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Roger Waters 2008 News


The following are the Roger Waters 2008 News Headlines -
by date -
from our REG Newsletter/Magazine

NewsFlash December 2007 DSOTM 2008 European Concerts

NewsFlash January 2008 DSOTM 2008 US Concerts

NewsFlash February 2008 Winkfield Rumors Squashed!

NewsFlash March 2008 Ca Ira In Brazil

NewsFlash June 2008 Roger at Human Rights Watch

NewsFlash June 2008 Roger Plays Charity Cricket

NewsFlash August 2008 Waters Narrates at Festival

NewsFlash September 2008 Rick Wright Dead at 65

NewsFlash October 2008 Amazon Waters

NewsFlash November 2008 Live Earth India Cancelled





NewsFlash December 2007

Roger Waters to perform in Europe 2008

Roger Waters is scheduled to perform again in Europe in 2008. REG received confirmation from Roger Waters manager that Roger will perform at two shows, one in The Netherlands, and one in Denmark, in May 2008.

Whether or not these are the only shows Roger will play, or the beginning of a new tour is not being acknowledged. However, this may very well mark the beginning of a new tour. Stay tuned for more details or information when it is available and confirmed.

These shows have been reported to be Dark Side of the Moon concerts but this was not confirmed. I know we are all hoping for new material and it would be wonderful if Roger released a new album Spring 2008.

The show in Holland will be at Pinkpop, a venue which is part of the larger Megaland venue located in Landgraaf. The concert will be the night before the Pinkpop festivals begin. Concert tickets go on sale Dec. 20th at 10 am through Ticketmaster (ticketservice.nl) and most other ticket agencies.

For more information about the show in Denmark from the Danish press (in Danish...): http://www.ob.dk/?NewsID=15478


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NewsFlash January 2008

Roger Waters to perform in the US 2008

In late January 2008, REG received confirmation that Roger Waters will be headlining the Coachella Valley Music Festival on Sunday April 27th 2008.

The music festival is a 3 day event which will be held on April 25th, 26th and 27th, at the Empire Polo Fields in Indio California. Roger Waters will headline the event on Sunday the 27th.

The cost of tickets for all three days will be $269.00 plus $3.00 that is to go to charity and any applicable service fees. Tickets for individual days will cost 90.00 each, plus $1.00 that is to go to charity and any applicable service fees. However, the Coachella Valley Music Festival website states that tickets for individual days can only be purchased from the event box office by cash or credit card "only on the days of the event and only if tickets are still available." There will be NO refunds!

Tickets will go on sale on Friday January 25th at 10 AM. Although the site references only ticketmaster online agencies it is likely that the rest of the normal ticket websites and agencies will cover the show.

Among the many other bands performing at this festival are Jack Johnson, Vere, Raconteurs, Portishead, Kraftwerk, Death Cab for Cutie, Love and Rockets, and My Morning Jacket.

Indio is located in the Coachella Valley in the southern California desert near Palm Springs. It will be an open air show that will go on "rain or shine" and arrangements can be made for camping at the festival as well as the normal hotels in the area. For more information, check out the concert venue website at: http://www.coachella.com

NewsFlash February 5th 2008

REG just got confirmation from Roger Waters manager of three other US shows, in Denver Colorado, and in Houston and Dallas Texas. It makes sense that Roger would perform in these locations as these are all cities and states that were missed in both 2006 and 2007 US tours. Tickets for these shows go on sale February 9th and 16th.

It has been reported that Roger will be again performing The Dark Side of the Moon. However, it is hoped that the set list might be a bit different from that of the last two years and even contain some surprises or new material.

NewsFlash February 20th 2008

REG has just confirmed a new European concert to be performed in Grandaa Spain at the massive 70 thousand spectator Atarfe Football Stadium on May 9th. Tickets went on sale today February 20th. The show is reported to begin at 10 PM!!

REG also revieved word from Roger's manager that two shows, which were reported on some websites but not confirmed, in Cypress Greece and Buenos Aires Argentina, were only tentative, and will now not being happening. The Buenos Aires show would have been a concert for charity, but an agreement could not be reached with promotors.

NewsFlash February 26th 2008

- REG received word of two more shows to announce, both in England. One in Liverpool on May 15th and the other in London on May 18th.

Tickets are priced at 55.00 /45.00 in London and 50.00 in Liverpool. Tickets go on-sale to the general public on Friday, February 29th at 09:00am. However, there is a special pre-sale for web site subscribers, which will allow Roger Waters' fans to purchase the best seats before they go on-sale to the general public. This pre-sale goes live from 09:00am on Wednesday, February 27th at http://www.livenation.co.uk/rogerwaters

NewsFlash March 5th 2008

- REG received word of a second show in London to be performed on Monday May 19th.

