Posted in music | tour dates on April 12, 2010

Roger Waters

I recently came across this quote of mine from 22 years ago:

"What it comes down to for me is this: 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?"

I believe this is still a supremely relevant question and the jury is out. There is a lot of commercial clutter on the net, and a lot of propaganda, but I have a sense that just beneath the surface understanding is gaining ground. We just have to keep blogging, keep twittering, keep communicating, keep sharing ideas.

30 Years ago when I wrote The Wall I was a frightened young man. Well not that young, I was 36 years old.

It took me a long time to get over my fears. Anyway, in the intervening years it has occurred to me that maybe the story of my fear and loss with it's concomitant inevitable residue of ridicule, shame and punishment, provides an allegory for broader concerns.: Nationalism, racism, sexism, religion, Whatever! All these issues and 'isms are driven by the same fears that drove my young life.

This new production of The Wall is an attempt to draw some comparisons, to illuminate our current predicament, and is dedicated to all the innocent lost in the intervening years.

In some quarters, among the chattering classes, there exists a cynical view that human beings as a collective are incapable of developing more 'humane' ie, kinder, more generous, more cooperative, more empathetic relationships with one another.

I disagree.

In my view it is too early in our story to leap to such a conclusion, we are after all a very young species.

I believe we have at least a chance to aspire to something better than the dog eat dog ritual slaughter that is our current response to our institutionalized fear of each other.

I feel it is my responsibility as an artist to express my, albeit guarded, optimism, and encourage others to do the same. To quote the great man, " You may say that I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one."

- Roger Waters, 2010

As promised, tour dates below...

Roger Waters - "The Wall" 2010 Tour Dates
Sep 15, 2010 - Air Canada Centre Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON
Sep 20, 2010 - United Center United Center, Chicago, IL
Sep 21, 2010 - United Center United Center, Chicago, IL
Sep 26, 2010 - Consol Energy Center Consol Energy Center, Pittsburgh, PA
Sep 28, 2010 - Quicken Loans Arena Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH
Sep 30, 2010 - Boston TD Garden Boston TD Garden, Boston, MA
Oct 05, 2010 - Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY
Oct 08, 2010 - HSBC Arena HSBC Arena, Buffalo, NY
Oct 10, 2010 - Verizon Center Verizon Center, Washington D.C.
Oct 12, 2010 - Nassau Coliseum Nassau Coliseum, Long Island, NY
Oct 15, 2010 - XL Center XL Center, Hartford, CT
Oct 17, 2010 - Scotiabank Place Scotiabank Place, Ottawa, ON
Oct 19, 2010 - Bell Centre Bell Centre, Montreal, PQ
Oct 22, 2010 - Schottenstein Center Schottenstein Center, Columbus, OH
Oct 24, 2010 - The Palace of Auburn Hills The Palace of Auburn Hills, Detroit, MI
Oct 26, 2010 - Qwest Center Qwest Center, Omaha, NE
Oct 27, 2010 - Xcel Energy Center Xcel Energy Center, St Paul, MN
Oct 29, 2010 - Scottrade Center Scottrade Center, St Louis, MO
Oct 30, 2010 - Sprint Center Sprint Center, Kansas City, MO
Nov 03, 2010 - Izod Center Izod Center, East Rutherford, NJ
Nov 08, 2010 - Wachovia Center Wachovia Center, Philadelphia, PA
Nov 09, 2010 - Wachovia Center Wachovia Center, Philadelphia, PA
Nov 13, 2010 - Bank Atlantic Center Bank Atlantic Center, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Nov 16, 2010 - St Pete Times Forum St Pete Times Forum, Tampa, FL
Nov 18, 2010 - Philips Arena Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA
Nov 20, 2010 - Toyota Center Toyota Center, Houston, TX
Nov 21, 2010 - American Airlines Center American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX
Nov 23, 2010 - Pepsi Center Pepsi Center, Denver, CO
Nov 26, 2010 - MGM Grand Garden Arena MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, NV
Nov 27, 2010 - US Airways Center US Airways Center, Phoenix, AZ
Nov 29, 2010 - The Forum The Forum, Los Angeles, CA
Dec 06, 2010 - HP Pavilion HP Pavilion, San Jose, CA
Dec 10, 2010 - GM Place GM Place, Vancouver, BC
Dec 11, 2010 - Tacoma Dome Tacoma Dome, Tacoma, WA
Dec 13, 2010 - Honda Center Honda Center, Anaheim, CA

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Comments (38)

that dude looks gay

Posted by gay dar | April 12, 2010 2:17 PM

don't feed trolls

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2010 2:21 PM

the ultimate whiney 15 year old fest

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2010 2:25 PM

is this a new Richard Gere movie?

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2010 2:37 PM

oh, and I thought he was just doing it for the money. now i see, its to... um... illuminate our current predicament.

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2010 2:48 PM

It would be more interesting to hear Dirty Projectors do a complete take on The Wall.

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2010 2:54 PM

You realize, you Hipper than thou doosh's are laughed at on a daily basis. You are simply very stupid people. Stop killing Brooklyn. Please go to Boston.
http://www.latfh.com/

Posted by Tina-Tina-Tina | April 12, 2010 3:14 PM

holy shit, you're right. we are killing brooklyn. i never heard it put that way, with the "doosh" and the "Hipper than thou". we'll stop killing brooklyn. thanks for telling us, you've done a good thing here today. you've saved brooklyn.

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2010 3:19 PM

was that your stinger of irony/sarcasm? "you've saved Brooklyn". That was good. The profanity was certainly not needed. However looking back on what Tina wrote, you had every right to rise to that level of anger. I salute you!

