A founding member of the legendary British rock band Pink Floyd, Roger Waters was its primary songwriter for most of its four-decade existence, penning such enduring material as the <i>Dark Side...
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Rocker Alan Parsons has attacked Pink Floyd star Roger Waters over his efforts to persuade his old studio engineer to scrap a recent show in Israel. Parsons, who engineered Pink Floyd's iconic album Dark Side of the Moon, received private correspondence from Waters prior to a recent Tel Aviv show, urging the Alan Parsons Project star to axe the gig as a protest about Israel's treatment of neighbouring Palestine.
Parsons went public with the letter and refused to cancel the show, and now he has sparked a new war of words with Waters during an interview with his Israeli bassist, Guy Erez, as part of a Creative Community For Peace (CCFP) initiative.
Parsons says, "It's totally censorship. I mean, people who follow it would be considered succumbing to censorship. But we didn't... The language of music has nothing to do with the language of politics."
Erez adds, "My approach to it is why don't you try and use it in the opposite way? Instead of saying don't go here and there and play, if Roger Waters really wanted to be a peaceful person, why won't you take a group of Israeli kids and Palestinian kids and make a camp of making music together?
"Use the power of music to put people together. But don't just say, 'I'm taking a side, don't share music with the Israeli people'. Why do the Israeli people or any other people have to get punished...? It's just something I don't understand how he even puts it together."
Alan Parsons, the rock boffin who engineered Pink Floyd's The Dark Side Of The Moon album, has ignored pleas from the band's Roger Waters to scrap a show in Israel. Waters, a longtime supporter of the Palestinian people - Israel's rivals, has been writing to his peers, urging them to boycott gigs in the country as part of a cultural protest about the ongoing war between the two nations.
He challenged Parsons to scrap his Tel Aviv show on Wednesday night (11Feb15) in a recent Facebook post, but it appears the Alan Parsons Project rocker has no intention of doing so.
Waters has also revealed he wrote a personal letter to Parsons, urging him to reconsider, stating, "I know you to be a talented and thoughtful man, so I assume you know of the plight of the Palestinians and that there is a growing nonviolent Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement protesting against the abusive policies of the Israeli government."
Parsons replied explaining the show would go on, prompting the Pink Floyd star to add, "I regret that you have decided, for now at least, to stand with the minority of artists and academics who support the policies of the current Israeli government."
Parsons has since addressed the matter on his Facebook page, writing, "This is a political matter and I am simply an artist. I create music."
Pink Floyd rocker Roger Waters, pop star Sophie Ellis-Bextor and actress Juliet Stevenson are among those who have signed an open letter calling for the release of a British man from the Guantanamo Bay detention camp. Shaker Aamer has been held at the controversial American institution for 13 years without trial, and his ongoing imprisonment has sparked outrage among both celebrities and politicians.
A new letter as part of the We Stand With Shaker campaign has been published in Britain's Daily Mail newspaper and features the signatures of Waters, Ellis-Bextor and Stevenson, as well as a number of leading politicians, journalists and human rights activists.
The note urges U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron to use his relationship with America's President Barack Obama to secure Aamer's release.
It reads, "The British Government has a non-negotiable responsibility to secure the return of Mr Aamer, given his status as a legal British resident. We can find no reason why, given the special relationship between our two countries, the PM (Prime Minister) cannot call President Obama and tell him that Mr Aamer must be returned to the U.K. as swiftly as possible. We urge Mr Cameron to pick up the phone to President Obama, and to bring Shaker Aamer home.'
A spokesman for Cameron says of the Aamer case, "We will keep pressing it. It is our objective to get him back to the U.K. That decision is in the hands of the U.S. government."
Pink Floyd legend Roger Waters is sporting a black eye and stitches after a nasty fall left him hospitalised. The veteran British rocker was admitted to the New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia the early hours of last Thursday morning (23Oct14).
Later that day he attended the Long Island Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony sporting nasty facial injuries and according to the New York Post, he joked to the audience that he got into a fight with a bottle of tequila "and the bottle won".
The publication reports Waters sustained the injuries in a bathroom fall.
Pink Floyd star Nick Mason has compared Roger Waters' split from the band to the aftermath of Russian leader Joseph Stalin's death. Frontman and chief lyricist Waters left the rock group in 1984 and his bandmates were still feeling the effects of his departure for years afterwards.
Drummer Nick Mason tells Mojo magazine, "It must have been the same when Stalin died... It took quite a while (to recover), it was a three or four year period."
Mason recalls the meeting at a sushi restaurant when Waters told them his decision to leave, adding, "Roger thought we were all going to call it day, and David (Gilmour) and I thought Roger was going to call it a day and we were going to carry on. (But) the thing is, these slightly unbalanced people make great musicians. If we hadn't had the mad (former frontman) Syd (Barrett) and the mad Roger, we might have been doing Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep."
British rocker Roger Waters has distanced himself from the latest Pink Floyd release by insisting he had no involvement in the production of the new album. The group is poised to release The Endless River, a new album based on 20 hours of previously unreleased material which was recorded with late bandmember Richard Wright.
However, former frontman Waters, who quit the group in 1985, fears the record is causing confusion among fans and he has spoken out to insist he had nothing to do with the project.