Once again, tickets are priced at 55.00 /45.00 in London and 50.00 in Liverpool. Tickets go on-sale to the general public on Friday, March 7th at 09:00am. However, there is a special pre-sale for web site subscribers, which will allow Roger Waters' fans to purchase the best seats before they go on-sale to the general public. This pre-sale goes live from 1:00pm on Thursday, March 6th at http://www.livenation.co.uk/rogerwaters

NewsFlash April 14th 2008

- REG received word of a new show in St. Petersburg Russia on June 6th at The Palace Square. It seems the tour continues to cities not played during the 2006 or 2007 tours. If this is the case, there will likely be more dates announced in the near future. Stay tuned...




NOTE: I have received hundreds of complaints about ticketmaster from Roger's fans for the past 8 years!. The Ticketmaster tactics and policies of discrimination and aligning themselves with the more well off fans by giving preference and better seating to American Express Gold card holders as well as their complete indifference to the satisfaction of any of their customers, has become symbolic of huge greedy international corporations interested in profit alone over anything else. They are worse than ticket scalpers and on a massive scale. I hate the company and strongly advocate ticket purchases from any of the many other online ticket agencies.

For those who can afford to puchase the best seats, please follow the ticketshow links for each show of the North American tour. The ticketsnow brokers are a trusted company and have the best seats, but be warned that their prices are NOT cheap!!

WARNING!! Last year we received several complaints about 2 International ticket brokers named Worldticketshop and TicketWorld! Fans in the US were sold tickets to many of Roger's 2007 European dates, but the tickets never arrived in time for the shows and I don't believe these customers ever received a refund. Do NOT buy tickets from these brokers! These tickets were sold for hundreds of dollars each, and I can only think that these agency's are perpetuating an internet scam! If you ordered tickets from them, contact your credit card company to refund your order. If you can't find tickets for a show anywhere else, there should be plenty of tickets from scalpers available before the show if the price is right

These are the 2008 US shows that have been confirmed so far. There may be other shows to be announced in the near future, but REG will not report any shows until they are confirmed by Roger's manager.

The Roger Waters concerts that have been confirmed are as follows:

Roger Waters North American Concerts 2008

Day Date City Country Venue On Sale Tickets/Web Tickets/Tel
Sunday April 27th Indio California USA Coachella Valley Music Festival
Empire Polo Field
January 25th 2008 http://www.ticketmaster.com Not Available
Wednesday April 30th Denver Colorado Pepsi Center Arena February 9th 2008 For the best seats:
http://www.ticketsnow.com
Not Available
Friday May 2nd Dallas Texas Smirnoff Music Center February 16th 2008 For the best seats:
http://www.ticketsnow.com
Not Available
Sunday May 4th Houston Texas Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion February 16th 2008 For the best seats:
http://www.ticketsnow.com
Not Available

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Roger Waters European Concerts 2008

Day Date City Country Venue On Sale Tickets/Web Tickets/Tel
Friday May 9th Grenada Spain Atarfe Football Stadium February 20th 2008 http://www.ticktackticket.com/ Not Available
Sunday May 11th Landgraaf Holland Megaland December 20th 2007 http://www.mojo.nl/ 0900 300 1250
Tuesday May 13th Odense Denmark Fionia Park December 20th 2007 http://www.jvb.dk/
Or
http://www.billetnet.dk

Not Available
Thursday May 15th Liverpool England Liverpool Echo Arena February 29th 2008 at 9AM http://www.livenation.co.uk
(all tickets subject to a booking fee).
PRESALE Tickets Feb. 27th: http://www.livenation.co.uk/rogerwaters
(all tickets subject to a booking fee).
0844 576 5483
Sunday May 18th London England London 02 Arena February 29th 2008 at 9AM http://www.livenation.co.uk
(all tickets subject to a booking fee).
PRESALE Tickets Feb. 27th: http://www.livenation.co.uk/rogerwaters
(all tickets subject to a booking fee).
0844 576 5483
Monday May 19th London England London 02 Arena March 7th 2008 at 9AM http://www.livenation.co.uk
(all tickets subject to a booking fee).
PRESALE Tickets March 6th: http://www.livenation.co.uk/rogerwaters
(all tickets subject to a booking fee).
0844 576 5483
Friday June 6th St. Petersburg Russia The Palace Square To be announced To be announced
Not Available

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NewsFlash February 21st 2008
WINKFIELD PUB RUMOR SQUASHED!

Once again, rumors on the Internet and in the media abound. The latest rumor to proliferate throughout many websites on the Internet and in the media is that Roger Waters and Nick Mason are scheduled to perform at The Winkfield Pub in Winkfield, Berkshire, England on Saturday the 23rd of February 2008 at 8pm.

