Roger Waters plays Music Heals benefit gig in Washington
Written by Matt   
Monday, 19 October 2015

Roger Waters - Music Heals Benefit concert, October 16 2015, Washington DCOn Friday night, October 16th, Roger Waters participated in this year's Music Heals benefit concert in aid of MusiCorps. Joining Roger was Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan, as well as Tom Morello, GE Smith, and the MusiCorps Band.

The event raises money for MusiCorps - a charity supporting injured service men and women and their families. MusiCorps Band is made up of injured service members who have learned, and in some cases relearned, how to play instruments through the charity.

The concert was held at the DAR Constitution Hall in Washington DC, a venue which seats around 3,700. Roger has supported MusiCorps for a number of years and served as a mentor to members of the MusiCorps Band, playing with the veterans at the Walter Reed Hospital in Washington DC and encouraging their love of music as part of the rehabilitation process.

The setlist, shown below, included some unusual and unexpected choices, to please the crowd, and initial reports are that the performances were highly impressive throughout. We are expecting some show reports through shortly, but in the meantime, here's what was played:

Set 1:
When the Tigers Broke Free (Tim Donley vocals; acoustic - performed live for the first time ever)
Wide River to Cross (Buddy Miller cover) (Tim Donley vocals)
Mother (with Pigs On The Wing teasing)
Lean On Me (Bill Withers cover) (J.W. Cortés vocals)
A Change Is Gonna Come (Sam Cooke cover) (J.W. Cortés vocals)
Shine On You Crazy Diamond (with Tom Morello) (Tim Donley vocals)
Money (with Tom Morello) (Greg Galeazzi vocals)
The Ghost of Tom Joad (Bruce Springsteen cover) (with Tom Morello)

Set 2:
Wish You Were Here (with Billy Corgan)
Brain Damage (with Billy Corgan)
Eclipse (with Billy Corgan)
Crystal Clear Brooks
Goodbye Blue Sky
Blowin' in the Wind (Bob Dylan cover) (with Sheryl Crow) (Sheryl's and Tim Donley's vocals were prerecorded and shown while band played along)
Is There Anybody Out There?
Nobody Home
Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen cover) (Tim Donley vocals)
Another Brick in the Wall Part 2
Comfortably Numb (with Billy Corgan) (Roger and Tim Donley vocals)
Forever Young (Bob Dylan cover) (with Billy Corgan) (Billy and Tom Morrello vocals)