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

NewsFlash May 1998
(Dybbuk etc.)

NewsFlash September 1998
(Lost Boys etc.)

NewsFlash January 1999
(99 Tour info)

NewsFlash March WATERS TOUR 1999
(Tour dates etc.)

NewsFlash 1999 TOUR ITINERARY

NewsFlash August 1999
(Each Small Candle debuted)

NewsFlash September 1999
(The Wall DVD and Album info)

NewsFlash October 1999
(The Legend of the Pianist & the Ocean)

NewsFlash December 1999
(The Wall DVD released, 2000 tour, New album, CA IRA)

NewsFlash March 2000 - Tour Info

NewsFlash 2000 TOUR ITINERARY

NewsFlash April 2000
(Is There Anybody Out There - The Wall Live released

NewsFlash May 2000
(REG gets NAFC Spotlight)

NewsFlash June 2000
(Seattle show buzzed)

NewsFlash July 2000
(Tour a smashing success)

NewsFlash August 2000
(Live Album and Video info)

NewsFlash September 2000
(Live Album Official news)

NewsFlash December 2000
(Live Album released)


Newsflash - May 1998

Israeli film features new recording from Roger Waters

An Israeli feature-length film, The Dybbuk of the Holy Apple Field, includes a new recording by Roger Waters. It is a cover version of Bob Dylan's "Knockin' On Heaven's Door."

In a recent communication with REG, Mark Fenwick, Roger's Manager, has cofirmed Roger's roll, and has said that this song is Roger's sole contribution to the soundtrack. According to Mr. Fenwick, the rest of the film's music is composed and played by Rick Wentworth.

"Dybbuk..." is not the only association between Waters and Wentworth. Says, Mark Fenwick, the two have been collaborating on Waters' opera, āa Ira. The Dybbuk of the Holy Apple Field is a Hebrew language film, but offers English subtitles. Running 93 minutes in length, the film was directed by Yossi Somer, and stars Ayelet Z'urer and Yehezkel Lazarov. The film also features Moshe Ivgi, Orna Porat and Igal Naor. "Dybbuk..." was shown at the 48th Berlin International Film Festival last February, and was also shown at the Haifa Film Festival.

Because the film is in the Hebrew language, it may be hard to find beyond Israel or large Hebrew-speaking communities. However, it will likely be released on video where it may eventually be found in the "Imports" section of some video rental shops.

Regarding "Knockin On Heaven's Door," and the "Dybbuk..." soundtrack, Mark Fenwick states, "They are discussing a sound track album and would like to include the song, but, as yet, this is not confirmed."

The Dybbuk of the Holy Apple Field comes from Condor Films AG, Restelbergstr. 107, CH-8044 Zurich, Switzerland, Tel: 1-361 96 12 Fax: 1-361 95 75

I asked Mr. Fenwick about the progress of Roger's forth coming new studio album, which he had previously announced to REG, had begun recording last Summer. To this he replied that there were no plans of release dates nor progress he could report.

About the opera, Mr. Fenwick said: "Ca Ira, now nears completion. The score for the album is finished, save for some very minor additions. The record will be released worldwide on Sony Classical.
"I project the release date as of the Autumn of 1999. It is Roger's intention to stage live performances of the opera but you will remember that he, himself, will not appear.
"The record company and indeed, I, am very excited about this project. and beleive that it is certainly one of the most interesting and exceptional records that Roger has produced."

Sources for this article: Mark Fenwick, REG Members and Steel Breeze at http://memes.com/~tristandcw/breathe.html


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Newsflash - September 1998

Roger's birthday confused to death

I am often getting asked: "When is Roger Waters Birthday?" As any well read fan I used to reply: Why on Sept. 9, 1944 of course. Wrong!

Little did I know that I had been dispensing inaccurate information for years! Because of the confusion regarding the year of Roger's birth, I reported the truth of the matter in REG issue #15. There had been a publishing discrepancy regarding the year that Roger was born. Some books reported that Roger was born in 1944, others reported that it was 1943. I learned that it was statistically impossible for Roger to have been born in 1944. The correct year of Roger's birth is in fact 1943.

However, the confusion did not stop there. I understand that he was born in 1943, but on what day? A number of reliable sources list September 6th as his birth date, while other reliable sources list September 9th as his date of birth.

September 9, is listed as Roger's birthdate in various promo materials. Even though they list conflicting years, September 9, is also listed as Roger's birthdate in the book Pink Floyd, A Visual Documentary by Miles, and in Schaffner's Pink Floyd - A Saucerfull of Secrets biography.

However, Roger's birth date is listed as September 6, 1943 in the Pink Floyd - In the Flesh book by Glenn Povey & Ian Russell, as well as in a number of magazine articles, and in the Encyclopedia of Rock Stars book.

To solve this dilemma, I called up an unimpeachable source, Mark Fenwick, Roger Waters' manager. Asked about the truth regarding this matter he replied; Roger Waters was born September 6, 1943!

So there you have it, the true birthdate of Roger Waters, almost from the horses mouth so to speak. Happy Birthday Roger!!


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Newsflash - January 1999

Lost Boys Calling and other Roger Waters penned work

There is yet other Roger Waters news to report. Roger's name appears twice in the credits of two new albums by Marianne Faithfull and Ismael Lo. Marianne's opus "Vagabond Ways" includes an unreleased Waters song called "Incarceration Of Flower ChildrenC. This is an older Waters penned song from the '70s which has never been recorded or heard before. Miss Faithful apparently has been wanting to record it for a long while. Marianne Faithfull also sings the English lyrics in a duet of a song titled "Without Blame (La Femme Sans Haine)" with Ismael Lo on his 1996 album "Jammu Africa." This song is co-written by Roger Waters, Etienne Roda Gil, (of Ca Ira fame) and Ismael Lo. Marianne. Faithfull also appeared with Roger during "The Trial" at the 1990 Berlin Show of The Wall.

Some 6 years after the release of Amused To Death and the last live Waters performance (Walden Wood, LA, 04-01-92), a new Roger Waters song emerged in late 1998 in an Italian film. This new tune is called "Lost Boys Calling" and is featured in the film "La Leggenda Del Pianista Sull'Oceano". "La Leggenda" (The Legend Of The Pianist On The Ocean) is an Italian film from the Medusa Film studios and is directed by Giuseppe Tornatore. Born 05-27-56 in Bagheria, Tornatore has directed many major films, including the well known Cinema Paradiso in 1989, which won an Oscar a year later. "La Leggenda" features actors Tim Roth, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Mélanie Thierry, Bill Nunn and Peter Vaughn among others.

The story of the film is based on the book "Novecento" (ISBN 3-492-04104-3) by Alessandro Baricco, which was written in 1994 and made it's debut as a piece for theater during the festival in Asti in July 1994. "Novecento" which means "1900," is the story of the foundling Danny Boodmann T.D. Lemon Novecento. He was born in the year 1900 on an ocean liner called the "Virginian," which traveled between Europe and America at the turn of the century. Because of the year of his birth, everyone called the boy Novecento. Never during his whole life did Novecento ever leave the ship for even a single moment. He learned to play the piano, becoming an accomplished pianist, and so would enchant the ships passengers with the magic of his talent. Novecento is the "legendary pianist of the ocean"!

"Lost Boys Calling" is a quiet, melancholic and very emotional ballad in true Watersesque tradition. The production by Patrick Leonard, (who worked with Waters on his album "Amused To Death," and co-wrote "Yet Another Movie" from Floyd's "A Momentary Lapse Of Reason") reminds me of "The Final Cut" era, with Waters singing with a smooth but very sharp and clear voice. The song starts and closes with 'echoes'-like sound effects.

The film will probably eventually be shown outside of Italy as Tornatore is well known in the cinematic world. Rumors have it, that an edited version of the film with English sub-titles but shortened some 45 minutes will be shown in the U.S. in the near future.

The soundtrack CD "La Leggenda Del Pianista Sull'Oceano" (Sony Records SK 60790, EAN: 5099706079026) has only been released in Italy. An American release is due to be released on April 30th 1999.


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News Flash March 17, 1999

ROGER WATERS WILL TOUR SUMMER OF 1999

I spoke with Mark Fenwick, Roger Waters Manager this morning, and asked him about the rumors regarding Roger Waters touring soon, and if Roger will be recording a new album. I also asked about Roger's new songs which have come out on film soundtracks as well as the new Waters songs covered by other artists.

We spoke at length about many things regarding Roger's present and future activities. He confirmed to me that he is presently booking dates for a tour, and that Roger Waters will indeed be touring the east coast of the United States in July and August of 1999. He also stated that Roger plans a second leg of the tour on west coast of the United States in the Spring of 2000. Stating that dates and venues have not yet been completely confirmed, he will be informing REG as to the tour schedule, dates, times, and venues, when they are more concrete.

In regard to Roger's opera, CA IRA (pronounced sa-ira) to be released later this year, he announced to REG that Roger has written the English libretto for it so that CA IRA will be released in English as well as French. He again emphasized that Roger would not be performing the opera, but he did announce that he is booking performance dates in the United States sometime in the year 2000, as well as Paris, where the opera will probably first be performed. An album of the opera, consisting of orchestra and singers, will be available in both English and French.

He also told me that although a new Roger Waters solo album has been planned, the recording for it has been postponed until some time after the tour and the work for the opera Ca Ira has been completed. He did say however, that Amused To Death would most likely be performed during the tour.

We spoke about Rogers songs Knockin on Heavens Door for the film "Dybbuk of the Holy Apple Field," and Lost Boys Calling for the film "The Legend of the Pianist by the Ocean," as well as his songs "Incarceration of the Flower Children," and "Without Blame" covered by Marianne Faithful, and Ismael Lo.

The complete text of my conversation with Roger's Manager will be published for REG members in the next issue of the REG Newsletter/Magazine. I have also recently interviewed Gerald Scarfe in an exclusive 1 hour interview for our fanclub which will be published in the next issue of REG as well.

More info later. Anyone copying this announcement please credit it to REG - The International Roger Waters Fan Club.


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News Flash April 1999

Tourdates

Roger Waters will tour the United States for the first time in 12 years, it has been announced. Waters' "In The Flesh" tour opens in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on July 23, 1999 (see itinerary attached), and is the rock legend's first tour, anywhere in the world, since the 1987 "Radio K.A.O.S." trek. The Rock & Roll Hall of Famer last performed live, in 1993, for Don Henley at the concert for Walden Woods.

Material for Waters' shows will present a full cross-section of his music drawing primarily from the repertoire of songs penned for Pink Floyd as well as selections culled from his solo albums including "Amused To Death." Waters cofounded the groundbreaking Pink Floyd with Syd Barrett in 1966 and became the group's sonic architect upon Barrett's departure, creating such undeniable classics as "The Dark Side Of The Moon," "The Wall," "Animals," "Wish You Were Here," and "Final Cut."

Having spent much of the past seven years working on "Ca Ira" (pronounced "sa-ira"), an opera in English and French, Waters felt the desire to re-enter the live arena, reconnect with his fans, and experience the thrill of performing his classic songs live "In The Flesh."

Waters (guitar, vocals, and bass) will tour with a full band of top-flight musicians featuring Andy Fairweather-Low (guitar), Doyle Bramhall II (guitar and vocals), Graham Broad (drums), Jon Carin (keyboards) and Katie Kissoon (backing vocals). Fairweather-Low has toured and/or recorded with Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Stevie Nicks, and Kate Bush, among others; he has worked with Waters since the 1984 "Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking" tour. Bramhall is a Texas blues-funk guitarist who's been playing professionally since he was 15; as a teenager, Bramhall was one of the few musicians the late Stevie Ray Vaughan would invite to sit in with him and, at 19, was invited to join Jimmie Vaughan's Fabulous Thunderbirds. The drummer for Procol Harum, Broad has played with Bill Wyman & the Rhythm Kings and can be heard on Roger Water's "Amused To Death" album. Carin has played keyboards for The Who, Pete Townshend, Bryan Ferry and others. Kissoon has sung with Eric Clapton, Van Morrison, George Harrison, and the Pet Shop Boys among others.

It is anticipated that the Roger Waters "In The Flesh" Tour will resume with a series of West Coast dates in Spring 2000.

"Ca Ira" will debut early in the new millennium.

Roger Waters Cleveland Concert At Nautica Stage Moved To Gund Arena

In a move to both satisfy his many Northeast Ohio fans and to allow for production concerns, the Roger Waters concert has been moved to Gund Arena on Tuesday, July 27, 1999 at 8:00 PM.

"For the past 25 years, anytime Roger goes out on the road , he always does the unimaginable. As the creative force behind Pink Floyd, his concerts in Cleveland have always been a multi-sensory experience. The vision was to play at Nautica, but now with the type of production he wants to bring to town, we need to move the show to Gund Arena", says Jules Belkin, President of Belkin Productions. "Not only is Cleveland going to see and hear one of today's most influential musicians in a considerably smaller configuration than the typical Gund Arena setup, but the many fans of Northeast Ohio who were not able to get tickets for the Nautica show will now have a second chance to see Roger Waters.

Beginning Monday, June 21, fans who purchased tickets to the Nautica show will need to go to point of purchase and exchange their ticket for a new ticket to the Gund Arena show. Fans with reserved seats will receive comparable seat locations. Fans with general admission tickets will have a choice of a reserved seat at $27.50 or upgrading to a $50.00 ticket. ALL EXCHANGES NEED TO BE COMPLETED BY FRIDAY JUNE 25.

Reserved seat tickets for the public, $50.00 & $27.00, GO ON SALE SATURDAY, JUNE 26 at 10:00 AM at the Gund Arena Ticket Office. All Ticketmaster locations or charge by phone at (216) 241 - 5555 in Cleveland, (330) 945 - 9400 in Akron (330) 747 - 1212 or (614) 431 - 3600 in Columbus.

Special Alert !! 7/26/99
Roger Waters Atlanta Concert at Chastain Park Amphitheatre has moved to the Lakewood Amphitheatre

I have confirmed that the Atlanta Show of 22 August has changed venues.
Apparently, the screen Waters is using will not fit into the Chastain Amphitheatre. The show will be moving to the Lakewood Amphitheatre.
The ticket office is working to locate all 7000 ticket holders, buying a new block to tickets, and arranging the ticket exchange. They're also concerned about making sure the tickets are exchanged for comparable seating at Lakewood.

The date will stay the same, only the venue will change. If you have tickets for the Atlanta show of August 22, contact the ticket outlet where your tickets were purchased.

The remaining seats at Lakewood will not go on sale to the public until the ticket exchange is completed. Once the exchange is finished though, more tickets will be released for the general public, as Lakewood is a larger venue.

UPDATE 7/28/99
A NEW CONCERT DATE HAS BEEN ADDED FOR THE EASTERN U.S. LEG OF THE IN THE FLESH TOUR
I have confirmed that a new date has been added to the tour. Roger Waters will be playing Thursday, August 10, at the Pepsi Arena, in Albany NY. The show begins at 8PM. Tickets will go on sale this Friday, July 30th at 10 AM!!

