LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters says his upcoming new production of “The Wall” will have a broader meaning than it did 30 years ago, and recalled that his own insecurities were behind the original concept.
Waters, 67, also told Rolling Stone magazine in an interview that there was “no way” Pink Floyd would get together again for another tour.
Waters, the principal songwriter of the British rock band, kicks off a 30th anniversary tour and production of “The Wall” in Toronto on Wednesday, with a full band and a newly-mounted production of the iconic rock opera about isolation.
“The Wall” tour, named after the 1979 album that became one of the top five bestselling albums of all time, first opened in Los Angeles in September 1980. The new tour is scheduled to play more than 30 dates in North America beginning in September with a European tour expected in 2011.
“It’s basically the same show, but with a broader meaning,” Waters told Rolling Stone in an interview for the magazine’s Friday edition.
“We had to deal with the fact that it was one thing for a man in his 30s to sing about his young adult life, which was sort of an echo of his upbringing at that point. But it’s something else to go on doing that when you’re in your 60s,” he said.
Waters, the major creative force of the band, said the idea of building a wall between himself and the audience had originally come from his sub-conscious. He famously spit on a fan in 1977.
“I was absolutely terrified every waking moment of being found out, of people discovering that I wasn’t who I wanted to be. I had built this wall that I then described in theatrical terms around myself, all kinds of sexual insecurities, huge feelings of shame,” he said.
“I probably was rather scary. I had a tendency to lash out,” Waters added of the spitting incident.
Pink Floyd split in 1985, and Waters launched a solo career. But he reunited with band members Nick Mason, Richard Wright and David Gilmour for a performance at the Live 8 concert in London in 2005. Wright died of cancer in 2008.
Waters said he was “thankful” at having reconnected with the band after years of legal and creative disputes and said “things have gotten better since then between David and I.”
But asked about a potential for a Pink Floyd performance in the future, Waters said;
“David and Nick and I might do a one-off somewhere, but there’s no way we’re going to do a tour. Like a Live 8 but probably just with us. It’s just such a shame that we didn’t get around to it before Rick died.”
Rolling Stone’s full interview with Waters hits newsstands on Friday.
Reporting by Jill Serjeant, editing by Christine Kearney