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May 17, 2012
MUSIC Pink Floyd founder Roger Waters reprises what's been a massive project of recent years — his live incarnation of his band's seminal album, "The Wall. " Fans loved it at Coachella in 2008, and he returns for a triumphant take on the record's dystopian worldview and experimental rock. Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, 3939 S. Figueroa St., L.A. 8 p.m. Sat. $30.50-$248. ticketmaster.com.
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February 3, 2014 | By Batsheva Sobelman
JERUSALEM--The debate over Scarlett Johansson's Super Bowl ad has hit The Wall. The actress' ad for SodaStream, an Israeli company that does some of its manufacturing in the West Bank, has kicked off a rock 'n' roll battle pitting Israel's rock community against Pink Floyd's Roger Waters. The ad for SodaStream, whose kitchen appliances turn tap water into seltzer, drew the ire of activists who support a boycott of products made in Israeli-occupied territories. It prompted Waters to post an open letter to Johansson on Facebook, challenging her decision to endorse an Israeli company and posing a long list of questions about Israel's treatment of Palestinians.
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ENTERTAINMENT
August 20, 2013 | By August Brown
Pink Floyd's Roger Waters has long been an outspoken critic of Israel's treatment of Palestinians. But his latest protest is close to his line of work -- he's asking musicians to boycott the country.  "I write to you now, my brothers and sisters in the family of Rock and Roll, to ask you to join with me, and thousands of other artists around the world, to declare a cultural boycott on Israel," he wrote, in an open letter posted to his Facebook...
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December 25, 2013 | By Mike Boehm
Amid controversy that has flared recently over calls for cultural boycotts agains Israel, the bands the Pixies and Soundgarden have been booked to play in June at a rock festival at a stadium in Tel Aviv, the Israeli newspaper Haaretz reports .  Boycotts have long been a political pressure tactic advocated by some of the most intense critics of Israel's policies toward the Palestinians, and debate has intensified with this month's call ...
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December 28, 2012 | By Randy Lewis
Madonna was queen of the world in 2012, at least as far as touring pop music performers, delivering the highest-grossing concert tour of the year and raking in nearly $300 million at the box office worldwide, according to Pollstar, the concert-industry tracking magazine. Madonna's MDNA tour visited 67 cities for 88 performances that grossed $296.1 million, an average of $4.4 million a night, Pollstar's data shows. Her average ticket price was just over $140, far from the priciest concert tickets of the year.
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May 19, 2012 | By Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times
When Pink Floyd first took its concept album "The Wall" to the concert stage more than three decades ago, even lead singer and chief songwriter Roger Waters couldn't imagine a day when rock music might get any bigger. But 32 years later, his magnum opus about the battle between individual freedoms and authoritarian oppression has magnified beyond Waters' own expectations of yore. Now the man who once excoriated the voluminous expansion of the rock concert experience has helped institutionalize it. "I famously hated playing to large numbers of people and playing in stadiums," Waters, 68, said from a tour stop in Austin, Texas, earlier this month.
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September 13, 1992 | RICHARD CROMELIN, Richard Cromelin writes about pop music for Calendar
Art rock. Pink Floyd. "Dark Side of the Moon." You can tell a lot about your view of Roger Waters by your reaction to those terms. As the creative force of Pink Floyd from the late 1960s through the mid-'80s, Waters pioneered the kind of musical and theatrical experimentation that set the tone for progressive rock. It was a movement that some saw as an ambitious realization of rock's creative potential, and others as a pretentious betrayal of rock's earthy instincts.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 5, 2010
Hollywood Bowl Phoenix, Grizzly Bear and Girls, Sept. 18; Vampire Weekend , Beach House & the Very Best, Sept. 26; Pavement, Sonic Youth and No Age, Sept. 30 (now) Staples Center Shakira, Oct. 23 (Fri.); Roger Waters ' "The Wall," Nov. 29 (Mon.) Walt Disney Concert Hall Lyle Lovett and His Large Band, July 23 (Sat.) Honda Center Aventura, June 23 (now); Roger Waters' "The Wall," Dec. 13 (Mon.) The Orpheum Natalie Merchant , Aug. 13 (Sat.
