Roger Waters Guitarist Surprised Trump Supporters Didn't Walk Out of Shows
By Andrew Magnotta
March 13, 2018
Roger Waters guitarist Jonathan Wilson said in a new interview that he and his bandmates expected more push-back to their fiercely anti-Trump live show while touring the United States last year.
The former Pink Floyd bassist Waters could not have been more vocal about his opposition to President Trump both in the press and during each show.
Waters' Us + Them Tour even appropriated Trump's likeness in its production. The visuals during the song "Pigs (Three Different Ones)" depicted the President in women's clothing, in Klansman's garb and as a pig.
Still, Wilson told Billboard that he and the band were surprised by the lack of walk-outs during the show's more politically-charged moments.
"We were expecting more of a pushback and more of a negative vibe when we were rolling into Kansas City or into Texas or wherever this tour went. But to be honest, there was a little bit of that," he said. "You’d get some people flashing you the bird and screaming and hollering, throwing shit onstage. Like, somebody threw a pretzel at me once. But basically, that wasn’t enough for them to walk out. They had to get their classic rock fix."
Waters himself stated after Trump's election that he hoped the President would be impeached, and he repeatedly attacked Trump's plan to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Wilson also played guitar on Waters' latest solo album, 2017's Is This the Life We Really Want?, which contained several songs with politically-charged lyrics, like "The Last Refugee."
Waters has plans to tour Europe this spring and South America next fall. Get all the tour dates here.
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