Round 2012, Pink Floyd bassist Roger Waters hinted that his performances for The Wall Live tour could be his last. But as the political and social climate started to change, Roger Waters, a life-long activist, couldn’t help however see connections between Pink Floyd’s classic ’70s materials and the current time. Not only did the Pink Floyd’s themes of alienation and disaffection fit in with what was going on, but Roger himself started to feel inspired to write once more.
On June 2, he launched his first solo album since 2005, Is This the Life We Really Want?, a trippy, guitar-heavy record, filled with soaring production and super angsty vocals from Roger Waters.
Now on tour — which Roger Waters says may go on for years, till he turns 75 — the musician will stop at Oracle Arena on Saturday, June 10. Listed here are 6 things you’ll be sure to find at any Roger Waters show.
1. Flying pigs.
Expect a tank-sized inflatable pig to emerge within the air at any point in the show, especially when Pink Floyd is performing “Pigs (Three Different Ones).”
2. Pink Floyd jams.
Waters could be an idiot not to play any Pink Floyd classics from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band’s big discography. Thankfully, he is not an idiot, so expect to hear tunes like 1973’s “The Dark Side of the Moon,” 1975’s “Wish You Were Here,” and 1979’s “The Wall” — however you will probably have to attend till the end of the show to hear the last two.
3.Roger Waters will get political.
Donald Trump is a current favorite focus for Waters’ vitriol, and at recent shows, he’s projected videos of the 45th president or plastered Trump’s face on the heads of his flying pig props.
4. New tunes from Waters’ solo album.
Some critics have felt that Roger Waters performed too much of his new album in one, single block, so be prepared for about 4 tracks from Is This the Life We Really Want in a row. Then again, given that his last solo album, 2005’s Ca Ira, was a three-act opera, this doesn’t sound so bad. At least it’s still rock.
5. Lots of lasers.
What would a Pink Floyd/Roger Waters live performance be with out lasers and light shows?
6. Protesters outside of the venue.
There’s a new on-line petition going round urging individuals to boycott Waters “till he renounces antisemitism in all of its forms.” It was created after Roger Waters started urging fellow musicians to cease performing in Israel and to boycott the Jewish state. Given that Bible thumpers congregate outside of Metallica live shows, it’s not so unlikely there will be protesters at a Roger Waters show.