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Rogers Waters talks 'The Wall' with KLOS-FM jock Jim Ladd

May 4, 2010 |  4:01 pm

Roger Waters

Roger Waters will talk about his new staging of Pink Floyd’s 1979 magnum opus “The Wall” in an interview with veteran KLOS-FM (95.5) DJ Jim Ladd slated to air Wednesday night at 10 p.m. on Ladd’s show.

Ladd, one of the signature voices of classic-rock radio, has a long history with Waters and the group. Back in 1980, when he was one of the DJs at KMET-FM, Waters pulled him and cohorts Jeff Gonzer and Cynthia Fox up on stage at the L.A. Sports Arena when the group mounted the show here. He later tapped Ladd as the announcer for his 1987 concept album “Radio K.A.O.S.” and took Ladd with him on tour for that project.

When Waters headlined at Coachella two years ago, he stopped by the station as Ladd’s in-studio guest. Ladd also popped up recently -- his voice anyway -- in the Doors documentary “When You’re Strange,” in a broadcast of the news of singer Jim Morrison's death.

In a note posted on the official website for the 2010-2011 “The Wall” tour, Waters writes: "Thirty years ago when I was kind of an angry and not very young lad, I found myself driven into defensive positions because I was scared of stuff, and I've come to realize that in that personal story, maybe somewhere hidden in there exists an allegory for more general and universal themes, political and social themes. It's really for that reason that I decided that I'd try and create a new performance of this piece using a lot of the same things that we did all those years ago."

Additionally, he noted that "Projection systems now are completely different from what they were then, which means that I would be able to project over the entire 250-foot expanse of the wall ... which we couldn't do in those days."

On his motivation for resurrecting “The Wall” now, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member said: "I recently came across this quote of mine from 22 years ago: ‘What it comes down to for me is this: Will the technologies of communication in our culture serve to enlighten us and help us to understand one another better, or will they deceive us and keep us apart?’

“I believe this is still a supremely relevant question and the jury is out,” he wrote. “There is a lot of commercial clutter on the net, and a lot of propaganda, but I have a sense that just beneath the surface understanding is gaining ground.  We just have to keep blogging, keep twittering, keep communicating, keep sharing ideas."

--Randy Lewis

Photo of Roger Waters. Credit: www.outsidethewall.net


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