Roger Waters "In The Flesh" Tour 1999 Itinerary

JULY

DATE OF SHOW CITY VENUE DATE OF TICKET SALE
23 Milwaukee, WI Mecca Auditorium On sale: April 26 (Limited tickets remaining)
24 Chicago, IL Rosemont Theater May 15
25 Clarkston, MI (Detroit) Pine Knob May 8
27 Cleveland, OH Gund Arena May 1
28 Syracuse, NY Landmark Theater To be announced
30 Quebec City L'Agora May 7
31 Montreal QUE Molson Center Theatre May 7

AUGUST




DATE OF SHOW CITY VENUE DATE OF TICKET SALE
1 Toronto ONT Molson Amphitheatre May 7
4 Boston MA Tweeter Center (Great Woods) May 2
6 Holmdel, NJ PNC Arts Center May 1
7 Wantaugh, NY Jones Beach May 8
8 Wallingford, CT Oakdale Theater May 8
*NEW SHOW ADDED*
*10 Albany, NY Pepsi Arena July 30 (10AM)
11 Camden, NJ E Center June 12 (10AM)
13 Scranton, PA Montage Mountain May 8
14 Darien Lake, NY Darien Lake May 1
15 Columbus, OH Veteran Memorial Center May 8
17 Hershey Park, PA Hershey Star Pavilion June 5
18 Pittsburgh, PA IC Light Pavilion May 22
20 Baltimore, MD Pier 6 Concert Pavilion May 1
*Change of Venue*
*22 Atlanta, GA Lakewood Amphitheatre April 24 / April 11

Want to meet other REG members at concerts? Want more info about the concert venues, directions, seating charts etc. Then click here: http://tinpan.fortunecity.com/floyd/45/meetme.html

Many members have asked for the set list for Roger's shows. However I have been hesitant to post it. Having just returned from the Milwaukee and Chicago shows, I did not want to hear the set list myself, before the concert. Wanting instead to be surprised by the songs. But so many fans want me to post this info, I guess I must relent.
Here then is the set list played at the Milwaukee and Chicago shows. Roger mentioned that he might play a new song, however to date this has not occurred. Though it is early in the tour, and set list changes have been known to happen during Roger's tours.

Set List

First Half

  1. In The Flesh
  2. The Thin Ice
  3. Another Brick in the Wall, Part 1
  4. Mother
  5. Get Your Filthy Hands Off My Desert
  6. Southampton Dock
  7. Pigs on the Wing, Part 1
  8. Dogs
  9. Welcome to the Machine
  10. Wish You Were Here
  11. Shine On You Crazy Diamond, parts I-IV, VI, VII, reprise of part I

Intermission

  1. Breathe
  2. Time
  3. Breathe (Reprise)
  4. Great Gig in the Sky (keyboard teaser only, ending where vocals would have begun)
  5. Money
  6. 5:06 A.M. (Every Stranger's Eyes)
  7. The Powers That Be
  8. What God Wants, Part 1
  9. Perfect Sense, Part 1
  10. Perfect Sense, Part 2
  11. It's A Miracle
  12. Amused to Death
  13. Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2

Encore

  1. Brain Damage
  2. Eclipse
  3. Comfortably Numb


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News Flash August 28, 1999

Roger Waters Plays New Song At Final Show Of Tour

Apparently flyers with a picture of a candle were handed out to concert goers before the show in Atlanta Georgia, urging Roger Waters to play his new song tentatively titled "Every Candle" or "Each Small Candle." It has been reported that Jason DeGraf and Kyle F Bidlack were responsible for concocting this scheme. During the show, these flyers were held up during the curtain call. Some of these flyers were colored with fluorescent markers, and when held up shone brightly, and caught Roger's eye. He reached into the crowd and grabbed one and read it with a smile on his face. When he came out for encore he said a few words in acknowledgement, and talked about the new song briefly. Although he didn't play it the fact that he acknowledged it, gave the fans that special "connection" and that magic was more than they could have asked for! Someone who was backstage at Atlanta said he was rather impressed by the whole candle thing.

However, the next evening for one of the encore songs at the show in Kansas City, Roger did indeed play his new song apparently called "Each Small Candle." Before he played his new song, Roger spoke, or should I say tried to speak, to the audience. The theme of the song has to do with torture and suffering and the war in Kosovo. He tried to tell the story of how the song came to be, and what had influenced him to write it. However, after coming back on stage for the encore at the end of the show, the crowd was roaring so energetically and fanatically they would not calm down long enough for Roger to speak and be heard by the majority of the audience, who missed most of what he said.

Here is a transcript by Tim V. of what he said to the audience when they emerged for the encore's.

Roger Waters:

"Thank you..."

Roger Waters:

"OK... thank you for coming to listen to us. It's been a great pleasure to perform for you... We felt the magic."

Roger Waters:

"Now, we're going to do something different tonight. This is the last show on our tour (crowd cheers). So we're going to do some different things... The first thing we're going to do different is we're going to give a big hand to the pyro crew who've been fantastic. Thank you guys."(points to the pyro? desk to the right hand of the stage).

Roger Waters:

"OK... now the second thing we are going to do different is we're going to do a new song... And the third thing we're going to do Different is that you have to listen to me talking about it for a bit before we play. (unintelligible two word? sentence drowned out be the crowd). I will be brief, as brief as I can. You'll have to listen, though, or you won't hear what I'm saying."

Roger Waters:
"A few years ago, an Italian... a few years ago an Italian journalist contacted me from the Initiativo Contra da Torturum, which is the initiative against torture in Northern Italy. And he sent me some lyrics written by an Argentine man who had been tortured. And, in the English translation I found to be very ... moving. And, um, so I set them to music. And then I had no (an?) idea what went with these lyrics and then they sat in the back page of, uh, a half a page of scribbled lines for the next seven or eight years. Until Kosovo."

Roger Waters:

"And I was, I found myself..." (crowd cheers as if he just said Kansas City, …drunken idiots *my words, not his)

Roger Waters:

"If you listen you'll hear what I have to say and so will the people around you. JUST LISTEN! hey just listen, just for a minute or two. It will be really cool... OK, I'll just go on."

Roger Waters:

"Um. I had trouble making any sense out of the whole thing in Kosovo. Uh, I know a lot of people went 'Oh, here's the bad guy and here's the good (?).' And that was tricky for me. And I found myself not quite knowing what I thought about it all. Uh, which was a problem for me 'cause normally I do know what I think about things. Until one day I read a piece in the, um, London Times which told the story of a Serbian soldier who saw an Albanian woman lying wounded in, um, a burned out building and he left his platoon and went over and helped her. And then joined his men and marched off. And in THAT image I found some sense. And so the rest of the song is about that. And ... " (unintelligible).

(Crowd cheers)

Roger Waters:

"Just give us one second... (someone in the band giggles into a mike)... for how it goes."

(Roger turns and shushes the crowd so the band can figure out what they are doing)

Roger Plays "Each Small Candle"!

After the song ends...

Roger Waters:

"Simon? Turn the fucking lights out. OUT!... thank you... bless you. There will be more if you want some."

Other band member:

"Hey I hope you're right."

Roger Waters:

"OK, uh, OK. Thank you very much for coming to listen to us. THIS is the last song."

The last song of this leg of the tour, "Comfortably Numb, begins)
There it is for your enjoyment. Guess we have an idea about what the new album might be about.

Comments from some of the fans:
One fan remarked: "It was beautiful! When he sang the song, everyone, including Roger, lit up their cigarette lighters holding them in the air. The occasion became somber, the auditorium transposed itself into a hollowed temple filled with a sea "small candle" flames. We all listened in reverence, to the beautiful melody and the words, in a silent protest for Peace, Love, and Tolerance, as Roger played his song."

Another fan remarked: "I am a Pink Floyd fan and have seen Gilmour's Floyd many times, and countless other concerts but NOTHING I have ever seen has been as intimate nor as emotionally gratifying as this show. While he played "Every Strangers Eyes," on the backdrop were projected pictures of American Indians, and during the Candle song it was dark except for a drawing of a candle surrounded by barbed wire, projected onto the screen, and the ocean of flickering lighters of the crowd."

Another fan said: "The way some of the crowd behaved during his speech before the song... jeez... I don't think we deserved it..... and I was expecting him to decide not to play it. Roger tried to quiet the crowd down but there were a few assholes in the audience. Some were just very excited because it was an awesome show, but there were some real dicks. Anyway, Roger started into his story... but he did not get far before the assholes managed to interfere with his message. Roger pleaded, "Would you please listen? If you just listen!." The crowd then hushed. "OK, I'll continue." he said, and then went into his story."

And yet another fan remarked: ...the graphic up on the screen during "Each Small Candle" was completely black... except for a very simple drawing of candle in white encircled with what looked like barbed wire around the candle to form what to me looked like a $ ...I visited with the stage manager... a Mr. Cooper who told me that they would for sure be doing the West Coast Tour.... I asked him if they would be playing Texas as well.... he said, "of course... we will be expanding to play many different states"

Though Roger hinted before the beginning of the tour that he would like to play a new song during the tour, until the very last show, that never happened. It is believed that the possibility of bootlegging could in part be his reasoning. So, please, if you want more of Roger's new work played live, don't bootleg, or at the least, keep your bootlegging to yourselves for your own personal enjoyment.

The candle projected during the Kansas City show, was that of a crude likenes of the Amnesty Internation symbol which is that of a candle encircled by barbed wire.

Reviews of "Each Small Candle" by fans have said that it is similar in tone and feel to "It's a Miracle," but with a very different melody. The song starts out slowly with Roger singing and builds to a stunning conclusion with the entire band. The new song has a line.... "every candle lights a corner of the darkness." And so it does Roger! You can imagine how great the rest of the lyrics must be!

(Please note that Roger did not announce a title for this song, so the title "Each Small Candle" is purely speculation or hearsay at this point and its designation and mention here in no way constitutes any official title.)


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News Flash September 1999

Pink Floyd "The Wall Live"

Roger Waters and Pink Floyd preparing for Live Wall album for December release.There will be an official live box set of The Wall Live shows released this November - a 20th anniversary of The Wall (though techically speaking The Wall shows weren't until 1980).

Roger Waters and Pink Floyd are putting together a live version of The Wall. EMI had an official release party recently to celebrate the forth coming album release.
According to engineer James Guthrie's assistant, Guthrie is in New York with Roger Waters finishing work on the new DVD release of the film "The Wall". After work is complete on the remasering of the film, Guthrie will assist Pink Floyd and Roger Waters in finishing the new live release of The Wall concerts.

The concert recording will be drawn from professionally-made recordings of concerts from August 1980 and June 1981, all recorded at Earls Court in London. The live release will be made by combining the best tracks from several shows to form a complete live concert from the original performance recordings.

There are no plans to release film from the 1980-81 concerts at this time. There are however, hints that a documentary of some sort may accompany the release of the live "The Wall" album. That remains an unconfirmed rumor at this time.

Some reports suggest that Pink Floyd and Roger Waters are working together on the live release, though details on the extent of the collaboration are not available. It's possible, if not likely, that the collaboration is purely in terms of coming to business agreements.

After finishing the two "Wall" projects, Guthrie is scheduled to work on remastering for DVD releases of "Pink Floyd Live at Pompeii," "Delicate Sound of Thunder," and "PULSE."

(Thanks to Glenn Povey, Ron Toon, David Kingston, Tor Hulbakviken, and to Jaan Uhelszki of Rolling Stone Online: http://www.rollingstone.com)

Official word just out

Pink Floyd: Is There Anybody Out There?

December 1999 marks the twentieth anniversary of Pink Floyd's epic concept album The Wall. To commemorate the event, EMI is releasing Is There Anybody Out There? The Wall Live on Wednesday December 1. Presented in a unique 2 CD, limited edition casebound book, with new artwork by Storm Thorgerson, it will include extra tracks not previously available on CD.

The Wall is one of rock music's seminal albums. Conceived and written by Roger Waters, produced by David Gilmour, Bob Ezrin and Roger Waters, it confounded conventional wisdom to reach number one around the world, spawned the multi-platinum single "Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)" and introduced Pink Floyd to another generation of fans. Over the next two years (1980 to 1981) The Wall Live was performed in Los Angeles, New York, Dortmund and London. Room sets appeared within the wall, which was built live on stage. Giant puppets dangled from it and Gerald Scarfe's crazed animations were projected on to it. The wall crashed down in an incredible finale to reveal the band still playing in the ruins.

The London concerts were recorded on a 48-track mobile studio so choosing the best from the shows was a massive task for Pink Floyd's producer James Guthrie. The final touches of this highly anticipated historical recording are now being made, and the tracklisting is soon to be finalized.


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News Flash October 1999

The film "The Legend of the Pianist on the Ocean" scheduled for international release

Film with new Waters song to be release internationally.

Last year, Italy saw the release of the Giuseppe Tornatore film "La Leggenda del Pianista Sull'Oceano." The film and its soundtrack featured a new Roger Waters ballad titled "Lost Boys Calling." See January '99 news.

The film has now been retitled "The Legend of 1900" and will be released internationally by New Line/Fine Line this month. The soundtrack, which includes the new Waters track, will be released internationally in about two weeks. Conflicting reports place the soundtrack's release at either 12 October or 19 October.

The song "Lost Boys Calling" was a collaboration between Roger Waters and film soundtack composer Ennio Morricone. The collaborative song was produced by Patrick Leonard. "Lost Boys Calling" was the only track for the film which Waters was involved with.

Marricone hs scored soundtracks for "The Mission," "Days of Heaven," "Lolita," "La Cage Aux Flooes," "Bullworth," "The Untouchables" and "Bugsy" among many other films but his breakthrough project was the score for the 1964 film "A Fistfull of Dollars."


In the Flesh 2000 tour date rumors on Echo's mailing list is a fraudulent fabrication


When informing me of the Summer tour dates last March, Mark Fenwick, Roger Waters manager, had told me that dates for the 2nd leg of the tour in the Spring of 2000, would not be available until after the first of the year.

However, recently I have been emailed by many members and fans stating that there was a listing of tour dates for the 2000 leg of the In The Flesh tour already posted on Echoe's, the Pink Floyd mailing list. They asked if these unofficially posted dates were true or accurate. So in order that our members were sure to have accurate information, I contacted Mark Fenwick again regarding these posted tour dates. His reply in a few short words was: "The dates and locations that are appearing on the Echos mailing list are entirely spurious. The plans for next years tour have not yet been drawn up."

Unless you are reading information on the Internet that you know is credible, it is always wise to question or disbeleive much of what you read or hear as so much of it has proven to be total farce. I don't know what drives people to post so much false and inaccurate information, some of which is extremely elaborate, intricate and well researched. These schemes of falcehood and rumor do so much to invalidate and bring into question all information on the entire Internet itself, damaging the spread of accurate information, truth, and discourse.


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News Flash December 1999

Roger Waters In The Flesh Tour 2000

According to 'irrefutable' sources in the Roger Waters camp, dates are being scheduled for the second leg of Roger Waters' In The Flesh Tour in 2000.

The new leg of the tour is scheduled to begin in June of 2000 and will be on the road through mid July.

Beginning in Florida, Roger plans to tour the Southern US States, and then proceed to the Western US States and then perhaps other "Key" dates.

Roger will not be playing smaller venues and theaters but will continue to play in mid size arenas and amphitheaters.

I will be posting the tour 2000 dates, tour 2000 schedule and tour 2000 itinerary sometime in the near future.




WILL ROGER WATERS TOUR THE UK AND EUROPE MARCH AND APRIL OF 2001 ?


OTHER NEWS

Pink Floyd
The Wall
Comes to DVD

Columbia Records/Columbia Music Video to Release Deluxe Edition of Groundbreaking Film on December 2, 1999.

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the original music album, Columbia will release the deluxe DVD Video edition of Pink Floyd - The Wall on December 2.

This landmark motion picture, which was first released by MGM in 1982, was directed by Alan Parker based upon an original screenplay by Pink Floyd founder Roger Waters. The film features exclusive animation by Gerald Scarfe with music produced by Roger Waters, David Gilmour and James Guthrie. The new DVD has been produced with the full cooperation and support of Roger Waters and producer James Guthrie, who created two new soundtracks direct from the original master tapes.

"Pink Floyd - The Wall marks a new chapter in the rapidly expanding DVD music video market" states James Diener, Vice President of A&R / Marketing for Columbia Records. "Columbia is proud to be associated with this historic reissue, which we believe will come to be regarded as a landmark in this important new music genre."

Major Production Effort

Once the project was approved by Roger Waters, an extensive search commenced to locate the best material for use in creating the new DVD master.

From the beginning, it was determined that the DVD would incorporate only the highest quality components and the most state-of-the art production methodology available. Therefore, a new telecine film transfer of the motion picture from the original widescreen interpositive was done in high definition video at the Sony Pictures High Definition Center. This was then downcoverted to create the new master for DVD compression.

The DVD authoring was coordinated by Don Eklund, Vice President of Engineering for the Sony Pictures DVD Center, who also worked closely with the Roger Waters production team to secure audio tapes from the original mags. Pink Floyd technical consultant James Guthrie, one of the film's original music producers, was responsible for restoring, reformatting, and remastering the new 5.1 channel Dolby Digital and PCM stereo soundtracks. The production team also retrieved other elements from the archives that were necessary to complete the reworked audio.

The Sony Pictures DVD Center, under the direction of Storm Thorgerson and James Guthrie, designed new artwork for use in the DVD menus. In addition, Thorgerson interviewed and directed members of the film's original creative team -- including Roger Waters, Alan Parker, Gerald Scarfe and James Guthrie -- to produce an all new retrospective about the motion picture. Furthermore, James Guthrie recorded a running commentary by Roger Waters and Gerald Scarfe which was used to create the DVD's audio commentary.

The disc also features a number of interface enhancements to enrich the end user's experience, including special audio and video content developed specifically for the disc's navigation system. A special audio "test section" is also included to allow enthusiasts to calibrate their surround systems for optimal listening. The entire project, including DVD compression and authoring, was completed under the direction of the Roger Waters team to insure there was no compromise in either video or audio quality. The completed master was then sent to Sony Disc Manufacturing for DVD replication.

According to James Guthrie "All of us involved in this project take great pride in the manner in which the original film has been transferred to the DVD Video format. The new work represents nothing less than a further crystallization of Roger's vision which has driven all of us from the film's inception."

Extensive Marketing Support

To support this extraordinary effort Columbia Records/Columbia Music Video, in cooperation with Sony Electronics, has developed a number of promotional ventures that will be launched in early December. This includes a series of print advertisements that will run in major entertainment, enthusiast and trade publications. Columbia Records will also conduct a multifaceted radio promotion on AOR stations located in the top 20 markets. In conjunction with this, special Pink Floyd merchandising displays will be provided to all major music accounts. In addition, a variety of value-added promotions are being planned with key retail national chains. The definitive DVD edition of Pink Floyd - The Wall will be available on December 2. A repackaged video will also be available on VHS.

Pink Floyd
The Wall
Delux DVD Edition

The re-release of the movie, "The Wall" on DVD is reportedly something really special. The original version of the movie "The Wall" by Alan Parker has been discontinued and unavailable since February 1998. Since that time, Roger Waters has been working on the new version. "It has taken a Huge amount of work" said one contact close the the Waters camp.

The new Delux DVD version of the film is a Hi Definition Telecine film transfer of the complete motion picture done from the original wide screen interpositive and contains previously unreleased film footage. Remastered on a 5.1 Dolby Digital Soundtrack direct from the original master tapes, the DVD includes:THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WALL- a 25 minute documentary about the making of the film as well as a Running commentary with Roger Waters & Gerald Scarfe. Also included on the CD is a RETROSPECTIVE - an exclusive new 45- minute documentary of interviews with Roger Waters, Gerald Scarfe, Alan Parker, Peter Biziou, Alan Marshall and James Guthrie. In addition the Delux DVD Edition includes the never before released original film trailer and production stills.

The DVD will also include newly designed interactive menus, an option for subtitles, scene/song selection, and secret buttons. It will be marketed in Deluxe DVD Packaging. This new version of "The Wall, will also be available on VHS Configuration, however, the *VHS configuration does not include bonus special DVD content.

All in all, the delux DVD contains over 3 hours of enjoyment for all Pink Floyd fans.


Ca Ira

Roger Waters Opera about the Frenc revolution, "CA IRA" is on schedule to be released sometime in the first half of 2000. Nearly 15 years in the making, Ca Ira will be released on album and CD by Sony Classical, in both the US and Europe. Initially, Roger wrote only the music as the Libretto, or lyrics of the opera were written only in French. However, Roger has recently written a Libretto in English Both versions will be released in the US. It is expected that live performances of the opera will be performed both in Europe and the US.However, Roger, will not be performing. The opera will be performed by Orchestra and Opera Vocalists.


New Waters Album

Roger Waters is scheduled to go into the studio in February 2000 to begin recording a new solo album. His first since Amused To Death in 1992. It is anticipated that it will be released sometime in 2001. No title for the album has been reported and to date there is no reported working title. It is presumed that the new song Roger played live on his tour in Kansas City, "Each Small Candle," will be among the new songs on the album.


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News Flash March 2000

In The Flesh 2000
Tour Info

   Tickets for Roger Waters' July 13th Madison Square Garden show -- the rock legend's first scheduled New York City performance in 12 years -- sold out within 40 minutes of going on sale Monday, March 27th.

   The overwhelming demand for tickets has prompted Waters to add a second Madison Square Garden performance -- scheduled for Tuesday, July 11th -- to his tour itinerary (see following). Tickets for the show will be available at the MSG box office and through TicketMaster on Monday, April 3.

   Waters' Providence, Rhode Island, performance, previously slated for July 11th, has been rescheduled for Sunday, July 16th. There are no plans to reschedule a Raleigh, North Carolina, show originally penciled in for July 16th.




   Columbia recording artist and Pink Floyd founder Roger Waters is returning to the United States for the second leg of his highly-successful "In The Flesh" tour. The tour opens in Tampa, Florida, on June 2, 2000, and winds up in Raleigh, North Carolina, on July 16 (see itinerary following).

   The first leg of "In The Flesh" was Water's first tour, anywhere in the world, since the 1987 "Radio K.A.O.S." trek. Prior to "In The Flesh," the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer had last performed live, in 1993, for Don Henley at the concert for Walden Woods.

   Material for Waters' shows represents a full cross-section of his music drawn primarily from the repertoire of songs penned for Pink Floyd as well as selections from his solo albums including "Amused To Death." Waters co-founded the groundbreaking Pink Floyd with Syd Barrett in 1966 and became the group's sonic architect upon Barrett's departure, creating such undeniable classics as "The Dark Side Of The Moon," "The Wall," "Animals," "Wish You Were Here," and "Final Cut."

   Having spent much of the seven years previous to the first leg of his tour working on "Ca Ira" (pronounced "sa-ira"), an opera in English and French, Waters felt the desire to re-enter the live arena, reconnect with his fans, and experience the thrill of performing his classic songs live.

   Waters (guitar, vocals, and bass) is touring with a full band of top-flight musicians including Andy Fairweather-Low (guitar), Snowy White (guitar), Doyle Bramhall II (guitar and vocals), Graham Broad (drums), Jon Carin (keyboards), Andy Wallace (keyboards), Katie Kissoon (vocals) and Susannah Melvoin (vocals).

   Andy Fairweather-Low has toured and/or recorded with Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Stevie Nicks, and Kate Bush, among others; he has worked with Waters since the 1984 "Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking" tour. British-born blues/rock guitarist Snowy White was a full-time member of Thin Lizzy and first performed with Waters on the original 1980 Pink Floyd performances of "The Wall" in Earl's Court, London. Doyle Bramhall II is a Texas blues-funk guitarist who's been playing professionally since he was 15; as a teenager, Bramhall was one of the few musicians the late Stevie Ray Vaughan would invite to sit in with him and, at 19, was invited to join Jimmie Vaughan's Fabulous Thunderbirds.

   The drummer for Procol Harum, Graham Broad has played with Bill Wyman & the Rhythm Kings and can be heard on Roger Water's "Amused To Death" album. Jon Carin has played keyboards for The Who, Pete Townshend, Bryan Ferry and others. The 28-year-old London-based keyboardist Andy Wallace has worked with a variety of artists including David Bowie, Daryl Hall, Tom Jones, and Whitney Houston; from 1997-98, he performed as a member of the Robbie Williams Band.

   Katie Kissoon has sung with Eric Clapton, Van Morrison, George Harrison, and the Pet Shop Boys among others. Susannah Melvoin has sung on recordings by Prince, Wendy & Lisa, Mike Oldfield, and Doyle Bramhall II.

"Ca Ira" will debut early in the new millennium. Waters has also begun work on a new rock album to be released later this year on Columbia Records.


