Roger Waters taking "The Wall" on tour

Mon Apr 12, 2010 11:59pm EDT
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By Gary Graff

DETROIT (Billboard) - Former Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters is taking "The Wall" on the road this fall for a historic 36-date North American tour starting September 15 in Toronto. The trek will wrap December 13 in Anaheim, Calif.

The 1979 concept album has been performed only 31 times in concert -- by Pink Floyd in a handful of cities in 1980-81, and by Waters with an all-star cast in July 1990 to commemorate the fall of the Berlin Wall the year before.

Waters, who played Pink Floyd's other opus "The Dark Side of the Moon" in its entirety during a 2007-08 trek, will reportedly take "The Wall" to Europe in 2011, but no dates have yet been announced.

The tour will feature a 240-foot-wide and 35-foot-tall wall constructed and torn down as the show progresses. Other props and special effects are expected to be part of the show.

Released in November 1979, "The Wall" was a semi-autobiographical work revolving around a disaffected musician named Pink facing an existential personal crisis. It spent 15 weeks atop the Billboard 200 chart, while the single "Another Brick in the Wall, Part II" also topped the charts. A 1982 feature version starred Bob Geldof.