George Roger Waters (born 6 September 1943) is an English musician, singer, songwriter and composer. He was a founder member of the progressive rock band Pink Floyd, serving as bassist and co-lead vocalist. Following the departure of bandmate Syd Barrett in 1968, Waters became the band's lyricist, principal songwriter and conceptual leader. The band subsequently achieved international success in the 1970s with the concept albums The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals and The Wall. Although Waters' primary instrument in Pink Floyd was the bass guitar, he also experimented with synthesisers and tape loops and played rhythm guitar on recordings and in concerts. Amid creative differences within the group, Waters left Pink Floyd in 1985 and began a legal battle with the remaining members over their intended use of the group's name and material. They settled the dispute out of court in 1987, and nearly eighteen years had passed before he performed with Pink Floyd again. The group have sold more than 250 million albums worldwide, including 74.5 million units sold in the United States as of 2012.
Waters' solo career has included three studio albums: The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking (1984), Radio K.A.O.S. (1987) and Amused to Death (1992). In 1986, he contributed songs and a score to the soundtrack of the animated film When the Wind Blows based on the Raymond Briggs' book of the same name. In 1990, he staged one of the largest and most extravagant rock concerts in history, The Wall – Live in Berlin, with an official attendance of 200,000. In 1996, he was inducted into the US and the UK Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Pink Floyd. He has toured extensively as a solo act since 1999 and played The Dark Side of the Moon in its entirety for his world tour of 2006–2008. In 2005, he released Ça Ira, an opera in three acts translated from Étienne and Nadine Roda-Gils' libretto based on the French Revolution. On 2 July 2005, he reunited with Pink Floyd bandmates Nick Mason, Richard Wright and David Gilmour for the Live 8 global awareness event; it was the group's first appearance with Waters in 24 years.
In 2010, he began The Wall Live, a worldwide tour that features a complete performance of The Wall. During this tour, at The O2 Arena in London on 12 May 2011, Gilmour and Mason once again appeared with Waters, Gilmour performing "Comfortably Numb", and Gilmour and Mason joining Waters for "Outside the Wall". Waters' tour topped international concert ticket sales for the first half of 2012, selling more than 1.4 million tickets globally.
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After 31 years what an incredible experience to actually witness it live. Roger Waters was absolutley BRILLIANT. The whole concept shows what a dark and intriguing mind Mr Waters has but was well brought up to date with amazing effects on the wall all through the show. The sound was one of the best i have experienced with sounds coming from all directions. One of those albums that will never date and one of those evenings i will remember forever, Thankyou Roger Waters.
Birmingham - NIA
Outstanding from Jude, 04/07/11
The critic for the New York Times wrote The best show I have seen. EVER. Thats all he wrote. Obviously he couldnt find the words to describe Roger Waters The Wall and neither can I after the most outstanding visual and musical spectacular I have ever seen. Suffice to say, I spent the first 15 minutes with tears running down my face at the NIA along with a crowd of 10,000 Floyd fans. Over 2 hours of Floydian bliss. Just incredible. Congratulations Roger Waters and Dave Kilminster.
Birmingham - National Indoor Arena
Best live show ever! from Rik65, 02/07/11
Without any doubt The Wall has to be the most spectacular live show I've ever seen. I was lucky enough to see the show at the O2 and NIA and on both nights the sound and visuals were flawless, atmosphere amazing and the whole experience mind blowing.
I've been a Floyd fan for years but missed out on the original shows so this was a show I didn't want to miss. It was sometimes difficult to know where to look as there is so much happening and Roger really seemed to be enjoying the performances. I can only hope that Roger comes back to the UK with this show (porobably no chance!). Thanks Roger for two great shows.
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George Roger Waters (born 6 September 1943 in Great Bookham, Surrey, UK) is an English musician, singer-songwriter and composer.Roger Waters was the main lyricist for the classic British rock band Pink Floyd. He, along with Syd Barrett, Nick Mason, and Richard Wright, formed the band in 1965 and released their first album, “The Piper at the Gates o... Read more