Roger Waters Takes Issue with How CNN ‘Cut Up’ His Recent Interview
Roger Waters took a moment during his show Wednesday night (August 10) in Columbus, Ohio to acknowledge his recent interview with CNN.
As previously reported, Waters sat down with CNN’s Michael Smerconish to talk about a variety of things. Among them was the controversial way he kicks off shows on his “This is Not a Drill Tour,” which he tells people who have a problem with his politics to “f— off to the bar right now.” When asked why he starts the show that way, Waters responded, “Because it’s a really good way to start the show. Apart from anything else, it sets a few things straight. It also encourages a lot of the people who’ve come to the show because they have listened to everything I’ve written since, you know, 1965 or wherever I started writing songs [laughs]. So, they do know what my politics are and they do understand where my heart is and they understand sort of why I’m there.”
Per Ultimate Classic Rock, Waters’ Columbus show was far from a sellout with the upper levels of the Nationwide Arena empty. Waters told the crowd that everyone in the upper levels had been upgraded to better seats. He addressed the attendance saying, “So the obvious fact is, we didn’t sell out. But we didn’t sell out, if you see what I mean.”
Waters added, “However much they cut up my interviews on CNN to make me look like a prick, I will not sell out. We will stand on our tiny platform of human rights forever!” (The full, uncut version of Waters’ CNN interview can be viewed below)
Waters’ next tour date is tomorrow night (August 13) in Long Island, N.Y. A complete list of upcoming dates can be found at RogerWaters.com.