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- Posted on Apr 12th 2010 6:00AM by Benjy Eisen
"30 Years ago when I wrote 'The Wall' I was a frightened young man," Waters tells Spinner. "Well, not that young -- I was 36 years old. It took me a long time to get over my fears. Anyway, in the intervening years it has occurred to me that maybe the story of my fear and loss with it's 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."
"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 album's principal songwriter, Waters first took the rock opera on the road for Pink Floyd's 1980-1981 tour in support of its release. Nearly a decade later, in July of 1990, Waters staged a moving and meaningful solo performance of 'The Wall,' to celebrate the actual fall of the Berlin Wall. Nearly half a million fans showed up for that one.
The album itself remains one of the Top 5 best selling albums of all time in the U.S. -- discovering it, along with the movie of the same name, has become something of a rite of passage for American teenagers, year after year. That's not going to change ... even after they find out that their parents scored tickets for this but hired the babysitter for the night.
Waters will be touring across North America, kicking things off in Toronto on Sept. 15. Tickets go on sale May 10. Check out the complete list of tour dates here.