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The con­certs were ini­tially go­ing to be used as footage for a film, ac­cord­ing to animator Ger­ald Scarfe’s 2010 book The Mak­ing of Pink Floyd The Wall, but plans changed. In­stead, a movie star­ring Bob Geldof as the trou­bled char­ac­ter Pink was re­leased in 1982 with­out any live footage.

Due to the com­plex­ity of stag­ing The Wall con­certs, the ini­tial tour only con­sisted of 31 shows in Los An­ge­les, New York, London, Eng­land and Dort­mund, Ger­many. By com­par­i­son, the cur­rent tour played 56 shows in North Amer­ica in 2010 and has been on the road ever since, mak­ing its way through­out Europe, Australia, New Zealand and South Amer­ica.

Wa­ters will bring The Wall to Win­nipeg for two nights Thurs­day and Fri­day at the MTS Cen­tre. Thurs­day’s show is sold out, but as of press time, tick­ets were still avail­able for Fri­day’s con­cert.

What can we ex­pect? How about this:

“Vir­tual bombers drop­ping pay­loads of cru­ci­fixes, Stars of David, and Mcdon­ald’s lo­gos on im­pov­er­ished land­scapes; bi­ogra­phies from across the last cen­tury of dead sol­diers su­per­im­posed on the same mas­sive, white brick wall; an enor­mous, in­flat­able pray­ing man­tis vixen sus­pended from the rafters, flames for hair and saw blades for arms, both im­pres­sive and slightly misog­y­nis­tic: These are just a hand­ful of the re­lent­less on­slaught of words, images, sounds, deco, con­flict, re­solve, and money Roger Wa­ters’ dis­ci­ples were as­saulted with…” Luke Winkie of the Austin Chron­i­cle wrote about the May 3 show at the Frank Er­win Cen­ter in Austin, Texas.

Be­tween the ini­tial con­certs and 2010, The Wall was only per­formed by Wa­ters once in 1990 to com- mem­o­rate the fall­ing of the Ber­lin Wall.

He ad­dressed the re­turn of The Wall con­certs in the show’s orig­i­nal 2010 tour pro­gram in an in­tro­duc­tion ti­tled Why am I Do­ing The Wall Again Now?

“Thirty 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 its 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.”

The cur­rent multi-me­dia show uses cut­ting-edge pro­duc­tion tech­niques and a greater anti-con­flict em­pha­sis, but re­tains the orig­i­nal ideas from the first shows.

Here’s a look at some of the stats for The Wall’s arena pro­duc­tion:

Length, w idth of wall: 73 me­tres wide, 11 me­tres high, 45 cen­time­tres deep. Num­ber of bricks in wall: 424 Num­ber placed in show: 242 Num­ber used in tour (all bricks are from re­cy­cled sources, and will be re-re­cy­cled af­ter use): 3,000

Build time (i.e. length of time from plac­ing first brick to plac­ing last brick): 45 min­utes

Num­ber of tour­ing wall builders: 12 tour­ing crew, eight lo­cal

Num­ber of elec­tric mo­tors in all stage ma­chines: 47

Num­ber of con­trol axes for wall build­ing: 20

Length of all elec­tric ca­bles in­clud­ing light­ing and sound and power: Over 30,480 me­tres (over 30 kilo­me­tres)

Num­ber of speak­ers: 172, in­clud­ing subs, sur­rounds and mon­i­tors. Num­ber of mov­ing lights: 82 Num­ber of pro­jec­tors: 23 Di­am­e­ter of cir­cu­lar screen: Nine me­tres

Length/width of wall pro­jec­tion: 74 me­tres wide by 7.5 me­tres high Num­ber of con­trol desks: 12 Length of truss/track­ing truss: 463 me­tres Num­ber of scenery carts: 140 Num­ber/size of in­flat­a­bles: Teacher, nine me­tres high; wife, nine me­tres high; mother, 10 me­tres high

Weight of all rigged scenery: 55 tonnes to­tal rig­ging to roof Weight of all floor stuff: 57 tonnes Num­ber of trucks: 21 Amount of power re­quired to run show: 3,000 amps

To­tal num­ber of tour­ing crew: 66 (ex­clud­ing 18-mem­ber band party) Num­ber of tour buses: Six Num­ber of lo­cal crew: 80

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