Roger Waters ‘Us + Them’ Concert Film Will Premiere Digitally June 16
Words by Riley Fitzgerald
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Roger Waters’ Us + Them concert film will premiere digitally June 16.
Directed by Sam Evans the film documents the former Pink Floyd‘s creative visionary’s 2017 and 2018 world tour.
156 dates in length, Waters’ extensive Us + Them tour is said to have grossed $261.8 million.
With production values matching Pink Floyd at their zenith, Waters’ concerts featured multiple flying pigs, an enormous Wall, a nine-piece backing band, and a 94-foot wide LED screen.
“It’ll be a mixture of stuff from my long career,” Roger Waters shared prior to the tour, “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.”
True to Waters’ word, the sets arrived heavy with Floyd era classics including numbers form The Wall, Wish You Were Here, The Dark Side of the Moon and Animals.
The digital version of the movie will include two tracks unheard in the cinematic release last October,’Comfortably Numb’ and solo Waters track ‘Smell the Roses’.
The tour took its title from Pink Floyd classic ‘Us and Them‘,
“Replacing the “and” with a plus sign makes the point that if humanity is going to survive the only way forward is together,” Variety‘s Mark Keizer wrote in their review of the film last year. “It’s a notion that he’s taken to controversial extremes in recent years having repeatedly and unrepentantly stepped on the age’s geopolitical third rail: the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Us + Them, both film and concert, ends with a spoken-word plea for justice for ‘our brothers and sisters in Palestine’ who, in Waters’ telling, live under Israel’s deeply repressive apartheid regime.”
The film’s release has not been without controversy.
On May 20, Roger Waters criticized former bandmate David Gilmour for not allowing him to promote the release via Pink Floyd’s official website.
Waters’ forthcoming This Is Not A Drill tour is currently postponed until 2021.
“Bummer,” Roger Waters shared of the decision earlier this year, “but if it saves one life, it’s worth it.”
Roger Waters has also shared a new video ‘The Happiest Days Of Our Lives/Another Brick In The Wall, Part 2/Another Brick In The Wall, Part 3’, recorded at Amsterdam’s Ziggo Dome in 2018, to accompany the release.
Stream it here.