Roger Waters is best known for the band member, lyric writer and leader of Pink Floyd. He is also the mastermind behind the third best selling album of all time, ‘The Dark Side of the Moon’. In this article I shall shed some light on Roger Waters Biography.
Roger Waters Biography – Introduction
Roger Waters the lyricist, bass player and leader of Pink Floyd was born in Surrey, year 1943, and grew up in Cambridge, England. He attended the same school as with his soon to be band members, David Gilmour and Syd Barrett, but he had met Nick Mason and Richard Wright while attending Regent Street Polytechnic School of architecture. Aside from his interest in music he had also shown interest in sports especially swimming.
Roger Waters Biography – With Pink Floyd
Waters discovered eventually discovered his first big band along with his friend Syd Barrett. During the late sixties, it was Syd who did most of the song writing for the band but Roger did write the lyrics to “Take Up Thy Stethoscope and Walk” for the album Piper at the Gates of Dawn. Roger took full leadership of the band when Syd Barrett’s disastrous mental health had led him to leave the band. The direction of the band was now in Roger’s hands. Since then, Roger Water’s lyrics and ideas went into the most successful Floyd albums such as Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals and The Wall. Roger Water’s contribution to the band can be difficult to recognize because he cannot be heard musically on the Floyd records due to David Gilmour’s vocals and guitar sounds. It is very much the opposite; Roger is the most creative member behind the band with his great talent of concepts, ideas and lyrics. Because of this many say that Roger Waters is Pink Floyd.
Roger Waters Biography – Going it alone
Roger’s father, Eric Waters had fought and died in Word War II in Anzio in 1944. Roger was only a year old. This had inspired him to write a lot of his music with Pink Floyd and his solo work. This includes part of The Wall album, The Final Cut, and his own album Roger Waters Amused To Death. His career ended with Pink Floyd in the early 1980’s as he started to have his differences with the band. He and David Gilmour would argue about their opinions and at the time of creating ‘The Wall’ he sacked Richard Wright from the band as he thought he didn’t require him. Moving on towards the early eighties, Roger had left the band following The Final Cut and with the intention of ending the band. The existing members such as David Gilmour, and Nick Mason battled against Roger’s decision. Waters failed to take away the band name from the group. However, he did win the rights to perform The Wall. After the end of Roger’s time with Pink Floyd he kicked off his solo career releasing three albums that weren’t as near as the success of his Pink Floyd albums. Roger Waters albums in order are, The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking (1984) about a man’s dream this was supposed to be a Floyd next album but did not get released due to the breakup of the band. Radio K.A.O.S was released in 1987 with the album being based upon a boy hearing radio waves in his head, again inspired by the world war. Thirdly, Amused To Death was released in 1992 which was to be his most successful selling solo album. In Roger’s new generation he moved into opera and released a French album called Ca Ira in 2005. He also did a concert in Paris later on to promote this album. Roger’s live concerts and tours! Roger Waters performed a live tour called ‘In The Flesh’ in which he performed both Pink Floyd and solo material.
Roger Waters Biography – The Wall concert
In 1990, Waters also entertained a live show called The Wall in Berlin just after the Berlin wall was taken down. This concert was performed in front of 250,000 fans and was one of the biggest live shows ever. Roger Waters invited famous guests to perform the songs. These guests included Ure Lauper, Bryan Adams, Paul Carrick, Van Morrison and more. Just when you thought that Roger had really despised the other members of Pink Floyd and claimed that they ran away with his music, in July 6th 2005 Roger had reunited with Pink Floyd for one final time at Live 8 in Hyde Park to perform four songs and left his hatred behind. During the performance of “Wish You Were Here”, Roger Said:
“It’s actually quite emotional standing up here with these three guys after all these years Standing to be counted with the rest of you”. Anyway, we’re doing this for everyone who’s not here, but particularly, of course, for Syd.”
by Ameen Jabbar