The contribution of Roger Waters to rock music cannot be overstated. As the chief writer and guitarist of Pink Floyd during the 1970s, Waters helmed the band during its most prolific and successful era, when the group issued hit albums like Dark Side of the Moon and The Wall. After leaving Pink Floyd in 1984, Waters retained his popularity, becoming a successful solo artist.
George Roger Waters was born on September 6, 1943, in Great Brookham, Surrey, United Kingdom. In 1965, while attending school, Waters formed Pink Floyd with Nick Mason, Richard Wright, and Syd Barrett. Barrett led the band during its early years, writing most of their debut album, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn. However, after the first album Barrett’s behavior began to become erratic, and he eventually left the band. This left an opening for a new leader, and Waters enthusiastically stepped up to the plate. Starting with Dark Side of the Moon, Waters wrote most of the lyrics for it, Wish You Were Here, The Wall, and The Final Cut. During Waters’ tenure, Pink Floyd became a household name not just in their native UK, but around the world, producing songs like “In the Flesh,” “Money,” and “Another Brick in the Wall.” In 1984, with tensions among the band rising to a peak, Waters left the band.
He struck out on his own, releasing The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking, which included Eric Clapton as a session musician. During the period from 1984 to 2005, Waters released two more rock albums, Radio K.A.O.S. and Amused to Death; two live albums, The Wall – Live in Berlin and In the Flesh – Live; a compilation album called Flickering Flame; and an opera Ça Ira. Starting in 2005, he began focusing on concert tours. The first one focused on Dark Side of the Moon, while the 2011-2012 Roger Waters tour focused on The Wall.