Roger Waters management has asked REG to immediately post a vigorous denial of this fabrication on our website. No such performance has been planned, No such performance is scheduled, and No such concert will be performed either by Roger or Nick Mason.

Many times, I get emails from fans who ask why I have not posted new news or concert info about Roger Waters when many or most other websites have already posted the information. As you know, REG will not report any news about Roger Waters until it is confirmed by Roger's manager. Trust, reliability and credibility are among many reasons why Roger Waters and Pink Floyd fans look to the REG website for their information. I'd rather be LAST posting information, than be wrong about the information. This is but another instance why. I always want to remember that it's not about me, as president of the fanclub, or about REG itself, but about Roger Waters, that is the reason and focus that this camaraderie of fans exists.

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NewsFlash March 18th 2008
CA IRA IN BRAZIL

Preparations are being completed for the staging of Ca Ira, Roger Waters' opera, in the Amazon Rainforest of Brazil this April. There will be three performances of Ca Ira at the 12th Amazonas Opera Festival in Manaus, on April 15th, 22nd and 24th.

The production is being held at the spectacular, 700-seat Teatro Amazonas (Amazon Theatre). Although the Amazonas Opera Festival is now an established part of the international opera calendar, Lika Geribello, the executive producer of the event was asked how Ca Ira was chosen to be performed in Brazil?

"I was the one who had the idea of bringing Ca Ira to Brazil because I am a great admirer of Roger Waters. I was at both concerts he put on here (the In The Flesh and Dark Side of The Moon tours) and I have run a Production Company for many years. I am a journalist, producer and video director, so I am always looking for things to produce.

"I thought it would be great to have Ca Ira in Brazil not only because Teatro Amazonas is a very beautiful venue, but also because they perform both traditional and contemporary operas in this Festival.

"Everybody liked the idea, the management at Manaus, and Roger Waters too. He is very enthusiastic about it and he is being extremely kind and cooperative with us. We met him and Rick Wentworth last month in New York to arrange things, and discuss technical details.

"He is coming next week to Manaus for some rehearsals, and he will be here at the opening on April 15th. I think that Rick will be here in April as well. He too is a very special person, and is very important asset in the preparations for the performance of the opera and is also helping us as far as music is concerned."

Roger spent three days in Manaus to see the rehearsals of Ca Ira. He also sang with the singers, exchanged ideas with the stage director and visited the Production Technical Center where the scenery and costumes are made.

For more information on the festival and ticket sales, go to the concert website: http://www.manausonline.com/musica_opera.asp, Or phone: 92 3232-1768, or E-mail: taingressos@culturamazonas.am.gov.br

Thanks to Roger Waters Management & Brain-Damage.co.uk

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NewsFlash June 2nd 2008

Roger Waters to perform at Cries From The Heart


On Sunday June 8th, Human Rights Watch held it's annual charity event in London, "Cries from the Heart," a powerful evening of words and music. This year the event gave voice to people from around the world who face tyranny in their daily lives.

Roger Waters was one of the performers taking part at the event among many other musicians, thespians and writers. Roger performed a version of one of his newest songs, "Leaving Beirut", with his son Harry Waters.

The event took place at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in London which is quite a nice intimate venue. Tickets were priced from £20 to £60.

Other performers included George Alagiah, Claire Bloom, Simon Callow, Julie Christie, Joanna Lumley, Ian McKellen, Joe Mydell, Antony Sher (co-patron), Patti Smith, Juliet Stevenson, Patrick Stewart, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Rudolph Walker and Richard Wilson.

Performers read poetry, prose, reportage and testimonies gathered by Human Rights Watch researchers from victims and survivors of tyranny. Patti Smith also performed with her son.

The Cries From the Heart charity event is in its sixth year and was directed by Thea Sharrock. See the Cries from the Heart website for more information: http://www.criesfromtheheart.co.uk/.

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NewsFlash June 2008

Roger Waters Plays Cricket for Charity

On Sunday afternoon June 8th 2008, Eric Clapton and Roger Waters took part in a charity cricket match put on by The Governors of Longacre School at Cranleigh School, Cranleigh, Surrey.

Eric Clapton captained a charity cricket team of celebrities that included his good friend Roger Waters. The team competed in a match played against the The Bunburys celebirty charity cricket team in support of several charities, The Longacre Jubilee Appeal, the CHASE Children's Hospice in Guildford, the Crossroads Centre (the rehabilitation centre in Antigua founded by Eric Clapton) and the English Schools Cricket Association.

