Ex-Pink Floyd musician's performance will mark the 50th anniversary of Bob Dylan 'going electric' at the festival
Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters has announced details of his first live appearance in two years, scheduled to perform at this year’s Newport Folk Festival.
Waters will headline the event, which runs from July 24-26 in Fort Adams State Park, Rhode Island. It will be his first performance at the US festival. Waters’ last live show was in September 2013.
This year’s Newport Folk Festival will also mark the 50th anniversary of Bob Dylan’s famous ‘going electric’ controversy, which took place at the same event in 1965. Sufjan Stevens, Courtney Barnett, The Decemberists, J Mascis, Iron & Wine and others will also appear at this year’s festival.
Roger Waters recently responded to criticism from R&B singer Dionne Warwick over his boycott of Israel. Warwick recently stated that she “would never fall victim to the hard pressures of Roger Waters”, Waters replying, “I believe you mean well, Ms. Warwick, but you are showing yourself to be profoundly ignorant of what has happened in Palestine since 1947.”
Last November, Pink Floyd secured their first Number One album since 1995 with new record ‘The Endless River’, with Waters not appearing on the LP.
Waters later issued an angry statement about his lack of involvement in the album. Waters explained that he has nothing to do with the album, is no longer a member of the band and that fans who want him to rejoin should “get a grip”.