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April 30, 2008 | Randy Lewis, Times Staff Writer
The critical information inquiring minds want to know about the giant stage prop that disappeared during Roger Waters' closing performance Sunday night at Coachella isn't so much where it is now but exactly how a two-story inflatable pig masterminds a daring escape in front of tens of thousands of fans in the first place. Festival organizers are offering a $10,000 reward plus four lifetime passes to Coachella to whoever engineers the safe return of said plastic porker by contacting them at lostpig@coachella.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 16, 2011
A list of upcoming concerts across the Southland, with on-sale dates in parentheses. Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Roger Waters, May 19 (Fri.) Staples Center Jay-Z and Kanye West, Dec. 11 (Fri.) The Forum Guns N' Roses, Dec. 21 (Mon.) Gibson Amphitheatre KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas with Blink-182, Dec. 10 (Wed.); Big Time Rush, Feb. 18 (Sat.) Honda Center Rammstein, May 17 (Sat.) The Satellite Just an Animal, Nov. 22; New York Night Train Soul Clap and Dance Off, Dec. 6; Lost Lander, Dec. 8 (now)
ENTERTAINMENT
September 18, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
British rocker Roger Waters tells the BBC World News that “I was wrong” in a new wide-ranging interview slated to air Thursday, but he's not talking about his controversial comments recently urging musicians to boycott Israel, instead apologizing for preventing his former Pink Floyd bandmates from continuing to use the name after he left the group. “I did think that was wrong, and I was wrong!” Waters says on the show "HARDTalk. " “Of course I was. Who cares? It was a commercial decision and in fact it's one of the few times that the legal profession has taught me something.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 20, 2013 | By August Brown
Pink Floyd's Roger Waters has long been an outspoken critic of Israel's treatment of Palestinians. But his latest protest is close to his line of work -- he's asking musicians to boycott the country.  "I write to you now, my brothers and sisters in the family of Rock and Roll, to ask you to join with me, and thousands of other artists around the world, to declare a cultural boycott on Israel," he wrote, in an open letter posted to his Facebook...
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January 17, 2013 | By August Brown
Back in 2000, the L.A. producer/musical gadfly Jon Brion pitched a TV pilot to VH1. "The Jon Brion Show" was pegged as a kind of neo-variety show with guest musicians (a familiar format to anyone who knows his Largo roundtables). Director Paul Thomas Anderson even lent his hand to the pilot. The network declined to pick it up, but Anderson on Thursday posted a video with a note on his YouTube channel: " I tore up the floorboards at H.Q. the other day  and came up with this little number on VHS.  She holds up well.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 31, 2012 | By Todd Martens
Green Day, sidelined since late September, will return to the touring circuit in early 2013. The rock band unveiled on Monday a host of live dates, its first since leader Billie Joe Armstrong was admitted to rehab in the fall.  Green Day's return to the road is now scheduled to begin on March 28 with a show at Chicago's AllState Arena. Only dates through early April were revealed. They include stops in Pittsburgh (March 31), Brooklyn, N.Y. (April 7) and Toronto (April 11). A statement from the band said West Coast dates will be announced in early 2013.  In September, Armstrong revealed that he was headed to rehab following  an onstage meltdown  at Clear Channel's iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 31, 2012 | By Randy Lewis
As we close the book on 2012, which among other things included the ambitious yearlong multifaceted salute to Woody Guthrie on the 100 th anniversary of his birth, Pop & Hiss will take a page from America's most celebrated folk singer and songwriter. Two pages, actually, that contain 33 new year's resolutions that Guthrie concocted just as the year 1942 was about to begin. They range from whimsical (No. 3: “Wash teeth if any”) to serious (No. 27: “Help win war - Beat fascism”)
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December 28, 2012 | By Randy Lewis
Madonna was queen of the world in 2012, at least as far as touring pop music performers, delivering the highest-grossing concert tour of the year and raking in nearly $300 million at the box office worldwide, according to Pollstar, the concert-industry tracking magazine. Madonna's MDNA tour visited 67 cities for 88 performances that grossed $296.1 million, an average of $4.4 million a night, Pollstar's data shows. Her average ticket price was just over $140, far from the priciest concert tickets of the year.
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June 14, 1990 | STEVE HOCHMAN
It took the Wall's coming down to get Roger Waters to put "The Wall" back up. The former leader of Pink Floyd had long sworn that he would never again mount a concert production of his epic concept piece about dehumanization and alienation. "The Wall" has been performed only 29 times, including the five-show debut at the Los Angeles Sports Arena in 1980, and its last performance in London in 1981. Even after Waters left the group in 1983, fans hounded him to do the show again.
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July 21, 1990 | TYLER MARSHALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Organizers call it the largest, most ambitious live musical event ever staged. Size aside, it's easily among the more unusual. Before an expected live audience of 180,000 and an estimated 1 billion television viewers worldwide, former Pink Floyd leader Roger Waters will perform tonight one final, very special performance of "The Wall."
ENTERTAINMENT
December 12, 2012 | By Randy Lewis
After a hearty "1, 2, 3, 4!" Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band dived into "Land of Hope of Dreams," in which the rocker opened "121212: The Concert for Sandy Relief" on an inspiring note, singing: Leave behind your sorrows Let this day be the last Tomorrow there'll be sunshine And all this darkness past As he's beein doing on his Wrecking Ball tour, Springsteen segued into a snippet of Curtis Mayfield's gospel-soaked...
BUSINESS
September 11, 2012 | By Lauren Beale
“We don't need no” ... renovation. A flat in London's Highgate area, where Pink Floyd's original members hung out in the '60s, is up for sale at about $1.92 million. The “as is” property was owned by light-show pioneer Mike Leonard until his death this year. Bass player and vocalist Roger Waters and drummer Nick Mason moved into the flat in 1963 and by the time the English rock group was founded in 1965, every member of the original Pink Floyd is believed to have lived there at some time.
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