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Roger Waters announces first rock album in 25 years

Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters has announced his first rock album in 25 years, Is This The Life We Really Want?, available Friday, June 2nd on Columbia Records. Produced and mixed by Nigel Godrich (Radiohead, Paul McCartney, Beck, U2, “From the Basement”), Is This The Life We Really Want? includes 12 new Roger Waters musical compositions and studio performances.

Additionally, Waters will launch his North American Us + Them Tour in Kansas City, MO on Friday, May 26th. The Us + Them Tour runs through October 28th, concluding in Vancouver, BC. See full list of dates below.

Roger Waters’ last studio album, 1992’s Amused To Death, was a prescient study of popular culture, exploring the power of television in the era of the First Gulf War. The long-awaited follow-up, 2017’s Is This The Life We Really Want?, 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.

The physical album release includes a double 180-gram vinyl LP in a gatefold jacket and a four panel soft pack CD. All album formats, physical and digital, are available for pre-order starting April 21st.

The musicians on Is This The Life We Really Want? are Roger Waters (vocals, acoustic, bass), Nigel 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.

CD | 2 LP

  1. When We Were Young
  2. Déjà Vu
  3. The Last Refugee
  4. Picture That
  5. Broken Bones
  6. Is This The Life We Really Want?
  7. Bird In A Gale
  8. The Most Beautiful Girl
  9. Smell The Roses
  10. Wait For Her
  11. Oceans Apart
  12. Part of Me Died
Tour Dates:

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 Seattle, WA Tacoma Dome
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

Author: Buddy Iahn

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