Roger Waters Releases 3rd Song From New Album

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Roger Waters at Desert Trip, October 9, 2016 in Indio, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Desert Trip)

After offering teases via studio snippets since mid-February, Roger Waters formally announced April 20 his first rock album in 25 years, Is This The Life We Really Want?, for June 2. On April 21, he released a full song, “Smell the Roses.” He shared a second track, “Déjà Vu,” on May 8. And today (May 19), he delivered a music video for “The Last Refugee,” described as “a short by Roger Waters and Sean Evans.” ” (Watch it below.)

The album is available for pre-order here, and will be released globally on Pink Floyd’s longtime label Columbia Records.

Waters launches his North American Us + Them Tour in Kansas City, MO on May 26. Final dress rehearsal is this Sunday, May 21. The tour runs through October 28, concluding in Vancouver, BC. Tickets are available here and here.

Roger Waters’ last studio album, 1992’s Amused To Death, is described in the announcement, as “a prescient study of popular culture, exploring the power of television in the era of the First Gulf War.” The new album, originally announced for May 19, “is an unflinching commentary on the modern world and uncertain times. Waters’ forthcoming LP serves as a natural successor to classic Pink Floyd albums such as Animals and The Wall.”

Listen to “Smell the Roses”…

Is This The Life We Really Want? was produced and mixed by Nigel Godrich (Radiohead, Paul McCartney, Beck, U2) and includes 12 new Waters songs.

Watch one of several teaser clips for the album; this one from March 20…

The physical album release includes a double 180-gram vinyl LP in a gatefold jacket and a 4-panel soft pack CD.

The musicians on Is This The Life We Really Want? are: Waters (vocals, acoustic, bass), Godrich (arrangement, sound collages, keyboards, guitar), Gus Seyffert (bass, guitar, keyboards), Jonathan Wilson (guitar, keyboards), Joey Waronker (drums), Roger Manning (keyboards), Lee Pardini (keyboards), and Lucius (vocals) with Jessica Wolfe and Holly Proctor.

Is This The Life We Really Want? Tracklist
When We Were Young
Déjà Vu
The Last Refugee
Picture That
Broken Bones
Is This The Life We Really Want?
Bird In A Gale
The Most Beautiful Girl
Smell The Roses
Wait For Her
Oceans Apart
Part of Me Died

Listen to “Déjà Vu”…

The lyrics for ‘Wait for Her’ were written by Roger Waters and inspired by an English translation by an unknown author of “Lesson from the Kama Sutra (Wait for Her),” by Mahmoud Darwish.

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Watch a short by Waters and Sean Evans for “The Last Refugee”

The tour is described as “performing songs from the albums of Pink Floyd: The Dark Side of the MoonThe WallAnimals and Wish You Were Here.” On February 21, Waters wrote: “We are going to take a new show on the road, the content is very secret. It’ll be a mixture of stuff from my long career, stuff from my years with Pink Floyd, some new things. Probably 75% of it will be old material and 25% will be new, but it will be all connected by a general theme. It will be a cool show, I promise you. It’ll be spectacular like all my shows have been.”

Related: Review of Waters at Desert Trip, October 2016

Roger Waters Us + Them North American Tour 2017 (Tickets are available here and here)

05/26 – Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center
05/28 – Louisville, KY – KFC Yum! Center
05/30 – St. Louis, MO Scottrade Center
06/01 – Tulsa, OK – BOK Center
06/03 – Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
06/04 Denver, CO Pepsi Center
06/07 San Jose, CA SAP Center at San Jose
06/10 Oakland, CA Oracle Arena
06/12 Sacramento, CA Golden 1 Center
06/14 Phoenix, AZ Gila River Arena
06/16 Las Vegas, NV T-Mobile Arena
06/20 Los Angeles, CA Staples Center
06/21 Los Angeles, CA Staples Center
06/24 Tacoma, WA Tacoma Dome
06/25 Portland, OR Moda Center at the Rose Quarter
06/27 Los Angeles, CA Staples Center
07/01 San Antonio, TX AT&T Center
07/03 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
07/06 Houston, TX Toyota Center
07/08 New Orleans, LA Smoothie King Center
07/11 Tampa, FL Amalie Arena
07/13 Miami, FL American Airlines Arena
07/16 Atlanta, GA Infinite Energy Arena
07/18 Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum
07/20 Columbus, OH Nationwide Arena
07/22 Chicago, IL United Center
07/23 Chicago, IL United Center
07/26 St. Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center
07/29 Milwaukee, WI Bradley Center
08/02 Detroit, MI The Palace of Auburn Hills
08/04 Washington, DC Verizon Center
08/08 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
08/09 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
08/13 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
09/07 Newark, NJ Prudential Center
09/11 Brooklyn, NY Barclays Center
09/12 Brooklyn, NY Barclays Center
09/15 Uniondale, NY The New Coliseum
09/16 Uniondale, NY The New Coliseum
09/19 Pittsburgh, PA PPG Paints Arena
09/21 Cleveland, OH Quicken Loans Arena
09/23 Albany, NY Times Union Center
09/24 Hartford, CT XL Center
09/27 Boston, MA TD Garden
09/28 Boston, MA TD Garden
10/02 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
10/03 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
10/06 Quebec City, QC Videotron Centre
10/07 Quebec City, QC Videotron Centre
10/10 Ottawa, ONT Canadian Tire Centre
10/16 Montreal, QC Bell Centre
10/17 Montreal, QC Bell Centre
10/22 Winnipeg, MB MTS Centre
10/24 Edmonton, AB Rogers Place
10/28 Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena

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  1. maximus0712
    #1 maximus0712 21 April, 2017, 15:36

    So you think you can tell heaven from hell

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  2. Mike L
    #2 Mike L 21 May, 2017, 01:56

    Scored 2 free rsvps to see Roger Waters Sunday at the meadowlands for the dress rehearsal. I was always more a Gilmour fan but definitely looking forward to seeing and hearing what he’s got in store for the tour. Last time I saw him was ages ago when he went out with Clapton on gtr and Phil Collins on drums if I remember correctly. Even that didn’t compare to Floyd without him but hopefully this one will be more exciting. Really psyched to hear tunes off Animals and Wish you were here.

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