sold out. Did not check VIPs, but this is a 19k seat arena. Not shabby sales I'd say.

 

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  posted on 9/15/2010 at 01:36 PM
10/30 KC for me!

 

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  posted on 9/15/2010 at 03:54 PM
The Cleveland Show has very few seats remaining.

 

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  posted on 9/15/2010 at 03:59 PM
We are heading to Columbus instead of Chicago. We were very disappointed that they are doing 4 shows in Chicago and not one in Indy? Oh well. We scored some tix to the Ohio State/Purdue game the following day and it should be a GRATE weekend.

 

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  posted on 9/15/2010 at 07:33 PM
Aww man, you all are making me jealous.

I tried hard to justify a trip to Tampa, Atlanta or Ft. Lauderdale...but I just can't.

 

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  posted on 9/15/2010 at 07:48 PM
Jay and I are doing the Atlanta show right after we get back from Bear Creek!











 

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  posted on 9/15/2010 at 08:05 PM
Tickets are a little too pricey for me
 

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  posted on 9/15/2010 at 08:15 PM
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Tickets are a little too pricey for me


Exactly, I might save the cash and go to Aussie Floyd instead.

 

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  posted on 9/15/2010 at 08:37 PM
Am really torn about this tour. Would love to go see it, he's playing Detroit on a Sunday which works out for my schedule, but tickets are just so expensive. I just tried a search and the two cheapest price ranges were sold out, wasn't even gonna look at the higher priced seats.
If I come across any of the $60 or $80 tickets before then I'll probably end up going, otherwise oh well.

 

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  posted on 9/15/2010 at 09:18 PM
This is an up to the minute twitter page for the tour opener tonight. Some good pictures also.

http://twitter.com/search?q=%23thewall

 

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  posted on 9/15/2010 at 11:09 PM
I was at the dress rehearsal at the Izod Center. It was amazing. The stage show was incredible. Very thought provoking and slightly political but extremely moving. For those of you who go to the show, I am sure you will agree. Waters' voice was great, especially in part 2. Highlights for me were Vera Lane, Mother, Comfortably Numb. Unreal. I saw and spoke to Warren there. And by the way, he said the Christmas show in Asheville will be the best lineup ever.
 

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  posted on 9/16/2010 at 07:28 AM
*** SPOILER REVIEWS *** *** SPOILER REVIEWS ***

Roger Waters tears down `The Wall' in Toronto

Toronto – Roger Waters tore down the house Wednesday night in Toronto as he kicked off the 30th anniversary world tour for Pink Floyd's "The Wall."

He walked out to thunderous applause beginning with the first track of the seminal concept album, "In the Flesh," and the adulation never stopped. Synchronized pyrotechnics, Orwellian imagery and marching hammers culminated with a plane flying into the wall and bursting into flames. And that was just the opener.

Many times when classic rock artists perform, there's an air of nostalgia, but not with Waters. Not only does the material seem fresh, it also appears 2010 is the right time for this tour, probably because of the technology that catapults it into the stratosphere.

Throughout the nearly 2 1/2-hour performance, the wall fills with imagery making the large arena feel almost cozy. Thanks to the width of the wall, which spans the Air Canada Centre, and the constant saturated, crisp projection, there doesn't seem to be a bad vantage point. It's almost like seeing a staged musical in an appropriately sized theater.

The first half of the show sees the wall going up brick by brick, and by the last song, "Goodbye Cruel World," the massive structure is complete.

Tour designer Jeremy Lloyd says the wall stretches 240 feet across and is more than 35 feet tall. Once built, the wall consists of 424 bricks, of which 242 are built, assembled and ultimately knocked down throughout the course of the show.

When Waters conceived the rock opera in the late 1970s, he wanted to capture the cause and allusions of personal alienation, hence the metaphorical wall. The character Pink shares a lot of attributes with Waters, and some with his friend and band co-founder Syd Barrett.

Waters exaggerates the circumstances a bit, giving Pink an overprotective mother, abusive teachers and dysfunctional relationship. As he escapes through drug use and violence, each instance becomes another brick in the wall that leads to his catatonic state, which isolates him from human contact.

One of the most moving performances was "The Thin Ice," which began with an image of Waters' father, Eric Fletcher Waters, who was killed during World War II. Other images included U.S. troops killed in Iraq and Iranian political protester Neda Agha-Soltan, whose death was captured on video in 2009. The wall filled with hundreds of smaller images uploaded by fans to Waters' website.

Throughout the performance, Waters played it straight, never breaking the fourth wall until the end of the show when he thanked the crowd. The only thing that resembled communication is Pink engaging the crowd by asking it, "is there anyone here who worries?" before launching into "Run Like Hell."

That, along with "Comfortably Numb," seemed to be the most bombastic tunes. Ironically, former Pink Floyd member David Gilmour wrote both songs. "Another Brick in the Wall Part 2" featured local kids singing the choir part and dancing with Waters.