Other members of the charity teams included; Bill Wyman, Mike Rutherford, Mark Austin ITN, John Inverdale BBC Sport, Frazer Hines of Emmerdale, former Rugby player and cricketer Liam Botham, Surrey and England players Mark Butcher and Mark Ramprakash, Surrey players Jonathan Batty and James Benning and Former England players Phil Tuffnell, Jack Russell and Alan Lamb.

Eric's team played the outfield for the first innings, and Roger proved himself by scooping up balls hit his way from batsmen that included Mike Rutherford and Phil Tufnell. But unfortunately, Roger never got a turn at bat as he had to leave at the end of the interval so he could make it to London in time for his part in the Cries From The Heart charity benefit that evening.

Among the activities, there was also a silent auction, which raised a lot of money for the charities. An added element of fun for the day was the Nets Session, a professional. Fifteen minute batting or bowling coaching session in the nets, with Alex Louden (ex Kent and Warwickshire) and James Bruce (ex Hampshire) available to anyone aged 10 and over.

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NewsFlash August 2008

Roger Waters Narrates at Music Festival

New York - This Summer The Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival celebrated their 25th year of this annual four-week festival. Of the luminaries performing this year was Roger Waters, formerly of Pink Floyd. On August 10, 2008, the Festival hosted a concert entitled "Something for Everyone," which featured songwriter and vocalist Roger Waters narrating Stravinsky's The Soldier's Tale. This unique concert was held at the Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church, 2429 Montauk Highway, Bridgehampton, NY.

The program was as follows:

  • Mendelssohn: Sextet in D Major for Strings and Piano, Op. 110
  • Arvo Prt: Summa for Violin, 2 Violas and Cello
  • Stravinsky: The Soldier's Tale (Mr. Waters)
Roger Waters narrated "A Soldier's Tale" on stage while classical musicians played Stravinsky's music in the background. It was a very intimate setting, and it may be fair to say there's never been a performance quite like this before. The program included Stephen Williamson (clarinet), Peter Kolkay (bassoon), David Krauss (trumpet), David Finlayson (trombone), Colin Jacobsen(violin/viola), Ayano Ninomiya (violin), Nicholas Cords (viola), Edward Arron (cello), Donald Palma (double bass), Pedja Muzijevic (piano), and Ayano Kataoka (percussion).

In chamber music, each musician plays a different part, and the interplay of each player's sound with the collective sound of the ensemble demands the highest artistry, expression and sensitivity. Chamber music offers performers special challenges, and special ways of relating to each other, so musicians often get together in private to play chamber music for their own delight.

Bridgehampton Chamber Music sets up this intimate experience between some of the world's finest artists, and opens it up to a small audience. Marya Martin, the festival's founding artistic director, was pleased that Roger Waters was able to take part; "We put his name quietly in the program, but he is huge," she said with a conspiratorial smile. Roger last took part in the Festival August 7th, 2004, where he performed selections from his new opera Ca Ira at this same location.

The Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church is modest in size (360 seats) so the audience feels close to the performers on stage, and the acoustics are such that the softest note is audible from every seat.

While Roger Waters narrated the voices of the devil and soldier, his voice added a lot of character to the portrayals within the story. Roger seemed to enjoy himself throughout the concert getting into character and dancing around a bit to the music. After the concert Roger signed autographs and took pictures with fans.

Artistic Director Marya Martin brings a personal touch to her programs for the festival's devoted core audience, introducing rarely heard works. Sustained by the generosity of a distinguished Board of Directors, tickets to the Festival, priced at $30-$40, remain affordable to everyone. Each concert is recorded for later airing on American Public Radio's Performance Today. (Thanks to Gail Wein for her help.)

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NewsFlash August 2008

Pink Floyd Accepts Polar Music Award

Pink Floyd has won this year's prestigious Polar Music Award. Pink Floyd were joint winners of this year's award for their contribution to popular music, alongside American soprano Renee Fleming. The award ceremonies took place in Stockholm Sweden, on Wednesday August 28th. Pink Floyd was represented by bassist Roger Waters and drummer Nick Mason who accepted the award, and stated that "David Gilmour and Richard Wright were sorry they could not attend."

At a press conference held the day before the award ceremony, Waters, who had been the main song writer and leader of the group, suggested that the prize was one of just a few such honors the band have won over the years and said that it was "very important to me. We seem to be a bit thin on prizes." Nick Mason added: "It's not that I feel we need or deserve an award. But it makes you feel like you are a part of history." Nick said that the prize money - one million Kroner (or $157,000 US dollars) - would be shared between all four band members, and would be donated to their individual chosen charities.

