Roger Waters: 'I'm not part of Pink Floyd'
In late September, Roger Waters reminded fans on Facebook of something they probably should've already known – that he hasn't been a part of Pink Floyd in three decades.
"Some people have been asking Laurie, my wife, about a new album I have coming out in November," the post said. "Erhh? I don't have an album coming out. They are probably confused. David Gilmour and Nick Mason have an album coming out … David and Nick constitute the group Pink Floyd. I on the other hand, am not part of Pink Floyd. I left Pink Floyd in 1985."
Perhaps you can't blame fans for being confused, seeing that Waters has mounted solo tours in recent years while still performing several shows with his old bandmates (most recently in London in 2011).
In the same Facebook post, Waters went an entirely different direction and also criticized the role of some countries in the Israel-Palestine conflict. "My recent trip to Bruxelles was very moving," he wrote. "To listen to the testimony of some of those present in Gaza during the euphemistically named Operation Protective Edge, July and August 2014 was deeply disturbing. I am still non plussed by the acquiescence of the governments of the USA, UK and EU to the policies of the current Israeli administration. Should we encourage our leaders to sue for a peaceful solution or not?"
Huffington Post later printed an Op Ed Waters wrote in support of greater efforts by 'our governments' to protect children in war torn countries.
Roger Waters stands up for heroes (11/24/13)
Roger Waters is standing up for heroes. The legendary musician recently played with Bruce Springsteen at the 2013 annual Stand Up for Heroes benefit in New York City. The fundraiser, which supports the Bob Woodruff Foundation's efforts to help wounded service members, veterans and their families, was held at the Theater at Madison Square Garden and streamed live on YouTube and the organization's Google+ page.
Waters made his debut appearance at Stand Up for Heroes last year, performing with a band made up of wounded active military personnel and veterans. The event also offered an interactive element allowing participating celebrities and military members to chat with fans online about the benefit and the issues affecting wounded armed forces personnel. Philanthropy seems to be the name of the game for Waters right now. He guested at the Love for Levon tribute concert in October 2012. Two months later, he performed at the Concert for Sandy Relief at Madison Square Garden.
Waters recently made headlines when he told the BBC he was regrets suing his former Pink Floyd bandmates in the mid-Eighties over use of the group's name. Describing the group a "spent force creatively," he took guitarist David Gilmour and drummer Nick Mason to court in 1986 to prevent them from recording or performing as Pink Floyd.
Waters is currently working on a new album, which would be his first since 2005's "Ca Ira." Last year he told Rolling Stone he had finished a song for a project he was tentatively claling "Heartland." His last studio rock release was the 1992 LP "Amused to Death."
3/28/13: After a massively successful "The Wall Live" tour in early 2012, the reunited Pink Floyd came together one more time at New York City's epic 12-12-12 Benefit for Hurricane Sandy concert. The televised benefit show featured a collaboration between the band and Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder, as they stood onstage at Madison Square Garden and performed hits like "Money," "Dark Side of the Moon" and "Comfortably Numb." Before the event, Waters appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and teased the audience with talk of a a new studio album. It would be the rockers first solo album since 1992's "Amused to Death."
More recently, at the tail end of March, Waters called for an official boycott of Israel. Said the singer, "They are running riot, and it seems unlikely that running over there and playing the violin will have any lasting effect." Waters became an outspoken supporter of the campaign for boycott, divestment and sanctions (commonly referred to as BDS) after a 2006 trip to the West Bank. On said trip, he spray-painted the lyric "We don't need no thought control" from the famous Pink Floyd anthem, "Another Bring in the Wall (Part 2)" on the Israeli West Bank barrier. Quite the bold move coming from the singer who, earlier this week, admitted that the inspiration to start Pink Floyd was less about exploring weighty issues, and more about the finer things in life. Said Waters, "The inspiration was, I wanted sex and money - just like anybody else."
As a founding member and driving creative force behind one of the most legendary and commercially successful (over 200 Million records sold) rock acts in history, Pink Floyd, the British singer/songwriter/composer and multi- instrumentalist Roger Waters is known around the globe as one of rock's most unique and popular artists. His solo world tours are unprecedented in the power and scope of their creativity and scale. Once serving as bassist and co- lead vocalist of Pink Floyd, Waters left the group in 1985 due to creative differences with its remaining members. He contributed songs and a score to the soundtrack of an animated movie in 1986 and also tackled three solo albums: 'The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking' (1984), 'Radio K.A.O.S.' (1987) and 'Amused to Death' (1992). The studio projects were far from a commercial success, and poor ticket sales plagued his first tour. In short, the start to his solo venture gave little indication to the road ahead.
In July 1990, Waters would stage one of the most elaborate rock concerts in history: 'The Wall: Live in Berlin.' Some 200,000 fans packed the terrain between Potsdamer Platz and the Bradenburg Gate less than nine months after the Berlin Wall came down. Approximately one billion television viewers tuned in to see Waters use an East German symphony orchestra and choir, a Soviet marching band and a pair of helicopters from the U.S. Army 7th Airborne Command and Control Squadron as part of the show. Rogers remains one of the most enigmatic and dynamic performers in music, and despite lengthy hiatuses in touring and from the music industry, his live shows have endured. He reunited with Pink Floyd one final time at the 2005 Live 8 concert in London's Hyde Park, and has crisscrossed the globe ever since. For the first half of 2012, Waters' 'The Wall Live' tour topped worldwide concert sales of more than 1.4 million tickets. As one of the many, many accolades bestowed upon him in his career, Roger Waters was voted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.
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