A consummate professional, Water refined the arrangements of songs at a sound check hours before the show. On "Run Like Hell," he insisted that the bass not follow the drums until the end of the song and that a cowbell needed more effective use.

He modified wardrobe changes down to the bitter end, being sure the right footwear matched the black hoodies for the segment in which Pink takes on neo-Nazi-like demeanor.

There were the usual props at various points of the show, including an anatomically correct woman-as-a-sex-object marionette standing nearly 40 feet high and a few flights from the inflatable pig.

Waters has taken the theme of isolation and applies a global perspective to it. Sometimes it's entertaining; other times it gets a bit political, though never divisive. If there's one central them, it's that of humanity. Throughout the show, there's a great deal of Orwellian imagery that, at times, feels like Apple Computer's "1984" commercial. Only nobody wanted a sledgehammer to end it.

When the wall finally fell, the giant cardboard bricks came into the first rows of the orchestra but were quickly scooped up by the crew.

"The Wall" tour continues across Canada and the United States before going to Europe later in the year.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100916/ap_en_re/cn_music_roger_waters_review

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Roger Waters: The Wall, Air Canada Theatre, Toronto, review
Three decades after its conception the exhilarating showpiece is revived in Toronto.
Rating: * * *

Telegraph.co.uk

It seems incredible to think that Pink Floyd’s career-defining album, The Wall, was first conceived of by bassist Roger Waters to hide from the stadium audiences that used to cause him such disillusionment in the Seventies. On the evening of the production’s 30th-anniversary premiere in Toronto, 67-year-old Waters seems thoroughly reconciled to the stadium format. He strides onto the vast stage in shades and a black hoodie through a shower of pyrotechnic sparks, as the audience raises the roof in anticipation for the show that many thought they might never get the chance to see.

According to Waters, The Wall is no longer merely the expression of a young man’s retreat from his family and society, but an allegory of the polarisation of East and West and the controlling arm of neo-conservative government. If the original show explored a somewhat tenuous narrative, the threads of that story are thoroughly mashed in this new vision of the plot, which tries to encompass some of the biggest philosophical themes of the modern age.

The basics are the same — giant puppets flank a cardboard wall that is built and knocked down during the performance — but as stage director Mark Fisher has admitted, technology has made the task of recreating the 1980 tour much easier. New projections, ranging from combat footage in Iraq to slick animation, an astounding light show and 360 degree acoustics make this show faster, bigger and more impressive was ever possible before.

Gerald Scarfe’s wicked 30ft puppets seem especially nightmarish in the hotchpotch of imagery onstage. During 'Another Brick In The Wall Pt 2’, a choir of schoolchildren gathers to point at a giant inflatable teacher, complete with bristly Hitler moustache and crumpled inflatable limbs.

In one of the show’s least tasteful moments, Pink’s wife appears as a cross between a preying mantis and a witch, with a luminous pink crotch and a lit red gash of a mouth. She draws cheers from the crowd, many of whom are absorbed in air guitar for a large proportion of the night.

Even Roger Waters indulges in a little air guitar himself as he stands on his own in between the great white blocks and the tens of thousands watching in the second half, letting his assembled session band play out behind the wall. From the reception he gets, you can see why he decided to revisit this confused but exhilarating showpiece, three decades from its conception.

The Wall comes to the UK in May 2011

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/music/rockandpopfeatures/8006385/Roger-W aters-The-Wall-Air-Canada-Theatre-Toronto-review.html

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Roger Waters
Air Canada Centre, Toronto - September 15, 2010


By JANE STEVENSON - QMI Agency

TORONTO - It was the wall - literally - that was the star Wednesday night at the Air Canada Centre as Roger Waters launched the 30th Anniversary tour of The Wall - Pink Floyd's seminal 1979 double album which the British prog-rock act originally toured in 1980.

Certainly, the 67-year-old bass player-singer spared no expense in terms of theatrics and pyrotechnics which must have been mind-blowing for those in an altered state.

There was a large circular video screen, oversized inflatables representing the album's character "Pink," a school teacher, and others, and, of course, the large white brick wall on the stage and leading up into the stands on either side onto which words, images, video of the band, animation and graffiti were projected throughout two dazzling hours of music - basically The Wall's track listing from start to finish.

The wall also grew in size as the show progressed with workers adding small pieces of it like a puzzle all night long until the show's second half where it remained fully erect until, well, the very dramatic ending complete with red confetti.

But the concert's first high point was more human than spectacle as Waters was joined by 25 students from The Regent Park School of Music at the front of the stage during Another Brick In The Wall, Part 2.

The second more intimate moment came when Waters, backed by 11 other musicians - including Robbie Wyckoff sharing lead vocals - played an acoustic guitar during Mother.

A concept album/rock opera, The Wall was based on Waters' own childhood and early adulthood in England, losing his dad during WWII, abuse at the hands of his school teachers, an overprotective mother, and being deserted by his first wife.

Waters also showed pictures of people - soldiers, activists, and children - who had been killed in Iraq, along with firefighters who perished in 9-11. ("I would like to thank of all you have sent in your photos of your loves ones," said Waters in a printed statement that went up on the wall during a 20-minute intermission.)