During the ceremony, Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt gave his own tribute to the band, saying that their work was "a monumental contribution, and captured the mood and spirit of a whole generation in their reflections and attitudes." During his invocation, he even broke into an impromptu ‘Another Brick In The Wall', to which Roger Waters looked a little incredulous and uncomfortable!

Upon receiving his individual award, Roger Waters dedicated it to his 96-year-old mother: "If there is any humanity and empathy in my work, which I think there is, I would rather owe it to her."

Royalty also mingled with the stars of the music scene at the awards ceremony as Princess Victoria of Sweden stood by to witness the historic event. The country's most popular Crown Princess, Victoria, elegant as usual with her choice of a cherry red puffball dress for the gala dinner and ceremony, stepped in to share hosting duties after her father, King Carl Gustaf, presented Rogers Waters and drummer Nick Mason with the Polar Music Lifetime Achievement Award.

Founded in 1989 by ABBA manager Stig Anderson, and presented each year by the Royal Swedish Academy of Music, the Polar Music Awards are Sweden's biggest music prize. Previous winners include Joni Mitchell, Paul McCartney and Elton John.

Roger Waters signed autographs and guitars for fans before the event.

(Thanks to REG member Dag Reme)

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REG RAPID'S

Late Breaking News from REG Issue #47
Summer 2008

Roger Waters Attends Orphans Charity

Help For Orphans International's second annual summer benefit in the Hamptons was held Saturday July 27th in Water Mill. The event took place to help raise funds to build a vocational school for orphans in Kisii, Kenya. Among many prominent guests and celebrities was Roger Waters, the creative force of the legendary English rock band Pink Floyd. "Real Housewives of New York City" star Jill Zarin hosted the event. She is co-chair along with founder and president of the Help for Orphans International

(Photo by Lee Fryd)

Ca Ira, in Holland

After many months of hard work by show producer Joke Tuinema and her team of professional and amateur musicians, singers, and others responsible for the staging of Roger Waters' opera Ca Ira in The Netherlands, the day of the performance finally arrived. It was performed at the World Forum Theater in Den Haag, the biggest theater in The Netherlands.

The presentation of Ca Ira was enacted as a charity event, all proceeds going to War Child International. Unfortunately Roger Waters could not make an appearance before the show to say a few words before the approximately 240 enthusiastic people in the audience.

The entire opera was performed in concert on Monday May 5th. with complete orchestra, and the choreography of the opera's three acts was performed brilliantly. Each song had synchronized animated titles with a little story projected on a large screen in the background. In addition to the choir's and the orchestra, were fireworks, the quadraphonic sound effects of birds, thunder, guns, marching feet and cannon fire, as well as of course the Guillotine.

The Ringmaster guided the audience to Vienna where young Marie Antoinette dreams of her life as a queen. The story continues, as life in France is getting worse if you are not as rich as the king. The poor queue up for bread, while in the Palace of Versailles they dine luxuriously and dance and have fun. The time comes when only the military and their guns can hold the starving people back. And the revolution is about to be born. The King and Queen try to sneak away, but they are caught, and the King is put in prison. The life of King Louis ends under the guillotine, and the Queens life as well. The monarchy is over - vive la commune de Paris! Now there is hope of a better life for everyone.

At the end of the performance, the children's choir left their places and walked in a single file line along the front of the stage. Starting from the left side, they handed the old battle worn flag of France from one child's hand to the next. After each child handed on the flag they turned their back to the audience. And, upon each child's back was a single letter. When the flag was finished being handed all the way to the right side of the line, and every child had turned around, the audience was able to read what the letters spelled: "Thank you for helping us to save a child from war". (Written in Dutch of course)

The charity, War Child International, for whom Ca Ira was performed, is a network of independent organizations, working across the world to help children affected by war. It was founded upon a fundamental goal: to advance the cause of peace through investing hope in the lives of children caught up in the horrors of war.

War Child works in many different conflict areas around the world, helping hundreds of thousands of children every year. Please find out how YOU can help these innocent victims of war! Visit: http://www.warchild.org/ Thanks to Homer from Antwerp for this report

Roger Waters Donates Guitar to Charity

A guitar used by Pink Floyd on "The Wall" tour and autographed by Roger Waters was auctioned on eBay recently. The proceeds went to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. This guitar was donated and signed by Roger specifically for this charity auction on the last date of his US tour in 2008 (The Dallas Show). The auction was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own a Guitar used by Roger Waters and Pink Floyd on The Wall and several other tours. The guitar was an Ovation 12 string acoustic (Model 1615-4), with a case which was stenciled with the words "Pink Floyd London." It is a unique piece of rock music history, and the case is a collectors item itself.

According to Colin Lyon, Roger's Guitar Tech: "The Ovation belonged to Pink Floyd as a band, I am sure it was used on ‘The Wall' at the end (during ‘Outside The Wall' when the Floyd and the surrogate band walked across the stage and played acoustically)."

