Monday, May 21, 2012
Roger Waters Tickets are selling so fast the tour is breaking attendance records. Roger Waters spoke with CBS’ ’60 Minutes’ on Sunday May 20 to talk about the tour, reasons for leaving Pink Floyd, and how he wishes everyone would just leave their cell phones at home. Interviewer Steve Kroft calls Roger Waters “prickly” however he adds that even at 68, the legendary songwriter is also “gracious” and “totally committed to his work.” Steve Asked why ‘The Wall’ has had such staying power with fans, Waters replied, “I think it strikes some chords that may be just beneath surface in most of us. What it’s about is the walls that exist between human beings, whether on a family level or on a global level. And I think that resonates with people.” Roger Waters has taken great pains in the stage show to reproduce the sound of the original record, even using several artists to replicate — note for note — what Pink Floyd’s singer and guitarist David Gilmour did. That made Steve ask the obvious question: did Waters ever think about pulling his old band mates back in? He barely had the question out of his mouth before Waters stopped him. “There must have been a reason back in 1985 why I left Pink Floyd, left the name, left that big umbrella of comfort … and there was a reason for why I did, okay,” he said. “And [that reason] didn’t go away, certainly, in the intervening 25 years or however long it’s been.” But something Roger feels has changed are concert-goers — specially, the ones who wield cell phones at his shows. “It drives me insane,” he said, adding that he does not understand why people are so focused on taking photos of the show and staring at a tiny screen when there’s “this huge spectacle” going on in front of them. Bitching aside, though, Waters loves his job — and has no illusions about the life of a rock star. “People always used to say, it must be so hard you know, how do you do it? You know, it must be so hard being on the road, being in a rock and roll band. It’s amazing that you survived. And I would look at them like, what are you talking about?” he said. “It’s the easiest job in the world … I mean, compared with something really hard, like for instance, looking after a two-year-old child, it’s an absolute doddle.” Roger Waters Tour CBS 60 Minutes Video
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Monday, May 7, 2012
Roger Waters Tickets via the exclusive Vancouver Sun contest and you could find yourself dining and debating the finer points of rock ’n’ roll with Sun experts, music critic Francois Marchand and arts and life editor Maggie Langrick. After dinner, you and your guest will take in the May 26 Roger Waters concert at BC Place, and receive an exclusive Roger Waters Tour swag bag. Waters’ epic concept concert stages the entire Pink Floyd album The Wall, complete with a mammoth onstage wall, classic “Floydian” puppet appearances by the judge, mother, wife and schoolteacher characters, and, of course, Pink himself, performed by Waters. When the rock icon last brought this touring show to Vancouver’s Rogers Arena in December 2010, Marchand described it in his review as a “gargantuan” spectacle. The first concert to be held at the renovated BC Place, the remounted show promises to be even bigger, featuring all the classic visual elements from the original show, re-envisioned in a bolder multimedia spectacle. To enter to win go to facebook.com/vancouversun or thevancouversuncontests.com/expertconcerts. For Tickets visit Roger Waters Tickets
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Sunday, April 29, 2012
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Thursday, April 26, 2012
Roger Waters Tour extraordinary production of The Wall has smashed attendance records in South America with a record breaking 15 open-air stadiums shows in Chile, Brazil and Argentina, playing to over 750,000 fans. This is the largest number of stadium shows ever played in South America by an international artist on one tour. The South American leg included a record breaking 9 sold out shows in Buenos Aires, River Plate Stadium, exceeding the previous record of 5 nights, held by the Rolling Stones. Roger Waters The Wall Tour, an aural and visual masterpiece, has so far played 150 shows for a gross of US $218M in 27 countries. Due to overwhelming popular demand, The Wall returns to North America in 2012 kicking off this weekend, April 27 and 28th, at the Foro Sol stadium in Mexico for a historic run of 41 performances at stadiums and arenas. Roger Waters Tickets for the U.S. and Canadian leg begins on May 1st at the Toyota Center in Houston, TX with dates through July 14th at the Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, PA, including 2 nights at New York's prestigious Yankee Stadium and 1 once-in-a-lifetime night at the world-famous Los Angeles Coliseum, for a total of 9 stadium shows. The most anticipated show of the tour has Roger Waters Boston Tickets for Fenway Park selling quickly. The Pollstar Music Industry Awards, as voted by the music industry, has honored Roger Waters and The Wall Live with two of the highest accolades - the coveted "Major Tour of the Year" and "Most Creative Stage Production" of 2010. The Wall also won the "Most Creative Stage Production" for a second consecutive year in 2011. "The best arena show ever. Period." New York Post "The Wall Live is flawless. Everyone should see it once before they die." Philadelphia Inquirer
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Thursday, April 19, 2012
On April 27, Roger Waters returns to the road with his The Wall Live tour. The guitarist on these dates is G.E. Smith (Saturday Night Live, Bob Dylan). Waters has just posted a video to his Facebook page of himself jamming with Smith. Here is what Waters has to say about it:
In January, just before we went to Australia, New Zealand, Chile, Argentina and Brazil, I wanted to play a bit, to get the fingers moving, so I asked G.E. to come to Breathe Editing where we were working, to hang and play. We played some stuff from the Wall which was cool, but also, at the end, we just jammed around a little bluesy thing in E. Andy Jennison, my editor captured a little bit on his iPad. I sort of like it. I sometimes forget what a privilege it is to to play with the guys in my band. Love,Roger
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Wednesday, April 18, 2012
It has come to our attention here at the Roger Waters Tour Blog that our prior linking for Roger Waters Tour Forum was inaccurate. We have been receiving false information from a source that the Roger Waters Forum on Roger-Waters.com was being moved to a Invision hosted board. This also may jeopardize other information printed here about the Roger Waters Enigma as well as the Question and Answer Session believed to have happened in Brazil last month. We do apologise for not correctly fact checking and confirming info from this source, however in our defence the source was a former member of Roger Waters touring staff and had the credentials to prove it. We will no longer be releasing any information from this source and have removed all links and articles relevant too it. We will continue to host the Roger Waters Enigma information because this has been given to us by multiple sources and has not been proven fraudulent as of now. If anyone has legitimate information proving the Roger Waters Enigma to be false please contact us via the comment box preceding this post. Also we would like to note if not already made clear by our disclaimer: Links here, like many blogs are a mixture of paid sponsor's and official sites. Once again we apologise for this false information and thank you for visiting Roger Waters Blog.
