Roger Waters Considering A Performance Of Pink Floyd's "The Wall" & Teases New Album
Tue, 21 Feb 2017 09:32:45
Pink Floyd's Roger Waters, is considering a performance of his former band's 1979 classic album The Wall at the US-Mexico border. The concert will be in protest against President Trump's proposed construction of a border wall.
In 1990 Waters performed the seminal album in Berlin to mark the fall of the Berlin Wall the previous year. Now, the legendary musician has described the album as "very relevant now with Mr. Trump and all of this talk of building walls and creating as much enmity as possible between races and religions," adding that his album is "about how detrimental building walls can be on a personal level, but also on broader levels." He has suggested that there are plans for another similar performance — which would presumably share similar production values as his recent shows in Mexico.
As well as voicing his unadulterated 'resistance' to Donald Trump, Waters has announced his first new rock album in about 25 years. Is This the Life We Really Want?, now has a teaser video that features a sampling of some moody music, and some samples of old english speaking clocks that will ostensibly appear on the LP. The video doesn't detail a firm release date — but it does promise that the new material will be 'coming soon'.
The teaser video shows a document being redacted, à la confidential reports the U.S. government releases via Freedom of Information Act requests.
Speaking about the album last year Waters said, "We've got some really good work in the can," He also spoke of his admiration for producer Nigel Godrich, "He said to me, 'People always want to do these long records. How long was The Dark Side of the Moon?' I said 38 minutes…. I so feel for young musicians, knowing that all of your work will be stolen, and nobody wants to pay you. [But] it also means you can say anything you want. Well, I've always said anything I've wanted anyway."
Alongside the new album, Waters is also ramping up to a new tour, named after a song on another classic Floyd album The Dark Side Of The Moon's — "Us + Them". Speaking about the content and construction of the shows he said, "It'll be a mixture of stuff from my long career, stuff from my years with Pink Floyd, some new things… Probably 75 percent of it will be old material and 25 percent will be new, but it will be all connected by a general theme. It'll be spectacular like all my shows have been."
For Floyd fans it seems like a hell of a year is about to happen, and that if anyone can communicate their darkest fears with the most captivating rock shows imaginable, Waters is the man.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff