Roger Waters…Wednesday!


The day after tomorrow I’ll be sitting in the nosebleed seats for Roger Waters Us + Them tour. I love the guy’s music, and he’s got the right sensibility for the era, as reported for his Chicago event.

It’s also very political, and that’s something that should surprise absolutely nobody. Waters has never been a stranger to controversy, and his recent political views (especially those involving the Israel-Palestine conflict), have certainly been turning all the right and wrong heads across the world. But he sounds revitalized again, and if you couldn’t tell from all the rage and angst that radiates from his latest record, Is This the Life We Really Want?, then he makes that pretty clear with the Us + Them Tour. Unlike his recent reprisal of The Wall, which toured the world for the better part of the early 2010s, Waters sounds less like he’s dusting off older material and more like he’s rewriting them for a new era. And in a world that’s as savage and dour as ours right now, we’re also singing louder than ever.

Anyone else going?

Comments

  1. slithey tove (twas brillig (stevem)) says

    I tweeted earlier. I’ll be attending when his tour hits Boston, late September. I wonder how they’ll fit the giant pig balloons in the TD Garden arena. Expecting a Floyd worthy light show. The music will more than make up any moderation of light show.
    I’ve read a couple interviews online where Roger is quite firm about the political message included in the show. He says he is trying to be more than just ear candy and use the venue to express his opinion, anyone who disagrees is perfectly welcome to leave. He is not desperate for the revenue to submit to presenting only “common denominator”.

  2. ragdish says

    If you didn’t go, would you fritter and waste the hours in an offhand way instead?

  3. mmfwmc says

    I saw him play The Wall in London a couple of years ago. He used the wall as a projection backdrop for the second act. It was incredible. Run like hell was probably the single most impressive piece of music I’ve ever seen. They interspersed it with the Collateral Murder recording of the two journalists being killed by an American helicopter in Iraq. They also quoted Eisenhower in the background.

    Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.

    It was truly incredible.

  4. says

    Me too to Boston late September with very good seats. Can’t wait.
    Did the Wall tour two years ago and saw the movie he made of that too.
    He is my most favorite from back in the day thru now.
    Saw Watersless Floyd in Bercy Arena in the 80s with open floor, no seats, so I had my belly on the front rail directly in front of Gilmour and the girls. Funny smelling smokes were being passed around.

  5. michaelumilik says

    Saw him last month in New Orleans. Outstanding concert. Lots of people walking out after he projected “Trump Is A Pig” onto the screen….. Only criticism: halfway through the concert he dropped screens from the ceiling which obscured the view of the stage. But other than that, prepare to be wowed.

  6. ellien says

    Going to the September show in Newark. Can’t wait! I have been hearing good things about this tour and if its anything like his last tour it’ll be awesome! Enjoy the show!

  7. darreno2112 says

    Went to the Dallas show a few weeks ago. It was great. Lots of pink floyd stuff. About 5 or 6 songs off the most recent album as well. His rendition of Pigs (three different ones) from the Animals album is worth the ticket price alone. Enjoy.

  8. KG says

    Lots of people walking out after he projected “Trump Is A Pig” onto the screen – michaelumilik@6

    Protesting that gross insult to pigs, presumably.

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