If you’re a Pink Floyd fan, you’ll remember the days when Roger Waters wasn’t an individual artist, but a member of one of the most iconic bands of all time. And if you go to a Roger Waters concert now, you may just get to hear a few solo versions of his former group's hits – he wrote most of them after Syd Barrett left in1968. After bringing the band success with albums like The Dark Side of the Moon and The Wall, he set out on his own.
Roger Water’s Individual Career
In 1984, Rogers released his first solo album, The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking, followed by Radio K.A.O.S just a few years later, and finally Amused to Death in 1992. He laid low for a while, performing his albums here and there, but didn’t come out with any more music until 2005 – when he surprised everyone by releasing a translated opera about the French Revolution.
The same year he went operatic, he was inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame and, to the public’s great pleasure, reunited with his former bandmates! This special and rare reunion was for the Live 8 global concert event, which raised money and recognition for poverty around the world.
Roger Waters Tickets
If you were lucky, you saw him during his Wall Live tour between 2010 and 2013, which happened to be the highest-grossing solo artist tour ever at the time (though it’s now been surpassed). Impressive, right? And since Rogers is getting up there in age at 75 (but still a young rocker at heart), don’t miss your chance to see him on his current tour.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Roger Waters’ music style?
Roger Waters's style is primarily rock, but it has adapted to different genres along the years, such as art-rock, progressive rock, rock opera, and pop-rock.
What are Roger Waters' greatest hits?
With such an incredible career it's not easy to pick Roger Waters’ greatest hits. We've listed just 10 of his absolute greatest hits – is your favorite here?
Three Wishes (1992)
Watching TV (1992)
5:06 AM: Every Strangers' Eyes (1984)
What God Wants, Part 1 (1992)
The Powers That Be (1987)
Each Small Candle (2000)
The Bravery of Being Out of Range (1992)
Folded Flags (1986)
Smell the Roses (2017)
Has Roger Waters won any music awards?
In 1983, Roger Waters won a BAFTA Award for the best original song with "Another Brick in the Wall." In 1993, 2016 and 2018 he was nominated for Grammy Awards for best music video, best music film and best-engineered album, respectively.
What has influenced Roger Waters’ music?
Roger Waters and Pink Floyd were very interested in American blues and played early Merseybeat cover songs similar in sound to the earliest Beatles' songs. Other significant influences can be found in their interest in jazz and black-blues. The name Pink Floyd, in fact, was inspired by 2 American black-blues musicians: Pink Anderson and Floyd Council.
Does Roger Waters write his own songs?
Since Barrett's departure in March 1968, Waters became Pink Floyd's main songwriter and lyricist and wrote most of the band’s songs, as well as his own songs as a solo singer.