Roger Waters: Wall still relevant
Roger Waters has said Pink Floyd's legendary album The Wall is relevant to himself and the band's fans in a different way from when it was first released.
To commemorate the groundbreaking record's anniversary, Roger plans a tour this autumn of the music from the concept album, with new staging that will bring the story - loosely inspired by his life - to a new generation.
"In the 30-odd years since I first performed this piece, it's taken on some new meanings for me," said Pink Floyd's co-founder, bassist and main lyricist.
He went on: "30 years ago when I was kind of an angry and not very young lad, I found myself driven into defensive positions because I was scared of stuff, and I've come to realise that in that personal story, maybe somewhere hidden in there exists an allegory for more general and universal themes, political and social themes.
"It's really for that reason that I decided that I'd try and create a new performance of this piece using a lot of the same things that we did all those years ago."
Roger said part of the excitement surrounding his new staging of The Wall involves new technology that allows him to do things he could only dream about in the 1980s and 1990s.
"Projection systems now are completely different from what they were then, which means that I would be able to project over the entire 250-foot expanse of the wall ... which we couldn't do in those days," he said.
The US tour will kick off on September 15 in Toronto and end on December 15 in Anaheim, California. It will also head to Europe in 2011, but no dates have yet been released.