Pink Floyd’s The Wall is considered a masterpiece of rock history. The live performance of the enigmatic multimedia spectacle has been described as “the touchstone against which all future rock spectacles must be measured,” a unique experience and the greatest event of rock history. For the last time, The Wall and its protagonist/composer Roger Waters, the creative force behind Pink Floyd, will appear at a limited number of selected open air venues in the summer of 2013. Frankfurt, Vienna, Berlin and Düsseldorf will experience the building and collapse of the gigantic wall between August 9 and September 6. The wall is not just an ideal projection screen, but also the essential metaphor of the rock opera, an allegory of the barriers between people and nations.
The audience is confronted with a powerful succession of images and an overwhelming language of sound: the show eclipses conventional productions and guarantees outstanding technical quality and a great experience from all seats. It is the last chance for a live experience of the seminal Wall cycle by and with its creator and protagonist Roger Waters, the co-founder and lead songwriter of Pink Floyd. The organizers make sure each show only starts once it is completely dark outside.
No other modern music epic has moved the masses as much as Roger Waters’ Wall. The few performances of the original production contributed to the legend as much as the unique success of the concept album. It sold over 40 million copies and featured classics such as ‘Comfortably Numb,’ ‘Another Brick In The Wall,’ ‘Mother,’ ‘Run Like Hell’ and ‘Young Lust.’
The authentic reconstruction and technical upgrading of the most elaborate rock production of all times caused quite stir. Since its remake, an audience of over 3.3 million have celebrated the monumental presentation in 28 countries, turning it into one of the most successful tour projects of all time.
The rock drama about alienation and transformation encompasses revised versions of all Pink Floyd songs and all the elements and special effects of the original production, brought up to date with the aid of today’s technology. The wall, up to 150 meters wide and 12 meters high, provides an ideal projection screen for films, animation sequences, videos and colorful visuals. Monster puppets, lasers and pyrotechnics as well as surround sound contribute to a stunning, groundbreaking and unique experience, unrivaled by any other rock or stadium event.
Although few other works of popular music received comparable recognition and attention, The Wall was originally only performed thirty times in no more than four cities – Los Angeles, New York, London and Dortmund. 1990, Berlin’s Potsdamer Platz (Potsdam Square) saw a gigantic encore for over half a million people. 1982, producer Alan Parker staged The Wall as Roger Waters’ metaphorical music movie.
The heart of the show is a wall of over one thousand stones. It is built in the first half of the concert and destroyed in the end. Today, The Wall is as topical and breathtaking as it was over thirty years ago: Roger Waters collaborated with the caricaturist and stage designer Gerald Scarfe in order to create new graphic elements, videos, visuals and animations to illustrate the music. With the aid of modern projection techniques, the entire width of the oversize wall can be used as a screen. And of course, a crashing fighter jet and gigantic inflatable puppets are a must!
The Wall tells a partly autobiographical story of desperation, isolation and fear. The main character is rock star Pink. He faces the end of his marriage while he is on tour. Pink rethinks his life and starts building a wall to protect himself. Its stones symbolize different causes of suffering: a suffocating mother, cruel teachers or an unfaithful wife. Pink imagines to become a dictator; the audience are his devoted supporters. In the end, he confronts his tormentors and the wall starts to crumble. However, after its collapse, other walls start to rise, suggesting a never-ending cycle of imprisonment.
In 1980, the New York Times stated that “The Wall show remains a milestone in rock history, it will be the touchstone against which all future rock spectacles must be measured” – a statement that is as true now as it was ever.