This past fall, Roger Waters kicked off a new tour performing Pink Floyd’s The Wall, the landmark concept album he wrote as part of the band. The 1979 release was famously supported with a limited tour in 1980, where throughout the show, the crew slowly built a giant wall across the stage between the band and audience, only to dramatically knock it down at the end of the night. Back then, the show was such a complicated, logistical nightmare that it only played two venues in North America—one of them being Long Island’s Nassau Coliseum.
As a result, it was kind of a thrill to go behind-the-scenes of The Wall when it returned to the venue some 30 years later. While musically some of it is a drudge, visually the show was never less than spectacular due to the gorgeous staging. Writing the article was a bit of a trick though; the house sound engineer—the person mixing sound for the audience—was also the tour manager and didn’t have time or interest in being interviewed. Similarly, no one on the crew wanted to be photographed for the story, and during the coolest moment of the day (which kicks off the article), I didn’t dare take a shot or I probably would’ve been thrown out on my ear.
Despite all that, I had a lot of fun writing the story, which you can read HERE,and the tour is well worth seeing if you get the chance. In the meantime, here’s some extra photos that didn’t run in Pro Sound News.