The man behind Pink Floyd’s “Comfortably Numb” and “Wish You Were Here” and solo hits such as “Three Wishes” and “Home” will soon perform these songs near you. Roger Waters, the famous English singer, songwriter, bassist and composer is currently headlining Roger Waters Us + Them tour. The highlight of this worldwide concert is that Waters will be performing from the albums of Pink Floyd, such as The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals and The Walls. Incidentally, these are also Pink Floyd’s most commercially successful and critically acclaimed albums.
If you want to see Waters perform songs from these albums then get your Roger Waters tickets here.
Early Life & Pink Floyd Formation
Roger Waters was born in Surrey and raised in Cambridge, England. As he grew up, he became more interested in political activism and by the age of fifteen had become the chairman of the Cambridge Youth Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament. His other interest at the time was sports; he however detested his school education. Upon graduation, he thought of pursuing a career in mechanical engineering, but decided against it and joined the Regent Street Polytechnic School of Architecture. Here he would meet two future members of Pink Floyd, Richard Wright and Nick Mason.
In addition to Mason and Wright, Waters knew the other two members of Pink Floyd, David Gilmour and Syd Barrett from Cambridge. In 1965, Richard Wright, Nick Mason, Roger Waters and Syd Barrett formed Pink Floyd; David Gilmour joined the band later. The band would go on to become one of the most commercially successful progressive rock bands of all time.
Breakthrough & Recognition
Before he became a solo artist, Roger Waters found success with Pink Floyd. One of the band’s co-founders, Waters initially served as Pink Floyd’s bassist and only later became their lyricist, conceptual leader and co-lead vocalist.
Waters played an instrumental role in the production of Pink Floyd’s concept albums, The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals, and The Walls. By the early 1980s, Pink Floyd had become one of the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed bands in the history of music. Waters however left the band in 1985 due to creative differences. A legal battle over the use of the band’s name and material, between Waters and the remaining members of the band, then ensued, which was finally settled out of court in 1987. It will be almost eighteen years, before Waters would perform again with Pink Floyd.
Famous Albums & Songs
The falling out of Roger Waters with Pink Floyd led to him pursuing a solo career, which turned out to be as big of a success as his stint with Pink Floyd.
Roger Waters has released 4 studio albums, 17 singles, one compilation album and 3 live albums. His debut album, The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking was released in 1984 and charted at No.31 on the Billboard 200. In his native, UK, the album charted at No.13 on the UK Albums chart. A commercially successful venture, Waters’ debut solo album sold more than half-million albums in the US and was certified Gold by the RIAA. One of the biggest hits from the album was, “5:06 AM: Every Strangers’ Eyes.”
The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking revolved around a man suffering from midlife crisis and having scattered thoughts during a road trip through California, dreaming of committing adultery with a hitchhiker.
Waters’ second album, Radio K.A.O.S. came out in 1987 and charted at No.50 on the Billboard 200. A Gold and Silver record in Canada and UK respectively, this album was also a concept album with heavy political undertones of monetarism, Cold War and popular culture of the time. “The Powers That Be” and “Home” were two of the biggest hit singles from this album.
In 1992, Waters released his third album, Amused to Death. Charting at No.21 on the Billboard 200, it was certified Gold in Canada and Australia and Silver in the UK. Out of all of his solo albums, it is this which has produced some of the most famous and popular Waters’ singles. “Three Wishes,” “Watching TV,” “What God Wants, Part 1” and “The Bravery of Being Out of Range” were few of the biggest hits spawned by this album. AllMusic called it “a masterpiece in the sense that it brings together all of his obsessions in one grand, but not unwieldy, package.”
Waters’ latest album, Is This the Life We Really Want? came out in 2017. Charting at No.11 on the Billboard 200, it sold well as well as impressed the critics. Consequence of Sound was particularly impressed when it noted that the album “is easily the most accessible of Waters' solo work—a distillation in many regards of the anti-fascist, anti-imperialist, anti-greed messages he's been broadcasting since Pink Floyd.” While the album spawned many hit singles, it was “Smell the Roses” which became a chartbuster.
Roger Waters Tickets 2017
2017 has been a special year for Waters and his fans. First, after 25 years, Waters released his studio album, Is This the Life We Really Want? and second, his fans can get to see him again, thanks to Roger Waters Us + Them tour.
If you haven’t been to one of his concerts lately, then get your Roger Waters tickets 2017 now and watch the rock upon which Pink Floyd was built.