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Roger Waters performing during the This Is Not a Drill Tour at the Moody Center in Austin, Texas on October 6, 2022. (Photo: Ralph Arvesen)

Roger Waters found international fame as a founding member of legendary progressive rock band Pink Floyd. Selling over 250 million albums worldwide and being inducted into both the British and American Rock & Roll Halls Of Fame, Pink Floyd is one of the most influential bands of the 20th century.

Roger Walters has also had tremendous success as a solo artist, releasing three studio albums and touring extensively all across the globe. Roger was the creative force behind the prime years of Pink Floyd's impressive run. From the classic album The Dark Side Of The Moon in 1968 until Final Cut in 1983, Walters was responsible for the lyrics, arrangement and concept behind every album they released.

By the time he left the band in 1985 they had been firmly established as one of the most critically acclaimed and best selling bands in popular music history. Albums such as The Dark Side Of The Moon and The Wall are some of the best selling albums of all time and still sell literally thousands of copies every year to this day.

After leaving Pink Floyd he moved into solo projects with albums such as Radio K.A.O.S and Amused To Death, once again concept albums in his unique style. In 1990 just after the fall of the Berlin Wall, he staged his most elaborate concert ever with a giant outdoor performance in Berlin where the Wall once stood. Featuring guest performances from the likes of Bryan Adams, Joni Mitchell and Cyndi Lauper, the concert registered an official attendance of over 200,000 people. The official live album, titled The Wall - Live, was released shortly afterwards and quickly went Platinum. This period of his career also saw Roger collaborate with artists such as Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck on various projects.

After taking a seven year break from both public eyes and the music industry, Roger returned with a bang in 1999 with a tour that started small and quickly grew. With more modest venues quickly selling out, more dates and larger venues were quickly added as the return tour expanded worldwide. For over three years Roger toured the world, culminating with a performance in front of over 70,000 at Glastonbury Festival. In 2005 Pink Floyd played together for one last time at charity event Live 8. Roger has continued his solo tours on and off since then, often performing special arrangements of Pink Floyd material mixed with his solo work.
I loved his voice, I think he still sounds great, I think he still looks great, I loved the stage effects and set up, I loved his show, was well worth waiting for. I think he carries a burden of the injustices of the the world and cannot help but to express them, as do other "stars" when they have the platform. So if you can get back to being excited and happy to be there, after seeing sad pictures and hearing sad truths, its a great evening with a great singer and band.

Up till writing this I’ve seen a good amount of contact’s like Elton John Paul McCartney and ELO and more but I will remember this for the rest of my life because I absolutely cried at the and I’m not scared to admit that because In my opinion music is the language of God and has a way of talking to you and while you did eclipse I felt the music speaking to me and was sobering like nobody’s business but it was a good cry. I do not think I had ever cried more than I had at that concert, so Roger Waters if you ever see this, thank you.

Amazing experience. Roger Waters knows how to put on a freaking show! I’ve seen him twice and he does not disappoint. He puts so much thought into his performance.

Roger is a rock superstar. The sound and light where as usual was not only top notch but the best in the business, Roger subtly reminded the audience that David Gilmore was not an original member and Syd Barret was. A set selection that skewed self-indulgent but hell Roger Waters has earned it.

Music was great stage show performance phenomenal and for all the people that complain about his politics you do realize that Pink Floyd music has always been antiestablishment. He never once brought up any particular party and basically dropped a bunch of truth bombs. I guess the people who bitch about that just can’t handle the truth.

It was awesome, unlike any event I have ever attended before. The stage setup was spectacular for the view of the audience. Roger worked the audience with each song. That was without a doubt the best stage show that I have ever seen. Thank you Roger.

Blown away. The Show was spectacular. The sound, visuals and lightening was amazing. Roger Watters and band were so good. I’ll never forget this epic show. It was worth every penny.
Setlist for the show at the Moody Center
  • Comfortably Numb
  • The Happiest Days of Our Lives
  • Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2
  • Another Brick in the Wall, Part 3
  • The Powers That Be
  • The Bravery of Being Out of Range
  • The Bar
  • Have a Cigar
  • Wish You Were Here
  • Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts VI-IX)
  • Sheep
  • In the Flesh
  • Run Like Hell
  • Déjà Vu
  • Déjà Vu (Reprise)
  • Is This the Life We Really Want?
  • Money
  • Us and Them
  • Any Colour You Like
  • Brain Damage
  • Eclipse
  • Two Suns in the Sunset
  • The Bar (Reprise)
  • Outside the Wall

Roger Waters was the main act at the Moody Center. They continue across the United States, South America, and Europe with the last stop at the The O2 in London, England on June 6, 2023.

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