Writing On The Wall: DVD
A cryptic note on RogerWaters.com has led to speculation that a DVD of the monumental ‘The Wall’ tour may be on the horizon. The TOUR DATES page sports a wee side note about the London O2 shows:
Roger Waters will be filming and recording all 6 shows at The O2 Arena in London in May. For these shows, photographs are permitted but we must insist on NO Flash photography. Flash wipes out the images projected on the Wall, which are the most important part of the show. Any person who uses Flash will have their camera confiscated and could be removed from the Arena.
All the video shorts that have been released on Waters’ Facebook Page are shot in HD and this suggests that plans have already been set for a DVD from one of the performances. What better venue than the stunning O2? The Wall shows have been an elaborate outing for Waters and all the ‘inside’ video available has been truly spine-tingling. The sets of The Wall itself are massive and employing floating-wired puppets (from characters created by artist Gerald Scarfe) of titanic size, the show is more like a Broadway play than a concert. Rightly so.
One other note of interest; you may have heard Jenna James and I gushing about the fact that several months ago, Roger Waters and ex-band-mate David Gilmour seem to have repaired the ominous rift that not only led to the break-up of Pink Floyd, but had kept the two at odds, both legally and personally for decades.
Apparently, Gilmour was the one who initially reached out. In a note posted on Waters’ Facebook Page, Roger recounts the exchange; David asked Roger if he would sing a few songs with him at an upcoming benefit for The Hoping Foundation. Waters, responded sheepishly to the request, stating that his vocal range wasn’t really suited to one of the songs they would sing together (A non-Floyd song). Gilmour countered with an offer Roger could not refuse. IF Roger were to sing the songs requested with David, he would play ‘Comfortably Numb‘ with Roger at a selected gig during The Wall tour. That revelation sent a a massive shock-wave of hope through the Floydian community. That includes both Jenna and I who are both huge Floyd fans.
Roger’s reaction to Gilmour’s offer reveals it best:
Well! You could have knocked me down with a feather. How fucking cool! I was blown away. How could I refuse such an offer. I couldn’t, there was no way. Generosity trumped fear. And so explaining that I would probably be shite, but if he didn’t mind I didn’t, I agreed and the rest is history. We did it, and it was fucking great. End of story. Or possibly beginning.
Does this signal the repair and possible return of Pink Floyd?
My thought here is: Will David be playing the O2 gigs? If so, what a perfect DVD that would make! There’s no doubt, with or without Gilmour’s presence, a DVD would be an incredible treasure. But if you add in David’s haunting vocals and truly epic guitar solo performed on Comfortably Numb? It could be the best selling DVD in history.
Unfortunately, Roger’s Facebook page is the only place you can find HQ/HD video snippets of the behind the scenes stuff and a small bit of performance video. However, somebody named PinkZeppelins has provided us with some shockingly great video on YouTube.