Main Page   Main News Index   1992 to 1994   1995 to 1997   1998 to 2000   2001 to 2002   2003 to 2004   2005   2006   2007   2008   2009   2010   2011






The Latest Roger Waters News


NewsFlash Jaunuary 2012
The Wall Contintues In South America
And Now Returns To North America In 2012

NewsFlash May 2012
Roger The Pink Floyd Channel launches on SiriusXM

NewsFlash October 2012
The Classic Rock Music Awards Annoucned Their Winners

NewsFlash Autumn 2012
Roger Waters Forms Band With Military Veterans For Benefit

NewsFlash November 2012
The Roger Waters Appears in Off Broadway Play: The Exonerated

NewsFlash November 2012
Roger Waters to help lead 12-12-12: The Concert for Sandy Relief

NewsFlash 2012
FLOYDIAN NEWS FROM REG ISSUE 55





The following are the Roger Waters 2012 News Headlines -
by date -
from our REG Newsletter/Magazine





Back to TOP of News

NewsFlash January 2012

The Wall Contintues In Australia, New Zealand, South America
And Returns To North America In 2012

The Wall 2012 World Tour Comes to Australia, New Zealand and Latin America, And then Returns To North America Again As Well

It's the news fans have been waiting for: After a triumphant trek across North America in 2010 and Europe in 2011, and following record-breaking sales for the early 2012 Australia, New Zealand and South American dates, today comes word that Roger Waters' The Wall Live tour will return to North America for a second batch of dates beginning in May.

This leg of the The Wall Live tour will visit many cities that were missed during the first and will return to a number of others for repeat performances, many in larger venues than before.

Check out the reviews and the exact Itinerary of ALL 2012 The Wall Shows on our The Wall 2012 Tour pages:
http://www.rogerwaters.org/tour/2012main.html



Back to TOP of News

NewsFlash May 2012

The Pink Floyd Channel launches on SiriusXM

In the extensive Roger Waters interview with Jim Ladd, Roger revealed that "The Pink Floyd Channel" will launch on the Sirius XM Radio subscription service. It will feature "vintage concerts, special interviews and the entire Pink Floyd catalogue".

The launch was scheduled for May 25th, 2012 which was the start of the US Memorial Day weekend. It went live at midday Eastern Standard Time on the 25th, and ran through to Monday, May 28th on channel 27.

The channel will also be available Friday, June 29th through to Monday, July 9th on Sirius channel 142 and XM channel 43.

Additionally, "The Pink Floyd Channel" will be available as a 24/7 channel online on channel 802 and through the SiriusXM Internet Radio App for smartphones and mobile devices beginning Friday, June 29th for an extended period.

The channel will not just feature Pink Floyd's music, but also solo albums by Pink Floyd members Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Richard Wright, Nick Mason and Syd Barrett, "live concerts, rarities, demo versions of classic Pink Floyd songs and studio outtakes". Listeners will also hear an in-depth interview conducted by Jim Ladd with Roger Waters, as well as with David Gilmour and fellow Pink Floyd member Nick Mason.

"The Pink Floyd Channel" will be curated and hosted by SiriusXM host Jim Ladd, the legendary free-form DJ who has been conducting interviews with Pink Floyd since 1979. Ladd was also part of Roger Waters' album Radio KAOS and subsequent tour. Ladd hosts his own, eponymous weekday show on Deep Tracks, channel 27.

"I can't think of a better home for the Pink Floyd catalogue, and all the solo stuff, than SiriusXM," said Roger Waters. "How cool for all our fans and what a great way to introduce the work to new generations of listeners."



Back to TOP of News

NewsFlash October 2012

The Classic Rock Music Awards Announced Their Winners

Oh, what a night! London's Roundhouse hosted the annual Classic Rock Roll Of Honour last night.

And The Winners are:

Foo Fighters were the big winners of the night, picking up Band Of The Year, while Manic Street Preachers were presented with the Classic Songwriter gong. The Who's Quadrophenia won the Classic Album award.