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News Flash March 2000

In The Flesh 2000
Tour Dates

Dates as of March 29, 2000

DateCity Venue On Sale
June 2Tampa, FL. Ice Palace(I) April 1
June 3West Palm Beach, FL. Mars Music Amphi. (Coral Sky)(O) April 1
June 6Nashville, TN. First American Music Center(O) March 18
June 8New Orleans, LA. New Orleans Arena(I) April 8
June 10Houston, TX Woodlands(O) April 15
June 11Dallas, TX Starplex(O) April 21
June 13San Antonio, TX Alamodome(I) April 8
June 16Phoenix, AZ America West(I) April 15
June 17Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand(I) April 15
June 19San Diego, CA Coors(O) March 18
June 21Los Angeles, CA. Universal Amphitheater(I) March 19
June 22Los Angeles, CA. Universal Amphitheater(I) March 19
June 24Los Angeles, CA Irvine Meadows(O) March 19
June 25San Francisco, CA. Shoreline Amphitheater(O) May 7
June 27Portland, OR. Rose Garden(I) May 6
June 30Seattle, WA. The Gorge(O) April 22
July 1 Boise, ID. Idaho Center(I) March 24
July 3 Denver, CO. Fiddlers Green(O) March 18
July 6 Minneapolis, MN. Target Center(I) April 29
July 8 Chicago, IL. The World(O) April 22
July 9 Cincinnati, OH. Riverbend(O) April 22
July 11 New York, NY Madison Square Garden(I) April 3
July 13 New York, NY Madison Square Garden(I) March 27
July 15 Bristow, VA Nissan Pavillion (O) April 28
July 16 Providence, RI Civic Center(O) April 1

(O) = outdoors
(I) = indoors

The show will start promptly at 7:30 p.m. and there is no support act!!
In the majority of venues, the maximum ticket price will not exceed $50.


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News Flash April 2000

"Is There Anybody Out There"
Pink Floyd The Wall Live!

To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the release of the original studio album The Wall, Pink Floyd will release Is There Anybody Out There? The Wall Live, a sonic document of the group's legendary live performances of the groundbreaking tour de force. Is There Anybody Out There? The Wall Live is in stores on April 18, 2000, from Columbia Records.

Is There Anybody Out There? The Wall Live will be available as a deluxe limited-edition double CD set, packaged in a 64-page hardcover casebound book with full-color souvenir artwork from the show. The album will also be available in a double-jewelcase edition as well as a double-cassette. Packaging for Is There Anybody Out There? The Wall Live is designed by longtime Pink Floyd art director Storm Thorgerson.

Recorded live in 1980-81 by Pink Floyd soundman and co-producer James Guthrie on a 48-track mobile studio during the original Earl's Court, London, concerts, the particular performances on Is There Anybody Out There? The Wall Live were handpicked by Guthrie, who has created a hi-resolution mix for the CD set from the original multi-track concert recordings.

A pristine composite live performance of The Wall, never-before-available in its entirety, Is There Anybody Out There? The Wall Live includes never-before-released music including "What Shall We Do Now?" (available on CD for the first time, the song can be heard in the film "Pink Floyd - The Wall") and "The Last Few Bricks" (which has never been previously released in any form).

Released in December 1979, Pink Floyd's The Wall is one of the defining masterpieces of rock culture. Conceived and written by Roger Waters; produced by Roger Waters, Bob Ezrin, and David Gilmour; co-produced and engineered by James Guthrie, the album's ferocity of intelligence and austere depth of musical complexity confounded conventional market wisdom to reach the #1 spot on countless charts around the world while spawning the multi-platinum single and youth anthem "Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2)." The Wall has earned an astounding 23x platinum certification from the RIAA.

Over the next two years, The Wall was performed live by Pink Floyd in Los Angeles (February 1980), New York (February 1980), Dortmund, Germany (February 1981) and London (August 1980, June 1981). Staging of The Wall was spectacular: room sets appeared within "The Wall," which was built live on-stage; giant puppets were dangled from "The Wall" while crazed animations, created by Gerald Scarfe, were projected onto it. During the show's breathtaking finale, "The Wall" crashed to the ground revealing the band playing in the ruins.

Undiminished by time, Is There Anybody Out There? The Wall Live is further proof of the abiding musical legacy of Pink Floyd.

Is There Anybody Out There? The Wall Live track listings:

Disc 1:

MC: Atmos
In The Flesh?
The Thin Ice
Another Brick In The Wall - Part 1
The Happiest Days Of Our Lives
Another Brick In The Wall - Part 2
Mother
Goodbye Blue Sky
Empty Spaces
What Shall We Do Now?
Young Lust
One Of My Turns
Don't Leave Me Now
Another Brick In The Wall - Part 3
The Last Few Bricks
Goodbye Cruel World

Disc 2:

Hey You
Is There Anybody Out There?
Nobody Home
Vera
Bring The Boys Back Home
Comfortably Numb
The Show Must Go On
MC: Atmos
In The Flesh
Run Like Hell
Waiting For The Worms
Stop
The Trial
Outside The Wall

Internet-savvy fans of the legendary rock band Pink Floyd will have much to celebrate this month as "Young Lust," a track from the forthcoming Columbia Records album Is There Anybody Out There? The Wall Live, becomes available as an exclusive streaming audio track. For twenty-four hours, beginning at 12midnight (EST) on March 15, Pink Floyd fans can hear "Young Lust" at http://www.thewalllive.com using either RealAudio G2 or the Windows MediaPlayer.

Two of Pink Floyd's prime movers--Roger Waters and David Gilmour-- will each make rare appearances on the Internet is two Internet chats this month at http://events.msn.co.uk. The reclusive Roger Waters, author of Pink Floyd - The Wall, will chat with fans online on Monday, March 13, at 9pm (GMT), 4pm (EST), 1pm (PST). Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour will respond to fans online on Thursday, March 16, at 8pm (GMT), 3pm (EST), 12noon (PST).

These events mark the twentieth anniversary of the concerts which were recorded in 1980/81 at Earls Court in London. The original recordings have been restored and mixed and feature the full live concert including two tracks previously unavailable on the studio album.

A deluxe DVD edition of the motion picture Pink Floyd - The Wall was released to stores on December 2, 1999.

© 2000 Sony Music Entertainment, Inc.


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News Flash March 2000

REG Gets Special Fan Club Spotlight in NAFC Magazine

REG - The International Roger Waters Fan Club was featured in this Sping's issue of the NAFC (National Association of Fan Clubs) Fan Club Monitor magazine. The National Association of Fan Clubs has been in operation for over 21 years and exists to help fan clubs, but it also is a listing, to ensure that a fanclub is reputable and credible. Membership in the NAFC ensures this credibility. In the quarerly issue of the magazine, REG became the focus of the Fan Club Spotlight column. The article described the history behind our fanclub, as well as the history of Roger Waters and our club's promotion of him. The article included a picture of REG and a photo of Michael Simone, President of the fan club at Potsdam Platz in Berlin. It is truly a great article and our club is honored to have been chosen for this Spotlight column.


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News Flash June 2000

Seattle show buzzed by Jet

OH Shit — there's a plane coming right at us!

Roger Waters show in Seattle at The Gorge was one of the most spectacular shows of the tour so far. As the first notes of the show began, "...eins, swei, drei, akka..." a large jet descended upon the crowd in the Gorge Amphitheater. Coming out of the setting sun, it was not seen until right on top of the crowd. The Seattle show was the only show on the tour that did not have any backdrop graphic projections. Apparently, the day of the show at the Gorge Amphitheater was extremely windy, and the gauze backdrop could not be draped behind the stage set. So, to make up for this lack of special effects, Roger added a special effect of his own. He had his personal tour jet buzz the crowd, coming almost out of nowhere, at the exact moment the show began. This was an unbelievable special effect which almost surpassed some of those at the Berlin show. Fans were completely ‘Blown Away' by the it! Here are some comments from fans:

...The Gorge is a naturally formed amphitheater overlooking a Gorge which is carved out by the Columbia River. The stage faces away from the river and if you were on the stage you would easily be able to see the beautiful view and the river and gorge. From the crowd you can not see the view but from the grass seating I'm sure you would be able to. Just as the show starts: Whoa! A jet buzzes the crowd at low altitude before the show. Really cool!!! The grass seated folk must have been feeling that plane!