Before the concert began, a homeless man wandered through the floor with a grocery cart carrying a placard that said, "No Thought Control," a line from Another Brick In The Wall as in "we don't need no thought control," as a police officer seemed to be ordering him off the premises.

Naturally, it was all part of the production.

After the intermission, during which a bagpipe version of Amazing Grace and other instrumental music was performed while more pictures of lost loved ones were projected, Waters and his musicians returned to perform the album's second disc in its entirety leading off with fan favourite Hey You followed by Is There Anybody Out There?

But Waters only reappeared again during Nobody Home, on a living room set which sprang out of of the wall which saw him seated and watching TV while he sang.

The most political song of the night was Bring The Boys Home, during which images of war torn countries, starving children, and ravaged countryside were projected, while singer Wyckoff appeared perched on the top of the wall during Comfortably Numb, the stoner anthem from The Wall, which ended with more psychedelic visuals.

By the time the entire band - all dressed in black hoodies - finally came out from behind the wall for The Show Must Go On, In The Flesh and set highlight, Run Like Hell, there was so much fascist imagery (pictures of Adolf Hitler, Mao Tse-Tung and George Bush Jr.), coupled with a remote-controlled black pig covered in slogans like "Trust Us," and "Them Not Us," floating over the audience, paranoia must have set in.

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Roger Waters Brings Down The Wall in Toronto

This would be considered a “SPOILER” if you plan on seeing a show from Roger Waters Tour THE WALL this year. The few photos and videos I took from the 2nd row and what I am about to saw will for sure remove the surprise from the experience from someone who hasn’t see Pink Floyd or any of Roger Waters’ Tours.

I saw the Radio Kaos Tour when Roger Waters stopped into Hamilton, Ontario around 1987 and both Pink Floyd tours after around the same time Delicate Sound and Momentary Lapse. Music aside the creativity that went into those tours set a new bar for me as a teenager early in my concert career. Now almost 23 years later the anticipation of seeing THE WALL in it’s original format was building by the minute.

When we first walked onto the floor and saw the Wall going up each side of the hockey rink the size of this show started to sink in…. heck if I hadn’t seen KISS just 6 nights ago it might have seemed even Bigger!..

This was probably one of the best opening songs I have seen in concert. It was full steam ahead from the men on the bridge with flags, the fireworks, seeing Roger in his hoodie, lights swirling and that buzz under the hood of we’re seeing THE WALL !!! The famous… so ya thought ya might like to so to the show… it was truly electric and almost overwhelming. The lighting stretched back to the far end of the arena with additional speaker arrangements… not sure if it was quadraphonic or just for effects… as we were too close to the stage to hear…. as the helicopter sound kicked in this lighting unit above the main stage appeared to have a small speaker stack on it as well and it moved forward with the spot light shooting into the crowd and the sound moved with it…really wicked…

Some kids ended up on stage to help sing over the track for Another Brick. The overall sound was really good for a 1st show and most of the other musicians including Rogers son on Keyboards were hard to see or get into with this large production unfolding.

I actually heard “Mother”start with Roger on acoustic and have the video it but I will spare you listening to the faint 1st verse that seemed to fall down with technical difficulties… the song never really got back on track for me. The Wall of course was being built as Side 1 Played out and brick by brick things started to really fill up… to the point yes where you could barely see the band.

After the intermission HEY YOU starts and the entire song almost is play behind the Wall…it’s cool but I like to see guitars being ripped on…. when these iconic songs are played. The guy beside me after introducing himself 4 times and asking about doing ACID kept praying for David Gilmour to walk out and join in. I didn’t feel that was going to happen. The Gilmour stand in did fine at most points but this was not Pink Floyd we were seeing… it was Waters and The Wall.

The imagery on the circle screen in the back and the overall movies on the WALL itself were familiar from the movie and previous Tours I had scene…all very cool to watch… “VERA” turned out real well and “Run Like Hell” with the flying pig got the crowd up, dancing and celebrating it seemed… In the end the WALL did come down as they told the front row to move back… and we all started to chant along with “THE TRIAL”... bring down the wall, bring down the wall..

No encore, just The Wall and alot of entertainment to go along with an amazing album… I will leave the comments open here for others who visit the shows as the tour unfolds.

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  posted on 9/16/2010 at 06:43 PM
check out this video about the tour:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pKaU20Ho2G0&feature=player_embedded#


also hear there are youtubes showing up from last night's show. I don't want it to spoil what I am going to see in 2 months.



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  posted on 9/16/2010 at 08:45 PM
I'll be there one week from tonight. Got three together at the 75-dollar tier. Going with both my boys. This will be the first time we've ever been to a full-blown show together. I figure this will pretty much be the last chance to see the full Wall spectacle, so what the heck.

 

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  posted on 9/17/2010 at 04:45 AM
Manchester England but not until next May

 

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  posted on 9/17/2010 at 10:42 AM
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