Roger Waters releases giant pig at Coachella

Pink Floyd man performs 'Dark Side Of The Moon' and greatest hits

Roger Waters closed out the final night of the Coachella Festival (April 27) by performing Pink Floyd‘s landmark 1973 album ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’ and unleashing a giant inflatable pig into the sky.

The legendary performer drew a massive crowd for his main stage headlining set, which featured two parts.

The first half of Waters‘ nearly three-hour set featured solo and early Pink Floyd material, while the second half saw him performing ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’ in its entirety as well as Pink Floyd hits from 1979’s ‘The Wall’.

Screens with images of fiery cosmos blazed across the stage as he took to the stage around 8.30pm for the first part of his set which featured a transcendent performance of ‘Shine On You Crazy Diamond’ during which images of late Pink Floyd founding member Syd Barrett were flashed across the screens.

When Waters launched into Pink Floyd classic ‘Wish You Were Here’, thousands of mobile phones and cameras were held aloft in the crowd to film the performance.

“What beautiful night!” Waters exclaimed. “I always heard this was a great festival and it is. It’s great.”

“We’re going to play a newish song now,” Waters said before introducing singer Lily Hayden to the stage for a performance of the anti-war track ‘Leaving Beiruit’ which saw comic strips appear on the screen, the speech bubbles conveying many lyrics from the track including:

“Don’t let the might of the Christian right fuck it up for you and the rest of the world.”

A large inflatable pig emerged onto the stage as he played ‘Pigs’ from 1977’s ‘Animals’. Graffiti scrawled on the pig said, “Don’t be led to the slaughter” and “Obama” with checked ballot box next to it. It also contained illustrations of Uncle Sam holding a cleaver.

The pig was released into the night sky at the end of Waters‘ first set.

After a 20-minute intermission, the 64-year-old singer returned to the stage with a full band and back-up singers who breathed life into ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’.

Elaborate pyrotechnics and old video images livened up the set, which culminated with a pyramid containing a rainbow prism – made famous on the album cover – rising above the stage.

Before closing out Coachella, Waters treated the crowd to Pink Floyd hits ‘Another Brick In The Wall’ and ‘Comfortably Numb’, which concluded with an elaborate fireworks display over the stage.