Roger Waters eviscerates Donald Trump with politically-charged “Pigs” at tour rehearsal — watch

Pink Floyd member previews upcoming "Us + Them Tour" with 23-song set and new visuals


    Roger Waters debuted his new stage show for his upcoming “Us + Them Tour” at a public dress rehearsal last night at New Jersey’s Meadowlands Arena. The production was filled with stunning visuals, from prisms of pure light to a floating moon drone. During the Pink Floyd member’s performance of “Pigs (Three Different Ones)”, however, things took a pointedly political turn as Waters took Donald Trump to task.

    For the second set, screens arranged to look like the factory on the Animals cover were lowered above the crowd as they displayed emasculating, mocking images of 45. The photoshopped pictures depicted the sitting POTUS in brightly colored lipstick, a Ku Klux Klan hood, as an actual pig, and wearing a dress. At one point, the dress was removed to reveal a tiny, almost hidden penis. Nearly every time the band called out the line, “Charade! Charade!”, an image of Trump was shown with the word plastered over his face. There was even an inflatable pig drone that flew around the arena with the words “Welcome to the Machine” next to an image of an enraged Trump shouting, “I won!”

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    As the 11-minuted song closed out, all the screens went black and began displaying some of Trump’s most infamous quotes. Things like, “This is more work than in my previous life. I thought it would be easier,” and, “You know, it really doesn’t matter what the media write as long as you’ve got a young, and beautiful piece of ass,” were shown in succession before the entire darkened stadium was lit up with one, bright-white message: “Fuck Trump.”


    The whole thing was very similar to the video Waters released after inauguration day of him performing “Pigs” in Mexico City. Shots continued being fired as Waters went into “Money”, with images of Trump drowning in wealth being interspersed with other depictions of greed.

    Waters has never been shy about making his political opinions known; he even approved plans to float pigs in front of Trump Tower in Chicago this summer. Still, such blatant exhibitions of distaste are likely to divide a few audiences on the “Us + Them” trek, and it did seem like some boos arose from the NJ crowd after the song (though perhaps they were aimed at Trump himself?). Political leanings aside, the set was something of a wonder to behold, and is sure to be one of the can’t-miss tours of the summer.

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    With backup from Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig of Lucius, Waters also used the rehearsal to debut a number of tracks from his forthcoming solo album, Is This the Life We Really Want?In addition to previously revealed teaser tracks “The Last Refugee”“Déjà Vu”, and “Smell the Roses”, Waters performed a brand new song called “Picture That”.


    Check out photos from the show and video revealing Lucius’ highlight moment below, followed by the complete setlist.

    Roger Waters at East Rutherford, NJ’s Meadowlands Arena 05/21 Setlist:
    Set One:
    One of These Days
    Breathe (Reprise)
    The Great Gig in the Sky
    Déjà Vu
    The Last Refugee
    Picture That
    Welcome to the Machine
    Wish You Were Here
    The Happiest Days of Our Lives
    Another Brick in the Wall Part 2
    Another Brick in the Wall Part 3

    Set Two:
    Pigs (Three Different Ones)
    Us and Them
    Smell the Roses
    Brain Damage

    Bring the Boys Back Home
    Comfortably Numb

    Roger Waters 2017 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
    06/25 – Portland, OR @ Moda Center
    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 @ AmericanAirlines Arena
    07/16 – Atlanta, GA @ Infinite Energy Center
    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 @ Nassau Coliseum
    09/16 – Uniondale, NY @ Nassau 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, ON @ 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


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