As Roger Waters’ European stadium tour of Pink Floyd’s The Wall hits Budapest tonight, he admits that his relationship with the work has become less personal — and far more empathetic.
As presented in the late 1970s, the double album served to “express the feelings of alienation that I had from the audience” after Pink Floyd’s breakthrough moment with Dark Side of the Moon transformed them into a stadium act — and turned largely on the death of his father in World War II.
Since Waters has resurrected the project as a solo effort, though, The Wall has come to mean something more universal to him. It’s now an opportunity to make “much broader political and humanitarian statements,” he says in this new EPK.
Today, the song cycle says more about the separations between people and their governments, between war and peace, between ideals and betrayals on the largest scale, he says. Waters even sees his own personal pain through this new prism now.
“I think my father stays with me in my reaction to the senseless loss that is engendered by wars that we’re not really quite sure what they’re for,” Waters says. “I experience the loss of my father more in terms of empathetic reaction that I have to other people who are experiencing the same thing that I did when I was a little kid. When I listen to the songs, I don’t actually think about me or my father at all — I’m thinking about what’s going on now. I’m wondering why we’re in Afghanistan.”