Roger Waters concert review: Us & Them Tour takes on Donald Trump, pulling no punches

Friday, 23 June 2017, 04:25:54 AM. Roger Waters pulled no punches when it came to mocking Donald Trump as the Us and Them rocked Glendale with next-level rock-and-roll theater.
Did Roger Waters even mention Donald Trump by name Wednesday night in the course of his epic performance of classic Pink Floyd songs and new solo material at Gila River Arena in Glendale? I don’t think he did. He gave no speeches, no long-winded sermons nor rants. And yet, you’d be hard pressed to name a more openly anti-Trump rock concert currently touring arenas. With apologies to Mr. Springsteen. Waters’ disgust with the 45th President of the United States of America was fully integrated into the performance, much like last October’s show at Desert Trip while Trump was on the campaign trail. He’d been on stage roughly 45 minutes Wednesday night before Trump's image made its first on-screen appearance, during “Picture That,” a track from Waters’ latest solo effort, a concept album whose title asks “Is This the Life We Really Want?” It was during the part of the song that invites you to “picture a leader with no f--king brains.” He brought the first set to a rousing finish with a selection of songs from “The Wall,” local schoolkids emerging in orange prison jumpsuits during the “The Happiest Days of Ours Lives.” The kids removed their jumpsuits during “Another Brick in the Wall” to reveal the word “Resist” emblazoned on their T-shirts, a word that also flashed across the screen behind the stage in giant letters. The second set was more political than that. Illustrations of Trump filled the screens during “Pigs (Three Different Ones),” including one of the...Read more
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