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Roger Waters releases first new album in a quarter century

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Out today (June 2nd) is Roger Waters' first new studio album in 25 years. Is This The Life We Really Want? marks Waters' first original set since 1992's Amused To Death, which topped out at Number 21 on the Billboard 200. Prior to that, 1987's Radio K.A.O.S. stalled at Number 50, with his 1984 solo debut The Pros And Cons Of Hitch Hiking peaking at Number 31.

Waters, who's currently on the road, plays a handful of songs from the album within the Pink Floyd top-heavy set. Press for the tour has focused on the relentless anti-Trump imagery and message throughout. Waters spoke pointedly about his thoughts on the President's shortcomings, telling Billboard: "The people who believed all his bull*** about making America great, getting their jobs back, are going to realize sooner or later it was all a confidence trick and he doesn't give a s*** about them. He doesn't care about anybody but himself -- it's his shtick."

He went on to maintain that he thinks the millions of voters who chose Trump are perhaps having a change of heart: " I think they're beginning to realize. They're kicking and screaming, going 'I thought you were going to help us.' He hasn't done anything to help anybody. What he has done was reduce corporate income taxes from 35 percent to 15 percent, and they must surely be going, 'uh, I thought you were going to help us?’"

Waters went on to say: "Trump is a perfect exemplar of the greed that is inherent in the idea of the American Dream, which is the idea that the individual is more important than the community. And anybody, if they're greedy enough, can become rich and powerful, such as an ass**** like Donald Trump, who cares about nobody but himself, which goes against the grain of anybody who is touched by love or by empathy or actual freedom or a concern for others or any positive attributes that may affect human life.”

Roger Waters believes that every negative action he feels the Trump administration makes should be met with a positive reaction: "Accepting that building walls, like Donald Trump is suggesting, is absolute nonsense. That you cannot stop the flow of people who are poor or dying from war-torn zones or areas of extreme poverty into relatively more peaceful places with more money. They will, inevitably. There's nothing you can do about it. But what one can do is to try and accept the responsibilities, that we, the colonial powers of the West have."

Roger Waters tour dates (subject to change):

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

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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