The auction noted: This guitar was used in the studio and on stages around the world and has been in a London warehouse for many years and may require some "airing out".

In 2004 Roger donated an ovation electric guitar for charity auction it went for upwards of $30,000! This was a Tax Deductible Auction sponsored by The Long Island Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The winning bid for this guitar by muddywaters1975 however was for only US $1,901.00 plus 50.00 shipping.

95% of the proceeds went to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (The other 5% for eBay & PayPal fees). The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is the world's largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research, education, and patient services. The Society's mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. For more information, visit: www.lls.org

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NewsFlash September 2008

Richard Wright 1943 - 2008

It is with extreme sadness that REG must report the death of Richard Wright.

LONDON - Richard Wright, a founding member of Pink Floyd, died Monday September 15th 2008. He was 65. Wright's spokesman said in a statement: "The family of Richard Wright, founder member of Pink Floyd, announce with great sadness that Richard died today after a short struggle with cancer.

"The family have asked that their privacy is respected at this difficult time." It was not disclosed as to what form of cancer the self-taught keyboard player and pianist had.

The rock group's spokesman, Doug Wright, who's unrelated, said Wright died after a battle with cancer at his home in Britain. He said the band member's family did not want to give more details about his death.

Richard Wright was born on July 28th, 1943 in Hatch End, London, and it was when he was studying at the Regent Street Polytechnic College of Architecture, that he met Roger Waters and Nick Mason. It was in 1963 that they formed Sigma 6 (also known as The Abdabs), and after a brief time as Leonard's Lodgers, were soon known as The Pink Floyd Sound.

The group's jazz-infused rock and drug-laced multimedia "happenings" made them darlings of the London psychedelic scene, and their 1967 album, "The Piper at the Gates of Dawn," was a hit.

In the early days of Pink Floyd, Wright, along with Barrett, was seen as the group's dominant musical force. The London-born musician and son of a biochemist wrote songs and played the keyboard taking leading role along with Syd Barrett in songwriting and also vocal duties, either as lead or providing backing harmonies.

Wright appeared on the group's first album, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, in 1967 alongside lead guitarist Syd Barrett, Roger Waters and Nick Mason. Dave Gilmour joined the band at the start of 1968 while Barrett left the group shortly afterwards.

"Rick's keyboards were an integral part of the Pink Floyd sound," said Joe Boyd, a prominent record producer who worked with Pink Floyd early in its career.

As the band developed, the live performances of the late sixties and early seventies found Rick, along with his fellow bandmates, taking these songs into whole new dimensions, leaving audiences spellbound each night. Rick's unique style and subtleties lent itself perfectly to the longer pieces that Pink Floyd were exploring - A Saucerful Of Secrets, The Embryo, Interstellar Overdrive, and Echoes.

As the band matured, Rick continued to make his mark with key contributions such as Us and Them, Great Gig In The Sky and Shine On You Crazy Diamond.

Towards the end of the 1970s, he released the first of two highly-regarded solo albums, Wet Dream. Turbulence in his private and professional life came during making of The Wall, with Rick officially leaving Pink Floyd, only to return in 1987.

In 1984, he formed a short lived musical partnership with Dave Harris from Fashion, releasing an album under the name Zee.

Waters left Pink Floyd in 1983, performing his last concert at London's Earls Court with the band in 1981. In 1986 Wright began recording with Mason and Gilmour again, and continued to tour as Pink Floyd during the remainder of the 1980s and into the 1990s releasing the albums "A Momentary Lapse of Reason" and "The Division Bell". Rick, now using the more formal name of Richard, was revitalized by A Momentary Lapse, and the subsequent touring resulting in a number of songs from The Division Bell being co-written by him, as well as his return to lead vocals with Wearing The Inside Out.

In 1996, Richard released his much-loved second solo album, Broken China, in which he and a select group of top musicians explored painful personal issues, with complex and compelling lyrics and instrumentation.

In July 2005, Wright, Waters, Mason and Gilmour reunited to perform at the "Live 8" charity concert in London - the first time in 25 years they had been onstage together. This was followed the next year by Richard's contributions to David Gilmour's solo album On An Island, and the accompanying tour, during which he received a standing ovation every single night.

His last concert appearance was 2007's tribute concert to Syd Barrett, held at London's Barbican. He also appeared on stage during David's DVD launch in September of that year, where the band played Island Jam live.

In a recent interview Rick did at the time of the 40th anniversary release of Piper At The Gates Of Dawn, he revealed his bafflement at the band's success. "God, I dont understand the whole cult of Floyd. I think all you writers need to talk about that. I know we've made some great songs and great music, but I can't tell you why we're so popular.

