Pink Floyd bassist Roger Waters has shared a performance of the progressive rock band’s song, ‘Mother’, from their 1979 studio album, ‘The Wall’. Watch the video below.
In the clip of the social-distanced rendition, we see Waters and his touring band (including indie-pop group Lucius) performing ‘Mother’ from their respective homes. In a Twitter caption announcing the video, Waters said, “Social distancing is a necessary evil in Covid world,” adding, “Watching ‘Mother’ reminds me just how irreplaceable the joy of being in a band is.”
Fans were declaring the video as “nourishment for the soul” as they enjoyed the performance. Fans described it as “Outstanding” and “just brilliant” and said they are “addicted to that song.” Several comments hailed Waters as a prominent artiste and writer, saying, “There’s a reason why this man is the best songwriter of all time” and “Great man, great artist, great song.”
Waters was scheduled to begin his US tour, ‘This Is Not a Drill’ in July, but due to coronavirus concerns, he was forced to postpone the trek to 2021.
One fan said, “Your music brings me so many different feelings, joy in the beauty of the melodies, heartbreak in the lyrics,” while another wrote, “Wish there was an emoji for a lighter that I can hold high!” A fan also said, “God bless you for this, Roger, you keep me afloat during quarantine and these difficult times.”
The ‘Mother’ performance follows Waters’ social-distanced covers of “The Right to Live in Peace’ by Victor Jara, and John Prine’s ‘Paradise’. Along with a discussion about his now-postponed tour, Waters spoke his life under quarantine, a failed Pink Floyd peace summit last year and his friendship with Prine, with Rolling Stone. “We haven’t stopped work. We didn’t stop for a single second,” he said.
“The show is part rock & roll arena show, part cinema. It’s couched on this idea that we are divided between the ruling classes, who I characterize as living in the iCloud,” he noted, before adding, “They live in the sky — it’s all white up there, and they live in great luxury. And then there’s the netherworld where the rest of us shuffle around, uncomfortably numb.”