LONDON Ã¢â‚¬â€ Former Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters has announced plans to take his cult rock opera “The Wall” around Europe and the United States, three decades after it was originally staged.
The show, released as a double album by the British band in 1979, deals with complex issues of isolation, alienation and war, and Waters said it would be a tribute to the soldiers who have died in recent conflicts.
“When we first did it, we were after the end of the Vietnam War, and we’re right now in the middle of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, so there’s a very powerful anti-war message in The Wall,” he said at the tour launch on Thursday.
He added: “This production of The Wall is a lot more political, a lot more general, a lot more universal and a lot more all-encompassing than the original production was in 1980, which was largely an autobiographical exercise.”
“The Wall” is based around the character of Pink, who grew up fatherless in a war-ravaged nation before becoming a world-renowned rock star.
Faced with the chaos around him, Pink chooses to build a mental wall between himself and the rest of the world, but as this nears completion he realises the perils of such isolation.
The character — played by Bob Geldof in a 1982 film version of The Wall — is based on Waters, whose father died in World War II when he was just a baby. He says the loss continues to have a huge impact on his work.
The show was performed only four times during 1980 and 1981 and for the last time in 1990 in Berlin, after Waters quit Pink Floyd, because of the huge effort it took to put on, including building a 12-metre wall.
However, Waters — who rejoined the band for a one-off show at Live 8 in London in 2005 — now has plans to take it around the United States this year and across Europe in 2011.