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Roger Waters launches 'Us + Them' tour tonight

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Roger Waters kicks off his 54-date 'Us + Them' tour tonight (May 26th) at Kansas City, Missouri's Sprint Center.

The trek is in support of Waters' first studio album in 25 years, Is This the Life We Really Want?, which drops on June 2nd.

The Pink Floyd co-founder will be on the road through the fall when the North American leg wraps on October 28th at Vancouver's Rogers Arena.

It goes without saying that Waters' disdain for Donald Trump will be expressed throughout the upcoming shows. He spoke frankly about his feelings on the President to Esquire, explaining, "I wrote a long speech that I was going to make at Desert Trip about the election and about Trump. It was about how it was understandable that people felt betrayed, because they had been. But they also had to understand that they had been betrayed by Donald Trump and his kind, not by the Mexicans or the Chinese or whoever he was telling them was the enemy. Because they're not the enemy. He is! This guy who is trying to get you to vote for him. . . is your enemy! This is the guy who is destroying your lives. He keeps telling you that your jobs are being stolen by the Chinese and the Mexicans, but they're not. They're being stolen by him. It is all part of his shell game, and what they were voting for was a kleptocracy. But it wasn't the right time. People wouldn't have listened. You can't make a long speech like that in the middle of a rock and roll show. It was two full pages and it would have taken me several minutes even to read it. It would have been wrong. . . So I didn't do it."

Roger Waters touched upon the difference between where he believes humanity is now and where is should be: "The world is a far worse place than it was just after the second World War, because it has been taken over by greed and corporate strategy and, y'know, the love of money. At the expense of joy that we all of us could get from treating each other more humanely."

Roger Waters tour dates (subject to change):

May 26 - Kansas City, MO - Sprint Center
May 28 - Louisville, KY - KFC Yum! Center
May 30 - St. Louis, MO - Scottrade Center
June 1 - Tulsa, OK - BOK Center
June 3, 4 - Denver, CO - Pepsi Center
June 7 - San Jose, CA - SAP Center At San Jose
June 10 - Oakland, CA - Oracle Arena  
June 12 - Sacramento, CA - Golden 1 Center
June 14 - Glendale, AZ - Gila River Arena
June 16 - Las Vegas, NV - T-Mobile Arena
June 20, 21 - Los Angeles, CA - Staples Center
June 24 - Tacoma, WA - Tacoma Dome
June 27 - Los Angeles, CA - Staples Center
July 1 - San Antonio, TX - AT&T Center
July 3 - Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center
July 6 - Houston, TX - Toyota Center
July 8 - New Orleans, LA - Smoothie King Center
July 11 - Tampa, FL - Amalie Arena
July 13 - Miami, FL - AmericanAirlines Arena
July 16 - Duluth, GA - Infinite Energy Center
July 18 - Greensboro, NC - Greensboro Coliseum
July 20 - Columbus, OH - Nationwide Arena
July 22, 23 - Chicago, IL - United Center
July 26 - Saint Paul, MN - Xcel Energy Center
July 29 - Milwaukee, WI - Bradley Center
August 2 - Auburn Hills, MI -  The Palace Of Auburn Hills
August 4 - Washington, D.C., Verizon Center
August 8, 9 - Philadelphia, PA - Wells Fargo Center
August 13 - Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Arena
September 7 - Newark, NJ - Prudential Center
September 11, 12, 15 – Brooklyn, NY - Barclays Center
September 15 - Uniondale, NY - Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
September 19 - Pittsburgh, PA - PPG Paints Arena
September 21 - Cleveland, OH - Quicken Loans Arena
September 23 - Albany, NY - Times Union Center
September 24 - Hartford, CT - XL Center  
September 27, 28 - Boston, MA - TD Garden
October 2, 3 - Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre
October 6, 7 - Quebec City, QC - Centre Videotron
October 10 - Ottawa, ON - Canadian Tire Centre
October 16, 17 - Montreal, QC - Bell Centre
October 22 - Winnipeg, MB - MTS Centre
October 24 - Edmonton, AB - Rogers Place
October 28 - Vancouver, BC - Rogers Arena

Side Notes:

Roger Waters premiered his new "Us + Them" tour on May 21st at East Rutherford, New Jersey's Izod Center to a crowd of about 2,000 family and friends, radio contest winners, and industry insiders. Waters and his band tackled a string of tunes from Is This the Life We Really Want?, along with such Pink Floyd chestnuts as "Time," "Money," "Us And Them," "Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2)," "Brain Damage" and "Comfortably Numb.”

Rolling Stone reported: "Midway through, a giant, flying, drone-controlled pig flew around the screen. The words 'Welcome To The Machine" were written on it juxtaposed by an image of (Donald) Trump with dollar signs over his eyes and a word bubble saying, 'I won!' The other side of the pig simply read: 'piggy bank of war.' Later, the screens displayed some of Trump's most heinous quotes about his proposed border wall, 9/11, taxes, women, his daughter Ivanka (Trump) and more before running the words 'F*** Trump' the length of East Rutherford, New Jersey's Meadowlands Arena in a stunning affront to the president.”


Check it out: Roger Waters in concert on October 29, 2010 at Scottrade Center

Roger Waters: October 29, 2010

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Roger Waters: October 29, 2010
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