Grammy award-winning guitarist Jeff Beck reeceived the Living Legend award – and closed the event with a live set, featuring vocal contributions from Chrissie Hynde and Joss Stone.

The ceremony was hosted by Kiss bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons.

The full list of winners:

  • Living Legend Award - Jeff Beck
  • Classic Songwriter - Manic Street Preachers
  • Classic Album Award - The Who, Quadrophenia
  • Event Of The Year - Roger Waters, The Wall Live Tour
  • Band Of The Year - Foo Fighters
  • Innovator Award - Deep Purple
  • Outstanding Contribution - Bob Ezrin
  • Metal Guru Award - The Scorpions
  • Album Of The Year - Michael Monroe, Sensory Overdrive
  • Reissue Of The Year - Queen (for their series of repackaged albums)
  • Film/DVD Award - Lemmy, Lemmy
  • Best New Band - Vintage Trouble
  • Breakthrough - Black Country Communion
  • Spirit Of Prog - Jethro Tull
  • Tommy Vance Inspiration - Steve Marriott
  • VIP - Baron Wolman
  • Musicians' Union Maestro Award - Steve Winwood

Thanks to REG Member Mitch Stillman for this article



Back to TOP of News

NewsFlash Autumn 2012

Roger Waters Forms Band With Military Veterans For Benefit Show

Roger Waters will take to the stage with a band made up of military veterans at the sixth annual "Stand Up for Heroes" benefit in New York on Nov 8th 2012.

Roger will join John Mayer, Bruce Springsteen and comedians Robin Williams, Ricky Gervais, Patton Oswalt and Jon Stewart at the event, which will be streamed live via YouTube.com, and on Remind.org,which is the website of the evening's beneficiary, The Bob Woodruff Foundation.

The Bob Woodruff Foundation was founded by the ABC News anchor after being severly wounded while covering the war in Iraq in 2006. The Foundation's mission is to "provide resources and support to injured service members, veterans and their families — building a movement to empower communities nationwide to take action to successfully reintegrate our nation's injured heroes—especially those who have sustained the Hidden Injuries of War—back into their communities so they may thrive physically, psychologically, socially and economically."

Stand Up for Heroes, is an annual charity event that raises money to help support injured servicemen and women. Event producers have revealed that Waters is cooking up something special for the show: namely, he'll be performing with a band comprised of veterans.

The fundraiser, will be taking place at New York City's Beacon Theatre. The musical performances will be streamed live starting at 8 p.m. This is the sixth year of the Stand Up for Heroes benefit. In the past five, more than $10 million has been raised to help the Bob Woodruff Foundation support wounded military members, veterans and family members.

For all the seriousness of the subject matter, the evening will not be short on laughs. Comedians Jon Stewart, Robin Williams, Ricky Gervais, Patton Oswalt and Mike Birbiglia will perform routines. The bill also features John Mayer, and the Max Weinberg Big Band will serve as the house band for the night.

Springsteen has played at all five previous Stand Up for Heroes fundraisers, where he usually winds up telling (badly) a dirty joke. Last year's benefit raised nearly $400,000 from the auction, with one patron spending $160,000 for Springsteen's acoustic guitar, shirt, harmonica and harmonica rack from the evening. The anonymous bidder then gave the guitar to a veteran who lost his legs in Iraq.

"We are amazed at the caliber of talent we are able to pull in for the benefit," Woodruff said. "We hope that the social media component, new this year, will enable more people to enjoy the show -- and will raise even more awareness for the cause that lies behind it."



Back to TOP of News

NewsFlash November 2012

Roger Waters Appears in Off Broadway Play: The Exonerated

Roger Waters played the role of Gary Gauger in the off-Broadway production of The Exonerated which was performed in New York City from November 27-Dec 2, 2012

Culture Project (Allan Buchman, Founder & Artistic Director), in association with Innocence Project, Marc & Steven Kaplan, and Cheryl Wiesenfeld, presents the 10th anniversary production of the hit, award-winning play, The Exonerated, written by Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen, presented in special association with the Innocence Project.

