In the latest update from Rogers camp we can confirm that the new album will indeed be released on May 19th with the title “Is This The Life We Really Want?”. We suspect the opportunity to pre-order the album will be announced very shortly.
Pink Floyd bassist and mastermind Roger Waters plans to bring his incredible live show on the road again this spring for his Us + Them Tour.
Waters addressed rumors that he is planning on performing The Wall at the U.S.-Mexico border, saying it is logistically impossible for him to do so at this point with his own tour to prepare for.
He added in his interview with Jim and Shelli that he might do such a show in the future, if the Trump administration, or a future one, abandons the border wall concept.
“It’s because I agree with [Obama],” says Waters, who is working on a new album in a New York recording studio. “There is no ‘us’ and ‘them’; it’s an illusion. We are all human beings and we all have a responsibility to support one another and to discover ways of wresting the power from the very, very few people who control all the cash and all the property.”
That notion that we’re all in this together is one of the major themes the former Pink Floyd singer and bassist will highlight on his upcoming arena tour, also dubbed Us + Them, which kicks off a North American leg in May. He’s promised a spectacle worthy of following up his blockbuster The Wall tour for the trek, and it will feature a mix of older songs with a taste of some new songs, since the tour coincides with the release of a new Waters solo album, Is This the Life We Really Want?, which he says also addresses concepts similar to the tour.
The singer, age 73, says the tour and album fall in line with the sense of discontentment that he’d previewed when he posted video of himself performing the Animals track “Pigs (Three Different Ones)” in Mexico City last October in front of projections of Donald Trump juxtaposed with the word pendejo (“stupid”). “I was wanting to make a strong point of my disapproval of the Donald and everything that he stands for before the election,” he says. “Sadly, it didn’t seem to have quite enough effect. I wrote a long speech that I was gonna make at Desert Trip, but I didn’t because it would not have been good theater. I’ve still got that speech written, and I think I might post it at one point.”
Ever outspoken, Waters is ready to take his message of humanity on the road and play it before giant audiences, even if it alienates a few fans along the way. “Out of the 80,000 people at Desert Trip, I’m guessing maybe 1,000 got up in disgust and walked out of my performance – I don’t know for sure,” he says. “But there was a very small number people who were upset that I was lampooning the nincompoop.”
In a wide-ranging interview with Rolling Stone, Waters talks about the intersection of his musical and political views.
The West End basement bar where Pink Floyd got their big break will be recreated inside the V&A for a new blockbuster show dedicated to 50 years of the giants of rock.
Fans will enter the exhibition by climbing into the back of a replica of the beaten-up old Bedford van they toured in during their early days.
The story of their career, taking in multi-million-selling albums and spectacular concerts full of theatrical effects, will then unfold.
A section dedicated to the UFO club in Tottenham Court Road, where Pink Floyd be-came the unofficial house band 50 years ago, includes a psychedelic light show created by designer Peter Wynne Willson, who worked with the band at the time.
The show will open in May. Researchers, led by long-time Pink Floyd collaborator Aubrey “Po” Powell, spent more than two years hunting down memorabilia in the homes of band members including bass player Roger Waters. Some 350 exhibits include a painting by original lead singer Syd Barrett, guitars, album art, and clothes worn by the band when they were starting out and kept ever since by drummer Nick Mason.
Mr Powell said: “Nick was a collector from the early days. He had a very well organised archive and had shirts from the UFO days kept on hangers.
“We searched through their houses and barns and sheds. You would open up a box and there would be a Gerald Scarfe piece of animated film in pristine condition that’s been untouched for 30 or 40 years.”
One exhibit is a letter from the helicopter pilot hired to chase the giant inflatable pig, suspended above Battersea Power Station for the cover of 1977 album Animals, after it broke free and floated off towards Kent.
Another item is a cane used to punish some of the band members during their Cambridge school days which helped inspire the character of the Teacher in The Wall.
Mr Powell said: “The Teacher was taken directly from Roger’s teacher at school, who was a bully. We went back to the school and found they still had the cane that was used on them. I told Roger and he was over the moon about that.”
Waters and Mason were expected to make a rare public appearance together today to discuss the show — but Mr Powell said the trip down memory lane had not plastered over all the cracks in the band’s famously fractious relationships. “I would like to say ‘yes’ but no comment will be appropriate,” he said.
“This is about a band that have gone on for 50 years, made some of the most fantastic music ever, and judging by audiences at their solo shows are as popular as ever.”
The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains runs from May 13th to October 1st. Tickets are on sale now.
Roger Waters 2017 New / Extended Dates
Due to overwhelming demand, eleven new dates* have been added to Roger Waters North American Us + Them tour, including a third show at Los Angeles’ Staples Center and a second at Denver’s Pepsi Center.
Listed Below Are The New / Extended Dates
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Los Angeles, CA
|July 1st||AT&T Center||San Antonio, TX|
|July 8th||Smoothie King Center||New Orleans, LA|
|July 29th||BMO Harris Bradley Center||Milwaukee, WI|
|August 13th||Bridgestone Arena||Nashville, TN|
|September 21st||Quicken Loans Arena||Cleveland, OH|
|September 23rd||Times Union Center||Albany, NY|
|September 24th||XL Center||Hartford, CT|
|October 22nd||MTS Centre||Winnipeg, MB|