August 7, 2016 |
Out in Indio, Calif., in the middle of the Coachella Valley, they'll put on a festival Oct. 7-9 that - if it were 1975 - would be one of the greatest lineups in the history of pop music: the Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan (Oct. 7), Paul McCartney and Neil Young (Oct. 8), and Roger Waters (once of Pink Floyd) and The Who (Oct. 9). And I am not going. And I would not go. It's not that it won't be fun. The audience will know all the songs. May they dance all weekend. May they get the cosmic feel-goods all over.
December 4, 2015 |
'As you could guess," says film director Sean Evans, "Roger is not afraid to speak his mind. " That unbridled spirit is Roger Waters, cofounder and former front man of Pink Floyd, and, now, codirector with Evans of a documentary on the progressive British band's celebrated theatrical work, The Wall. The film was released this week on BluRay/DVD. Waters was in his 30s when he conceived the rock opera, about the psychotic decay of a fictional rock artist named Pink, drawn in part from Water's own inner turmoil.
May 23, 2015 |
Steven Wilson has a reputation for crafting meticulously designed, progressive albums of his own, along with his bands Porcupine Tree and No-Man. He has also remastered and remixed classic recordings from King Crimson, Yes, and Roxy Music. Once, he was reticent about touring, but that melted away with time. Starting in earnest with the 2008 album Insurgentes , his solo career has bloomed comparatively late. When on tour, as he is now - with a date Thursday night at the Keswick Theatre - Wilson likes to get out and see what your town is all about.
November 11, 2012 |
"SideShow" favorite Kenneth Branagh , who a lot of people think is royalty, he's played royals so often, was knighted Friday by Queen Elizabeth II at a dump called Buckingham Palace. Born in Belfast, he's eligible, you see. He's chuffed it happened in this, the year of the queen's Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics: "It's been a hell of a year for the U.K. and I feel very honored to be a tiny part of it. " He got it for his charity work, not his acting. Maybe Elizabeth can give him another!
July 16, 2012 |
Given the efficiency with which commercial success trumps contradiction, it was perhaps inevitable that Pink Floyd's The Wall, an album inspired by Roger Waters' distaste for stadium shows, would find its way back into ballparks, more than three decades after its initial release. At Citizens Bank Park on Saturday night, Waters and his 11-piece band were dwarfed by a 40-foot-high "brick" wall that spanned the breadth of the field. As the ensemble played through the album in its entirety, stagehands filled in the gap in the center, oversize imitation brick by oversize imitation brick, until, at the two-hour show's midpoint, Waters and his ensemble were entirely hidden from view.
November 2, 2011 |
Would Ryan Howard be able to hit it over this Wall? Pink Floyd mastermind Roger Waters is bringing The Wall , his most impressive musical-theatrical production based on the 1979 double LP that's one of the biggest-selling albums of all time, back to Philadelphia. The bass-playing rock auteur will build up a 40- by-500-foot wall at Citizens Bank Park on July 14, in what's planned as the final stop of a U.S. tour that begins May 1 in Houston. Tickets go on sale Monday at 10 a.m. at livenation.com and comcasttix.com.
September 21, 2006 |
FOR THE second time in my life, I'm writing a column about Pink Floyd. Specifically, about the man I've always considered to be the brains of the band: Roger Waters. The first time I wrote about him was 26 years ago when I was a high school senior at Central Bucks West in Doylestown and editor of the school paper, the Chatterbux. Back then, I was one of the lucky few to see Pink Floyd perform "The Wall," live at the Nassau County Coliseum on Long Island, N.Y. My review earned me an invitation to the principal's office.
September 18, 2006 |
Roger Waters' synapse-goosing performance Saturday at the Tweeter Center was the kind of show that could restore one's faith in the big rock spectacle. It wasn't your garden-variety lasers and flashpots illuminating classic rock warhorses in need of firepower. It fit "The Creative Genius of Pink Floyd," as the former Floyd singer/bassist/composer is billed in promotional literature for his current tour. This was sensory overload done to carefully scripted - though totally thrilling - perfection.
June 3, 1994 |
Though it didn't dazzle with the smarts and media-savvy overload of U2's "Zoo TV" tour, Pink Floyd's mind-numbing spectacle of sight and sound held its audience in thrall last night at the first show of the group's three- night stand at Veterans Stadium. There was a candy-colored cosmic light show that sent tentacles of wintergreen and peppermint-blue rays into the heavens, a series of surreal videos that mixed live-action with animation and made nods to Dali and Magritte, two demon-eyed piggies that emerged from hutches perched over the looming bandshell, and a quadrophonic sound system that rendered the 27-year- old band's music with fidelity unheard in stadiums prior to this tour.
April 8, 1994 |
THE DIVISION BELL Pink Floyd / Columbia Gawd, do these guys miss the mean-spirited railing of fuming former partner Roger Waters. I'd even settle for the drug-addled hallucinations of their long-lost soulmate Syd Barrett. Despite a seven-year gap since their last (and very good) "A Momentary Lapse of Reason" album, Messrs. Gilmour, Mason and Wright seem to be sleepwalking, resting on atmosphere pandering to the troops. "A Great Day for Freedom" does enjoy a majestic, anthem-like aura.