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Roger Waters

Roger Waters was a primary creative force in Pink Floyd from 1965 to 1983. He first met Syd Barrett, who would become theband'sleadsinger andguitarist, during his school days when both attended a Saturday art class. He moved to London to study architectureatRegentStreet Polytechnic and thereformed a band with drummer Nick Mason and keyboardist Rick Wright; he played bass and sang.Barrettjoinedthem, forming Pink Floyd. Though Barrettwas the band's main songwriter at first, Waters wrote or co-wrote three songs on thefirst LP,ThePiper at the Gates of Dawn (August 1967), including thesolo composit ...read more

Roger Waters was a primary creative force in Pink Floyd from 1965 to 1983. He first met Syd Barrett, who would become theband'sleadsinger andguitarist, during his school days when both attended a Saturday art class. He moved to London to study architectureatRegentStreet Polytechnic and thereformed a band with drummer Nick Mason and keyboardist Rick Wright; he played bass and sang.Barrettjoinedthem, forming Pink Floyd. Though Barrettwas the band's main songwriter at first, Waters wrote or co-wrote three songs on thefirst LP,ThePiper at the Gates of Dawn (August 1967), including thesolo composition "Take Up Thy Stethoscope and Walk." By the time ofthegroup'ssecond album, A Saucerful of Secrets (June 1968), Barrett had beenreplaced by David Gilmour and Waters had begun to takeamoreprominent role, contributing three songs and one co-composition to the LP. He also wroteor co-wrote all but one of the tunes fortheband'ssoundtrack to the film More (July 1969), while his first solo work came on Ummagumma (November1969), a two-LP set thatconsistedofone disc of live recordings and a second disc on which each bandmember contributed his own tracks. As of AtomHeartMother(October1970), Pink Floyd began to work up its material as a group, though Waters still contributed the sole composition "If."WorkingwithRonGeesin, he wrote the soundtrack for The Body (December 1970), his first work outside Pink Floyd. The band'snextalbum,Meddle(November 1971), was entirely group written. But Waters wrote or co-wrote eight of the ten selections on Obscured byClouds(June1972),Pink Floyd's soundtrack for the film The Valley.

Pink Floyd's recordings were moderately successful through 1972. But The Dark Side of the Moon (March 1973), for which Waters wroteallthelyrics andsome of the music, was a commercial breakthrough that became one of the most successful albums in rock history. (Hewasthesole author of the album'sTop Ten hit, "Money.") He took an increasingly dominant role in the writing of subsequent PinkFloydalbums,writing all the lyrics and collaborating on themusic for Wish You Were Here (September 1975), writing most of Animals(February1977) andThe Wall (November 1979), and writing all of The Final Cut(March 1983). All were million sellers, with The Wall inparticularrivaling thesales of The Dark Side of the Moon. (Waters was the sole author of "AnotherBrick in the Wall, Pt. 2," a gold, numberone singledrawn fromThe Wall..

Following the release of The Final Cut, Pink Floyd broke up and its members launched solo careers. Waters re-emerged with The ProsandConsofHitchhiking (April 1984), which went gold. He followed with Radio K.A.O.S. (June 1987) and went on tour to promote therelease.Meanwhile,DavidGilmour's solo album About Face (February 1984) was also a gold seller, but he was discouraged by that showingandrecruited Masonand Wright to re-form Pink Floyd. Waters sued, seeking an injunction to prevent the trio from touring as Pink Floydwithouthim, but he lost thecase, and the Gilmour-ledPink Floyd went on to tour and recorded successfully without him.

Following the fall of the Berlin Wall, Waters organized an all-star performance of The Wall in Berlin on July 21, 1990. It wasfilmedandrecorded, resultingin the album The Wall: Live in Berlin (September 1990). He released a third solo album, Amused toDeath(September1992), but did not tour, though hemade an appearance at a benefit concert in 1993. He spent much of the 1990s working onanopera, ÇaIra, set during the French Revolution. But in Julyand August 1999, he mounted his first U.S. tour in 12 years. It was sosuccessfulthat hereturned for a second leg in June and July 2000, and the concertsserved as the basis for the two-CD set In the Flesh Live.Waters wasnotheard from for several years after that, although a collection of singles and albumtracks, Flickering Flame: The Solo Years,Vol. 1,appearedinternationally (but not in the U.S.) in May 2002. In July 2005, Waters reunited with Gilmour,Mason, and Wright for a one-offPinkFloydperformance at the Live 8 benefit concert in London's Hyde Park. Ça Ira finally emerged on disc in October 2005and toppedtheBillboardmagazine classical chart. « hide

Similar Bands: Richard Wright, David Gilmour, Pink Floyd, Nick Mason, Syd Barrett

LPs
Ça Ira
2005

2.8
25 Votes
Amused to Death
1992

4
165 Votes
Radio K.A.O.S.
1987

3.2
97 Votes
The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking
1984

3.7
159 Votes
Music from The Body
1970

2.7
11 Votes
EPs
To Kill the Child / Leaving Beirut
2004

3.3
8 Votes
Live Albums
Roger Waters The Wall
2015

4
2 Votes
In The Flesh
2000

4
43 Votes
The Wall - Live in Berlin
1990

3.7
28 Votes
Compilations
Flickering Flame: The Solo Years Volume 1
2002

When the Wind Blows
1986

2.8
9 Votes

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