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Roger Waters Slams Scarlett Johansson Over SodaStream Scandal

February 4th, 2014 1:19pm EST
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Roger Waters has criticized actress Scarlett Johansson over the contentious partnership with SodaStream which ended her long-running association with Oxfam.

Johansson hit headlines last month when she was criticized for becoming the face of the Israel-based drinkmaker which has factories in the contested West Bank region.

The deal clashed with her work as an ambassador for Oxfam, which is "opposed to all trade from Israeli settlements," and Johansson subsequently stepped down from her role with the charity.

Waters, a fierce Palestinian supporter, has now revealed he has written a numb...
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Roger Waters Angers Jewish Leaders By Comparing Israel To Nazi Germany

December 17th, 2013 11:57pm EST
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Outspoken Pink Floyd rocker Roger Waters has angered Jewish leaders by comparing the current state of Israel with that of Nazi Germany.

The singer compared the ongoing struggles of Palestinians to Adolf Hitler's mass killings of Jews during the Holocaust in the 1930s and 40s.

"There were many people that pretended that the oppression of the Jews was not going on. From 1933 until 1946. So this is not a new scenario. Except that this time it's the Palestinian people being murdered," Waters told left-wing CounterPunch magazine in a recent interview.

Waters' comments in his interview angered...
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Roger Waters recording new rock album

November 14th, 2013 3:20am EST
Roger Waters
Pink Floyd star Roger Waters is recording his first new rock album in over two decades.

The legendary bassist/singer is back in the studio, and has told Rolling Stone magazine that he has already finished a demo of a new record.

Waters also reveals it is turning out to be a concept album, describing the yet-to-be-titled record as a story about "an old man and a young child trying to figure out why they're killing the children."

Although the 70 year old released an opera album in 2005, this will mark his first rock project since 1992 record Amused to Death.
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Roger Waters discovers truth about father's death

October 11th, 2013 6:20am EDT
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Roger Waters has finally found out the truth about how his father died.
The Pink Floyd musician's parent, Lieutenant Eric Fletcher Waters, died in action during the Second World War at the battle of Anzio in Italy, when his son was just five months old.
Until now Roger had known little else about his death, but another British veteran of the Italian conflict, Harry Schindler, has tracked down a wartime intelligence documents, which shed more light on Lt Waters' final hours.
In the documents uncovered at Kew House in London, it describes how on February 18, 1944, the area where Lt Waters, c...
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Roger Waters: 'I was wrong to sue bandmates'

September 19th, 2013 3:10am EDT
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Rocker Roger Waters regrets taking legal action against his former Pink Floyd bandmates, insisting he was wrong to fight Nick Mason and David Gilmore over the rights to band's name in the mid-1980s.

Waters quit the band in 1985 and subsequently pursued Mason and Gilmour for their continued use of the Pink Floyd name and material.

In a new BBC interview, Waters says, "I did think that was wrong, and I was wrong!

"It was a commercial decision and in fact it's one of the few times that the legal profession has taught me something. Because when I went to these chaps and said, 'Listen, we're ...
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Roger Waters facing backlash from German Jews

August 30th, 2013 3:10am EDT
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Pink Floyd star Roger Waters is facing a boycott ahead of his upcoming show in Germany after he beamed a Star of David symbol onto a flying inflatable pig during a recent gig.

The rocker, who called for a boycott of Israel earlier this year (13), came under fire from Jewish groups after he flashed the symbol onto the stage prop during a The Wall Live Tour concert in Belgium earlier this month (Aug13).

Now Jewish leaders in Germany have called on followers to snub Waters' performance in Dusseldorf on 6 September (13) over the stunt.

Michael Szentei-Heise, director of the Jewish Community ...
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Bar Refaeli Calls Out Roger Waters Over Israel Boycott

August 22nd, 2013 12:49pm EDT
Bar Refaeli
Israeli supermodel Bar Refaeli has asked that former Pink Floyd singer Roger Waters stop using her photo during his concerts after he called for a cultural boycott against the nation over the government's treatment of Palestine.

Waters, an avid supporter of Boycott Divestment and Sanctions against Israel (BDS), posted an open letter on a Palestinian website on Sunday calling for all musicians to boycott the country.

"I write to you now, my brothers and sisters in the family of Rock and Roll, to ask you to join with me, and thousands of other artists around the world, to declare a cultural...
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Roger Waters Steps Up His War-Of-Words With Israeli Government

August 21st, 2013 9:35am EDT
Roger Waters
Roger Waters is entangled in a bitter argument with the Israeli government after he urged his fellow rock stars to boycott the country.

The 69 year-old Pink Floyd star is encouraging other musicians to follow his lead and refuse to perform concerts in Israel, but his plea has been met with a contemptuous response from politicians in the Middle Eastern state.
 
