Roger Waters Performs with Vets and Honors their Service

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    Roger Waters Performs with Vets and Honors their Service

    Kudos to Waters for helping raise money and awarness for returning Veterans and their familes in a very cool way. 

              Roger Waters, left, performs with injured service members at the 6th Annual Stand Up For Heroes benefit concert on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

    NEW YORK (AP) Roger Waters honored wounded veterans in New York by performing with them at the annual Stand Up for Heroes benefit, Thursday night.

    The founding member of Pink Floyd took to the stage of the Beacon Theater with 14 wounded soldiers he met recently at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. He rehearsed with them at the hospital, and for the past few days in New York.

    The event benefited the Bob Woodruff Foundation, which helps returning veterans and their families, and featured Waters, Bruce Springsteen, Ricky Gervais, Robin Williams, and others.

    Before the show, Waters chatted with veterans and called the experience fantastic. He says hes looking forward to pulling for the rest of these guys with their comrades during the healing process.

    He says that he shares enormous empathy with the men.

    I lost my grandfather in 1916 and my father in 1944, so I've been around the sense of loss and what loss from war can do to people, Waters said.

    I never talk about the politics because itâ s not relevant to me. I'm not interested in it, he said. ˜What I am interested in is the burdens these guys bear and would never question motive or even dream of talking about any of the politics.

    He added: If any of us have a responsibility in our lives it is to tear down the walls of indifference and miscommunication between ourselves and our fellow men.

    Waters said he rehearsed with many of the soldiers at the hospital in between their medical procedures. Before the show, he walked the red carpet with Staff Sgt. Robert Henline, who was not in the band. In 2007, Henline was the sole survivor of a roadside bombing north of Baghdad. As a result, he suffered burns over 38 percent of his body and his head was burned to the skull.

    Henline, who fought for his life after the attack, has endured more than 40 surgeries.

    Still, he maintains a sense of humor. On the open red carpet on a chilly night, Waters pushed closer to Henline for warmth.

    Get next to the burn guy. I'm good. I'm heated up, Henline joked.

    No surprise. The retired soldier says hes been doing stand-up comedy for the past year and a half.

    Waters performed three songs with the veterans, including the Pink Floyd classic, Wish You Were Here.

    Waters said he didnt think there would be a reunion with his former band.

    I think David (Gilmour) is retired by and large. I shouldn speak for him. But that s the impression I get.

    Waters then added: Hey whatever. All good things come to an end.

    While his mammoth tour of The Wall ended this summer, Waters promised the theatrical version would hit the Broadway stage in the near future.

    The Bob Woodruff Foundation has supported more than 1 million veterans, service members, and their families since it began in 2008.


    John Carucci covers entertainment for The Associated Press. Follow him at ” of story marker

    © Copyright 2012 Globe Newspaper Company.





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    Re: Roger Waters Performs with Vets and Honors their Service

    Oooh rah

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    In response to GreginMeffa's comment:

    Oooh rah

    Indeed. I don't always agree with Waters, but on this occasion, he put his money where his mouth is, and i have a new found respect for the guy.

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    I have always felt that Roger Waters was a very caring person, of course I have never met him , but his lyrics give me the impression this is man of deep feelings. Many of the songs from The Wall and The Final Cut  are inspired by the tragedies ( primarily the mental anguish) of war.

    When push comes to shove , lots of Rock stars have been very instrumental in raising awareness and money for people in need, George Harrison, Eric Clapton, John Mellancamp, Neil Young, Jackson Browne,Bruce Springsteen and just so many others have come through.

    Is it a coincidence that many of these are my favorites?

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    Re: Roger Waters Performs with Vets and Honors their Service

    What a great tribute.Well done Mr. Waters,well done indeed.

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    Actually, it wasn't really Waters who put this together; it's been an annual event for the past 5 years, thanks to Bob Woodward's Foundation.  An amazing and miraculous recovery of a much respected news journalist in itself, a powerful inspiration.   Waters' contribution this year seems very sincere, especially as he associates the experience of war and remembrance to his own life and family members.   In an interview I saw, his feelings about performing with the vets wasn't self-serving in the least, and the vets seemed to be in music heaven with Waters and Springsteen.    What's not to like? 

    I hold not one ounce of cynicism about musicians in their efforts to help with worthy causes -- and it always seems to be the same ones who step up.   After Sandy?  Springsteen, Billy Joel, Bon Jovi -- whether you like them or not (and I am not a fan), I can't help but think well of them.    There is too much cynicism in the USA; if you don't step back, it will consume you.   

    Last night, I watched a program on PBS (National Salute to Veterans); it was extremely well done.   I loved the format.   There were actors reading true accounts of soldiers' stories in the first person; the soldier who the narrative described was in the audience.   All of the stories were astonishing.  Lots of great rock songs were used as well, such as "Stand by Me" and the program closed with the Pretenders' "I'll Stand by You"  -- real nice.