In a post on Facebook.com, he writes, "Some people have been asking Laurie, my wife, about a new album I have coming out in November. Errhh (sic)? I don't have an album coming out, they are probably confused. David Gilmour and Nick Mason have an album coming out. It's called Endless River. David and Nick constitute the group Pink Floyd. I on the other hand, am not part of Pink Floyd. I left Pink Floyd in 1985, that's 29 years ago. I had nothing to do with either of the Pink Floyd studio albums, Momentary Lapse of Reason and The Division Bell, nor the Pink Floyd tours of 1987 and 1994, and I have nothing to do with Endless River. Phew! This is not rocket science people, get a grip."
The Endless River, the group's first album in 10 years, is due to for release in November (14).
Rock icon Roger Waters was left humbled on Saturday (06Sep14) after fans at a Toronto International Film Festival screening serenaded him with a rendition of Happy Birthday.
The former Pink Floyd frontman was set to introduce the world premiere of his new documentary Roger Waters: The Wall at the Elgin Theater in Canada this weekend, when he was surprised with an impromptu sing-a-long as he entered the auditorium.
Waters, who turned 71 on Saturday, expressed his shock and gratitude by letting slip an expletive as he marvelled at the packed house. He returned to the stage after the screening to partake in a question and answer session with fans about the film, which documents his latest tour, during which he performs the seminal Pink Floyd album.
Pink Floyd star Roger Waters performed at a star-studded charity gala over the weekend (30-31Aug14) to promote chemical-free landscape gardening. The rocker topped the line-up at the family picnic and concert in East Hampton, New York on Saturday (30Aug14) to raise funds and awareness for the Perfect Earth Project, which campaigns for toxin-free garden maintenance.
According to New York Post gossip column Page Six, Rufus Wainwright, singer/songwriter Suzanne Vega, British folk star Teddy Thompson and experimental artist Laurie Anderson also provided entertainment as guests dined on picnic food and petted animals from a nearby wildlife reserve.
Guests at the event included Sex and the City star Kim Cattrall, lifestyle guru Martha Stewart and B-52s singer Fred Schneider.
Sir Paul McCartney has topped a news list to find the top 10 Richest Bassists in the World. The Beatles legend is worth an estimated $1.2 billion, according to therichest.com.
Coming in at number two are Sting and Gene Simmons, both with a net worth of $300 million (GBP176 million).
Rounding out the top five are Roger Waters, U2's Adam Clayton and Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Actor Jamie Foxx partied with politicians on Saturday night (16Aug14) by inviting former presidential candidate John Mccain and New Jersey governor Chris Christie to join him onstage for a dance at a star-studded fundraiser. The Ray star was a guest at the annual Apollo in the Hamptons bash and he made an extra special effort to get the party swinging.
He took to the stage and invited Christie to join him for a dance, before Senator McCain got up to join in, swiftly followed by Sir Paul McCartney and director Spike Lee.
After the stunt, Foxx told New York Post gossip column Page Six, "Its always the ones you don't expect. Republicans love to dance - in the Hamptons."
Other guests at the event, organised by business magnate Ron Perelman, included Robert De Niro, Jack Nicholson, Barbra Streisand, Roger Waters, Anjelica Huston, and Don Johnson.
The audience enjoyed performances by Pharrell Williams, Sting, Gladys Knight, and Jon Bon Jovi at the fundraiser, which netted $4 million (£2.4 million) for development projects at New York's famous Apollo Theatre.
At the close of the evening, Nicholson told Page Six, "That was one hell of a night. Christie really held his own. I told him, as he walked back to his seat, 'Governor, you can't let New Jersey down.'"
Released most successful album, Dark Side of the Moon
Released debut album Piper at the Gates of Dawn
Formed The Pink Floyd with fellow architecture student Nick Mason and guitarist Syd Barrett.
Co-wrote "Pink Floyd: The Wall" with director Alan Parker
Live reunion with Pink Floyd for the Live 8 concerts
Became primary singer and songwriter in Pink Floyd following Barrett's ouster
Released first solo album, The Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking
A founding member of the legendary British rock band Pink Floyd, Roger Waters was its primary songwriter for most of its four-decade existence, penning such enduring material as the <i>Dark Side of the Moon</i> (1973) and <i>The Wall</i> (1979), as well as such songs as "Wish You Were Here" (with guitarist David Gilmour), "Money" and "Another Brick in the Wall. " Waters assumed control of the band in the late 1960s, following the departure of its founding member, the brilliant but troubled Syd Barrett. Under his aegis, Pink Floyd transformed from a psychedelic/improvisational unit to one of the most successful progressive rock acts of the '70s, with a reputation for massive, elaborate live shows. Waters anchored the band around a series of concept albums, penned largely by him, which addressed themes of loneliness, alienation and entropy, inspired in part by his own troubled childhood. But his exacting control over the band's sound and focus sharply divided its members, resulting in Waters' departure in 1985. He would enjoy a moderately successful solo career during the 1980s before revisiting his best work with Pink Floyd in concert throughout the 1990s, while his long-standing feud with his former bandmates appeared to end with a 2005 reunion. Though his history with Pink Floyd was often marked by contention, there was no question that Waters was the primary architect of the band's greatest work during its most accomplished period in the 1970s.
Second Lieutenant of the 8th Royal Fusiliers; died in the Battle of Anzio on the Italian front during World War II.
The death of his father during World War II was a frequest subtext of Waters' work, most notably on The Wall and The Final Cut.