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.