Roger Waters has announced that he’ll be bringing a revised version of seminal Pink Floyd album The Wall to stadiums across Europe in the new year, admitting that his attitude towards playing such large venues had warmed somewhat since playing with the ‘Floyd back in their heyday.
Such was Waters' discontent with playing such large arenas in the '70s that The Wall’s live show was constructed partly as a way of protesting against live performance, the group finishing the set famously behind a wall that had been built during the show. Now though he’s a fan. "There's something about connecting with that many people outdoors, which is actually extremely gratifying," Waters said during the tour announcement, reports The Independent.
"When I was a kid, I did not get that experience, I didn't like it," he said. "Back in '75 and '77 when we were touring with Pink Floyd and we were playing soccer stadiums, I rather disliked it. It felt like we were very disconnected but I think that disconnection was actually a projection of the disconnection that existed in the band more than about us and the audience.”
Waters said that he didn’t expect former band mate Dave Gilmour to join him on tour, explaining "I haven't had any conversations with David about that. It think it's extremely unlikely, I think by and large David is retired." Waters has been touring The Wall since 2010, though these will be the biggest shows of it yet. The dates begin in July and will finish at London’s Wembley Stadium on September 14.