In a message posted on a pro-Palestinian website, Waters told readers, "I write to you now, my brothers and sisters in the family of Rock and Roll, to ask you to join with me, and thousands of other artists around the world, to dec...
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Pandora bosses fire back at Pink Floyd

June 26th, 2013 8:40pm EDT
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Bosses at music streaming service Pandora have fired back at accusations they are trying to cheat musicians out of cash after the members of Pink Floyd urged their peers to beware the online company's new bid to reduce royalty payments in a newspaper article.

Roger Waters, David Gilmour and Nick Mason took aim at Pandora executives in a USA Today op-ed piece earlier this week (beg24Jun13), accusing them of attempting to trick artists into supporting their campaign to scale down costs.

The trio criticised music company bosses for lobbying lawmakers in the U.S. Congress to pass the Internet...
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Pink Floyd stars take aim at Pandora bosses over royalties overhaul

June 25th, 2013 8:40pm EDT
Pink Floyd
Pink Floyd stars Roger Waters, David Gilmour and Nick Mason have taken aim at bosses behind online radio service Pandora, accusing them of attempting to trick artists into supporting their call for reduced royalties.

The ageing rockers have come together to write an op-ed piece for USA Today to criticise music company executives for lobbying lawmakers in the U.S. Congress to pass the Internet Radio Fairness Act, which would potentially reduce royalty payments to songwriters and performers by as much as 85 per cent.

A previous attempt to push for the bill failed last year (12) after 125 ar...
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Pink Floyd fans unlock band's back catalogue on Spotify

June 18th, 2013 3:12am EDT
Pink Floyd
Pink Floyd's back catalogue has been uploaded to Internet site Spotify after fans of the rock group hit the bandmates' one million streams target on Monday (17Jun13).

The bandmates have held out against the popular streaming service for years, but have honoured a promise to fans to unlock their hits after setting them a challenge.

Spotify bosses asked EMI executives and David Gilmour, Roger Waters and Nick Mason - the existing members of the band - if they'd reconsider their stance if fans flocked to the website to check out their 1975 hit, and the trio agreed.

The millionth stream was h...
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Roger Waters urges Alicia Keys to boycott Israel

June 3rd, 2013 3:10am EDT
Alicia Keys
Roger Waters has backed calls for singer Alicia Keys to axe her upcoming concert in Israel over the government's alleged mistreatment of Palestinians.

The veteran rocker has written an open letter echoing author Alice Walker's previous plea for Keys to call off her show in Tel Aviv on 4 July (13) in response to the ongoing violence between Israel and Palestine over the Gaza strip.

In his message, Waters admits Keys may not have heard of him, writing, "I used to be in a band called Pink Floyd, and, believe it or not, I still work."

He encourages the Fallin' hitmaker to "stand united with ...
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Roger Waters Urges Musicians To Boycott Israel

March 21st, 2013 8:25am EDT
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Pink Floyd star Roger Waters has advised his music peers to join a new crusade aimed at boycotting concerts in Israel.

As Barack Obama makes his first visit to Israel as President, the rocker has launched a new drive to convince the world's top performers to stay away from the country as part of a protest about the nation's ongoing conflict with Palestine.

Waters has been a longtime supporter of the international campaign for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel and famously spray-painted the lyric "We don't need no thought control" from Pink Floyd's Another Brick in the Wal...
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Roger Waters And Bruce Springsteen Dominate 2012 Billboard Touring Awards

November 10th, 2012 6:05pm EST
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Veteran rockers ruled the 2012 Billboard Touring Awards as Roger Waters and Bruce Springsteen picked up Thursday night's top honors.

The Pink Floyd co-founder earned the Top Tour Award for the biggest grossing trek for his The Wall Live shows, while Springsteen claimed the Top Draw Award, for having the top ticket selling roadshow for his The Wrecking Ball gigs.

The 2012 Billboard Legend of Live title was presented to crooner Neil Diamond, while country trio Lady Antebellum was named the winner of the Breakthrough Award and pop superstar Lady Gaga emerged triumphant in the Eventful Fans...
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Roger Waters Performs 'Wish You Were Here' With War Veterans

November 10th, 2012 9:32am EST
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Roger Waters performed Pink Floyd classic Wish You Were Here with a group of war veterans as part of the star-studded Stand Up for Heroes benefit concert in New York on Thursday night.

The rocker took to the stage at the Beacon Theater in Manhattan with a band of 14 wounded soldiers to play three songs, including his group's famous hit.

Waters spent several days rehearsing with troops at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. before the show and he reveals he has "enormous empathy with the men" because his ancestors perished during the two World Wars.

