Roger Waters Us + Them Tour is very political (right down to the branding…you’ll notice it’s Us PLUS Them…in other words, breaking down barriers).
That said, having seen it, I can say that the show is no more political than any of the productions that RW mounts. There is a general thread that encapsulates his recurring themes of government and business corruption (he counts them as one and the same), and how it is messing up the world and killing innocents.
Same as power-mongering corruption was (one) theme of Wish You Were Here (the album), Animals, The Wall (the most recent mounting of it, at least), Dark Side (to an extent) and certainly The Final Cut, as well as his solo albums; this is not new.
He plays tracks from all but The Final Cut on the new tour, but it’s during Pigs (Three Different Ones) that he sets his sights most squarely President 45…and it’s a vicious takedown.
Given that Waters’ politics are well-known, as are the themes of the aforementioned albums, I was surprised when I was at the tour opener in Kansas City, to hear the hearty booing from some audience members, and to hear later that a few people walked out. Yes, they were incensed enough that they were willing to forfeit the money they’d spent to enjoy the show, because Waters wasn’t in lock-step with their own views.
Now, Waters has done an illuminating interview about the political messages (and how the audiences have been reacting to them) in the show.
I’ll be at the Chicago show Saturday night; I’m interested to compare the audience reaction now that RW’s savaging of the POTUS has been mentioned so often in reviews and media.
Check out the interview…