Directed by Bob Balaban (Gosford Park), the core non-rotating company of six included Amelia Campbell as Sandra Cook, Bruce Kronenberg as Prosecutor 1, Curtis McClarin as David Keaton, Danton Stone as Prosecutor 2. April Yvette Thompson as Georgia Hayes, and JD Williams as Robert Earl Hayes.

The week of November 27th to December 2nd, they were joined onstage by Kathleen Chalfant as Sunny Jacobs, William Marshall as Delbet Tibbs, Chris Sarandon as Kerry Max Cook, and Roger Waters as Gary Gaugher, as part of the rotating cast.

AMERICA HAS A LEGAL SYSTEM. IT NEEDS A JUSTICE SYSTEM.

The Exonerated had its premiere in October 2002 and ran for over 600 performances, with a rotating cast of stars reading accounts by former death row inmates.

2012 marks the 10th anniversary of Culture Project's New York premiere of The Exonerated, a ground breaking dramatization of the real-life stories of six individuals who were sentenced to death and later freed amidst overwhelming evidence of their innocence.

It is a powerful play culled from interviews, letters, transcripts, case files and court records of individuals on death row. As timely as ever, The Exonerated once again attempted to increase visibility, and to create a sense of urgency, as part of a rising movement to restore justice to a system that has shown itself time and again to be deeply flawed.

Since 1989, when the first DNA exoneration took place, an additional 292 post-conviction DNA exonerations have been won in 36 states.

Performances began September 15, 2012 through Sunday, December 2, 2012 at Culture Project (45 Bleecker Street at Lafayette Street, NYC).

The Culture Project revived the show in September to note its 10th anniversary, and several stars have joined the six-person company for temporary stints, among them Stockard Channing, Brian Dennehy and Brooke Shields.

Though he is a neophyte actor, much of Mr. Waters's music has always been heavily theatrical. The prime example, "The Wall," is the rock opera Mr. Waters composed about his internal struggle to come to terms with his father's death in World War II and the psychological isolation he later suffered. That 1979 show is laced with antiwar imagery and messages reflecting Mr. Waters's deep pacifism. Two years ago he revived "The Wall" and took it on a world tour, filling stadiums and arenas and grossing more than $333 million.

More information available at CultureProject.org: http://cultureproject.org/current/exonerated/

"Seeing The Exonerated should be mandatory for every lawyer in the country because it restores the human face to a system that relies all too often on dehumanizing those it purports to protect." — Barry Scheck, Co-Director, The Innocence Project

The Exonerated
Innocence Project Case: Marty Tankleff

MARTY TANKLEFF had just turned 17 years old when he was arrested for the murder of his parents in their Long Island home. After hours of aggressive interrogation by a detective with a questionable background, a dubious and unsigned 'confession' lead to Marty's conviction. He was sentenced to 50 years to life in prison, with the possibility of parole in 2040.

After more than 17 years in prison, Marty's conviction was vacated by the New York State Appellate Division in December 2007. On July 22, 2008, a judge signed off on a motion by Attorney General Andrew Cuomo to dismiss all charges against Marty.

Marty has two lawsuits pending and seeks to find out the truth about what led to his wrongful conviction, and who is responsible for his parents' murders. Now 41 years old and finally exonerated, Marty is in his third year at Touro Law School and seeks to change the system from the inside out. Helping the wrongfully convicted has become his life's pursuit, and he has the opportunity to do so working as a paralegal at Barket Marion Epstein & Kearon, LLP in Garden City, New York.

Thanks to: Anna Nugent Marketing & Communications Associate IMPACT 2012, Coordinating Producer Culture Project http://cultureproject.org>CultureProject.org



Back to TOP of News

NewsFlash November 2012

Roger Waters to help lead 12-12-12: The Concert for Sandy Relief

Music legends spanning several generations will converge on Madison Square Garden on December 12 to raise funds to support the victims of Hurricane Sandy last month.

