Roger Waters to Release a Movie of His ‘The Wall’ Live Tour
If you are a Pink Floyd fan you already know this, but between 2010 and 2013, Roger Waters performed “The Wall Live Tour”. It was a epic re-imagining of Pink Floyd’s 1980 “Wall Tour”. Three years, six separate legs, 219 shows, and over $460 million in revenue. It has been reported that “The Wall Live” was the highest-grossing tour for a solo musician, of all time. In case you weren’t lucky enough to catch one of these iconic shows, Roger Waters has got you covered. He is bringing his grand spectacle to the big screen with a forthcoming documentary.
Rolling Stone confirms that Roger Waters: The Wall will debut at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in September. The film is credited to Roger Waters and the tour’s creative director, Sean Evans. The film will no doubt have lots of footage from the concerts and other materials that have been filmed recently by Roger Waters – like his visit to his father’s grave in Italy that featured a film crew. The footage from throughout the tour’s four-year run, which included stops in the UK and Europe, the US, South America, and Australia.
In a statement, TIFF director Piers Handling said, “Ever since The Wall was released, it has become one of the classic rock albums of all time. Its popularity continues and its message is still timely. Deeply affected by his father’s and grandfather’s deaths in the two world wars, Roger Waters has crafted a plea to tear down the walls that lead to misunderstandings and wars. This powerful performance film allows Roger to explore what The Wall still means to him as he performs it in front of tens of thousands of fans, and visits more personal places that resonate with meaning on the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War.”
Waters was part of the machine that was Pink Floyd from 1968 through 1984. During that time they played the biggest gigs anyone can play. Yet recently when Waters was asked about the most recent tour he said, “I can’t top that tour,” he said. “First of all, you have to accept the fact that I’m not going to live forever … You just have to accept that when you do something as enormous as that tour. The hardest thing in the world is thinking of something to do, so going and doing it is a reward in itself.”
The tour consistently garnered rave reviews, not only for Waters’ performance, but for the overall spectacle, which included a wall twice the size of 1980’s original. Pink Floyd is currently rumored to be preparing for a tour of their own. I wonder if Waters cares?