Roger Waters begins recording first rock album in 21 years

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Back in September, Roger Waters told BBC HARDtalk that once he wrapped up the Wall tour, his next move would be to get back into the studio. Now, with the three-year, 219-show outing officially wrapped up, Waters revealed to Rolling Stone this week that he’s finally begun recording his first rock album since 1992’s Amused to Death. (Waters last official release was the three-act opera Ça Ira in 2005.)

“I finished a demo of it (Tuesday) night,” Waters said of the record. “It’s 55 minutes long. It’s songs and theater as well. I don’t want to give too much away, but it’s couched as a radio play. It has characters who speak to each other, and it’s a quest. It’s about an old man and a young child trying to figure out why they are killing the children.”

Still recovering from the Wall tour’s sizable run, Waters said he’s uncertain if he’ll tour behind this new project, adding, “I’m suffering a little bit of withdrawal after ending (that) tour. It’s sort of a relief to not have to go out and do that every night, but they’re such a great team. There were 180 of us together everyday. That piece was very moving every night.”

If there were to be tour, though, Waters added that it may not be as extravagant as the Wall tour given the set of circumstances. “I can’t top that tour. First of all, you have to accept the fact that I’m not going to live forever. I’m 70 years old. You just have to accept that when you do something as enormous as that tour. The hardest thing in the world is thinking of something to do, so going and doing it is a reward in itself.”

Below, catch Waters’ 40-minute set from last week’s Stand Up for Heroes benefit concert, which he co-headlined alongside Bruce Springsteen.


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