Countdown to Roger Waters: "The Wall" at Fenway Park
Roger Waters: The Wall At Fenway
by WAAF 97.7/107.3,posted Jun 25 2012 12:56PM
I'm Matt Leonard, one of the weekend dj's and "the" resident Pink Floyd geek here at WAAF, Boston's Rock Station. For the past 32 years, I have been a fan Roger Waters and Pink Floyd. I've seen the wall 14 times on two continents. So you can say I'm a Fan-atic (I also own a Pink Floyd VW Golf).
Currently, I host an "unofficial" podcast called "Brain Damage" (http://floydpodcast.com/) where you will find close to 200 different Floyd related podcasts. I started the show "Brain Damage" at Tufts University on WMFO in 04', which later became a blog in 05', and has been going strong ever since.
As you all know, Roger Waters brings "The Wall" back to Boston this Sunday, July 1st 2012. This time, in front of the "Green Monster" at Fenway Park! I can't wait!
Here is the itinerary for this week leading up to the Show:
Roger and the Wounded Worriers Project
Video: The Artwork of The Wall with Matt Leonard
Show Recon for Boston. What's in store for Albany
Albany Full Report... What's in store for Boston?
Dudes That Rock: Roger Waters
Day Of The Show: Before, during and after.
In the meantime here's are some "tasty nuggets" you might not know about "The Wall" the last time it was here in Boston at the T.D. Garden in 2010:
The wall is 240' wide, 35'6" high and 18" deep
All in all, it's just 424 bricks in wall, 242 of those bricks are laid during the show
It takes 45 minutes to build the wall from placing first brick to placing last brick
12 touring crew members build the wall and 8 local crew members assist in the build.
5 elevator platform lifts are used behind the wall. Each lift is 20' long, 4' wide and can go 30' high
10 stabilizers are used inside the wall. Each stabilizer reaches 35' high from inside the bricks to keep the wall from falling over. They're also used to knock the wall down.
47 electric motors needed to power all stage machines
100,000' or about 19 miles of cables are used for sound, lighting and power. 3,000 amps of power is required to run show.
172 loudspeakers are used. This includes subs, surrounds and monitors.
82 moving stage lights
The circular screen (known as Mr. Screen) is 30' in diameter
12 Control boards with 1 operator each at the front of house mixing area
4 inflatables are used. The teacher and wife = 30' high. Mother = 30' high and a giant floating pig.
55 tons of rigged scenery
57 tons of floor equipment
21 40' trailer trucks are used to tour the show across the country
16 Carpenters (including puppet techs and operators)
5 man lighting crew (including lighting director)
5 man video crew
6 man sound crew (including monitors & audio playback)
4 man back-line crew
6 man automation crew (including operator)
3 man Pyrotechnics crew
66 touring crew personnel (excluding band)
80 local crew members
18 band members
6 tour busses
Cool stuff huh? Here is a tidbit from YouTube from last Septembers show.
WAAF Welcomes Roger Waters To Fenway Park: Wall Stats
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Countdown to The Wall
WAAF has a great resouce in all Things "Pink Floyd" with Matt! His wealth of knowlege is evident On Air and in his Podcasts. I'm looking forward to following this blog, and keeping my fingers crossed for a possible "sattelite" upgrade for Matt!
Great article matt .its one of the best ive read about the wall tour since it started in 2010. Ive seen a lot of shows and have read a lit of reviews, but they all say the same boring things. Thanks for doing something actually informative and interesting.
Can Not Wait!
I can not wait for this show on Sunday night!!!! Hey Matt are these decent tickets, sec 7-b93?
The Doctor Rocks
There is no one better to blog about the upcoming Wall show than "The Doctor", Matt Leonard. Boston.......hold onto your socks......or you won't know what hit you.......this show will rock your world. R&D
Hey guys. Thanks for the commments! Heres a great link you can use to find your seat; http://www.preciseseating.com/fenwaypark2.php
Awesome blog Doc!!!!! Gettin me goose bumps and I saw the first show in Houston!!!
Don't miss this one!
If you're a Pink Floyd or Roger Waters fan, this may be the final time you'll see any of the members perform. Gilmour has said he's pretty much done touring at all, and Roger said earlier this year that this may be his "swan song".
Best Show On Earth...OF ALL TIME!!!
You absolutely will regret not seeing this show at least ONCE, I stress at least once because in a few weeks I'll have seen it over 17 times and still can't get enough of it, it's that incredibly good, PERIOD!
And who better to blog and chat about it? then THE DOCTOR himself, Matt is a living legend when it comes to anything 'Roger' and 'Pink Floyd' so enjoy! I was able to witness this 'In The Flesh' in London with 'The Doctor' and can say he is the real deal, puts his heart and soul into it to say the least! The best around for sure!
Tom Hershey-- waz up DOC?!
Beantown will be a blast
Love this city, and looking forward to another giant BLAST of The Wall, this time at Fenway!
Thanks for the blog Matt, and looking forward to reading more!