R O G E R  W A T E R S

BORN 1943


For me, Roger Waters is the most intriguing band or ex-band member of Pink Floyd, with the obvious exception of Syd Barrett. Without his input, the band have, at best, stood still. Indeed, from 1985, when Waters left the band, I would say that Floyd have just not cut it. Sure their concerts still generated huge audiences and record sales were good, but as Waters wrote much of the band's lyrics, the songs lacked his distinctive style. Can anyone say that the two subsequent album releases, A Momentary Lapse of Reason (1987) and Division Bell (1994) are vintage Pink Floyd? They sound so tired and more like David Gilmour solo albums, to me. And the reformation of the band for the one off four-song, 23-minute set, for the Live 8 concert in London, on July 2, 2005, only went to show how much the band had missed Waters over the previous 20 years.

What might have been, and all that.

Though George Roger Waters was born in Great Bookham, Surrey near Dorking (6th September, 1943), he actually grew up in Cambridge. When he was one, his father died in the 2nd World War.

Syd Barrett and David Gilmour attended the same school as him; later, he would meet Nick Mason and Richard Wright at the Regent Street Polytechnic school of architecture.

Barrett, Waters, Mason and Wright formed Pink Floyd in 1965 with Barrett writing most of the first LP, the successful Piper at the Gates of Dawn. But by 1968, Barrett's now legendary erratic behaviour and deteriorating mental health was becoming unworkable for the other band members. It would lead him to leave the band and leave a void that would never be filled. Or so people thought. Waters had other ideas and went about shaping the band in his name, pulling the artistic strings so to speak. Guitarist Gilmour was now part of the band, co-writing with Waters, but it was Waters who was the engine of the band.

As the main lyrical contributor he led Pink Floyd through the 1970s to mighty success; Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals, and The Wall were his concept albums, make no mistake. Such was the band's success that by today their record sales worldwide stand at a staggering 200 million and rising.

Harmony though has never been a word one could associate with Pink Floyd band members. By 1983, Roger's relationship with Wright was untenable and Wright was unceremoniously sacked. Final Cut was released in 1985 but it was a Roger Waters' solo album in all but name.

Meanwhile, tensions between Waters and Gilmour were stretched to breaking point. Something had to give. So it came as no surprise when Waters announced in 1985 that the band were no more. Gilmour disputed this, stating that he had the right to use the Pink Floyd name. A bitter legal battle ensured. I think Waters was right on this one when he stated that the Pink Floyd name shouldn't be used as three of the original band members were no longer part of the band and that after the departure of Barrett it had been he who had written most of the lyrics. Bizarrely, Gilmour won the right to use not only the name but most of the songs as well. Waters didn't go home empty-handed though. He won The Wall and the pigs!



It is a surprise to me that considering that Waters was the brains behind Pink Floyd, his solo career hasn't been more successful, though perhaps it has been as successful as Waters wants it too be. The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking (1984), Radio K.A.O.S. (1987) and Amused to Death (1992) hardly set the world alight although the 1990 Berlin charity concert of The Wall was mind-blowingly massive.

He toured in 1999 and in 2002 performed not only at a Countrywide Alliance concert in support of fox hunting, in the UK, but also at Glastonbury, playing many Pink Floyd classics. In 2004, he released two internet only protest songs inspired by the US/UK invasion of Iraq.

2005 was overshadowed by the Live 8 reunion but the noises after were that the chances of a full-scale reunion were remote. That same year, the opera Waters had been working on for over 10 years, Ça Ira, was released.

In the summer of 2006, a European tour is planned. Known dates as of February 2006 are as follows:

  • 2 June Portugal, Lisbon - Rock in Rio Festival
  • 8 June Germany, Berlin Whulheide
  • 12 June Iceland, Reykjavik – Egilsholl Arena
  • 14 June Norwegian Wood Festival, Oslo
  • 18 June Greece, Athens - Terra Vibe Park
  • 2 July Denmark, Roskilde Festival

    Waters currently lives in the US.