Rick spoke about how he got into music and that as a child he had played trumpet, trombone and then guitar as well as piano. "When I left school, my careers master said: 'What do you want to do?' I said: 'I have no idea, but I want to play music,' and he said: 'Well, you're pretty good at drawing, go to architecture school.' So I went, but I wasn't interested in architecture at all. I was into forming shapes, but I wanted to be a musician.

"So when I was at polytechnic, I went off and had private lessons in composition at the Eric Gilder School of Music, then I went to the London School of Music; all this while I was studying architecture.

"The tutor came up to me and said: 'You're not into architecture, are you?' I said: 'No.' He said: 'It's a waste of time you coming; go off and be a musician.' But thank God I went there, because that's where I met Roger and Nick.

In regard to Live 8 Rick stated: "It was wonderful that we did it, because of all the arguments and issues that Roger's had with me, and with David. But we did learn something. It would be very hard for the four of us to go together and do a world tour, simply because our ideas are so different musically.

Rick also spoke of how he wrote music with Pink Floyd. "Sometimes, I'd sit down at rehearsal or sound check and play something, improvise a little, and David would come over and say, 'What was that? It's really good!', and I'd say, 'I have no idea, I can't repeat it.' Sometimes I play something, and I haven't recorded it, and I don't know where it came from, why my hands did what they did, what key it was in, anything. For me, playing music is like meditating I just play and don't really think about what I'm doing, I just let it happen. And those moments can be really, really precious."

David Gilmour paid tribute to Rick saying his input was often forgotten. "He was my musical partner and my friend. In the welter of arguments about who or what was Pink Floyd, Rick's enormous input was frequently forgotten.

"He was gentle, unassuming and private but his soulful voice and playing were vital, magical components of our most recognized Pink Floyd sound.

"I have never played with anyone quite like him. He was such a lovely, gentle, genuine man and will be missed terribly by so many who loved him. The blend of his and my voices and our musical telepathy reached their first major flowering in 1971 on 'Echoes'. In my view all the greatest Pink Floyd moments are the ones where he is in full flow. After all, without 'Us and Them' and 'The Great Gig In The Sky', both of which he wrote, what would 'The Dark Side Of The Moon' have been? Without his quiet touch the album 'Wish You Were Here' would not quite have worked.

"In our middle years, for many reasons he lost his way for a while, but in the early Nineties, with 'The Division Bell', his vitality, spark and humour returned to him and then the audience reaction to his appearances on my tour in 2006 was hugely uplifting and it's a mark of his modesty that those standing ovations came as a huge surprise to him, (though not to the rest of us).

"Like Rick, I don't find it easy to express my feelings in words, but I loved him and will miss him enormously."

Of Ricks passing, Mark Fenwick, Roger's Manager furnished REG with Roger Waters' statement: "I was very sad to hear of Rick's premature death yesterday, I knew he had been ill, but the end came suddenly and shockingly. My thoughts are with his family, particularly Jamie and Gala and their mum Juliette, who I knew very well in the old days, and always liked very much and greatly admired.

"As for the man and his work, it is hard to overstate the importance of his musical voice in the Pink Floyd of the 60's & 70's. The intriguing, jazz influenced, modulations and voicings so familiar in Us & Them and Great Gig In The Sky, which lent those compositions both their extraordinary humanity and their majesty, are omnipresent in all the collaborative work the four of us did in those times. Rick's ear for harmonic progression was our bedrock.

"I am very grateful for the opportunity that Live 8 afforded me to engage with him, & David & Nick that one last time. I wish there had been more."

The official Roger Waters website http://www.roger-waters.com, has only a photo of memorial red poppies sprinkled amongst a hundred candles mostly lit, but the flame on some of the candles has evidently gone out. Perhaps this says it all. Although a million candles still burn, some have lost their flame, and are now in darkness where once there had been light. Like one of those candles, once brightly lit, now gone dark, Richard Wright will be forever remembered.

Nick Mason, who has always been the cog of Pink Floyds wheel around which the disparate other factions of the group revolved, and were brought together, made the following statement in regard to Ricks passing: "Losing Rick is like losing a family member in a fairly dysfunctional family. He's been in my life for 45 years, longer than my children and longer than my wife. It brings one's own mortality closer. I'll remember Rick with great affection. He was absolutely the non-contentious member of the band and probably suffered for it. I wouldn't say he was easy-going, but he certainly never pushed to any aggravation. It made life a lot easier.

