Waters’ tribute to Mark Fisher
Roger Waters has paid tribute to set designer and architect Mark Fisher, who was responsible for creating Pink Floyd’s The Wall stage in 1980.
He later designed the Rolling Stones’ Steel Wheels and Voodoo Lounge sets, U2′s Claw set and worked with Peter Gabriel, Tina Turner and many others.
He passed away on Friday in Marie Curie Cancer Care Hospice, Hampstead, after a long illness. He was 66.
Waters tells TeamRock Radio’s Classic Rock Magazine Show: “Mark was a great man and a great friend.
“I remember Mick Jagger coming to see The Wall. He came straight backstage afterwards and said: ‘Who did that? I want it.’”
The designer offered his input when Waters decided to re-stage The Wall a few years ago. “I called him in 2010 and he was an enormous help. I was thinking about a virtual wall and he said, ‘No, you’ve got to build the wall just like you did. You can do it – go on mate.’”
Waters recalls how Fisher would “stand there with his head on one side, and the wheels would be turning.” He shares the contents of an email he wrote to a colleague: “I’m deeply saddened. You and I are in a better position than most to know just how great a loss this is. He was always questioning everything we ought to do, and usually bettering them. It was like winning the Ashes with no losers – the sun would burst through the clouds in the discovery of the solution to some artistic technical problem.”
U2 manager Paul McGuinness tells Billboard: “Mark was really a genius – that was the key to it. He was an architect with an extraordinary imagination.
“Some production people are very set in their ways. The band comes to them with an idea: ‘How can you execute it?’ Some say, ‘Oh, you can’t do that; that’s never been done before.’ But Mark was never like that. He turned everyone’s wild ideas into steel and lumber and canvas reality. He built extraordinary things for us.”
Fisher’s agency Stufish said in a statement: “Mark passed away peacefully in his sleep at the Marie Curie Hospice in Hampstead with his wife Cristina at his side, after a long and difficult illness, which he suffered with stoicism and courage and his customary good humour.
“Mark’s work as a set designer and artistic director has transformed the landscape of rock concerts and large scale events over the last 25 years. He was the senior designer for the Beijing Olympics Opening and Closing Ceremonies and was one of the three executive producers at the London 2012 Games ceremonies.
“His work influenced not only the colleagues and crews with whom he worked but also surprised and delighted the many millions of people who experienced his designs all over the world.”