Roger Waters talks war-themed 'radio play' project
Written by Matt   
Friday, 18 September 2015
Rolling Stone

In an upcoming Rolling Stone interview, Roger Waters reveals plans for a new project, and also mentions Heartland, the album he had been working on for a while.

RS note that he's been writing rock songs and a script for an as-yet-untitled 'radio play', and excerpts from the work could make up a new album, and be adapted into an arena show. "I can see it in my mind's eye," he told them.

The drama will revolve around two characters, generations apart, who live in Belfast, Northern Ireland - a grandfather, who is babysitting a child, and complaining about a war on the TV news. The child has a nightmare about children being killed in a conflict, and as Roger notes: "The grandfather promises the child to find out what's happening, and he gets him to go back to sleep, reads a bit of Winnie the Pooh, which I always do on my records. And the rest of the record is the grandfather and the kid going on a magic carpet ride to see if they can find an answer to that question: 'Why are they killing the children?'"

Demos of the proposed songs have been recorded in LA a few weeks ago with Nigel Godrich, who mixed the music for the Roger Waters The Wall movie, and is best known for his work with Radiohead. Some of Heartland may be integrated into the new work, and he is considering a big tour to support it. "I'd like to do one more if I can," he says. "I think I've got one more in me."