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Pink Floyd To Release New Album This Fall, But There Won't Be A Tour

July 7th, 2014 1:34pm EDT
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Pink Floyd is set to release a new album this fall, but don't expect the band to get back together and tour anytime soon.

The group will release "The Endless River" in October, their first album in two decades. The LP isn't new though, it will feature music recorded in 1994 that was never released, intended for a planned album called "The Big Spliff."

Singer/guitarist David Gilmour's wife, rock journalist Polly Samson, tweeted news about the album over the weekend, writing, "Btw Pink Floyd album out in October is called The Endless River. Based on 1994 sessions is [keyboartist] Rick Wrigh...
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Roger Waters Slams Scarlett Johansson Over SodaStream Scandal

February 4th, 2014 1:19pm EST
Roger Waters
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
Roger Waters
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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Bar Refaeli Calls Out Roger Waters Over Israel Boycott

August 22nd, 2013 12:49pm EDT
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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
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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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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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Roger Waters Showing Anti-Semitic Imagery On Tour?

September 30th, 2010 9:23pm EDT
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Roger Waters knew his questionable stance on the conflict between Palestinians and Jews would raise controversy on his ongoing "The Wall" concert tour - but insists he's not trying to start trouble.

Waters' fiancee has come to the rocker's defense after officials at the Anti-Defamation League in America criticized the former Pink Floyd star for his use of images including the Jewish Star of David and the U.S. dollar sign which are projected above the stage during the shows.

Organization director Abe Foxman claims Waters is using the imagery to comment on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict a...
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Nick Mason Eyes Pink Floyd Reunion

September 16th, 2010 2:00pm EDT
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Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason is pushing for the band to reunite - even though they're not "really ready". The group reformed for a brief comeback at 2005's Live 8 charity concert in London and have faced constant speculation of an extended reunion ever since.

Former feuding stars David Gilmour and Roger Waters performed together at a charity gig earlier this year - and now Mason is keen to regroup completely.

He tells Sky News, "We played Live 8 which is hopefully a template for something we could do again. It might almost be better if we really kept it as something to be used for good. ...
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Gilmour & Waters Give Hope To Pink Floyd Reunion

July 12th, 2010 10:10pm EDT
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Feuding Pink Floyd stars David Gilmour and Roger Waters put their differences aside on Saturday to perform together at a Hoping Foundation awareness benefit in England.

The two rockers hit the stage at Kiddington Hall in Oxfordshire, England to the amazement of the 200 guests in attendance.

It was the first time the duo had shared a stage since Pink Floyd's Live 8 appearance in 2005.

The former bandmates, who were accompanied by Guy Pratt and Waters' son Harry, among others, played Floyd favorites "Wish You Were Here," "Comfortably Numb" and "Another Brick in the Wall."

The event raised...
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Collateral Damage From Robert Plant's Decision To Nix Zep Reunion

December 25th, 2008 5:00pm EST
Led Zeppelin
Since the surviving members of Led Zeppelin reformed last December for a one-off show to pay tribute to late Atlantic Records founder and legend Ahmet Ertegun, the man who discovered and brought us some of the most talented artists of all-time (seriously, we really could use another Ahmet right about now-- but since the almighty dollar overshadows the need for actual talent we can forget that) and gave a handful of folks in England the greatest holiday gift ever, there has been a weekly story about the band going on tour. And not going on tour. But wanting to tour. And not wanting to tour. ...
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Review: Mixing 'Chinese Democracy' With Dr Pepper

December 5th, 2008 11:44am EST
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We've waited 17 years for a full length album of new Guns N' Roses material, and this stretch of time was made all the more ridiculous after all the delays, firings, and apparent breakdowns by Axl Rose, the band's only remaining original member, and his ill-fated project: Chinese Democracy. As more and more time elapsed, as release dates were pushed back further-and-further, the expectations for this album became higher or lower, depending on how you look at it. Some might say that it couldn't possibly be good because Axl is totally off his rocker and has made simply putting out a rock n'...
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Pulse Patrol: The Weakly Round-Up Of User Comments

November 11th, 2008 10:30am EST
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Each week the editors at Starpulse will be highlighting the best responses and remarks to news stories and celebrity topics that we've come across.

News Highlights = This week's most rousing and funny comments were made on the latest stories on an incontinent Rapper, a seldom heard of reality star, and a story about two plastic surgery addicts, as well as The latest Starpulse Story about someone’s Placenta.

Topic Highlights = There were some wise and astute comments made about Katie Couric's journalistic credibility and Jillian Barberie's shocking comment as well as, nine reasons ...
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Pulse Patrol: The Weakly Round-Up Of User Comments

September 2nd, 2008 11:11am EDT
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Each week the editors at Starpulse will be highlighting the best responses and remarks to news stories and celebrity topics that we've come across.

News Highlights = This week's most stirring and clever observations were made on the latest stories on Rumer Willis' fashion sense, Brad Pitt's expending brood, and Pamela Anderson vs. Chicken Drumstick, as well as celebrity Trout Pouts.

Topic Highlights = There were some polite and considerate comments made about Sean Bean, Roger Waters and Paris Hilton and there was no love or affection for Toby Keith, Miley Cyrus or Mo’nique.

T...
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