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Waters kicks off Pink Floyd tour

Published 16/09/2010 | 14:14

Roger Waters opened the Pink Floyd tour
Roger Waters opened the Pink Floyd tour

Roger Waters tore down the house in Toronto as he kicked off the 30th anniversary world tour for Pink Floyd's The Wall.

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He walked out to thunderous applause beginning with the first track of the seminal concept album, In the Flesh, and the adulation never stopped.

The first half of the show sees the wall going up brick by brick, and by the last song, Goodbye Cruel World, the massive structure is complete.

Tour designer Jeremy Lloyd says the wall stretches 240 feet across and is more than 35 feet tall. Once built, the wall consists of 424 bricks, of which 242 are built, assembled and ultimately knocked down throughout the course of the show.

One of the most moving performances was The Thin Ice, which began with an image of Waters' father, Eric Fletcher Waters, who was killed during World War II.

Other images included US troops killed in Iraq and Iranian political protester Neda Agha-Soltan, whose death was captured on video in 2009. The wall filled with hundreds of smaller images uploaded by fans to Waters' website.

The Wall tour continues across Canada and the US before going to Europe later in the year.

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