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Review: Roger Waters blasts
Donald Trump during eye-popping
concert at Tampa´s Amalie Arena

Tampa Bay Times, by Jay Cridlin

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Posted By:Hazymac, 7/14/2017 11:23:56 AM

Camera flashes popped as the bus-sized pig floated over the Amalie Arena crowd, splashed with Donald Trump’s yowling mug and phrases like “Welcome to the Machine – I Won” and “Piggy Bank of War.” Subtle political commentary, this was not. Then again, subtle was never Roger Waters’ style. The Pink Floyd mastermind’s worldview may be as grim and dystopian as ever, judging from his spectacular, effects-laden concert Tuesday night in Tampa. But if America truly is going to hell in a handbasket, as Waters seems to believe, at least he’s giving it a proper, stadium-style send-off. Waters is more than happy to

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Waters came to Amalie Arena in 2008. When he damned Bush from the stage, half of the crowd cheered, and half booed. I warned some friends who had tickets to expect the worse from Waters, a great songwriter whose political ideas did not advance Pink Floyd artistically. David Gilmour was always my favorite in the group. He never tried to lecture us. Politically speaking, Waters is an idiot.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: earlybird, 7/14/2017 11:29:26 AM     (No. 11318822)

I’m really glad that I don’t know Roger Waters, and have absolutely zero interest in his opinions on any subject.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: BeatleJeff, 7/14/2017 11:34:40 AM     (No. 11318831)

I will never forget the article I once read about him that was titled "Roger Waters - the Pinko in Pink Floyd."

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Reply 3 - Posted by: BaseballFan, 7/14/2017 11:44:29 AM     (No. 11318841)

"Rock stars. Is there anything they DON´T know?"
- Homer Simpson

"Shut up and sing."
- Laura Ingraham

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Reply 4 - Posted by: offrope, 7/14/2017 11:59:46 AM     (No. 11318860)

Pink Floyd hasn´t been as good as they were when Syd Barrett was alive and sane.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: JediJerry, 7/14/2017 12:01:12 PM     (No. 11318862)

It´s such a shame when famous musicians, actors and sports stars mix their politics with their craft. It just alienates about half of their audience. Needless to say they pay a dear price for losing fans. I am a Pink Floydoholic. I just love their music. But I have to say Roger has gone over the edge and I am on the brink of saying buhbye as a fan. Roger performed at last years Desert Trip, or as it was known as Oldchella, and from what I heard he got into his political rants during his show. Really blew off a lot of people in attendance. Such a shame when Golden Voice paid him close to $20 million or there abouts for him to do his show, and it turns into a display of political insanity on his part.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: cjjeepercreeper, 7/14/2017 12:03:02 PM     (No. 11318865)

You have to wonder what Syd Barrett would think of the black eye Waters has given PF.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: antiquegolf, 7/14/2017 12:15:35 PM     (No. 11318882)

Does Pink Floyd still spit on fans?

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Reply 8 - Posted by: HerbVA, 7/14/2017 12:17:32 PM     (No. 11318884)

Comfortably numb from the neck up.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: mickturn, 7/14/2017 12:28:24 PM     (No. 11318906)

..."Just another Brick in the Wall"
The Wall between the US and Mexico by the way!

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Reply 10 - Posted by: JonR, 7/14/2017 12:37:21 PM     (No. 11318912)

An unhinged, lunatic, over the hill musician! Song writer or not, this man is crazy!

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Hazymac, 7/14/2017 12:44:56 PM     (No. 11318921)

Roger "Syd" Barrett (1946-2006) was Pink Floyd´s leader at the group´s inception. Their album Piper at the Gates of Dawn, plus singles like "Arnold Layne" and "See Emily Play" (1967) were excellent works of what critics called light psychedelia, and this music still holds up today.

Sadly, Syd (who went by Roger after leaving Floyd) did way too much LSD in 1967-1968, stopped playing, was shunned by the group and was replaced by Gilmour. He never returned to sanity, although his good old mates made sure he received his royalty checks. The solo projects Barrett did in about 1970, produced by Gilmour or Waters, were by turns interesting and horrifying (two examples below: the brief but pretty "Golden Hair, words written by James Joyce, and "If It´s in You"). Listening to the latter song feels like gawking at a car accident.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HrvvmqJn-ao ("Golden Hair")

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=srDHiOyunCA
("If It´s in You")

Floyd´s follow up album to the classic Dark Side of the Moon was 1975´s Wish You Were Here (nearly as good as Dark Side), which was all about their estranged bandmate.

During a session at Abbey Road a strange looking fellow, about twenty stone (280 pounds) with eyebrows shaved was standing there watching the group at work. By and by, Gilmour took a close look into the eyes of the almost unrecognizable visitor, and said to the others, "You know who that is, don´t you?" Tears were shed by Waters, Gilmour, Wright, and Mason. It was hard for them to take. That was their old buddy, gone. Nobody home.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: grahamcracker, 7/14/2017 1:26:21 PM     (No. 11318973)

Well,damn. I bought my middle-aged kids tickets for Waters´ upcoming concert in Chicago. They are huge fans but also VERY conservative. I shall warn them.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: ragenrylie, 7/14/2017 1:49:44 PM     (No. 11318997)

Thank you #11
I really appreciate the history. I ´like´ Pink Floyd and recently paid about $15 to see a really good Pink Floyd Tribute band in Fenwick Island, DE. they were good and no politics!

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Reply 14 - Posted by: sw penn, 7/14/2017 1:58:22 PM     (No. 11319006)

"Hey!"
Didn´t you used to be relevant?

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Reply 15 - Posted by: jond, 7/14/2017 2:02:44 PM     (No. 11319011)

Good evidence that drugs distort your though processes.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: redwhite&blue2, 7/14/2017 2:39:55 PM     (No. 11319044)

Liberal lefty English bastid!

Jackson browne, Santana, that fat broad from heart, the Dixie chicks....

These asshats should be bankrupted for their asinine incoherent socialist stupidity!!!

And I used to LOVE the Floyd!(But never Waters)

Veterans for TRUMP
Shut up and sing!

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Reply 17 - Posted by: hershey, 7/14/2017 3:02:36 PM     (No. 11319072)

Never heard of Waters and never listened to Pink Floyd....and I don´t feel in the least bit ´disenfranchised´...

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Reply 18 - Posted by: kono, 7/14/2017 3:04:46 PM     (No. 11319074)

Those huge pig balloons have been a standard show prop at Pink Floyd and Roger Waters shows ever since their hit album, Animals, in the late 1970s. And they´re versatile as propaganda props now, mostly by Roger. The Floyd shows I saw after the 1980s splitup were almost entirely about the music, which is part of why they were so enjoyable.

If he comes to SF I wonder whether he´d pander to the Kaepernick notoriety by putting police hats on ´em (a nod to his offensive socks).

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