    G A L L E R Y


    M A I L I N G  A D D R E S S E S

      Roger Waters
      c/o 106 Gifford Street
      N1 0DF
      United Kingdom

      Roger Waters
      c/o Mark Fenwick Management
      63 New Bond Street
      W1A 3BS
      United Kingdom

      Roger Waters
      Sony Music Entertainment Corporation
      550 Madison Ave Sixth Floor
      New York, NY 10022

      Please note: if writing for autographs, it is always good manners to send a SAE or a IRC. From fan accounts, Waters has always had more time for his fans than Gilmour. Whereas Waters will happily sign, Gilmour is rather sniffy about it. He cites a variety of reasons for not signing through the post, like he should be making music instead of signing (I didn't think signing a scrap of paper would have taken a considerable amount of time) and that invariably he sees his signature appearing on auction sites blah blah blah ... Whatever the reason, I would bother writing to him.

      And hey, just remember this: by not writing to him you give Gilmour that one extra moment to create a bit more music! How generous is that?? Makes you feel warm inside somehow. Tears welling and all that. It's good not to write! Think the slogan will catch on??!!


    P R I C E  G U I D E

    • You can expect the prices for the items listed below if you are selling privately. If you sell to a dealer or shop expect less than half of the prices listed below.

      All prices are on the basis that the item is in mint condition.

      All items 7" unless stated.

      All items UK releases unless stated.

      List also includes CDs, & 12"s.

      Prices are in UK sterling and US dollars.



    • 1984 - 5.01 AM (The Pros And Cons Of Hitch-Hiking)/4.30 AM (Apparently They Were Travelling Abroad)
      (P/S) (Harvest HAR 5228)...£5.00 / $8.00

    • 1984 - 5.01 AM (The Pros And Cons Of Hitch-Hiking)/4.30 AM (Apparently They Were Travelling Abroad)/4.33 AM (Running Shoes)
      (12", p/s) (Harvest 12HAR 5228)...£8.00 / $14.00

    • 1984 - 5.06 AM (Every Stranger's Eyes)/4.39 AM (For The First Time Today)
      (P/S) (Harvest HAR 5230)...£15.00 / $25.00

    • 1987 - Radio Waves/Going To Live In L.A. (Demo)
      (P/S) (EMI EM 6)...£6.00 / $10.00

    • 1987 - Radio Waves (Remix)/Going To Live In L.A. (Demo)/Radio Waves (7" Version)
      (CD) (EMI CDEM 6)...£10.00 / $16.00

    • 1987 - The Tide Is Turning (After Live Aid)/Money ('live')
      (P/S) (EMI EM 37)...£6.00 / $10.00

    • 1987 - The Tide Is Turning (After Live Aid)/Money ('live')/Get Back To Radio (Demo Recording)
      (CD) (EMI CDEM 37)...£10.00 / $16.00

    • 1990 - PIECES FROM THE WALL: Another Brick In The Wall Part 2 (Edit)/Young Lust (Edit)/Run Like Hell/In The Flesh?
      (CD, promo only) (Mercury 878 147-2)...£20.00 / $32.00

    • 1992 - What God Wants Part I (Video Edit)/What God Wants Part I (Album Version)/What God Wants Part III
      (CD, box set with prints) (Columbia 658 139 9)...£12.00 / $20.00

    • 1992 - The Bravery Of Being Out Of Range/What God Wants Part I/Perfect Sense Part I
      (CD) (Columbia 658 819 2)...£8.00 / $14.00

      (LP, with Ron Geesin, green labels, with Waters/Geesin photos) (Harvest SHSP 4008)...£18.00 / $30.00

      (LP, with Ron Geesin, black labels) (Harvest SHSP 4008)...£12.00 / $20.00

    • 1987 - RADIO KAOS
      (LP, 'banded' radio promo, custom sleeve) (EMI KAOS DJ 1)...£25.00 / $40.00

    • 1992 - AMUSED TO DEATH
      (2-LP, blue vinyl, with booklet) (Columbia COL 4687610)...£18.00 / $30.00




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