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Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Seven months after they first set up camp in Zuccotti Park, Occupy Wall Street protesters are actually occupying Wall Street. But after a relatively uneventful week of lawfully sleeping on the sidewalk near the New York Stock Exchange, the protesters have been met with a strong police response over the past two nights.
For the Occupiers, the move to Wall Street -- after a month of high-profile efforts to establish a camp uptown in Union Square -- represents a refocusing on the movement's original message.
"I think it's good we're back down here at Wall Street," said David Intrator, a frequent protest participant. "We're literally confronting the powers that be. "It's good for people who work on Wall Street to see every day and every night a different point of view."
But that ruling didn't stop police from arresting (and punching) protesters as they disrupted the sleeping group at 6 a.m. Monday morning.
Why the police shut the sleep-out down after allowing it for a week isn't clear, but activists speculate that they may have left themselves open to arrest by sleeping in a group of more than 25, the limit set by the Met Council ruling.
After Monday morning's arrests, protesters retreated to the nearby steps of Federal Hall, which, as a National Park site, is under the authority of the Federal Government and thus outside the immediate jurisdiction of the New York Police Department.
At 5 p.m., Park rangers told the protesters the site was closed, and that sleeping or camping on the steps was forbidden. While many occupiers initially wanted to return to the city sidewalks, effectively daring the police to arrest them in violation of the Met Council ruling, others were committed to staying on the steps, under the sheltering hand of an enormous statue of George Washington.
With more than a dozen officers and metal barricades blocking access to the patch of sidewalk where they had slept for the past week, protesters opted to stay on the steps, singing and sharing inspirational quotations into the evening. City police looked on from the street, but took no action.
Some protesters responded with derision, noting the early hour and accusing the residents of being one-percenters who plunged the country into recession. One resident waded through a line of police and assaulted one of the vocal occupiers before officers could tear him away. Minutes later, the protester was arrested, cuffed, and thrown into the back of a police truck. Officers took no action against the resident, who stayed on the scene, declining in colorful terms to speak to the press.
The fracas opened a period of heavy police action, as "White-shirt" officers pointed out protesters they wanted arrested -- in many cases for "excessive noise" violations -- and sent less senior officers to arrest them. In at least one instance, city police made an arrest on federal property, at the top of the stairs.
"I'm really glad the police are being proactive," said Matt, a resident of 45 Wall Street, who appeared to be enjoying the scene as he looked on in a baby-blue polo shirt embroidered with "1%" on the breast. "The first amendment is not a blanket permission for misbehavior. I do respect their right to protest, but I think the way they're going about it is disrespectful and disruptive. They make the sidewalks narrower, and a lot of them don't shower regularly."
But Fatima Roland, who lives around the corner at 15 Broad Street, disagreed. "Sure, it's a little inconvenient that they're here, but I'm sorry, that's the price of democracy," she said. "The people who are out here complaining tonight are all the One Percent. Anyone who knows anything about what's going on in this country should be out here supporting these people, not complaining."
At 10:30, several occupiers attempted to return to the sidewalk corner at Wall and Nassau Streets where they had been sleeping for the past week. Police immediately responded. "This is a high security area, you are not allowed to sit here," one officer told them, giving them a moment to move and then arresting them.
As the night wore on and the activists tired, they considered their options, ultimately opting to sleep on a distant stretch of sidewalk near the east side waterfront.
Bill Dobbs, who brings decades of activism and civil-rights work to his involvement in Occupy Wall Street, said he was frustrated that the evening's events once again centered around protesters' clashes with the police rather than the movement's larger messages, but he conceded the occupiers might have little choice in the matter.
"People say, 'Well, why do they have to be here?'" Dobbs said. "But the alternative is you're in your house, where you can't change anything, except by clicking online petitions. There's something special about these camps: It means the people have power. That's why the police want to make sure no one can get out of their house and gather."
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