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Published: 2010/09/16

Roger Waters Opens The Wall Tour

Roger Waters opened his massive The Wall Tour last night at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre. The tour celebrates the 30th anniversary of The Wall, the semi-autobiographical double album Waters recorded with Pink Floyd at the dawn of the 1980s. While Pink Floyd toured The Wall after its release—and Waters’ performed the album in 1990 in Berlin with a variety of special guests—the bassist had not performed many of the album’s songs live for several decades. His expansive band for the performance includes veteran blues guitarist G.E. Smith and, for last night’s performance, students from the Regent Park School of Music (Waters played bass and acoustic guitar during the show).

Like Pink Floyd’s classic wall tour, the shows’ massive production featured a massive stage setup, as well as projections, animation, puppets and eye-popping light show. Waters updated many of the images, however, to reflect the Iraqi War and George W. Bush’s presidency. The show was divided into two sets that featured The Wall in its completion, as well as a brief set break where bagpipe troupe performed “Amazing Grace.” Unlike Waters’ recent Dark Side of the Moon tour, the bassist’s The Wall Tour does not feature other material from his canon. Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour will join Waters for at least one show on The Wall tour.

Here’s last night’s setlist

First Half: In the Flesh, The Thin Ice, Another Brick in the Wall Part 1, The Happiest Days of our Lives, Another Brick in the Wall Part 2, Mother, Goodbye Blue Sky, Empty Spaces, Young Lust, One of My Turns, Don’t Leave Me Now, Another Brick in the Wall Part 3, Goodbye Cruel World

Second Half: Hey You, Is There Anybody Out There?, Nobody Home, Vera, Bring the Boys Back Home, Comfortably Numb, The Show Must Go On, In The Flesh, Run Like Hell, Waiting for the Worms, Stop, The Trial, Outside the Wall.

Comments

There are 10 comments associated with this post

mk September 16, 2010, 12:36:23

I have seen David Gilmour with floyd and without Waters and now finally seeing Waters , to complete the puzzle, or “complete the wall”

UncleEb September 16, 2010, 17:31:31

Whoa – Nice clip of Roger Waters covering the disco biscuits!

kevin September 19, 2010, 20:37:43

I’m having a hard time believing the band is not actually playing 100%...are they using pre-recorded stuff? I can see Roger Waters is really singing…but he’s not playing anything.

ken September 20, 2010, 13:51:12

are you stupid? did you just watch the clip, and know nothing about the show? the band is BEHIND the wall, roger is out front singing. not sound loops. there is over 7 musicians and 5 vocalists behind the wall. and, roger dont sing about 20% of the songs, hence the vocalists when he isnt singing, he is playing his bass kevin, hope this helps. next time read the artical, it explains why they build the wall, and how half the show you cant see the band, they get in the way of the real show

BRIAN September 20, 2010, 15:37:37

I saw them in New York in 1980 and have tickets to see them this November. This truly is one show you do not want to miss.

kevin September 20, 2010, 22:02:33

Hey Ken, thanks for the clarification…asshole.

evening dresses September 24, 2010, 01:59:42

Blue Sky, Empty Spaces, Young Lust, One of My Turns, Don’t Leave

greg September 24, 2010, 13:03:15

Ken, On your next post, don’t inquire about someone’s intelligence and then follow it up with the complete lack of your own. Nice spelling and grammar.

Wayne Sullivan October 3, 2010, 09:39:04

Saw it with my wife and 17 year old daughter in Boston on OCT 1st. We had seats at the very top of the TD Banknorth Garden. We go there early. As soon as we sat down, this guy came up to us and said, “how would you like better seats?” I was skeptical at first but it turned out that it was Marky Lennon one of the back up singers. He gave us seats at center ice about 20 rows from the floor! I was one of the best events of my life.

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