"I first met Rick at the Regent Street College of Architecture. And I think Rick was always pretty much that same character I met in 1962. Rock'n'roll is a Peter Pan existence; no one ever grows up. Over a period, we gravitated towards the people who were less interested in architecture and more in going to the pictures and making music. The band happened a couple of years later. We all had very different ways of working. He always knew what he wanted to do and had a unique approach to playing. I saw an interview he did on TV, and he said it clearly: "Technique is so secondary to ideas." Roger [Waters] said the more technique you have, the more you can copy. Despite having some training, Rick found his own way.

"To some extent, I think, the recognition for what he did in the band was a bit light. He was a writer as well as a keyboard player, and he sang. The keyboard in particular creates the sound of a band. By definition, in a rock'n'roll band people remember the guitar solo, the lead vocal or the lyric content. But a lot of people listen to our music in a different way. The way Rick floats the keyboard through the music is an integral part of what people recognize as Pink Floyd. He wrote "The Great Gig in the Sky" and the music for "Us and Them.

"We were a very close-knit band and one always has the memory of that. We spent a lot of time together between 1967 and the mid-1970s. Rick was a very gentle soul. My image of Rick would be him sitting at the keyboard playing when all the fireworks were going on around him. That's the main quality one remembers, in a band where Roger and David [Gilmour] were more strident about what they believed should be done.

"If there's something that feels like a legacy, it's Live 8 [July 2005, Hyde Park] and the fact that we did surmount any disagreements and managed to play together. It was the greatest occasion.

"The reality is, like any band, you can never quite quantify who does what. But Pink Floyd wouldn't have been Pink Floyd if we hadn't had Rick. I think there's a feeling now - particularly after all the warfare that went on with Roger and David trying to make clear what their contribution was - that perhaps Rick rather got pushed into the background. Because the sound of Pink Floyd is more than the guitar, bass, and drum thing. Rick was the sound that knitted it all together. That seems to have been particularly true in the band's early, musically adventurous, days.

"It's almost that George Harrison thing. You sort of forget that they did a lot more than perhaps they're given credit for".

We members of REG - The International Roger Waters Fan Club, as all Pink Floyd fans around the world have been shocked by his sudden death and are extremely saddened by his passing. He was one of the most talented musicians of our time and was instrumental in the making of the Pink Floyd sound. He will always be remembered and live on in our hearts and minds each and every time we listen to the music of Pink Floyd.

For more information on Richard Wright visit the Rick Wright fan site: http://www.rick-wright.org/

For fans who want to pay their respects to Richard Wright, an online Book of Condolence was set up and can be found at the following Legacy.com website link: http://www.legacy.com/GB/GuestbookView.aspx?PersonId=117506560

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NewsFlash October 2008

Amazon Waters

Roger and the Dolphins

In his tune "Sunset Strip," Roger Waters claims, "I hate fish." But a week before headlining Coachella (The Coachella Valley Music Festival), Waters grabbed his floaties and treated dolphins in the Amazon River to his least favorite culinary morsel.

Reprinted from Rolling Stone Magazine May 15, 2008

As reported in the last few issues of REG, last April, Roger journeyed to Manaus Brazil next to the Amazon River to attend the Amazonas Opera Festival. His opera Ca Ira was performed on multiple days just before the first gig of his 2008 tour in Coachella.

Apparently, while in Manaus, he took part in the feeding of fresh water Amazon dolphins up close and personal.

(Thanks to REG member Michael Ragiel for sending this in.) Reprinted from REG Rapids - REG Issue No. 48.

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NewsFlash November 2008

Live Earth India Canceled

It was announced mid November 2008 that Roger Waters and Jon Bon Jovi would be amongst the headliners at Live Earth India. The 2008 Live Earth concert was to be held in Mumbai India on December 7th. They were to join other global superstars led by Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan. However, before REG could confirm this gig, the Live Earth show was canceled due to the terrible terrorist attacks there. Tickets were refunded shortly thereafter.

The Live Earth India concert was to be held at the Andheri sports complex, and highlight personal and policy solutions to climate crisis, as well as offer support for India's important environmental issues. The event's founder, former US Vice President Al Gore, was also be on hand to talk about climate issues. The money raised from the concert would have been donated to Climate Project India to help fund their educational programs and renewable energy projects, and also to TERI's Light a Billion Lives camp-aign which provides solar lighting to rural homes without electricity.

The Live Earth India concert had been planned for over a year and would have reached millions of viewers worldwide on three of STAR's highly popular channels across Asia and beyond. STAR reaches 300 million viewers across 53 countries. BIG 92.7 FM, the No.1 FM radio station in India, also committed to promote and broadcast the concert across the country, reaching 200 million people nationwide.

Perhaps the show might be rescheduled for some future date.

Reprinted from REG Rapids - REG Issue No. 48.



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