...Roger did a good Gary Yudman impersonation as if he was waiting for something. Whoa! A jet buzzes the crowd at low altitude...!

...The band and backup singers came out on stage and took their places. Then Roger walked out on a platform at the back of the stage, about 8 feet up from the stage. He says 'I see the band is about ready to begin... and the show will start momentarily. In fact it will start now! No, no, not quite yet.' At this point I notice he is looking over his shoulder into the gorge. He then says ' The show will start in just a few moments.' And he looks back at the gorge. This makes me look at the gorge. When I see three lights next to each other coming towards the stage. Then they climb into the air, and I realize it's an airplane heading right at us! As it passes over, at about 800 feet, Roger yells something that I couldn't make out... and the band started playing! That's how you start a show! And what a show. Roger and the band were perfect through the whole thing.

...Some of us looked to where Roger was looking and saw that a jet (looked like a DC-10) was flying directly towards us. At that point Roger started the countdown for In the Flesh and as soon as they hit that first huge note that huge plane flew right over us, so close we could feel the wind as it flew by!!! Absolutely INCREDIBLE!!

...I will never forget Roger pointing to the Northern sky, looking up to the heavens, and seeing two lights appear in the horizon over the picturesque sandstone cliffs of the Columbia River Gorge. Within seconds, the smooth curves of a black jet could be seen racing towards the amphitheater. The pilot banked the jet 90 degrees and the awesome machine zoomed just hundreds of feet above the crowd. I could not decipher whether I was trembling with fear or joy; whether I was a fan at a rock concert or if I was an anonymous figure trapped behind a giant white Wall about to be terminated. The thunder of the afterburners over head, the roar of the crowd, and 120 decibels of "So ya, thought ya, might like ta, go to the show....to feel the warmth, the confusion of that space-cadet glow....." bombed my aural sensory receptors into oblivion like nothing I have ever experienced before. I pumped both arms into the air, screamed as if sonic shrapnel was tearing my soul apart, and whirled around to see 20,000 fans on their feet in a state of frenzy. There would be no turning back, my controls were set into the heart of the sun...

...That concert blew my mind, and it would be so great to have a picture of that plane to at least know I wasn't hallucinating when it raced over my head close enough to touch.

...WOW! What a show. This giant plane came up from behind the stage and over the crowd. Scared the Shit out of everyone! What a great way to start.

...blew me away. They timed it just right so as that hardly anyone noticed it coming and all the sudden, there it was, loud as hell and right on top of you. Pure genius.


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News Flash July 2000

In The Flesh 2000 a Smashing Success!!

It was reported that Roger could not have been more pleased with the success of his In The Flesh tour. Most of the venues at which he played during the tour were totally sold out. In fact, Madison Square Garden in New York sold out so fast, a new show was added and sold out within a week. One promoter remarked; "That any perfomer who can sell out that venue and force an additional show to be added and sell out as well, is truely a remarkable achievement, and especially so in Roger's case considering the fact that he has not released any new music in 8 years."

One of the main reasons why Roger toured is that he wanted people to hear his songs played by their author and really mean something to the listener. He wanted to rekindle that connection with the audience that they would come away having felt something, perhaps the magic or the meaning behind the songs or how they may relate to the individual.

Speaking in regard to David Gilmour's Pink Floyd touring and playing his songs, Roger said: "...and so then people must make their minds up whether or not there is any magic in this bit of work, or that bit of work, or that bit of work, or that bit of work, you know... and that matters to me... whether people can tell the difference between Sumo... and WrestleMania... I think that my feelings about it all are a lot clearer than they were... you know... I was quite pissed off for quite along time but I don't feel that anymore really. OK, so... although I've dealt with the anger now... never the less, seeing my children prostituted or sacrificed is upsetting to me, and I would prefer it didn't happen. It's not just about money, it's about ego, it's about self esteem, it's about definition of self. It's about... it's about all of that stuff that Rock & Roll is about... and that maybe one hopes you can transcend at some point. And the artists who I want to go and see, I feel, have transcended it. ...Randy Newman, when I go and see him singing his songs... this is a guy who writes wonderful songs that connect with me. And when I see him perform them, I get the shiver down the spine and I come out of the show re-energized. You know... I may come out of the show sad or happy or whatever, but feel that I've been touched. And it concerns me that my songs are being used in a way that doesn't do that. Cause I know it doesn't."

Well, one thing Roger can be sure of, and that is that a good majority of the concert goers who saw him perform during the In The Flesh Tour, did in fact feel the magic and came away from the show's definitely having been touched. If they didn't know before, they know for a certainty now, ‘which one's Pink!'


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News Flash August 2000

In The Flesh Live Album / Video - and Other News!

Live In The Flesh Double Album!

According to indisputable sources in the Roger Waters camp, a Roger Waters live tour album will be released in the latter half of November 2000. It will be titled (what else) Roger Waters: "In The Flesh." It will be a double album, and will be an album of a complete show released in it's entirety! And though the album will be a double album, "it will not be (sold) at a double album price." Speaking of both the album and the video, our sources stated, "We're working on them furiously at this moment."

In The Flesh Video Announced!

According to extremely credible REG sources, the Roger Waters live tour video will be titled: Roger Waters: "In The Flesh" and will be released on DVD and VHS tape by the end of November 2000, "Around Thanksgiving," we were told. Speaking of both the album and video our contact said, "We're working on them furiously at this moment." The DVD will be the complete show of the Portland Oregon concert. However, it is not yet clear whether the VHS tape version will incorporate the entire show or only a majority of it.

Will Roger Tour the UK and Europe in 2001?

REG sources stated: "It's still very much in Roger's mind, and he's still very enthusiastic about doing it, but were waiting to see about the availability of certain musicians." At this time, no venues have been booked, but if the tour does go ahead, look to REG for itinerary information when it becomes available.

New Waters Solo Album

Roger Waters to continue work on his new solo album after the live tour album and video have been released, and on into the new year. REG was told that there is not yet any title or working title for the album. As to when it will be released, REG sources stated: "I think that a projected release date would be Spring 2002, although obviously we want to try to release it earlier if at all possible."

Ca Ira on back burner?

Because of the of In The Flesh 1999 and 2000 tours, work on the new Waters solo album and now work being done on the live album and video, work on CA Ira has been postponed. REG was told that "there is still a considerable amount of work to be done on Ca Ira." Asked about a release date for the Roger Waters opera, REG sources stated: "I think that there is a strong chance that Ca Ira will be released in the Autumn of 2001 ...it's not beyond the bounds of possibility".

The Wall Live in Berlin unlikely on DVD

Asked whether the video The Wall Live in Berlin, will ever be release on DVD, REG sources said: "It's unlikely, very possible but it's unlikely! As you know, Roger gave all the rights to The Memorial Fund for Disaster Relief for the video, so the rights rest with the charity, and Polygram Records of course."


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News Flash September 2000

In The Flesh Live Album / Video - Official News!

Columbia recording artist and Pink Floyd founder Roger Waters toured the United States for the first time in 12 years in 1999-2000 with his highly-acclaimed "In The Flesh" show which presented, for the first time, a comprehensive overview of Waters' music including: early Pink Floyd material; classic compositions from his masterpieces "The Wall" and "Dark Side Of The Moon"; less well-known pieces from "Animals," "Wish You Were Here," and "The Final Cut"; songs from the solo tours de force "Amused To Death" and "The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking"; and the debut of a new song "Each Small Candle." The overwhelming demand for tickets made every performance of "In The Flesh" an SRO event.

On December 5th 2000, Columbia Records will release the eagerly anticipated "In The Flesh," a two-CD recording of the entire live show (drawn from performances in Phoenix, Arizona, Las Vegas, Nevada, Irvine, California, and Portland, Oregon) and Waters' first full-length release since 1992's "Amused To Death."

