Roger Waters is a genius composer, performer and musician who originally established his career as the co-founder and bassist of Pink Floyd, a powerhouse 1960's English rock band that has sold more than 250 million albums worldwide before embarking on a successful solo career. Waters' live concert performances are unforgettable.
Along with David Gilmour, Waters created some of the most original and moving rock songs and albums of all time. The music and lyrics of Floyd's concept albums (something they popularized in rock music at the time) The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, The Final Cut and The Wall were largely written by Roger Waters.
Exploring issues such as time, money, loss, and war, Waters' music poetically and intelligently describes and exposes humanity.
But Waters didn't stop with Pink Floyd. He left the band in 1985 amid acrimony and began a legal dispute with the remaining members.
But he still wrote music and came out with three more solo concept albums: The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking, Radio K.A.O.S. and Amused to Death.
Roger Waters Solo Albums
The Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking is about a person who has a dream about meeting a woman and moving out west to start a family. It is a wild ride of an album that has Eric Clapton on guitar, David Sanborn on sax, and The National Philharmonic Orchestra make this an amazing piece of work.
Radio KAOS is this author's favorite album of all time. It is an odd departure from the usual 'Pink Floyd' sound, more rock n' roll, but genius nonetheless. It is about Billy and a L.A. DJ, the events of the 80's, and their interactions. Mind-bending.
Finally, Roger Waters' last album, Amused to Death is about how humanity watched so much TV that is killed itself and what it would be like for aliens to find us after our extinction. Again, genius. It explores war, loss, pop culture, entertainment, cowards and monkeys, to name just a few things included in this wild ride.
Roger Waters Live in Concert
But Roger Waters doesn't stop at writing music and lyrics; he puts on live concerts that are a match for his writing genius. This author has been to many of his concerts and can say that they are among the best live shows anywhere on earth, ever.
A few years ago, Waters did a tour for The Wall and it was a spectacle like no other. A literal wall was build on the stage before you, and the video projected onto that wall was brain-searingly extraordinary.
If you're planning on seeing Roger Waters live in concert, don't even waste another minute debating. Just buy your tickets now. You will definitely enjoy seeing him live. Not only is his music, lights, and live shows the best, he always has the best musicians accompanying him on stage as well.