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Roger Waters premieres 'The Wall' documentary

Tuesday, September 29, 2015 - 01:04

Pink Floyd co-founders Roger Waters and Nick Mason attend the New York premiere of 'Roger Waters The Wall.' Rough cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Pink Floyd co-founders Roger Waters and Nick Mason premiered a new movie about the monumental, three-year remounting of the band's famous 'The Wall' album in New York on Monday. 'Roger Waters the Wall' documents the massive concerts that included pyrotechnics, animation, a flying inflatable pig and an actual wall constructed on stage as the show progressed. But it also includes vignettes of Waters visiting war cemeteries and memorials in Europe, including the grave of a grandfather who died in World War One, and the site of the 1944 battle that killed his father when Waters was just a baby. Nick Mason said at the premiere that film was the perfect medium to express the message Roger Waters had been wanting to get across for years. Pink Floyd's 1979 double album was partly set in motion when Waters spat at a disruptive fan at a 1977 Montreal concert. Appalled by what he'd done, he came up with a concept for a record based on his desire to wall himself off from the audience and wider world. The hugely successful album was followed by a Pink Floyd concert tour in 1980-1981 that also featured major stage sets and special effects. Waters wrote a 1982 film directed by Alan Parker that combined live action and animation, before leaving the band a few years after. 'The Wall Live' kicked off in Toronto in 2010 and ran to 2013. It became one of the top grossing concert tours of all time as it grew to more than 200 shows in Europe, North and South America and Australia. The film is scheduled to screen only one time in theaters on September 29.

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Roger Waters premieres 'The Wall' documentary

Tuesday, September 29, 2015 - 01:04