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2010 3:24 PM

"In some quarters, among the chattering classes, there exists a cynical view that human beings as a collective are incapable of developing more 'humane' ie, kinder, more generous, more cooperative, more empathetic relationships with one another."


I was inspired by his words.

And I'm happy to share this blog with every person that posts here regardless of what you are compelled to tell the masses.

Rock is shock baby ..that's how it goes, but those are your words not mine.

Posted by Burg | April 12, 2010 3:31 PM

Rick is Dead, Syd is dead, Gilmour grows more boring with each passing year and Water's egomania simply gets worse with age...

The albums are still great, but there is no sense in contributing to the glorification of Water's massive ego, which is what destroyed Floyd in the first place...

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2010 3:44 PM

this thread may be more boring than The Wall itself.

Posted by count funkula | April 12, 2010 3:51 PM

well, he's already done 'dark side..' so why not this too. i agree his attempts to justify it as a way to 'illuminate us' is rather amusing, rather than as a massive money making venture, which it will be, but say what you will, the man knows how to put on a rock show! now invite dave and nick along, that'd make it worth going to!

Posted by brian roach | April 12, 2010 4:00 PM

Folks...did it ever occur that there would not have ever been a DSotM or The Wall without Roger's ego? The rest of Floyd (including Syd) were pansies.

Praise the ego! These shows will be fantastic and we'll all be so stoned that it won't really matter anyway. :-)

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2010 4:13 PM

cheap ticket prices im sure

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2010 5:09 PM

We don't need no education.

Posted by Regular reader | April 12, 2010 5:18 PM

All in all, you're just another dick with no balls.

Posted by Crosseyed Sniper | April 12, 2010 7:01 PM

secret show at Glasslands? come on Waters!!!

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2010 1:34 AM

sucks that i'm way too broke to afford this

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2010 3:40 PM

why are the names of the venues repeated?

Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2010 10:28 AM

Ther is nothing boring about the wall.. And if you can't see the issues that are the same today as 30 some years ago... then I feel nothing but sympathy. Because you truly do have pigs on the wing.

Posted by Anonymous | April 19, 2010 3:51 PM

I am shocked by all the negative comments posted by seemingly ,closed minded ,self absorbed ego maniacs ,that took the time just to have something to complain about.In my opinion any kind of music that makes us think about life or things that are greater than the universe is a good thing. go roger go.

Posted by Anonymous | April 19, 2010 4:24 PM

No matter what the butt-heads say, The Wall is one of the corner stones of the 20 Century culture, a concept with dept and symbolism rarely matched by anything else. Roger Waters is what a famous person should be: smart, deep, thoughtful, concerned with the state of the world, engaged with current political and social issues, speaking out, teaching and inspiring. Whoever says crap about him, just needs to grow and learn a lot more. But, as they say, the dogs can back at the sun, but cannot block its light.
Let there be more light, dogs!

Posted by Bonnie B | April 25, 2010 9:02 PM

ROGER WATERS IS THE SHIT! :)

Posted by Anonymous | May 1, 2010 11:45 AM

roger waters goin on tour again was the best concert news ive heard and my chance to see them before they completely retire

Posted by wendy | May 1, 2010 6:05 PM

Don't leave your jackboots backstage Rog, why bother to hide them, wear 'em. Oh, and don't forget to spit shine them first. You know all about spit.

Posted by SuzyQ | May 15, 2010 6:19 PM

Roger is the man, can't wait till Tuesday!!

Posted by Mikey Murph | September 30, 2010 11:51 AM

Thank's. ...maestro

Posted by arthur clark | October 4, 2010 4:30 PM

what time did the show start last night?

Posted by grandpah | October 6, 2010 7:23 AM

Show started last night around 820. Great show.

Posted by Anonymous | October 6, 2010 9:45 AM

Omg was it good!

Posted by Anonymous | October 6, 2010 11:25 AM

go rodger o2 dublin 30 YEARS WAITING YOU ARE PINK FLOYD BUT TO HAVE NICK AND DAVE ON STAGE WHAT A NIGHT THAT WOULD BE GOT A TICKET FOR FLOYD GIG IN DUBLIN BACK IN THE 80'S IT WAS A NO SHOW AH WELL SEE YOU IN THE POINT

Posted by paul sheridan | October 6, 2010 6:58 PM

roger waters was awesome. it wasn't whiney at all, it was hopeful actually. loved it. will see it again. no production compares.

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2010 9:51 AM

ALIENATION NEVER GOES OUT OF STYLE: THE WALL IS MORE RELEVANT NOW THAN EVER...

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2010 11:23 AM

YOU PATHETIC LITTLE OHIO TRANSPLANT HIPSTER SHITS NEED TO DIE, OR AT LEAST BE PUT ON A BUS BACK WHERE YOU CAME FROM ... QUIT RUINING BROOKLYN ... WE NEED A WALL TO KEEP YOU LITTLE SHITHEADS OUT ... NOEN OF YOU ARE FIT TO SHINE ROGER'S JACKBOOTS .. DIE DIE DIE HIPSTER SCUM!!!

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2010 11:25 AM

OMG OMG OMG -- BUBBA YAM LOVES THE WALL!

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2010 1:24 PM

I can't really afford this show and I wouldn't want to see, or rather I wouldn't be able to see.. they would look like ants if I bought tickets.

Posted by zincink | October 13, 2010 4:11 AM

I SAW THE SHOW IN PHOENIX, HELL YA! GREAT SHOW! ROGER YOUR THE MAN! HOPE TO SEE ANOTHER ONE BEFORE IT'S ALL SAID AND DONE. PINK FLOYD HAS BEEN A BIG PART OFF MY LIFE AND I AM HAPPY TO OF HAD A OPPORTUNITY TO EXPERIENCE IT.

Posted by FOSTER | November 29, 2010 1:32 PM

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