Roger Waters has announced a new show at the London Palladium, where he will make his first recordings of Pink Floyd’s “The Dark Side Of The Moon”.
The concert, which will take place on October 8, will be the first time the former Pink Floyd co-founder will perform his re-recorded version of the band’s iconic album live.
Earlier this month, Waters confirmed that the project will be released as one of his solo albums, which is set for release on October 6. The reimagined album coincides with the 50th anniversary of the original, but does not feature any other members of the rock band.
At the upcoming London concert, Waters will not appear with any of his former bandmates, but will instead be joined on stage by bassist Gus Seyffert, drummer Joey Waronker and guitarist Jonathan Wilson, who all contributed to the reimagined album.
The other musicians who will be with him at the concert are Johnny Shepherd on the organ, Via Mardot on theremin, Gabe Noel on strings, Jon Carin on the keyboard and Robert Walter on the piano. Azniv Korkejian will provide the choirs.
The unique show was designed by Sean Evans, Waters’ creative director for many years, and announcing the news of the upcoming concert at the Palladium, Waters said he hopes to add more live dates in the future. “We’re going to do it live at the London Palladium in October,” he began. “We are really looking forward to that time…we hope to be able to perform it live on other occasions in the future.”
Tickets for Roger Waters’ next concert at the London Palladium go on sale this Friday (July 28) and are available here.
The upcoming album has been produced by former Pink Floyd bassist, putting a new spin on the classic album. The lead single, “Money,” for example, has been reworked from the newer version of the original recording to a new soundtrack.
Discussing his reasons for re-recording this 50-year-old album, the musician said, “The original ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ feels like an old man’s nostalgia about the human condition.”
continued: “But Dave [Gilmour]Rick [Wright]Nick [Mason] and I was very young when we did it, and when you look at the world around us, it is clear that the message has not arrived. So I started thinking about what the wisdom of an 80-year-old might bring to a reimagined version.”
“When I brought up the idea of re-recording ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ to Gus and Sean, we all thought I was crazy, but the more we thought about it, the more we thought, ‘Isn’t that what this is all about?'” he continued. “I am extremely proud of what we have created, a work that can sit proudly alongside the original, hand in hand for half a century.”
In March, Waters shared a snippet of the re-recordings on YouTube for the first time: a 52-second clip of the first verse of the “Us and Them” cover being played in the studio. He also described the project in more detail in the description, adding that it is “not a replacement for the original and obviously cannot be replaced.”
That same month, former Pink Floyd bandmate Nick Mason revealed that he had already been shown clips from the upcoming album, saying it was “absolutely brilliant”.
“I heard a rumor that Roger was working on his own version,” he said in a replay of ‘The Dark Side Of The Moon,’ at Dolby Atmos Immersive Studio in London. “It was hinted that it was going to be a spoiler and that Roger was going to take on the original version and so on.”
He continued: “He sent me a copy of what he was preparing and I wrote to him and said, ‘Cruachás, it’s brilliant!’ It was and is.