NewsFlash Jaunuary 2013: The Wall Returns to Europe In 2013
NewsFlash November 2013: New Roger Waters Album Announced
NewsFlash January 2013
Roger Waters' THE WALL TOUR is the greatest stage spectacular in rock'n'roll history. In 2010 Roger Waters took his celebrated theatrical rock presentation to cities throughout North America playing mostly arena shows. In 2011 he again took The Wall to cities and countries throughout Europe also doing mostly arena shows but a few stadium shows as well. Again for a 3rd year in 2012 he took The Wall tour to Australia, New Zealand, South America, back to North America for a tour of mostly Stadium shows in the US, Mexico and Candada.
Now, in 2013, for an unprecedented 4th year, riding on the success of the last three years of The Wall Live tour, Roger and the band are hitting the road once again. After a triumphant trek to countries and continents around the world, and following record breaking sales, his management announced that Roger Waters will be taking The Wall on another concert tour of Europe to perform mostly stadium but arena shows as well.
On Roger's Official tour webpage his managment states: This time around, The Wall Live will hit a number of countries not visited in previous legs, including Croatia, Turkey, Romania, and Serbia. The European tour kicks off in Werchter, Belgium on July 20 and continues through to September of 2013.
For these large, open air stadiums, Roger has redesigned and scaled up The Wall show to create the ultimate stadium event, bringing The Wall experience even closer to fans wherever they are sitting and making the production even more encompassing in large venues.
Roger will be talking more about the revamped tour, as well as answering a selection of questions submitted by you, the fans. If you have a question for Roger, you can submit it on the Facebook page, and perhaps it will be answered by Roger on November 15!
"I'm extremely glad to be playing The Wall in Europe again. It's going to be a lot of fun for all of us. I've reworked the show to play outdoors in large stadiums. It's really good. Even more moving, engaging, dramatic and thrilling than the Arena shows."
- Roger Waters
There will likely be more shows added as bookings potentially continue. As in past and recent tours, there may be last minute changes in the itinerary such as a change in venue or even cancellations, and a possibility of more shows to be announced. So please be prepared for any eventuality, and stay tuned to the REG website for any updates.
GENERAL TICKET SALES -
Tickets on sale to the general public can be purchased via Roger Waters website or Ticketmaster and LiveNation.com
Roger recently announced many non-US tour dates where he will be rolling out his epic Wall Live show. See the ROGER WATERS THE WALL 2013 REG Tour Webpages: http://www.rogerwaters.org/tour/2013main.html for information, itinerary and tour dates.
NewsFlash November 2013
It was a year ago, that Patrick Flanary of Rolling Stone Magazine reported that Roger Waters had finished the first song of a new, yet to be created album.
In November of 2012, Roger Waters told Rolling Stone he had finished a song for an album tentatively titled Heartland. which he had completed on lunch breaks during the elaborate Wall tour that had ended the previous July. The untitled song confronts what Waters called "religious extremism."
"I'm not sure what it will be called," Waters said in the interview in Manhattan, where he performed at the Bob Woodruff Foundation's Stand Up for Heroes benefit. "I'll tell you what the first line is I haven't told anyone else, and I may be sticking my head too far above the parapet but the first line is, 'If I had been God . . . '"
Waters, who last referenced God outright on 1992's Amused to Death in the three-part song "What God Wants," said this song was just what he needed to move forward with Heartland.
"The Heartland idea sort of came from another song I wrote maybe 15 years ago, or longer even, which was a song that I wrote for a movie a really, really bad movie called Michael that was about an angel," Waters said.
"I'm absolutely determined to make another album. 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."
Waters' other obsessions themes of battlefield bloodshed, threatened liberty, isolation and madness have advanced much of his solo work beyond Pink Floyd, though he confirmed his next album will not feature former bandmates David Gilmour and drummer Nick Mason. Waters last recorded with the group, excluding Richard Wright, on 1983's anti-war opus, The Final Cut.
That album opened with "The Post War Dream," the idea of which "is somewhat in tatters" in the real world, Waters said. "But having said that, it is developing in other parts of the world. We are determined to continue to fight against the onslaught, if you like, of a society driven mad by the headlong rush to maximize the bottom line."
Long known for his condemnation of war yet strong devotion to troops worldwide, Waters rehearsed for the benefit with a band of wounded veterans he recruited from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center prior to Hurricane Sandy. Eight soldiers and three Marines joined him on stage for three songs, including Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here," at the Stand Up for Heroes benefit, which also included performances from Bruce Springsteen and John Mayer.
"These guys are good," Waters said of his recruits. "I'm really proud to be working with them."
Now, on November 13th, 2013, a bit more than a year later, Rolling Stones Andy Greene interviewed Roger after he had wrapped up his three-yearWall tour last September, and Roger Waters has once again turned his attention toward his first rock album since 1992's Amused to Death..
"I finished a demo of it (the new album) last night. It's 55 minutes long. It's songs and theater as well. I don't want to give too much away, but it's couched as a radio play. It has characters who speak to each other, and it's a quest. It's about an old man and a young child trying to figure out why they are killing the children."
He's not sure if he'll support the disc with a tour. "I'm suffering a little bit of withdrawal after ending the Wall tour," he says. "It's sort of a relief to not have to go out and do that every night, but they're such a great team. There were 180 of us together everyday. That piece was very moving every night."
The massive show was staged 219 times at stadiums and arenas all over the globe, grossing upwards of $458,000,000.00 "I can't top that tour," Waters says. "First of all, you have to accept the fact that I'm not going to live forever. I'm 70 years old. 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 memory of the tour still brings a big smile to his face. "I found that the loudest fans in the world are in Istanbul," he says. "I remember standing there with the band during 'Hey You.' We were behind the wall, so nobody could see us playing. We started looking at each other going, 'What is that sound?' When they sang 'Don't give in without a fight,' you could feel it. It was like the roof was coming off, even though there was no roof. It was amazing."
With that in mind, he refuses to rule out the possibility of reviving The Wall tour at some point in the future. "I'm not thinking about that right now," he says. "But that's not to say I won't. I think there's an audience there. We did do 219 shows, which is a lot."