Music: Roger Waters
Pink Floyd freaks have
cause to rejoice as founding father Roger Waters has scheduled a Tokyo
stop as part of his ongoing In The Flesh tour.
Although he has no new material to promote, Waters has reportedly been
enjoying an unusual two-year tour that has taken him from Moscow to Bombay.
"I thought it was just great; I loved every minute of it,"
Waters recently told Wall of Sound. "I felt a real warmth from the
audience. Obviously they knew all the Pink Floyd stuff, but a lot of them
seemed to know the stuff off [1992's] Amused to Death as well."
Waters is also reportedly at work on a new album, slated for completion
this year, and has been performing songs off it in addition to older material.
One of the songs, "Each Small Candle," contains the kernel of
the theme that he is developing for the album. "The idea implicit
in the phrase 'Each Small Candle' is thatÉwe're all as important
as one another," he told Wall of Sound. "I've always been obsessed
with the idea of senseless death and destruction and pain and poverty
and things that are actually avoidable. I have a very strong sense that
we're all in this together, somehow, and it's only necessary to make one
mark and life derives meaning from that."
All this warm and fuzzy stuff comes as a bit of a surprise from the man
who penned that ultimate statement in alienation, The Wall. Perhaps Waters
has finally gotten over the embitterment caused by his rift with the other
members of Pink Floyd, with whom he became embroiled in a lengthy lawsuit
when he unsuccessfully tried to prevent them from using the Pink Floyd
name. Or perhaps Waters has finally gotten over the death of his father
in WWII, an experience that was the central force shaping his life.
After 17 years as the world's defining art rock band, Pink Floyd acrimoniously
disbanded in 1983. Waters' first official solo album was The Pros And
Cons Of Hitchhiking, featuring a guest appearance by Eric Clapton. He
also wrote the soundtrack to the animated anti-nuclear film, When The
Wind Blows in 1986, returning with Radio K.A.O.S. in 1987. Exorcizing
the ghosts of his father, Waters' 1992 album Amused To Death was dedicated
to the memory of a late WWII soldier.
Roger Waters plays Tokyo International Forum on March 30-31. See listings
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