by James Rach
Thirty years have passed, but the album "The Wall" still has a special meaning in the world of rock ... and his co-creator Roger Waters.
So to commemorate the anniversary of The Wall, Waters will present on tour in the fall, the music of the concept album with a new staging that will present history, freely inspired from his own life - for a new generation.
The tour will begin Sept. 15 in Toronto and will continue until December, with stops at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa (October 17) and the Bell Centre in Montreal (October 19). Roger Waters does not wish, however, to simply wipe the spectacle as did Pink Floyd decades ago.
He maintains that what he finds exciting in the idea of bringing "The Wall" back to stage is how the new technology allows him to do things he could not have dreamed of in the 1980s and 1990s.
The tour promises to be a grand theatrical experience, but what matters most for Waters, is the social and political commentary of the album, which is still relevant today, he said.
"When we were doing concerts at that time, it was after the end of the Vietnam War, and we are currently in the midst of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. There is in "The Wall" an anti-war message powerful that existed then and still exists today," he said.
Waters plans to pay tribute during the show to the soldiers who lost their lives not only in the recent wars, but also in other conflicts.
For the musician, the concert series will doubtless mark the end of his career on stage. "I'm not as young as I was. I am not like BB King or Muddy Waters, admitted the 66 year old. My friend Eric Clapton (...) will play guitar and be on stage until his death, because that's what he does."
"I am not a big singer nor a great musician or anything, but I always have the passion and I have something to say. I have a swansong in me and I think (the next tour) will be it," he concluded.
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