This holiday season looks to be a good one for Pink Floyd fans, as the band has two “The Wall”-related releases coming out in the next two months.First off is a new live album, “Is There Anybody Out There? The Wall Live,” which will hit stores on December 1. The LP commemorates the 20th anniversary of Floyd’s epic concept album and the historic tour that followed. The extraordinary tour saw the group performing the album in its entirety, while a 160-foot long, 30-foot high wall was being built around the stage; the wall would be destroyed later in the show, leaving the band performing in the ruins. The show also featured other eye-popping effects, including giant puppets, changing sets, and animation projected onto the wall, all years before other acts began to employ such visual elements. Many Floyd fans were left out in the cold during the tour, so to speak. The U.S. leg included only ten dates: five nights at New York’s Nassau Coliseum, and five more at
the Sports Coliseum in Los Angeles. The outing was the group’s last with principal songwriter-bassist Roger Waters; the band would go on to release one more album with Waters, 1983’s “The Final Cut,” which they did not tour behind. In 1984, Waters released his solo album “The Pros And Cons Of Hitch-Hiking,” and the following year he quit the band. “Is There Anybody Out There?” isn’t the only new release celebrating the anniversary of “The Wall.” About a month before the live album is released, the film version of “The Wall,” starring Bob Geldof, will be hitting stores. The deluxe DVD version will contain the film, originally released in 1982, as well as the usual bonus goodies: theatrical trailers, a 25-minute, previously released “making-of” documentary, and a new 45-minute documentary including interviews with the cast and filmmakers. “The Wall” will also be re-released on VHS, but without all of the DVD extras. As for Pink Floyd themselves, there is no word when
the band plans to record or tour again. However, Roger Waters performed a healthy selection of Floyd tunes on his solo tour (his first in over a decade) this past summer (see “Pink Floyd Alum Waters Maps Out U.S. Tour” ). In recent years, Waters has been working on an opera, “Ca Ira,” and he will return to the studio in February to work on songs for a new rock album, his first since 1992’s “Amused To Death.” Waters is also considering performing “The Wall” sometime in 2000. He last performed the album in its entirety, assisted by Sinead O’Connor, Van Morrison, the Scorpions, and others, in 1990 at the site of the former Berlin Wall.