He tells reporte...
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Pink Floyd Deny Rumors Of Olympic Closing Ceremony Performance

August 2nd, 2012 9:35pm EDT
David Gilmour
A spokesperson for Pink Floyd has shot down reports suggesting the members of the rock group are set to reunite for a collaboration with singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran at the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics.

Sheeran sparked rumors of the headline-grabbing get together when he was asked to confirm reports he would be teaming up with The Who during the August 12 finale.

During an interview on Australian radio this week, Sheeran said, "I'm playing the closing ceremony - which I think is kinda cool right? A lot of people think that I'm doing a song with The Who but I'm not - I'm do...
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Roger Waters Leads 2012 Concert Ticket Sales List

July 14th, 2012 10:30am EDT
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Pink Floyd star Roger Waters has beaten Bruce Springsteen to the top of the concert ticket sales list so far this year.

The rocker's "The Wall Live" show has grossed almost $160 million in sales globally to make Waters the biggest live act on the planet in 2012.

Springsteen comes in a distant second thanks to his "Wrecking Ball" tour.

The Boss is expected to overtake Waters by the end of the year, while Madonna, who comes in third with $42 million, has yet to embark on what is sure to be a money-spinning North American tour.
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Adele, Rihanna, LMFAO, Lil Wayne & Katy Perry Lead Billboard Award Nominations

April 20th, 2012 8:57am EDT
Adele
Adele's amazing 2012 has just reached new heights - she has landed 18 nominations for the upcoming Billboard Music Awards.

The multiple Grammy winner, who was named among Time magazine's most influential people earlier this week, will compete for the Top Artist, Top Female Artist, Top Billboard 200 Artist and Top Hot 100 Artist trophies among others.

Rihanna, LMFAO, Lil Wayne and Katy Perry are also nomination leaders for the prizegiving ceremony, which will take place in Las Vegas on May 20.

Competing with Adele, Rihanna and Perry for Top Artist honors will be Lady Gaga and Lil Wayne, w...
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Roger Waters Weds In New York

January 19th, 2012 11:18am EST
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Pink Floyd star Roger Waters married his fiancée during an intimate ceremony in New York over the weekend.

Initial reports on Thursday suggested the British rocker was set to wed Laurie Durning this weekend, but it has since emerged the pair exchanged vows at their home in Southampton, New York on Saturday.

Waters and Durning, who have been dating for seven years, wed in front of just six guests, according to New York Post gossip column Page Six.

Durning recently revealed the couple was planning to tie the knot in 2012 ahead of Waters' tour, which kicks off next week.

The rocker has...
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U2's Tour Is Highest-Earning Of 2011

December 21st, 2011 2:39pm EST
U2
U2's 360 world tour was the highest-earning trek of 2011, according to newly released statistics.

The rockers' series of concerts, which began in 2009, grossed $293 million across 44 shows this year, according to Billboard Boxscore.

Bon Jovi, who were the highest-earning act in 2010, took second place with earnings of $192 million for their 68 shows across 2011.

Take That's Progress tour, in which original member Robbie Williams rejoined the line-up, was the third highest-grossing trek, with $187 million taken across the European shows.

Roger Waters and Taylor Swift completed the to...
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Roger Waters To Wed For Fourth Time In 2012

November 20th, 2011 5:00pm EST
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Pink Floyd rocker Roger Waters is finally preparing to walk down the aisle with his fiancee Laurie Durning after a seven-year engagement.

The musician and his longtime filmmaker partner will become husband and wife before Waters hits the road for his solo world tour next year.

Durning tells New York Post gossip column PageSix, "It just seems like a good time to do it before the tour," and she insists the ceremony will be "private and low-key."

The nuptials will be Waters' fourth - he has previously been married to Judy Trim, Lady Carolyn Christie and Priscilla Phillips. He has three chil...
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Roger Waters Bringing 'The Wall' Tour Back To North America In 2012 (See Pics From The Epic Show)

November 16th, 2011 11:32am EST
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Roger Waters, the co-founder and principal songwriter of the archetypal progressive band Pink Floyd, has announced the return of the historic production of "The Wall" to North America in 2012. His aural and visual masterpiece of alienation and transformation will be performed in-its-entirety featuring a full band and state-of-the-art production. "The Wall" live has played more than 120 shows around the world for more than 1.6 million fans making it one of the most successful tours of 2010 and 2011. Tickets for "The Wall" 2012 go on sale beginning on Monday, November 7th at LiveNation.com.
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Jeff Beck, Foo Fighters & Manic Street Preachers Lead Classic Rock Awards

November 10th, 2011 11:00am EST
Jeff Beck
Guitar great Jeff Beck, the Foo Fighters and the Manic Street Preachers were among the big winners at the Classic Rock Roll Of Honor Awards in London on Wednesday night.

