Roger Waters Remembers How His Character Formed After Leaving Pink Floyd
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Roger Waters, the former member of Pink Floyd, recently took to Instagram to share insights into his post-band experiences, revealing how his character evolved after parting ways with the iconic group.
During a Q&A session with fans
Waters reminisced about some of the challenges he faced after departing from Pink Floyd. When asked about the most difficult concert he had ever played, Waters recalled the monumental task of performing “The Wall” in Berlin’s Potsdamer Platz in 1990.
“I don’t know, again, the one that popped into my head just because of logistics was doing ‘The Wall.’ After I’d left Pink Floyd in 1990, I did ‘The Wall’ in Berlin in the Potsdamer Platz, and that was fraught with difficulty just because it was a huge endeavor and undertaking.”
He also recounted an incident during the ‘K.A.O.S. On The Road’ tour where an accident with a microphone resulted in him splitting his lip, underscoring the physical toll of his early solo performances.
“And I remember thinking, ‘This is character forming. They’re out there playing my songs to 70,000 people and my show because they were still copying my theatrical show. And here I am, and I’m thinking all this.’ And then I went bang, and I hit the microphone, and I started bleeding copiously, and I was wearing a white t-shirt, and I thought, ‘Wow, this is f**king cool.’”
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Despite the challenges
Waters expressed gratitude towards the audience that attended his early solo shows, acknowledging the role they played in shaping his character.
“And I felt my character being formed in that moment because I was in pain and some humiliation, and whatever. So, thank you, those thousand people who came to that show that night, it was not easy.”
Following his departure from Pink Floyd, Waters embarked on a solo career while maintaining a connection to the band’s music. Although he never reunited with his former bandmates, except for a one-off performance in 2005, Waters continued to incorporate Pink Floyd songs into his solo shows.
Throughout his solo career
Waters released albums such as ‘Radio K.A.O.S.’ (1987), ‘Amused To Death’ (1992), and ‘Is This The Life We Really Want?’ (2017). In recent years, he has revisited Pink Floyd’s catalog, reimagining albums like ‘The Dark Side Of The Moon.’
Waters’ rendition of the iconic 1973 album, ‘The Dark Side Of The Moon Redux,’ was released on October 6, 2023, commemorating its 50th anniversary.
After leaving Pink Floyd, Roger Waters kept going strong. He showed he was tough, creative, and always stayed close to the music that mattered. Even when things got rough, Waters kept making music that everyone remembers.