• The Wall Returns 30 Years Later

    by  • April 13, 2010 • Community Sherpa, Freelance Writing Samples

    220px-Roger Waters 18 May 2008 London O2 ArenaI’m betting this is going to be one of the biggest shows of the year. Roger Waters is bringing The Wall Live to the Pepsi Center on November 23rd. If you’re even remotely aware of Pink Floyd, you’ll already know that The Wall was the group’s 1979 double album.

    Waters conceived of the idea in 1977, after completing a tour of large stadiums that left him and the other band members feeling alienated from their audience. Thus the idea of building a wall on stage during the course of a concert.

    That was exactly what happened when the band toured to support The Wall in 1980: A forty-foot high wall was built between the band and the audience. At the end, the wall collapses, once again revealing the band.

    250px-'The Wall'The show was reborn on July 21st, 1990 on ground that had been part of the Berlin Wall. More than 350,000 thousand people watched the concert in Berlin, and it was broadcast to 52 countries around the world.

    On his website, Waters says he was quoted in 1988 talking about the themes of the Wall, asking: “Will the technologies of communication in our culture, serve to enlighten us and help us to understand one another better, or will they deceive us and keep us apart?” Waters says he still thinks the question is very relevant.

    Tickets go on sale in May.


    Michael has been writing professionally for print, television and the internet for thirty years. As a Senior Producer at CNN International, he examined the future of technology with dozens of brilliant scientists, philosophers and entrepreneurs on the acclaimed series Future Summit. Before that, in the CNN International newsroom, he helped lead the production of award winning coverage of news like the 9/11 attacks, the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, and the devastating 2004 tsunami in Asia. As a director, he has created a dozen short films in the last seven years. He lives with his wife, dog, four cats and two horses in the suburbs of Atlanta.