The Wall Tour Continues as Roger Waters Heads to Europe
When Roger Waters played the last date of “The Wall” tour earlier this year, he said that his touring career was over. Turns out, that wasn’t exactly true, as he will once again tour with “The Wall” throughout Europe this summer.
The news comes during a slew of Waters news this week, as he has performed with a group of veterans at a Heroes Benefit in New York and announced that he will likely make a new album.
First up is the tour, though, which will kick off July 20, 2013 in Belgium and is scheduled to run through September 18 with a show in Dublin. In between, the tour also will visit Rome, Copenhagen, Vienna and Amsterdam, among other cities.
“I’ve had to rethink the whole things about stadiums,” he said in a statement concerning his performance of the classic Pink Floyd album. “This wide wall stadium show couldn’t have been done 40 years ago. We couldn’t have filled the space in a way that would have been emotionally, musically and theatrically satisfying. Technology has changed. Now we can.”
At the “Stand Up for Heroes” benefit in New York last week, Waters performed backed by 14 veterans. The set list included Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here” and Bob Dylan’s “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door.”
Rolling Stone spoke to Waters before the event, when he revealed he has been contemplating making a new album. He told the magazine that the new album will likely be a concept album titled Heartland, and that he has already written one song for the set.
“I’m absolutely determined to make another album,” Waters said. “And I think this new song may give me the chance to do that. It provides a cornerstone and a core idea for me to write a new album about. You know, it’s just one of my obsessions, which is, I’m sort of obsessed with the idea that religious extremism is a maligned factor in most of our lives.”