Roger Waters: Trump creating as much enmity as possible

Roger Waters gestures during the event in London on Thursday. (Reuters)
Updated 17 February 2017
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Roger Waters: Trump creating as much enmity as possible

LONDON: Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters has said the band’s seminal album “The Wall” had taken on new significance with the rise of Donald Trump, accusing the US president of “creating as much enmity as possible.”
Songwriter Waters was making a rare public appearance with Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason in London ahead of a major exhibition charting the band’s journey from minivan tours to the sound-and-light spectacle of “The Wall.”
“It’s very relevant now with Mr. Trump and all of this talk of building walls and creating as much enmity as possible between races and religions,” he said.
“It is about how detrimental building walls can be on a personal level, but also on broader levels.”
The rocker said he was “absolutely” prepared to reprise the album’s epic stage show on the US-Mexico border — where Trump has promised to build a wall — but that “there needs to be an awakening period... before something like that can happen.”
He issued a rallying cry to fellow musicians to speak out about “the right wing... raising its ugly head all around the world.”
“Music is a legitimate place to express protest, musicians have an absolute right, a duty, to open their mouths to speak out,” he said.
The 73-year-old predicted “demonstrations in London bigger than any demonstrations than have ever been seen” when Trump makes his planned state visit to Britain later this year.
The first major retrospective of the British prog rock giants will be held at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum from May, inspired by the band’s 50th anniversary.
The show will feature 350 exhibits, including posters, groundbreaking instruments and a recreation of the minivan in which they first toured.
Also on show will be the actual cane used by Waters’ headmaster at his school in Cambridge, south-east England, the inspiration behind the strict teacher in the video from “The Wall.”
“I want to see the cane they beat me with,” said Waters. “They’ve got the punishment book... it says 1959, six strokes for fighting, of which I’m inordinately proud.”


Meghan Markle ties the knot — but not with Prince Harry

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Meghan Markle ties the knot — but not with Prince Harry

LOS ANGELES: A little less than a month before her royal wedding to Britain’s Prince Harry, Meghan Markle has said “I do” — on television.
Markle fans who can’t wait until the actress walks down the aisle next month can tune into the seventh season finale of the legal drama “Suits” — which sees Markle’s character Rachel tie the knot with Mike, played by Patrick J. Adams.
“I wanted to marry you from the second I met you,” Mike says in a preview of the episode, to air Wednesday.
“You are the husband I’ve always wanted,” Rachel says, marking a happy ending for the two actors leaving the series.
“We know there’s another wedding on the horizon for Ms. Markle but just seeing her here in all of her bridal resplendence is a fairytale come true,” said the network USA, which airs the series, on its website.
The characters Mike and Rachel had already tried getting married in a previous season — but police arrested the former and thwarted the nuptial plans.
Shortly after announcing her engagement to Prince Harry, the future Duchess, 36, said she would leaving acting to focus on humanitarian work.
Her final appearance on “Suits” — in which she has starred since 2011 — will be a dress rehearsal of sorts for her big day on May 19, when she will marry Prince Harry in a chapel inside Windsor Castle before 600 invited guests.
Another 2,640 people will be welcomed onto the castle grounds.
American, mixed-race and “fiercely independent,” Markle is widely seen as a breath of fresh air for Britain’s royal family.
“I was born and raised in Los Angeles, a California girl who lives by the ethos that most things can be cured with either yoga, the beach, or a few avocados,” she once wrote.
She will be the second American to join the British monarchy after socialite Wallis Simpson — who married King Edward VIII after he abdicated, and like Markle had once divorced prior to marrying royalty.