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`PEOPLE MISS THE HUMOUR IN MY SONGS' Roger Waters
`PEOPLE MISS THE HUMOUR IN MY SONGS' Roger Waters

A mellower Roger Waters of the iconic Pink Floyd on his plans for a Broadway musical

Roger Waters, whose songs reveal his obsession with fat, psychopathic wives, fathers flying across the ocean and the legendary 13 channels of whatever on the TV to choose from, now seems to have turned his songster's eye to matters concerning the bigger picture. "A lot of people ask me to entertain them as they have paid $300 for a show," he said, during his recent visit to India to promote "Dark Side of the Moon". "My songs are deeply political. My music is anti-Bush and also anti-extreme fanatic Christian and Islamic groups in America, which have a malignant influence on the cultural and political life of any State. I found the invasion of Iraq by the U.S and the U.K appalling. It was the worst foreign policy any government could take," he said. In 2005, Waters joined his band members on stage for the first time since the June 1981 Wall concerts at Earl's court in London. The Live 8 reunion with David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Rick Wright was "magical and moving" in his words. "Nothing like the same eight hands and four voices," he says. The creative clashes between Waters and director Alan Parker during the making of The Wall are legendary with Parker describing it as the most expensive student film and Waters retaliating with the lyrics "not now John, we've gotta get on with the film show/ Hollywood waits at the end of the rainbow in "The Final Cut." Talking about the film, Waters chooses to share the well-known (at least to those who have watched his interview on the DVD) incident of musician Bob Geldof being offered the role of Pink in the movie on a cab en route to Heathrow Airport. "And Bob took off on how much he hated Floyd not realising that the taxi driver was my brother. We still laugh at it," Waters says. Trying to avoid any further nostalgia-driven questions he says: "In my advanced age, it's hard for me to remember my name."On the place of humour in his oeuvre, Waters comments: "People generally miss the humour in my songs because they are deeply ironic. But I am trying to work out a Broadway type musical now with Lee Hall, which will have more laughs." Ask him about the nuts and bolts of composition and he says: "I believe the song chooses the composer and not the other way around." The question on everybody's lips is if there would be another Live 8 reunion. "The experiment to have both Gilmour and Barrett was doomed to fail, but Barrett is a personal friend and I miss him," he says. VIJAY SAI

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