First date of The Wall
4 August 1980
Floyd's Roger Waters was inspired to write "The Wall" after a particularly difficult US tour where he'd spat at a fan. The making of the album had been fraught and had been much less collaborative than previous Floyd efforts and keyboard player Rick Wright had been sacked during it. The scale of the show was gargantuan; it included 45 tons of equipment, inflatable puppets, a bomber plane and (unsurprisingly) a wall which was 160 feet wide and 35 feet high. Ironically the only musician to make any money out of the concerts was Wright, who'd been hired to play keyboards on a session basis. The final Wall gig on 17 June 1981 would be the last time the four men would share a stage for 24 years.