Roger Waters talks new album and cooks langoustines
Written by Matt   
Wednesday, 07 November 2012

In a new interview in Rolling Stone, Roger Waters has talked of his determination to finally finish a follow-up rock album to 1992's Amused To Death.

Roger told RS he has finished a song for an album tentatively titled Heartland. Completed on lunch breaks during The Wall tour that ended in July, the untitled song confronts what Waters calls "religious extremism". "I'm not sure what it will be called. I'll tell you what the first line is – I haven't told anyone else, and I may be sticking my head too far above the parapet – but the first line is, 'If I had been God...'"

"The Heartland idea sort of came from another song I wrote maybe 15 years ago, or longer even, which was a song that I wrote for a movie – a really, really bad movie called Michael that was about an angel," Waters said. "I'm absolutely determined to make another album. And I think this new song may give me the chance to do that. It provides a cornerstone and a core idea for me to write a new album about. You know, it's just one of my obsessions, which is, I'm sort of obsessed with the idea that religious extremism is a maligned factor in most of our lives."

Tomorrow night, as we reported last Friday, Roger will be performing at the Stand Up for Heroes benefit in New York, which will be streamed live on Youtube. Eight soldiers and three Marines will join him for three songs, including Wish You Were Here. "These guys are good", Waters said of his recruits. "I'm really proud to be working with them."

Finally, as visitors to our Facebook page would have seen yesterday, a new video released yesterday shows Roger paying a visit to Chef Eric Ripert's On the Table series to learn to cook langoustines. The discussion quickly turned to more worldly affairs, and Roger made no secret as to who he was routing for in yesterday's Presidential election in the US. You can see the full show here: