The Wall to be Rebuilt

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The Wall to be Rebuilt

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Roger Waters will tour The Wall starting in Toronto. Tickets likely to cost your first born, your second born's first born, plus tax, plus convenience fee.
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From rogerwaters.com
Why am I doing the Wall again now?

Roger Waters, 2010
I recently came across this quote of mine from 22 years ago:

” What it comes down to for me is this: Will the technologies of communication in our culture, serve to enlighten us and help us to understand one another better, or will they deceive us and keep us apart?”

I believe this is still a supremely relevant question and the jury is out. There is a lot of commercial clutter on the net, and a lot of propaganda, but I have a sense that just beneath the surface understanding is gaining ground. We just have to keep blogging, keep twittering, keep communicating, keep sharing ideas.

30 Years ago when I wrote The Wall I was a frightened young man. Well not that young, I was 36 years old.

It took me a long time to get over my fears. Anyway, in the intervening years it has occurred to me that maybe the story of my fear and loss with it’s 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.

This new production of The Wall is an attempt to draw some comparisons, to illuminate our current predicament, and is dedicated to all the innocent lost in the intervening years.

In some quarters, among the chattering classes, there exists a cynical view that human beings as a collective are incapable of developing more ‘humane’ ie, kinder, more generous, more cooperative, more empathetic relationships with one another.

I disagree.

In my view it is too early in our story to leap to such a conclusion, we are after all a very young species.

I believe we have at least a chance to aspire to something better than the dog eat dog ritual slaughter that is our current response to our institutionalized fear of each other.

I feel it is my responsibility as an artist to express my, albeit guarded, optimism, and encourage others to do the same. To quote the great man, ” You may say that I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.”

- Roger Waters, 2010
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Post by miss carol »

Oh, well then, Rog, I guess the show's free, then, eh mate? Theres a lad.

Yeah, and who'd name you puttin' your X beside next month, Rog, ol' man?
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Post by creepy »

Watching "The Wall" as a teenager made me hate Pink Floyd.
Awww, yr all alone and no one understands you? Aren't you just a poor, sad, lil' rockstar?
Eat my ass.
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Post by miss carol »

Tickets to the Nassau Coliseum, Long Island show start at $55 and go to $250. To some I guess this is resonable, to me $55 to sit in the nosebleeds is ridiculous.
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Post by jonas »

Jake's post from the tour blog is one long poem of self-regard, without an ounce of self-awareness...and I admire that! Today's young musicians are hindered by a sense of irony and a tendency toward self-mockery; none of that for Roger. Do you think MGMT would even have the balls to cite John Lennon in the same breath as explaining a tour that has $250 tickets? Of course not, because kids today were raised on The Simpsons and youth sports where scores aren't kept and no legal drinking until 21. They've been confused into thinking that great people don't have great egos.

Well, not Roger Waters. Roger is the last dinosaur of narcissism thrashing in a tar pit of postmodernism, and all I can say is, "shine on you crazy brontosaurus!"
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