Sunday, 23 September 2018

Roger’s going to The Wall for Floyd fans

IN just over a week from now, Pink Floyd fans will ? a touch mournfully ? mark the tenth anniversary of the band?s last ever concert appearance

IN just over a week from now, Pink Floyd fans will ? a touch mournfully ? mark the tenth anniversary of the band?s last ever concert appearance.

Live 8 in Hyde Park on July 2, 2005, witnessed the somewhat unexpected reunion of the prog rock giants? classic Seventies line-up.

You know, the one that released four landmark ?concept? albums in the space of just over six years ? starting with Dark Side of the Moon in 1973 and continuing with Wish You Were Here (1975), Animals (1977), and double album The Wall (1979).

Prior to Live 8, David Gilmour, Nick Mason, Rick Wright and Roger Waters had not shared a stage in over 24 years, when Earls Court was the venue for the final live performance of The Wall on June 17, 1981.

Waters, of course, was only to remain with the band for one more album: 1983?s The Final Cut.

His departure, the catalyst for extended legal wrangling, came to be seen as among the most acrimonious splits in rock history.

Which made 2005?s reunion all the more moving ? even if it was only to prove a one-off. Waters did not rejoin the band, which last year released its ?final? album, The Endless River, in partial tribute to Rick Wright.

Wright?s death in September 2008, aged 65, of an undisclosed form of cancer, ended all speculation about the possibility of a ?proper? Pink Floyd reunion.

?That?s it,? thought the fans.

And so it was. But then in 2010 Roger Waters once again made an unexpected return to the stage ? announcing plans for a worldwide tour of The Wall Live.

The idea was to recreate the spectacle presented over 31 dates at Earls Court in 1980 and 1981 ? but using all the multimedia technology of the present day.

The result was a theatrical spectacular that became the highest grossing tour ever by a solo musician (surpassing Madonna, the previous record holder).

Starting in September 2010 in Toronto and ending just over three years later in Paris, the tour ran for a mammoth 219 dates and even included the nearest thing possible to a Pink Floyd reunion when David Gilmour and Nick Mason joined Waters on stage at London?s O2 Arena on May 12, 2011.

Gilmour?s slot in particular ? playing lead guitar on Comfortably Numb ? became a YouTube sensation.

It was a fantastic trailer for the The Wall Live, which would run for another two years.

And now, too, for a documentary film about the tour directed by Waters and Sean Evans.

Roger Waters: The Wall was first shown at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival ? but now it is coming to the Henley Regal Picturehouse.

Billed as a cinema event like no other ? ?a stunning concert film, a poignant road movie, a stirring anti-war statement? ? Waters has decreed that the film will be released in theatres worldwide for one day only on Tuesday, September 29.

The film itself will be followed by The Simple Facts ? an exclusive ?in-conversation? with Waters and the band?s drummer, Nick Mason, who also wrote Inside Out: A Personal History of Pink Floyd.

Tickets went on sale on Friday. Hopefully, by the time you read this, there should still be some to go round.

Call 0871 9025738 or visit www.picturehouses.co.uk

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