Roger Waters will likely end his career with a bang instead of a whimper due to his recent political controversy with Donald Trump over Is This the Life We Really Want?
As it appears, Roger Waters also recently declared that his current tour would “likely” be his last, and he may be using his moment in the spotlight for what he sees as political good.
Right now, the media is focused on Roger Waters of Pink Floyd because of what he said about Donald Trump in 2016 and also in his recent interviews about Is This the Life We Really Want? — but this is more than a story about Us and Them.
Roger Waters is currently remembered for being the co-founder of Pink Floyd, but he may be remembered in history for being someone that sowed the seeds of peace — and the vehicle is Is This the Life We Really Want?
For example, People interviewed Roger Waters for the June 1 release of Is This the Life We Really Want? and stated it was his first — and possibly last — album in 25 years. Previously, Roger Waters released Amused to Death in 1992.
In opening the interview, the reporter stated that “you could argue that few artists have done more to promote a compassionate society than Waters.” They went on to describe Is This the Life We Really Want? as “a brutal indictment of humanity’s chosen path forward—replacing intimacy with material goods, and autonomy with complacency.”
The interviewer also stated that Roger Waters had scathing opinions about Donald Trump, and he made them clear at the 2016 Desert Trip Festival in the Coachella Valley.
On May 26, a few days before Is This the Life We Really Want? was released, Roger Waters started what has been unofficially called the “Us + Them Tour.”
About writing for Is This the Life We Really Want?, Roger Waters stated that this began as a poem he wrote in 2008 that turned out to more of a rant. The subject at that time was President George W. Bush, and Roger Waters described the experience of his leadership as feeling like “the crazies had taken over the asylum.”
About the Trump administration, Roger Waters told People that he sees labeling so many people as the enemy of the United States creates “a self-fulfilling prophecy of perpetual war.”
About the track “Deja Vu” on Is This the Life We Really Want?, Roger Waters stated the following.
“I guess there comes a time when, if you criticize or if you’re upset by some of the ways that the human race is organizing itself—which causes pain and misery to lots of people—then you could be forgiven the conceit of thinking, ‘Well, if I had any power, what would I do?'”
In short, it seems that Roger Waters sees his last tour as a way to do something about the humanitarian injustices he is upset about.
Ultimately, Roger Waters seems to think that his 2017 touring and Is This the Life We Really Want? will reach people because he believes “inherently human beings derive great joy and satisfaction and pleasure from helping other people.”
At age 73, Roger Waters concluded his interview with the statement that “if one can play a small part in encouraging people to pay attention, then that’s good.”
Roger Waters recently said after releasing Is This the Life We Really Want? that this current world tour would be his “likely” last tour, according to CBS News.
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, about a year ago in May 2016, Roger Waters was excited to fire up the tour van and see his fans. At first, this was limited to a couple of key concerts such as Roger Waters playing at the 2016 Glastonbury Festival but has now been expanded in 2017 to include concert dates worldwide.
Roger Waters is not the only music celebrity from the 1960’s and 1970’s that is still active in creating peace and touring. For example, LA Times announced that Ringo Starr of The Beatles will be hosting a party for his 77th birthday on July 7 and the worldwide event is called Peace and Love.
This revival in ideals like this by old pop stars from the 1960s and 1970s might not be a coincidence because 1967 was the official start of The Summer of Love.
According to The Guardian, the history of the Summer of Love began with events like the Human Be-In Rally, the Monterey Pop Festival, and the release of key psychedelic music such as Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles and Pink Floyd’s Piper at the Gates of Dawn.
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, there are several modern pop stars that are also paving the way for peace, love, and understanding. For example, Lana Del Rey has been taking a political and anti-Trump stance. Lana Del Rey is joined by Miley Cyrus and Katy Perry in defying the ideals set forth by Donald Trump with their music.
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