Why does Roger Waters still tour?
Certainly, it isn't about the money. Waters' publishing royalties alone have made him quite secure, to say the least. Could it be ego gratification? Maybe a little. Surely, it's nice to perform a catalog of your own work in front of adoring crowds familiar with every nuance, and by this point, bringing their teen-aged kids along to share in the experience.
No, for Waters, the motivation, I'm guessing, has to do with both preserving the legacy and sharing the dialogue -- a discourse that includes some of the most incisive social and political commentary in the history of rock.
Do we need to hear Pink Floyd and solo Waters pieces like "The Fletcher Memorial Home," "Perfect Sense," "Bring the Boys Back Home" or "Sheep" today, decades after most of them were written? Check the headlines for your answer.
I have no wish to spoil the set list on anyone, but be assured, the second set of the evening will kick off with "Dark Side of the Moon" performed in its entirety.
Waters and his impeccable band come to Darien Lake Performing Arts Center at 8 p.m. Thursday. Remaining tickets are $55 to $131 reserved, $29.50 on the lawn. Find them at Ticketmaster outlets or through www.livenation.com.
-- Jeff Miers