The Wall is a rock opera presented as a double album by Pink Floyd, released by Harvest Records on 30 November 1979 in the United Kingdom and by Columbia Records in the United States. It was subsequently performed live, with elaborate theatrical effects, and made into a film.
Similar to their previous albums, The Wall is a concept album which deals largely with the theme of personal isolation. The concept was inspired by the band's 1977 tour promoting their previous album Animals, where Roger Waters' frustration with the audience reached a point where he spat in the face of a fan who was attempting to climb on stage at the Olympic Stadium on 6 July, 1977. Waters would come to regret this, and had lamented that such a wall exists. The Wall featured a notably harsher and more theatrical sound than their previous releases.