Roger Waters is on the road for his “Us + Them Tour,” which prominently features evocative photoshopped visuals of President Donald Trump wearing lipstick, donning a Ku Klux Klan hood, appearing as a pig, and sporting a dress. The montage even shows Trump with the dress removed, revealing a small penis.
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Later in the show, the screens behind Waters and his band display some of Trump’s infamous quotations, such as, “This is more work than in my previous life. I thought it would be easier,” and, “You know, it really doesn’t matter what the media write as long as you’ve got a young, and beautiful piece of ass.”
All of this has supposedly drawn criticism in some of the more conservative areas of the country, but speaking with the Washington Post, Waters admitted he didn’t necessarily find hostile opposition while starting his tour in red states. “I was a bit concerned going into the first gig in Kansas City but I couldn’t have been more wrong,” he says. “‘Pigs (Three Different Ones)’ is the song in the second half where I have a bit of a whack at [Trump] and it’s the biggest roar of the night — people just love it. There might have been one or two disgruntled people but nobody leaves, I don’t think.”
In an interview with CNN, Waters brushes off any broadsides, saying, “I find it slightly surprising that anybody could have been listening to my songs for 50 years without understanding. Go see Katy Perry or watch the Kardashians. I don’t care.”
Waters admitted that the Trump controversy has caused at least one sponsor, American Express, to drop out.
“It cost $4 million,” he says.
Perry, for her part, has been vocal about Trump and his ascension to power in the past. In an interview with People, Perry says she experienced “a full sexual liberation” when Trump was elected.
“The reality is that I was re-triggered on the election,” Perry said. “I was re-triggered by a big male that didn’t see women as equal. And that had been, unfortunately, a common theme in my upbringing.”
The Kardashian family has not spoken publicly about Trump since his election night victory.
Waters remains politically candid. He was outspoken in his criticism of Radiohead, and, along with dozens of other artists, recently signed a petition urging the band not to play a show in Israel, a venture the band ended up doing on July 19.
You can catch the Pink Floyd bassist on his “Us + Them Tour” in cities below:
08/04 – Washington, DC @ Verizon Center
08/05 – Washington, DC @ Verizon Center
08/08 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
08/09 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
08/11 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
08/13 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
09/07 – Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center
09/09 – Buffalo, NY @ KeyBank Center
09/11 – Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center
09/12 – Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center
09/15 – Uniondale, NY @ Nassau Coliseum
09/16 – Uniondale, NY @ Nassau Coliseum
09/19 – Pittsburgh, PA @ PPG Paints Arena
09/21 – Cleveland, OH @ Quicken Loans Arena
09/23 – Albany, NY @ Times Union Center
09/24 – Hartford, CT @ XL Center
09/27 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden
09/28 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden
10/02 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
10/03 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
10/06 – Quebec City, QC @ Videotron Centre
10/07 – Quebec City, QC @ Videotron Centre
10/10 – Ottawa, ON @ Canadian Tire Centre
10/13 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
10/16 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
10/17 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
10/22 – Winnipeg, MB @ MTS Centre
10/24 – Edmonton, AB @ Rogers Place
10/28 – Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena
10/29 – Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena