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Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters to bring his 'Us+Them' show to Russia in August

The show features songs from Pink Floyd’s greatest albums

LONDON, July 7. /TASS/. Roger Waters, former leader of Pink Floyd, will perform his "Us+Them" show in St. Petersburg on August 29 and in Moscow on August 31.

On Friday, the legendary rocker played at the British Summer Time festival in London's Hyde-Park. According to a TASS correspondent, who attended the concert in London, the rocker delivered a politically-charged show slamming US President Donald Trump and expressing his sympathy to Palestinians.

The Dark Side Of The Moon from cover to cover

Water’s show features songs from Pink Floyd’s greatest albums ("The Dark Side of The Moon", "The Wall", "Animals", "Wish You Were Here"). In the first part of the concert Waters played absolutely all the tracks from the band’s iconic album "The Dark Side Of The Moon" (1973).

"I did not think that tonight I will hear the complete "Dark Side Of The Moon," because this album, although not lyrically but musically is the fruit of joint creativity of all Pink Floyd members, unlike the later ones - "Animals" (1977), "The Wall" (1979) and "The Final Cut" (1983), where the role of Waters as the author of the songs was dominant," Hannah Brustman from Poland told TASS.

Battersea and Trump

In the second part of the show the musician played several songs from his latest solo album "Is This the Life We Really Want?" (2017) in particular "The Last Refugee" and "Picture That." As the background for the performance of these songs a mock-up of the Battersea - decommissioned power station in London- was used. The power station's building became worldwide known after it appeared on the cover of Pink Floyd's 1977 album "Animals".

When the band played the first chords of "Pigs (Three Different Ones)", a song from that album, numerous images of Donald Trump began to appear on the front of the Battersea building. After that the word "charade" appeared on the stage screen and it was followed by dozens of the most famous and controversial quotes of the US leader. These quotes mainly concern the US state confrontation with refugees and also Trump's attitude towards women.

'Comfortably Numb' in keffiyeh

The show ended with "Comfortably Numb," a legendary composition from Pink Floyd’s 1979 album "The Wall". Waters sang it wearing a keffiyeh, an Arab man's headscarf he had received as a gift from Palestinian refugees in Jordan.

Before the song, the musician, who has long been known for his support of the rights of Palestinians to self-determination, read out an extract from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1948.

"The declaration states that all of us, all of us here in this beautiful park, all of us in this country, but all of us, all our brothers and sisters all over the world deserve equal human and civil rights," the rocker said from the stage.

In April, during his show in Spain, Waters denounced the White Helmets, a Syrian volunteer group, calling them a "fake organization".