Saturday, July 25, 2015

VIDEO: Roger Waters headlines the Newport Folk Festival

photo: Newport Folk Festival / Facebook

Roger Waters debuted a new song, mixed solo tracks with Pink Floyd tunes and delivered some covers during his headlining set on the opening night of the 2015 Newport Folk Festival on July 24.

Waters – who said he would deliver “an intimate appearance specifically crafted” for the event at Fort Adams State Park in Newport, RI – did just that with the backing of My Morning Jacket.

The bassist opened his 10-song set with the debut of “Crystal Clear Brooks”, a new song based on a 2014 poem he penned about the children of Gaza.

The track was followed by the first of four Pink Floyd songs of the evening, “Mother”, before Waters played “The Bravery Of Being Out Of Range” from his 1992 album, “Amused To Death” – which was reissued on Friday.

Covers of John Prine (“Hello In There”) and Buddy Miller (“Wide River To Cross”) tunes were mixed with the title track to “Amused To Death” and three more Pink Floyd songs including 1975’s “Wish You Were Here” and a pair from “The Dark Side Of The Moon”“Brain Damage” and “Eclipse.”

Waters closed out the evening with a cover of Bob Dylan’s “Forever Young”, which was notable on the eve of the 50th anniversary of Dylan’s legendary abbreviated performance at the event when he reportedly shocked fans by playing electric music over his traditional acoustic presentation with the help of Mike Bloomfield on guitar, organist Al Kooper and players from the Paul Butterfield Blues Band.

In sync with his appearance at Newport, Waters reissued his 1992 album, “Amused To Death”, on the same day.

The updated version of Waters’ third solo record includes a new 5.1 surround remix of the album on high-definition Blu-ray audio and a new remastered stereo mix completed by longtime Waters / Pink Floyd collaborator and co-producer James Guthrie.

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