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Roger Waters building 'The Wall' June 8 in Wrigley Field

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As expected, "The Wall" is coming back to Chicago -- and it might get covered in ivy.

Roger Waters, co-founder of classic rock band Pink Floyd, will bring his technologically sophisticated production of the band's 1979 concept album back to North America this summer, Live Nation announced Tuesday morning. The tour includes a few ballparks, including a stop June 8 at Wrigley Field.

Tickets for "The Wall" at Wrigley go on sale at 10 a.m. Nov. 14 via

Waters toured "The Wall" last year, playing more than 120 shows around the world, including four nights in September 2010 at the United Center.

Pink Floyd only performed the album a few times in 1980. Waters staged a performance of "The Wall" in 1990 in Berlin.

"Thirty years ago when I wrote 'The Wall,' I was a frightened young man," Waters said in a statement announcing the 2012 tour. "In the intervening years it occurred to me that maybe the story of my fear and loss with its concomitant inevitable residue of ridicule, shame and punishment, provides an allegory for broader concerns: Nationalism, racism, sexism, religion, whatever! All these issues and -isms are driven by the same fears that drove my young life."

The ballpark has hosted concerts annually the last couple of summers, including two-night stands with Paul McCartney this year and Dave Matthews last year.

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HEADS UP! There is a pre-show party for the Roger Waters Chicago concert Friday, June 8th at Little Jim's Tavern 3501 N. Halsted, (3 blocks from Wrigley Field) from 4pm to 8pm. $6 pitchers of beer, $3 special Pink Floyd shots, food, and raffles for official The Wall tour merchandise (T-shirt, posters, coffee mug, and tour program). Stop by before the show or just stop by to hang out!

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