It’s official, Roger Waters to bring The Wall to Fenway

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After months of speculation, it’s finally official: Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters will perform at Boston’s Fenway Park this summer as part of his highly acclaimed tour celebrating the band’s renowned album, The Wall. The concert will take place on Sunday, July 1, Tickets for the show, which will range in price from $40 to $255, will go on sale Monday at 10 a.m. through eTix (tickets will not be available at the Fenway Park box office).

After playing the concept album in its entirety at arenas across the country in 2010, including three sold out shows at Boston’s TD Garden, Waters is returning to the United States this summer for another leg of the wildly successful tour. Along with Fenway, the mostly arena-size tour will also make a handful of outdoor stops including Chicago’s Wirgley Field, New York City’s Yankee Stadium and Philadelphia’s Citizens Bank Park.

Prior to Water’s latest tour, The Wall had been previously performed live in its entirety by Waters just 31 times including Pink Floyd’s 1980-81 tour in support of the album and in July of 1990 at Potsdamer Platz in celebration of the recently fallen Berlin Wall. The album, which still remains one of the US top 5 best selling albums of all time, is considered one of the most influential records ever recorded.

“Thirty years ago when I wrote The Wall, I was a frightened young man,” recalled Waters, the co-founder and principal songwriter of Pink Floyd, in a press release. “In the intervening years it 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.”

Waters touring ensemble for the upcoming tour includes Snowy White (Guitar), Dave Kilminster (Guitar), GE Smith (Guitar & Bass), Jon Carin (Keyboards), Harry Waters (Hammond Organ), Graham Broad (Drums), Robbie Wyckoff (Vocals), Jon Joyce, Pat Lennon, Mark Lennon and Kipp Lennon (Backing Vocals).

By performing at Fenway Park, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, Waters joins an exclusive list of artists to perform at the historic ballpark including Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Neil Diamond, Jimmy Buffett, Dave Matthews Band, Phish, Aerosmith, The Rolling Stones and The Police. Last year, New Kids On the Block and Backstreet Boys performed a co-headlining show before a full house, while Dropkick Murphys and The Mighty Mighty Bosstones performed two sold out shows in a more intimate “Bleacher Theatre” setup.

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