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The Wall Tour Begins
The Wall in concert remains one of the most visually spectacular shows staged by any rock band. The concept of a 340-white-brick wall 49 m (160 ft) wide and 10.5 m (35 ft) high being erected as the band performed to collapse at the finale was a stroke of theatrical genius. With staggering effects, including giant inflatable puppets and the obligatory crashing aeroplane as well as film, lights and Gerald Scarfe going hammer and tongs at the animations The Wall could not be toured in the traditional sense and was performed only 29 times at indoor venues in Los Angeles, New York, London and Dortmund. Extensive band rehearsals were required – and additional players were brought in – for performances where lights, effects, images and music were synchronized to military perfection.
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