Dave Grohl's group walked away with the Band of the Year trophy, while the Manic Street Preachers were handed the Classic Songwriters prize at the ceremony, held at the English capital's Roundhouse venue.

Jeff Beck's lifetime achievements were recognized as he collected the Living Legend Award, following in the footsteps of previous recipients like Ozzy Osbourne, Alice Cooper and Iggy Pop.

Elsewhere at the prizegiving, w...
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David Gilmour: 'Pink Floyd Reunion Is Just As Unlikely As Ever'

September 28th, 2011 10:55pm EDT
Pink Floyd
A full-on Pink Floyd reunion between David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Roger Waters appears to have stalled because the band's leaders have failed to keep in touch following a trio of unexpected get togethers in recent years.

Waters and Gilmour put aside their long-running feud and reunited onstage after 24 years at the Live 8 concert in London in 2005, and they have since performed together again for a low-key charity show and during Waters' The Wall spectacular in the British capital earlier this year.

But Gilmour insists fans who are hoping for a full-scale reunion are praying for somethin...
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Roger Waters Dismisses Pink Floyd Reunion

May 30th, 2011 4:00pm EDT
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Roger Waters has dismissed speculation of a full-blown reunion with his Pink Floyd bandmembers following their surprise gig appearance together earlier this month - insisting he has "no wish" to be in the group again.

Waters was joined by David Gilmour and Nick Mason during his show at London's 02 Arena on May 12, following months of rumours about the group reforming.

But the star is adamant he has no plans to reteam with Gilmour and Mason for any other Pink Floyd projects.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs program, Waters says, "I'm really glad that I was in that band for...
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Pink Floyd Reunite At Roger Waters' London Show

May 12th, 2011 10:55pm EDT
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The existing members of Pink Floyd stunned fans at a Roger Waters concert in London on Thursday night by joining the rocker onstage.

Rumors of a group reunion have been swirling for months, but David Gilmour and Nick Mason's appearance onstage at Waters' The Wall show at the 02 Arena was still a big surprise, even though the guitarist leaked news of the get together on his official fan blog hours before the sold-out show.

The trio played together for only the second time in the last 30 years when they teamed up to perform Pink Floyd classic Comfortably Numb.

Fans went crazy at the sight ...
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Pink Floyd Opens The Vault For Huge Remastered Catalog & Rarities Release This Fall

May 10th, 2011 10:40pm EDT
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Pink Floyd's lost recordings are to be released as part of an upcoming "Why Pink Floyd?" reissues campaign.

The group has opened its vaults and plans to release a treasure trove of never-released material, according to a post on the band's Facebook.com page.

The initiative comes amid renewed attempts to get the remaining trio, Roger Waters, David Gilmour and Nick Mason, together following a cooling of past feuds.

The online statement promises "unreleased material from the archives, collectors' box sets and complete studio recordings remastered."

The September releases also include DVDs,...
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Roger Waters Calls for Musicians to Boycott Israel

March 7th, 2011 10:59pm EST
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Outspoken Pink Floyd star Roger Waters has called for musicians to boycott Israel while the nation operates on a "two-tiered racist system."

The rocker is planning to place an opinion piece about the ongoing problems in the Middle East in either the New York Times or Britain's The Guardian newspapers, but he has pre-empted that by speaking to TV news network Al Jazeera.

Waters reveals his op-ed piece will encourage his musical peers to join a Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement against Israel.

He says, "I'm against Israel for exactly the same reasons that I was against South Africa: ...
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Lady Gaga Was The Highest Earning Pop Star Of 2010

February 14th, 2011 11:32am EST
Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga has another reason to celebrate following her Grammys success - she's been named the highest-earning pop star of 2010.

The "Poker Face" singer topped Billboard's Money Makers list, with earnings of more than $30.5 million last year. Bon Jovi are second in the rundown with $30.4 million, and Pink Floyd star Roger Waters is third with $24.4 million.

The Dave Matthews Band is the fourth biggest-grossing act of 2010, with $23.9 million, and Justin Bieber is fifth with $22.4 million.

The top 10 is rounded out by Taylor Swift ($20.7 million), Michael Buble ($19.8 million), the Eagles...
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Roger Waters Removes 'Anti-Semitic' Image From 'The Wall' Show

October 11th, 2010 8:20am EDT
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Rocker Roger Waters has bowed to pressure from officials at the Anti-Defamation League and 'tweaked' an offensive video that plays on a big screen behind him during his "The Wall" shows.

The video segment causing all the trouble juxtaposed the Star of David and dollar signs.

Abe Foxman, the director of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), criticized the veteran musician for projecting the image above the stage, insisting the display could be seen as anti-Semitic.

Waters initially insisted Foxman had misinterpreted the imagery - and he wrote an open letter to him to explain.

He wrote, "(Th...
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