A deluxe DVD version of "In The Flesh"--featuring a Hi Definition live concert video with 5.1 Dolby Digital and LPCM Stereo music mixes, a 30-minute behind-the-scenes documentary, band biographies, still photographs, projected images, lyrics, and more--is currently in the works with a release date TBA.

"In The Flesh" is produced and mixed by longtime collaborator James Guthrie, who has worked on Waters' music since co-producing and engineering "The Wall" in 1978 and has remastered the entire Pink Floyd catalog. Guthrie recorded the concerts as a 48-track analog recording before mixing it down to high resolution digital. "I just like the sound of analog," says Guthrie. "It's much more resolute. It's more real. It breathes. It's more three-dimensional."

Appearing with Roger Waters (guitar, vocals, and bass) on "In The Flesh" is his band of top-flight musicians including Andy Fairweather-Low (guitar), Snowy White (guitar), Doyle Bramhall II (guitar and vocals), Graham Broad (drums), Jon Carin (keyboards), Andy Wallace (keyboards), Katie Kissoon (vocals), Susannah Melvoin (vocals), and PP Arnold (vocals).

"The strength of this record," Guthrie says, "is to hear Roger performing such a great cross-section of material from very early Pink Floyd, i.e. 'Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun,' to more contemporary Pink Floyd to Roger's solo career. It's a very dynamic performance. They are all important pieces of music."

Throughout the U.S. tour, critics praised the power of Waters' performances, the timelessness of his music, the show's intimate production values and seamless structure. The San Jose Mercury News reported that the show "was rock as art, with the kind of concern for sound rarely seen today." And the Fort Worth Star Telegram raved that "his long, luscious two-set show made up mainly of Floyd classics was on a more human scale? this show felt like a celebration." The Los Angeles Times was equally enthusiastic and wrote, "the show illustrated the extent to which Waters operatic rock has influenced generations."

Tracks on "In The Flesh" include:

  1. "In The Flesh" (from "The Wall")
  2. "The Happiest Days Of Our Lives" (from "The Wall")
  3. "Another Brick In The Wall, Part 2" (from "The Wall")
  4. "Mother" (from "The Wall")
  5. "Get Your Filthy Hands Off My Desert" (from"The Final Cut")
  6. "Southampton Dock" (from "The Final Cut")
  7. "Pigs On The Wing, Part 1" (from "Animals")
  8. "Dogs" (from "Animals")
  9. "Welcome To The Machine" (from "Wish You Were Here")
  10. "Wish You Were Here" (from "Wish You Were Here")
  11. "Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts 1-8)" (from "Wish You Were Here")
  12. "Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun" (from "Saucerful Of Secrets")
  13. "Breath (In The Air)" (from "Dark Side Of The Moon")
  14. "Time" (from "Dark Side Of The Moon")
  15. "Money" (from "Dark Side Of The Moon")
  16. "Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking Part 11 (aka 5:06 a.m. - Every Stranger's Eyes)" (from "The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking")
  17. "Perfect Sense (Parts I and II)" (from "Amused To Death")
  18. "The Bravery Of Being Out Of Range" (from "Amused To Death")
  19. "It's A Miracle" (from "Amused To Death")
  20. "Amused To Death" (from "Amused To Death")
  21. "Brain Damage" (from "Dark Side Of The Moon")
  22. "Eclipse" (from "Dark Side Of The Moon")
  23. "Comfortably Numb" (from "The Wall")
  24. "Each Small Candle" (new song)

The first verse of "Each Small Candle" was written by a South American who'd been a victim of torture. An Italian journalist, active in the initiative against torture in Northern Italy, had given Waters the short poem years ago. The poem lay in a drawer in Waters' studio until, during the crisis in Kosovo, he read a piece in The London Times describing a Serbian soldier who saw an Albanian woman lying in a burned-out building. The soldier left his platoon to give aid to the woman, then rejoined his men and marched off. The image inspired Waters to set the short poem, "Each Small Candle," to music and pen additional lyrics. It is the song that closes In The Flesh.

Roger Waters co-founded the groundbreaking Pink Floyd with Syd Barrett in 1966. When Barrett left the group, Roger went on to create such classics as "Dark Side Of The Moon" (which spent nearly 15 years on the Billboard 200 album chart), "The Wall" (which has been certified 23x RIAA platinum), "Animals," "Wish You Were Here," and "The Final Cut." Following the release of "The Final Cut," Roger Waters left Pink Floyd.

His first solo album, "The Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking," was released in April 1984, to great critical and popular acclaim, generating his first solo tour. June 1987's "Radio K.A.O.S." continued the path of solo success, bringing Roger back to the stage. His last solo album, the darkly ironic "Amused To Death"--considered by many fans and critics alike to be an achievement comparable to "Dark Side Of The Moon" or "The Wall"--was released in August 1992.

Waters has been working on "Ca Ira" (pronounced "sa-ira"), an opera in English and French.


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News Flash December 2000

ROGER WATERS
in the flesh
live album is here

Well, after a short delay, Roger Waters "IN THE FLESH" was released by Sony/Columbia on December 5th. The double CD recording of the entire live show, drawn from performances in Phoenix, Arizona, Las Vegas, Nevada, Irvine, California, and Portland, Oregon, is Roger’s first full-length release since 1992's "Amused To Death." A deluxe DVD version of "In The Flesh"— featuring a Hi Definition live concert video with 5.1 Dolby Digital and LPCM Stereo music mixes, a 30-minute behind-the-scenes documentary, band biographies, still photographs, projected images, lyrics, and more — is currently in the works with a release date to be announced.

"In The Flesh" is produced and mixed by longtime collaborator James Guthrie, who has worked on Waters' music since co-producing and engineering "The Wall" in 1978 and has remastered the entire Pink Floyd catalog. Guthrie recorded the concerts as a 48-track analog recording before mixing it down to high resolution digital. "I just like the sound of analog," says Guthrie. "It's much more resolute. It's more real. It breathes. It's more three-dimensional."

"The strength of this record," Guthrie says, "is to hear Roger performing such a great cross-section of material from very early Pink Floyd, i.e. 'Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun,' to more contemporary Pink Floyd to Roger's solo career. It's a very dynamic performance. They are all important pieces of music."

And indeed, in comparison, this live album makes the best of all the tour bootlegs out there sound anemic. The sound quality is simply superb. And the performances sound more crisp, dynamic and consummate than any Pink Floyd performance I have ever heard. The musicianship sounds almost unparalleled, and Roger’s voice sounds never better. Ever the perfectionist, Roger’s performance is flawless. When listening to this album it’s obvious that these exceptional musicians enjoy what they play so much that they become a part of the music itself.

This album brings back the awe, the excitement and the emotional trauma I felt as a fan at those shows. Listening to this music played upon the stage before us it seemed as if time stood still, as if we all were in a trance like reminiscence of the past, days gone by, people and places from memory, when these classic Floyd songs were new. The tear rolling down the cheek, as the words and music bring back the meanings these songs once held so personally for each and every fan. The concerts were indeed inspiring, and this album elicits touching memories of that exciting spectacle.

The album cover shows a city-scape scene in the background, (originally created by 4i for The Wall Live in Berlin show) the In the Flesh tour pig logo in solid black beneath, crossed barbed wire in the foreground, (similar to the graphics projected during the tour for Each Small Candle) a lunar eclipse in the upper right corner and in the upper left are the words Roger Waters in white block lettering with blue block lettering of in the flesh in lower case underneath. Quite a nice design.

On the back cover is the track listing above the same 4i city-scape amongst which are silhouettes of the hitchhiker, (from "...Pros and Cons...") the monkey watching TV, (from "Amused to Death"), and the Radio tower (from "Radio KAOS" even though no song that album is on the CD or was played during this leg of the tour). In the foreground is white feathered photo or Roger standing with his bass waving to his fans. The inside 24 page booklet is filled with great photos from the tour and of course the album credits. But it also contains a wonderful narrative by Roger Waters talking to Nick Sedgewick about the album, the tour, and the future. The CD’s themselves are picture discs of a lunar eclipse with titles and track listing.

All in all, this album is perfection. One of the best albums in the last 10 years.

Roger Waters - In The Flesh - Columbia Records - C2K 85235


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