Roger Waters

Origin: Cambridge, England

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Genres: art rock, Blues-Rock, Folk rock, Progressive rock, psychedelic rock

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Co-founder of Pink Floyd, Roger Waters was its essential creative force and mercurial singer-songwriter. Waters drove their albums’ conceptual birth and guided tbe band during the most prolific decade of the 70’s.

Pink Floyd achieved international success with the concept albums The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals, and The Wall. By the early 1980s, they had become one of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful bands in the history of popular music; by 2013, they had sold more than 250 million albums worldwide.

Of course, all of this could not be sustained forever.  Roger’s creative output spread into special projects that turned into solo albums. After The Wall and the Final Cut records were finished, Waters was ready to go solo.

He departed from Floyd in 1985 and continued to create visionary works (notably, 1992’s Amused to Death) and capitalized on the enduring popularity of his old band by staging live revivals of Dark Side of the Moon and The Wall in their entireties.

In 2005 the band reunited for a Live 8 Benefit at Hyde Park and were greeted by rave reviews. The following year he began a two-year stint touring a production of The Dark Side Of The Moon, followed by a super successful tour of The Wall which in 2013, held the record for being the highest-grossing solo tour.

Roger Waters first album in 25 years, Is This The Life We Really Want? will drop June 2nd. The new album’s release will be preceded by the launch of a new tour, the Us + Them North American Tour, which kicks off on May 26 in Kansas City and wraps up on Oct. 28 in Vancouver. Waters will play more than 50 dates during the run.

Hear the album’s first song, “Smell The Roses,” via the video below and on K-ZAP 93.3 FM and streaming on K-ZAP.org.

Discography

The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking (1984)
Radio K.A.O.S. (1987)
Amused to Death (1992)
Ça Ira (2005)
Is This the Life We Really Want? (2017)

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