Exclusive: Legendary Pink Floyd rocker opens up about Trump, his childhood, music and coming to NZ

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Pink Floyd's former bassist is coming to New Zealand to showcase his first solo album in 25 years. In an exclusive Sunday interview 1 NEWS foreign correspondent Rebecca Wright spoke with legendary rocker Roger Waters about his anti-authority message, his latest tour, and coming to New Zealand.

While he may be 73, it's easy to get the feeling that stepping out on stage never gets old for Roger Waters.

Pink Floyd fans will immediately recognise the towering set, giant inflatable and laser prism in his tour– hallmarks of the Pink Floyd experience of 40-years-ago.

But where once there was Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher, now he has a new arch enemy in Donald Trump.

Waters says he was "flabbergasted" when Mr Trump became US President late last year.

"You watch the thing happening and you think, this car-wreck can't possibly be happen... and of course it was possible.

"The political system in the United States is completely broken," he said.

The lunatics have taken over the loony bin."
Roger Waters

So Waters is back to resist, fired up and defiant, at every show on his Us+ Them tour he's sharing his anti-authority message with a new audience.

For one of his American tour shows he invited 12 school children from underprivileged backgrounds to perform with him on his most iconic of songs: Another Brick In The Wall.

Teachers and parents be warned... this will happen on the New Zealand leg of his tour too.

For all of his anger and outrage Waters is a deep thinker who changed the world with one of the most critically acclaimed and successful bands of all time.

Pink Floyd's albums Dark Side of the Moon and The Wall were groundbreaking and much of their distinctly dark vision came from Water's inner musings.

Waters was only five-months-old when his father died at war and a sense of love and loss from this is woven through his life's work.

Pink Floyd's album The Wall was a metaphor for his internal battle with abandonment and grief.

I imagine myself as a child, and me and the child agreeing with one another that our father would be proud of us"
Roger Waters

The lifelong desire to make his father proud came crashing down during a random conversation with a fan.

"This older guy, kind of looked at me… and when I went to go back on stage he wouldn't let go of my hand.

"He looked at me directly in the eyes and he said: 'Your father would be proud of you'.

"I just dissolved.

"I just realised that 60 years after my father's death how incredibly moved I was by a complete stranger saying that to me."

The rock and roll veteran is still on the road, his tour is taking him right across America, and appears to be soaking it all in and enjoying what could be his final tour.

There will be one more performance for his Kiwi fans too, when he brings his Us+ Them tour to Auckland and Dunedin in January.

"New Zealand, it's such a beautiful country.

"They were very warm, obviously knew the work really well and the place was full," he said reminiscing on his last New Zealand show.
 

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