Roger Waters is ,without a doubt, one of the most influential musicians the western world has ever seen. As one of the two remaining original members of English psychedelic rock band, Pink Floyd, Rogers has been part of the creative process for some of the most influential songs of the 20th century such as “ Lucifer Sam”, “Shine On You Crazy Diamond”, and “Comfortably Numb”. Not only is he talented as a lyricist, but he also has a rather incredible voice with a total range of B1-C7(wikipedia.com). His talents don’t end there either. He plays some of the sickest bass riffs that have shaken me down to my music loving soul. His playing stands out and refuses to simply be a part of the background of the music, but rather an integral piece of the puzzle that is Pink Floyd’s music. Waters , now 73, has experienced an incredible amount of success in his life, but he continues to push for even more with a tour coming up in the summer of 2017.
George Roger Waters was born on September 6,1943 in Surrey England.After his father was killed in WWII during battle in Anzio, Italy; Waters’ mother moved with him, just 5 months old at the time, and his siblings to Cambridge where he would meet future band mates Syd Barrett, his classmate, and David Gilmour, his neighbor, whom he bonded with and shared common interests. School was not one of those interests, as the rigid and creativity-killing environment of the classroom turned Waters off completely. This led to Waters being rather rebellious in school as he talks about in an interview with Musician Magazine.
“Maybe toward the end when I was a teenager, going to school was just an ‘us and them’ confrontation between me and a few friends who formed a rather violent and revolutionary clique…It erupted into a very organized clandestine property violence against the school, with bombs, though nobody ever got hurt. I remember one night about 10 of us went out, because we had decided that one guy – the man in charge of gardening – needed a lesson. He had one particular tree of Golden Delicious apples that was his pride and joy, which he would protect at all costs. We went into the orchard with stepladders and ate every single apple on the tree without removing any. So the next morning was just wonderful; we were terribly tired but filled with a real sense of achievement.”
His rebellious behavior and the major effects that the war had on his life bled through to his music and the way he went about playing it. He was hardcore before that label was even placed on music. A good listen to Piper At The Gates Of Dawn, showcases his amazing technique in songs like “ Matilda Mother” that allow him to take the lead in the song, and his whimsical style in ‘The Gnome” that makes you feel like you’re traveling through some sort of acid-induced wonderland.
His voice is not to be taken lightly either. He can go from soft and gentle like in “Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun” to yearning pleas with a purpose in tracks “Hey You” and “Pigs on the Wing”. He expressed conviction through his voice just as much as the lyrics do, and this is where,again, his rebellion shines through in a beautifully and bold fashion.
Waters’ can’t be stopped, and shows us this by making his rounds on another North American tour titled “ US+THEM”. I know I will be there to see this amazing artist before it’s no longer an option, will you?