Roger Waters is a founding member and main songwriter of Pink Floyd. In 1965, Pink Floyd was formed by a group of schoolmates in Cambridge, England. When original singer and songwriter Syd Barrett succumbed to mental illness and left the band, Waters assumed the role of creative force behin... More
Roger Waters is a founding member and main songwriter of Pink Floyd. In 1965, Pink Floyd was formed by a group of schoolmates in Cambridge, England. When original singer and songwriter Syd Barrett succumbed to mental illness and left the band, Waters assumed the role of creative force behind the group. Roger would write the bulk of Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals, and The Wall. After leaving Floyd in 1985, Waters released many popular solo records. The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking was originally written to be a Floyd album that would have been released instead of The Wall. Radio K.A.O.S. and Amused to Death were elaborate concept albums that took the experimental ideas of Waters' late work with Floyd and ran with it.
Waters embarked on a massive 2007 summer solo tour, performing, for the first time since 1974, Dark Side of the Moon live on stage. The show took place in two parts. The first set included some of Roger Waters' solo work as well as Pink Floyd selections from The Wall and Wish You Were Here. The second set was Dark Side of the Moon in it's entirety.
After receiving critical praise for his 2007 Dark Side of the Moon tour, Roger Waters took to his Pink Floyd catalog once again for the basis of his 2010 tour, playing The Wall (1979) to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the album’s release. Waters performed his solo set across the country, beginning at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto in September. Following its release in November of 1979, The Wall went on to position itself among the top five best-selling albums of all time. The band’s ninth studio record features classic tracks “Another Brick in the Wall,” “Hey You,” “Comfortably Numb,” and “In the Flesh.”
The tour received even more press when it was revealed that Roger Waters had temporarily patched up a feud with former Pink Floyd band mate David Gilmour. Gilmour suggested that he would make a mystery appearance at one of Waters’ 94 shows for “Comfortably Numb” throughout his US tour. Gilmour did make an appearance with Waters, along with Nick Mason, at Waters’ 2011 performance at London’s O2 Arena.
The Wall Live Tour will continue on in February in Aukland, New Zealand. Over the summer, Waters will travel through South America before reaching North America, to perform at spots like Yankee Stadium, Fenway Park, and the Phillies’ Citizens Bank Park.