Happy Birthday Roger Waters

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Pink Floyd bassist Roger Waters celebrates his 72nd birthday today. Recent reports have Waters plotting a return to the road next year with a tour in support of an upcoming new album which is also reportedly in the works. Though a reunion with fellow Pink Floyd member David Gilmour seems unlikely anytime soon, Waters has shared the stage with an impressive stable of musicians over his career and those collaborations are the focus of this week’s birthday celebration edition of Sunday Cinema.

The first selection is from Waters’ recent headlining appearance at the Newport Folk Festival where he was backed by My Morning Jacket. In the video below the bassist and MMJ, along with his longtime guitar player G.E. Smith and Lucius’ Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig, open the set with a new Waters original, “Crystal Clear Brooks.”

Waters and Smith also participated in the Love for Levon concert in 2012. The tribute to The Band’s Levon Helm featured Waters appearing along with an all-star band that included Don Was, Amy Helm, Larry Campbell, Kenny Aronoff and others performing the late drummer’s “Wide River To Cross.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=18IBx_hYg60

Next up is a clip from the “12-12-12” – The Concert for Sandy Relief held at Madison Square Garden in New York City to benefit those adversely affected by Hurricane Sandy. Watch Waters team with Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder for a rousing rendition of the Floyd classic “Comfortably Numb.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZVrOtO25zM

Another benefit performance, the video below shows Waters pairing up with Eric Clapton while rehearsing prior to a joint appearance at the Tsunami Aid: A Concert of Hope event held for the victims of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake. The two legends play an acoustic version of Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dHVHObUUJgE

Foo Fighters were the musical guests on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon in 2011 during a special week-long Pink Floyd tribute. Waters joined Dave Grohl and crew for a rendition of “In the Flesh” from The Wall.

A second version of “Comfortably Numb,” the next clip shows Waters again at a benefit concert, this being the The World Memorial Fund For Disaster Relief which took place in Berlin, Germany 1990. The live performance of The Wall included Van Morrison and members of The Band in the below footage.

Roger Waters & Friends Playlist

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