With our current global political climate it is no surprise that musical expression has yet again turned to anti-establishment protest song. More often than not we are seeing celebrities discussing legislation on the red carpets, and musicians accompanying their performances with on-stage political statements, the latest being veteran rockstar, Roger Waters.
Waters is no stranger to political demonstrations on stage, the most famous of course, was his live performance of ‘The Wall’ to commemorate the fall of the Berlin wall in 1990, and now he could be planning a similar concert to protest POTUS Donald Trump’s controversial wall along the US-Mexican border.
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Waters explained that The Wall is “very relevant now with Mr. Trump and all of this talk of building walls and creating as much enmity as possible between races and religions. He noted the the album is “about how detrimental building walls can be on a personal level, but also on broader levels.”
The news comes following several on-stage appearances by Waters about the POTUS. His Trump resistance began ahead of the election in October last year were he called the candidate an “ignorant, lying, racist, sexist pig” at California’s Desert Trip festival. Followed by a live performance in Mexico City as the staple giant inflatable pig of Pink Floyd shows floated above the crowds for a new video of ‘Pigs’ that was shared on his social media accounts on inauguration day with the message “the resistance begins today”.
Most recently during his performance of Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2),” Waters featured a chorus of children with t-shirts that read the words “derriba el muro”, Spanish for “tear down this wall”.
“Music is a legitimate place to express protest, musicians have an absolute right, a duty, to open their mouths to speak out.” Waters told AFP.
Trump has been surrounded by controversy from his candidacy, but the border wall is perhaps the most discussed of his election promises. The unclarity of its true cost, worth and its potential for moral and practical failure are all up for debate. What trump hails as a great wall, Mexico’s vice president, Vicente Fox, denounces as a racist monument; but one thing is certain, Trumps no compromise presidency has set the stage for all matter of social and political protest.
The performance of The Wall has yet to be confirmed but we do know Waters is planning a new solo album which he’s described as “part magic carpet ride, part political rant, part anguish.”