It is turning out to be an eventful 2010 for [lastfm]Roger Waters[/lastfm]. He briefly reconciled and reunited with his former Pink Floyd bandmate [lastfm]David Gilmour[/lastfm] at the Hoping Foundation charity gig in England last July. And in what is certainly among the most anticipated rock events of the year, this fall he embarked on a world tour, performing a newly staged version of his former band’s classic, The Wall.
In his career as a songwriter, Waters has tackled personal and social issues, challenged the music business, and produced thought-provoking and deeply moving music that has impacted the world. So in some ways it’s little surprise he landed in the news recently, with the Anti-Defamation League accusing him of anti-Semitic messaging in images accompanying the song “Goodbye Blue Sky.” Waters countered this claim in a letter to UK newspaper The Independent–and recent shows indicate he’s changed the video to erase any confusion as to his intent.
For more insight into where Waters’ head is at, we turn to a set of interviews he did in 1984 and ’87, talking about the media, psychotherapy, Bo Diddley, and the meaning of life.
Hugely successful upon its release, Pink Floyd’s The Wall was one of the best selling albums of 1980 in the United States. It’s gone on to be one of the best-selling double albums of all time, and is also among the top five best-selling albums of all time in the US.
Listen in as Roger Waters speaks with Carter Alan of WBCN in 1992 about his views on the media:
In 1987 (WBCN), Roger goes in depth on his overall philosophy on life:
Finally, Roger briefly discusses his musical influences with Scott Muni of WNEW back in 1984:
Tracklist for [lastfm]Pink Floyd[/lastfm]’s The Wall
|1||In the Flesh?|
|2||The Thin Ice|
|3||Another Brick in the Wall, Part 1|
|4||The Happiest Days of Our Lives|
|5||Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2|
|7||Goodbye Blue Sky|
|10||One of My Turns|
|11||Don’t Leave Me Now|
|12||Another Brick in the Wall Part 3|
|13||Goodbye Cruel World|
|2||Is There Anybody Out There?|
|5||Bring the Boys Back Home|
|7||The Show Must Go On|
|8||In the Flesh|
|9||Run Like Hell|
|10||Waiting for the Worms|
|13||Outside the Wall|