Ready, set, here it comes: the biggest concert in Philadelphia this year: Roger Waters’ “The Wall” at Citizens Bank Park where the Phillies play. If you’re attending, all show information is here.
The 30 trucks carrying production elements and 30 others carrying the stage arrived in South Philadelphia at Citizens Bank Park on Monday, July 9 to begin set up of “The Wall” concert show for today, 6 days later. It would take 150 crew members with an added 150 local crew to work 12 hour days to ready the stage with all the lighting, rigging, video screens, and special effects that make this one of rock ‘n roll’s most elaborate productions.
Based on the 1979 concept double album by Pink Floyd,”The Wall,” and the original shows in 1980 that Pink Floyd staged in Long Island, New York and Los Angeles, California, plus a momentous historical show in Berlin, Germany in 1990 signifying the fall of the Berlin wall, and then the 2010-11 tour of “The Wall” at indoor venues, this outdoor production is the biggest and best of all.
The wall itself is bigger – 230 feet wide spanning the back of the stadium (the original show in 1980 was 80 feet).
In an interview given to the media at the onset of the tour, Roger Waters said, “I thought of doing a show where I’d build a wall to express the feelings of alienation that I had from the audience.”
Waters describes the show: “The way the show works is, we go on in the beginning and there’s little bits of wall on the side of the stage and during the first half of the show while we’re playing the wall gets built and by the end of the first half it’s complete. The band is still playing but they’re behind this 35-foot high wall.
When we start the second half, we come on playing and you can’t see us. You can see that this light’s going on and off, and that’s what’s happening – that’s the theater of it. When people see that they’re separated from the band they understand that’s it’s not just about them the audience being separated from us and the performance, it’s also about separation between east and west, rich and poor; you start finding parallels in other people’s experiences. The separations that you might feel from things that might be important to you are symbolically represented by this wall that is separating you from the band.”
Tonight’s show will be the last outdoor arena show of the tour. “The Wall” moves to its final performance at an indoor venue in Quebec on July 21. There is some talk that Waters may take the tour to Europe in 2013.
According to Rolling Stone Magazine, “The Wall” tour has helped bring the concert business back after a disastrous couple of years.
Production Manager for “The Wall,” Chris Kansy spoke to the press yesterday and said the show goes on, rain or shine. Note: Umbrellas are not allowed inside the ballpark. See below for more restrictions. Show time is 8:45 p.m. prompt. Gates open at 7 p.m. There is a short intermission after “Goodbye Cruel World.” A full review will appear here tomorrow after this examiner attends the show tonight.
Once inside the ballpark, ticket questions can be addressed at the Guest Services Window on the Main Concourse behind Section 123.
Ticket holders that have seating on the playing field must obtain a wristband at one of the kiosks located just inside the entrance gates. Wristbands are required to get onto the playing field.
The parking lots in the Sports Complex will open starting at noon. Lots will be
opened at staggered times. The parking fee is $25 ($50 for oversized vehicles).
Tailgating is permitted only in parking lots south of Pattison Avenue and/or east of Darien Street (Lots A-G, J-N and P).
Security stations will be set up at each entrance gate. Prohibited items include: video and audio recording devices, professional grade cameras with detachable lenses, weapons of any kind, bags (including backpacks) other than women’s purses, food and beverage, glass items, umbrellas, lights, laser pointers and flashlights. Women’s purses will be searched prior to entry.
Ballpark staff will NOT be able to hold or check any items for you. If you have any prohibited items, please leave them in your vehicle or they will be discarded. All patrons are subject to a search and/or pat-down before entering the Ballpark.
There is a no re-entry policy at Citizens Bank Park. Once you leave the ballpark, you may not re-enter.