Ask anybody and they'll probably agree with you that Pink Floyd was one of the most innovative and creative bands in music history. The founder and front-man of the band, Roger Waters, was the creative force behind many of Pink Floyd's most famous albums including Dark Side of the Moon and Wish You Were Here. But perhaps he is best known for The Wall, which is recognized as among the most important albums in rock history.
Given the place that the album and its creator have in the annals of music history, it's no surprise Roger Waters' The Wall Live tour has become one of the most popular in the world. Since it was first launched in North America in 2010, the breathtaking performance has captivated millions. For those of you who haven’t seen it, you’re in luck because another North American leg kicked off on April 27.
True to its source material, The Wall Live tour gives concert-goers quite the unique experience. The album was envisioned as a rock opera, and Waters' performance certainly delivers. Along with a cadre of talented musicians, Waters plays the album in its entirety, touching on fan favorites ranging from "Another Brick in the Wall," "Comfortably Numb," "Run Like Hell" and "Young Lust."
Though reliving one of the most beloved albums of the last 40 years is part of the appeal of The Wall Live tour, the concert also has a compelling visual element that pays homage to the 1982 film based off the album. The set features the iconic white-brick backdrop of the album cover, and throughout the show, eye-grabbing visuals are projected on it.
Some may be curious why Waters has chosen to launch the tour more than 30 years after the album was released, especially without his fellow Pink Floyd band mates. In a post on his website, Waters says he felt the time was right, given the current geopolitical climate, to revisit the themes of abandonment and personal isolation that made the 1979 album resonate with so many people.
"This new production of The Wall is an attempt to draw some comparisons, to illuminate our current predicament, and is dedicated to all the innocent lost in the intervening years," the songwriter and bassist wrote.
After kicking off the tour in Mexico City in late April, Waters will make stops everywhere from San Diego to Portland, Oregon, to Yankee Stadium in New York City before wrapping up the tour on July 14 at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia.