While he may not be responsible for writing the songs that began Pink Floyd's rise to fame in the 60's, Roger Waters was the driving force behind the concepts of albums that have secured the band's place as rock and roll legends. Between 1968 and 1985, Roger Waters was the driving force and inspiration behind the infamous concept albums The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, and The Wall. After leaving the group in 1985, he embarked on a successful solo career that featured both his own hit songs and mind-blowing tour date performances of entire Pink Floyd albums. The ever politically minded Waters feels that the world needs the messages conveyed in The Wall once again in these modern times; the reason for the return of The Wall - Live, touring in 2011.
As a child, Roger Waters met Syd Barret at Morely Memorial Junior School in Cambridge. An aptitude test suggested that Waters be an architect, so he enrolled in an architecture program at Regent Street Polytechnic, where he met Nick Mason and Richard Wright. These childhood friends -- along with David Gilmour -- would become the lineup for Pink Floyd. Roger Waters became the frontman for Pink Floyd after Syd Barret was kicked out of the band for his LSD use and deteriorating mental health. On later albums, members of the band -- especially Roger Waters -- experimented with musical techniques, until they hit it big with Dark Side of the Moon. The groundbreaking album was followed by hit concept albums Wish You Were Here and Animals, as well as mind blowing tour dates featuring the albums. Becoming frustrated with arena tour dates, Waters commented that he wished he could have "built a wall between the performers and the audience," verbalizing a theme of isolationism in Waters' life. This resulted in the pinnacle of Roger Waters' career, The Wall. Waters released his first solo album, The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking, shortly before leaving Pink Floyd in 1985, calling the band a "spent force".
After the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, Waters realized the event was akin to the metaphors portrayed in The Wall and staged one of the largest concerts in history. The show took place in the vacant space within the wall's borders known as the "death strip" with over 200,000 people in attendance. The Wall - Live in Berlin has become one of the most infamous and popular musical performances in history.