Roger Waters, Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Billy Joel, The Who, and Jon Bon Jovi, will join relative newcomers Kanye West, Alicia Keys and more to team up for a one-of-a-kind concert benefiting victims of Hurricane Sandy.

Taking place at New York's Madison Square Garden on December 12th, the aptly titled 12-12-12: The Concert For Sandy Relief. The concert is being produced by James Dolan, executive chairman of the Madison Square Garden Company; John Sykes, president of Clear Channel Media and Clear Channel Entertainment Enterprises; and iHeartRadio in conjunction with The Weinstein Company and co-founder and movie producer Harvey Weinstein. Those companies previously staged The Concert for New York City in the wake of September 11th.

This special one night only live music event will help provide assistance to the millions of people throughout the tri-state area who have been affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Proceeds from the concert will benefit the Robin Hood Relief Fund, an anti-poverty organization, which is providing money, material, supplies and know-how to people in hard-hit neighborhoods and to local organizations that are serving families and individuals in the regions hardest hit by the storm, where homes have been destroyed and families are still living without electricity many weeks after Sandy churned ashore, bringing record storm surges and flooding.

A message on the Robin Hood website states "As the tri-state region begins to recover from Sandy's stunning and acute devastation along the coastal areas of Long Island, Queens, Staten Island, Connecticut and New Jersey, there remains an enormous task of rebuilding both the infrastructure and thousands of shattered lives. '12.12.12' presents an important opportunity for the community and nation to come together to provide significant support to these communities as they confront staggering short- and long-term issues."

For more information on the Robin Hood, click here http://www.robinhood.org/

"'12-12-12' is shaping up to be a showcase of music royalty. The response from the entertainment community to help those most affected by Hurricane Sandy has been nothing short of astounding. We expect to announce additional legendary performers in the near future and we are confident that the event will ensure those in need will not be forgotten, and vital aid will be directed to rebuilding our communities along the East Coast," event producers James Dolan, John Sykes and Harvey Weinstein said in a joint statement.

The "12-12-12" show follows a Sandy-related telethon produced the week of the storm, that also featured Springsteen, Bon Jovi and Joel. The concert will also be televised by an unspecified outlet, as a television network has not yet signed on to broadcast the concert, but a deal is expected to be announced shortly.



Back to TOP of News

NewsFlash 2012

FLOYDIAN NEWS FROM REG ISSUE 55

New Orb Album Metallic Spheres
Features David Gilmour

The new Orb album, "Orb featuring David Gilmour: Metallic Spheres" is a collaboration of the band The Orb and David Gilmour that resulted from a jam session with David and the Orb's Martin "Youth" Glover, who was working on an ambient mix re-recording of the song 'Chicago', which was released to raise awareness of the plight of Gary McKinnon.

The Orb's Dr. Alex Paterson (the one constant member of the band through the history of The Orb) was not involved in the jam session, as the initial plan was for David to play guitar only on the song 'Chicago'. However, David's guitar work has now been spread across the entire Orb album.

Metallic Spheres is designed to be heard in two parts: 'Metallic Side' (24 minutes 48 seconds), and 'Spheres Side' (25 minutes 09 seconds) – each 'side' contains five movements. The album features David's guitar and lap steel guitar, plus some of his vocals from 'Chicago'. Alex Paterson contributes sound manipulation, keyboards and turntables, while Youth adds bass and keyboards and handles the production.

The album was released in multiple formats worldwide. All artist royalties will go to helping Gary McKinnon's campaign against his extradition.

In addition to the standard CD album, there is a 'Deluxe' 2CD version: the first disc is the same as the standard, the second is a 3D 60 minute version, a new sound production process developed by Youth, Mike Brady (The Jam's live sound engineer) and Ian Thompson (musician and multimedia producer), which allows you to listen in three-dimensional sound. As with the earlier QSound format, you don't need special equipment, and it is said to "sound amazing on any headphones in any format".

The album will also be available from iTunes, and there will also be a vinyl version, exactly the same as the standard CD, but including a download card permitting you to download an additional ambient bonus track.

(Thanks to Brain Damage website for this article)


The Making of Pink Floyd: The Wall
by Gerald Scarfe

A new book written by Gerald Scarfe about the making of The Wall has been published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson (the same publishing company who published Nick Mason's "Inside Out: A Personal History of Pink Floyd").

"The Making of Pink Floyd: The Wall" is the authorized, definitive book about the project and includes new commentaries from the surviving members of Pink Floyd: Roger Waters, David Gilmour and Nick Mason, together with the director of the film, Sir Alan Parker. Roger Waters has written the foreword.

The album imagery, stage performances and film were created in close collaboration with Gerald Scarfe, and his massive archive includes original storyboards, animation cells, concept drawings, models and other three-dimensional material together with photographs of the creation and staging of the live performances and the filming of The Wall.

In the book, Gerald also relates his own experiences of working with the band from the early days of "Wish You Were Here" to "The Pros and Cons Of Hitchhiking" with Roger Waters, after his break with the other band members, as well as his work for the new live show of "The Wall."

Thirty years after the first live performance was staged, Roger Waters has taken the show back on the road for a 3 yr. multi-country, multi-city world tour of the US, Canada, Europe, Russia, New Zealand, Australia, South America, Mexico and back again to the US and Canada, bringing the album and the band right back into the headlines.

Publisher Michael Dover said: "Somehow Gerald has managed to smooth ruffled feathers and the protagonists of the past cheerfully recall epic battles in the pages of this book." With The Wall collapsing nightly in all the great cities of the world this is a more than timely book.

Gerald added: "This book is, to a certain extent, a report from a war zone, a personal view of those six years when I worked closely with the band, before and after they broke up. It is also a glimpse of some of the immense body of work I produced with them of which I am immensely proud. I was delighted to get the surviving members of the band, as well as Sir Alan Parker, to share their reminiscences of those times with me".

The book can be ordered from Amazon.com, Amazon UK, Amazon Canada, Amazon France, Amazon Germany, or Play.com.

(Thanks to Brain Damage website for this article.)


New More DVD

Barbet Schroeder created a sensation when his controversial first feature More, boosted by Pink Floyd's involvement, opened in 1969, and it quickly became a cult classic. Arriving on Blu-ray for the first time on September 19th 2011, it is released by the BFI in the UK, in a Dual Format Edition (a DVD is included in the case) along with a newly commissioned documentary on the story behind it.

The film is famous for its subdued, moody Pink Floyd soundtrack, featuring some of their most loved songs from that era, including Green is the Colour, Cymbaline and The Nile Song.

This new release is presented in both High and Standard Definition, and features a Director-approved High Def transfer from original film elements. There's also Making More (2011, 17 mins, DVD only), a newly commissioned documentary on the story behind the film, theatrical trailers for Schroeder's More, 1972's The Valley (which also has a Floyd soundtrack) and 1975's MaĒtresse, and the package is completed with an illustrated booklet with new essays, biographies and notes on the soundtrack. We've taken a good look at the Blu-ray to see what sort of package the BFI have produced...

The synopsis of the film is as follows: "With his exams a distant memory, German student Stefan (Klaus Grünberg) burns his bridges and hitchhikes across Europe in pursuit of adventure and the warm southern sun. Seduced by the offbeat crowd he encounters in Paris – among them the shyly seductive Estelle (Mimsy Farmer) – Stefan is soon flying dangerously close to disaster."

Such a description gives little notice and warning about what is to come as the film unfolds. Given an "18" certificate by the BBFC (British Board of Film Certification) due to the "frequent drug use", the film also includes a fair degree of male and female nudity. So, not one for the kids, clearly!

