Santiago de Chile, Nov 26 (EFE).- With classic songs from his former band Pink Floyd and works from his new repertoire, the British musician Roger Waters shook the Monumental Stadium in Santiago during the first of two nights of concert in the Chilean capital, show in which he winked at the national singer-songwriter murdered by the dictatorship Víctor Jara and sent a strong message against the Israeli occupation in Palestine: “Stop the genocide.”
“If you’re one of those who say, ‘I love Pink Floyd, but I can’t stand Roger’s politics, you’d do well to fuck off and go to the bar right now,'” read the stage screens at the start of a show. which lasted almost two and a half hours, in which the 80-year-old artist made reference to police and military violence in various parts of the world, including cases from George Floyd in the United States to Víctor Jara in Chile.
Waters also had words for his time in Argentina, a country where a few days ago his hotel reservations were canceled due to statements that were classified as “anti-Semitic” by the Jewish community.
“They didn’t let me stay in any of the hotels, which is strange I think. The reason was because they and I believe different things. I know they know this, but I’m going to say it anyway. I believe in equal human rights for all my brothers and sisters,” he said energetically, receiving loud applause from the tens of thousands of people present.
The show had a scene marked by the classic use of inflatable animals, in particular a giant sheep that floated above the audience located on the Monumental field while Waters performed “Sheep”, the song from his reference album “Animals”, his “tribute” to the writer and journalist George Orwell and his work “Animal Farm.”
“Wish you were here”, “Conformably Numb”, “Run Like Hell”, “Shine on you crazy diamond” and “Have a Cigar” were other songs that were part of the repertoire proposed by the former Pink Floyd bassist.
For the most fans of the British band, Waters also displayed multiple images of the group’s early stages, accentuating the figure of the group’s first guitarist and vocalist Syd Barret (1946-2006), with whom the project began.
This Sunday the 26th will be Water’s last meeting with the Chilean public as part of the “This Is Not A Drill” tour.