In 1965, Roger Waters co-founded the progressive rock band Pink Floyd. When he began he was simply the bass player.
The other principle player was singer-songwriter Syd Barrett. Syd certainly helped give the band its edge — literary influences, psychedelia, dissonance, distortion, echo, feedback, and other studio effects.
But Syd, who already struggled with mental illness, also used psychedelic drugs.
In 1968, the “Madcap” was ousted from the band, allowing Roger to continue and add to the style, making it more polished, and crafted with precision.
His Pink Floyd bandmates were Nick Mason, Richard Wright and David Gilmour.
With Waters in charge the band made some of the most classic albums anyone could own “Dark Side of the Moon,” “Wish You Were Here,” “Animals” and of course, “The Wall.”
“Dark Side,” grounded in Waters lyrics and grace, was one of the most commercially successful rock albums ever. It spent 736 straight weeks on the Billboard 200 chart—until July 1988—and sold over 40 million copies worldwide.
Waters left Pink Floyd in 1985 and began a legal battle with the band regarding their continued use of the name and material.
Forward to 2020, Roger has released US + THEM, on vinyl, CD, DVD and Blu Ray.
The concert film is currently available for rent and purchase and chronicles Waters’ acclaimed 2017-2018 tour.
Based around his acclaimed, sold-out US + THEM worldwide tour of 2017-18, comprising a total of 156 shows to 2.3 million people across the globe, the film and album feature classic songs from The Dark Side of the Moon, The Wall, Animals, Wish You Were Here as well as his most recent album, Is This The Life We Really Want?
I’ve seen hundreds of concert films, during my years reviewing. I’ve never experienced one so intricate, so emotional and so thematic.
Using the most innovative digital and audio technology available, the film encapsulates a series of breath-taking visual, audio and sensory experiences. It captures Waters legendary live performances taking the audience on an emotionally charged, thought provoking journey.
The film includes bonus footage: A documentary “A Fleeting Glimpse,” a live performance of “Comfortably Numb” and a live performance of “Smell the Roses.”