Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Waters to bring 'The Wall' to Charlotte

Roger Waters, the co-founder and principal songwriter of Pink Floyd, has announced the return of the production of “The Wall” to North America in 2012.

Third-to-last stop on the 36-show tour? Charlotte's Time Warner Cable Arena, on July 10.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 14 at LiveNation.com, the arena box office, all Ticketmaster outlets (including select Wal-Mart stores), or by phone at 800-745-3000.

The reimagined live version of “The Wall” -- which features a full band and state-of-the-art production -- has played more than 120 shows around the world for more than 1.6 million fans, making it one of the most successful tours of 2010 and 2011.

“Thirty years ago when I wrote ‘The Wall,’ I was a frightened young man,” Waters said in a press release. “In the intervening years it occurred to me that maybe the story of my fear and loss with its 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.”

The 1980 original production of the “The Wall” was performed live and in its entirety just 29 times during Pink Floyd’s 1980 tour in support of the album (and once in Berlin in celebration of the fall of the Berlin wall). The new, much-showier version debuted in Toronto in 2010.

In addition to Roger Waters (lead vocals, bass), “The Wall” live touring ensemble includes: Snowy White (guitar), Dave Kilminster (guitar), GE Smith (guitar and bass), Jon Carin (keyboards), Harry Waters (Hammond organ), Graham Broad (drums), and Robbie Wyckoff (vocals), with backing vocals by Jon Joyce, Pat Lennon, Mark Lennon and Kipp Lennon.

Prior to the Charlotte show on July 10, Roger Waters' "The Wall Live Tour" will stop at the RBC Center in Raleigh, on July 9.


AtomHeart said...

Now if we can only get a GIlmore cameo...

MaxPowers said...

@AtomHeart - Gilmour made his cameo in London this past summer. He only said he'd make one appearance.

I saw the show in Atlanta last Fall and it was amazing. Fantastic show.

There's literally a 40 foot wall that is slowly broken down over the course of the show.

Anonymous said...

I saw "The Wall" in Nassau Coliseum in 1980 I think it was. Still one of the best shows I've ever seen. I'd love to see it again, although I can't imagine anyone but Gilmour playing "Comfortably Numb."

Anonymous said...

Saw “The Wall” in Phoenix last year. It was an awesome show. I'll be purchasing tickets for the Charlotte show!!!

Anonymous said...

Saw it in Boston October 3rd, 2010. ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE. Upon returning immediately started looking for another venue I could make but none would work. Now Charlotte - YES!

Mike Andrew said...

I saw the show in Atlanta. Even from the back it was one of the most amazing spectacles I have ever seen. I definitely want to see it again.

Anonymous said...

I saw Pink Floyd in the late '80s in Chapel Hill and it was the best concert I've ever seen in my life. But what is Pink Floyd without David Gilmour? When I saw he wasn't playing on the new "the Wall" tour I lost interest. And when I saw ticket prices- i.e. $1,084 dollars for a ticket front and center, $500 for something average, I got pissed off. Does Roger Waters not have enough money? This guy is worth $145 million. Greed sucks. No class. I think everyone should blackball the Raleigh show because of the ticket prices!!!

-Allan- Chapel Hill

Bobby Burns ---- Valdese said...

i've got 2 tickets on the floor level -- ready to go.