It's a sobering and quite sad tale of the downward spiral experience by the couple as they experiment with different substances (Stefan in particular seems to suffer with his clearly additive personality) whilst absorbing themselves into an Ibizan summer. Ibiza itself has a rural feel, with the areas used in the film still largely untouched by mass tourism. Stefan travels to the island in search of what he feels is missing, and finds this first in Estelle, then in the drugs he is introduced to.

A definate cautionary tale, the couple's decline is clearly marked and very well portrayed, and More remains as powerful today as when it had it's release in 1969. Pink Floyd's music is heard throughout the movie, and unlike Obscured By Clouds, the songs are given a lot more prominence and airtime. Whether used during a party, or for Estelle to dance in the sun to, the music can be heard clearly (the main draw to this film for Floyd fans, we assume).

The 1080p, 24 fps Blu-ray (which is not region-locked and therefore suitable for worldwide use) shows what a decent job has been done with the master. The transfer itself was supervised and approved by Barbet Schroeder from the original 35mm interpositive. As with the BFI's previous release (La Vallee/Obscured By Clouds) colour and detail are finely tuned with no obvious sign of any edge enhancement or compression artefacts. There is a fair degree of grain throughout, which would have been present on the original film - there's a large amount of ambient or natural light used throughout in the darker and indoor scenes, which keeps it all very atmospheric. Ibiza in the late 1960s looks most attractive and is a good glimpse of what the island was like before the package holiday overwhelmed it.

It's clear to see why this film is so respected, and why it quickly became a cult classic. It's not an easy experience watching the decline of Estelle and Stefan, but it is a film that is well worth viewing. A great job has been done on the audio and video side of things, making this an upgrade worth making for those who may already own earlier DVD editions which suffer from using a poor master. Those able to play the Blu-ray edition will enjoy the richly detailed and vibrant picture, a major step-up from the earlier DVD. The DVD in this set doesn't carry any region coding, like the Blu-ray, so can be used worldwide (please note though, it's in PAL format).


An Introduction To Syd Barrett

On 11th October 2010 (9th November for North America), EMI/Harvest released 'An Introduction To Syd Barrett,' a brand new collection that brings together for the first time the tracks of Pink Floyd and Syd Barrett on one compilation, with David Gilmour being the executive producer of the album.

The album features five remixed tracks including 'Octopus', 'She Took A Long Cool Look', 'Dominoes' and 'Here I Go', with David Gilmour adding bass guitar to the last track. A bonus track, previously-unreleased instrumental of 'Rhamadan' is available via digital download for a limited period.

Full tracklisting

  1. Arnold Layne (2010 Digital Remaster)
  2. See Emily Play (2010 Digital Remaster)
  3. Apples And Oranges (2010 Digital Remaster)
  4. Matilda Mother (Alternative Version) (2010 Mix)
  5. Chapter 24 (2010 Digital Remaster)
  6. Bike (2010 Digital Remaster)
  7. Terrapin (2010 Digital Remaster)
  8. Love You (2010 Digital Remaster)
  9. Dark Globe (2010 Digital Remaster)
  10. Here I Go (2010 Remix)
  11. Octopus (2010 Mix)
  12. She Took A Long Cool Look (2010 Mix)
  13. If It's In You (2010 Digital Remaster)
  14. Baby Lemonade (2010 Digital Remaster)
  15. Dominoes (2010 Mix)
  16. Gigolo Aunt (2010 Digital Remaster)
  17. Effervescing Elephant (2010 Digital Remaster)
  18. Bob Dylan Blues (2010 Digital Remaster)

(Thanks to the Brain Damage website for this info).


Look to REG for authentic, credible and factual information concerning Roger Waters.


National Association of FanClubs



Back to TOP of News



Main Page   Main News Index   1992 to 1994   1995 to 1997   1998 to 2000   2001 to 2002   2003 to 2004   2005   2006   2007   2008   2009   2010   2011