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Roger Waters: Trump creating as much enmity as possible

Roger Waters gestures during the event in London on Thursday. (Reuters)
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.”