Roger Waters Returns To Wounded Soldier BenefitBy: Tobias Roth - November 6, 2013
Roger Waters is making a return to the wounded soldier benefit, Stand Up For Heroes. He previously played the benefit in 2012, which was the 6th time the event had happened, in New York. He performed along with other musicians and young soldiers who had been injured in the war.
The annual fundraising benefit supports wounded veterans through the Bob Woodruff Foundation. The foundation was started in 2008, and has supported more than 1 million veterans.
While the young veterans are excited to play with the rock legend, he has great admiration for them as well, and is happy to be a part of the benefit. The aging legend mentioned during their rehearsal on Monday that he “feels a great sense of empathy for the people that live on the sharp end of conflicts and the ones that actually get injured.” He also discussed how he gets much more through the experience himself than what he puts into it.
Roger Waters is known for his work as the co-founder and frontman of the progressive British rock band, Pink Floyd. He was the primary singer-songwriter for the group, and they have been hailed as one of the greatest rock bands of all time, with their hit albums such as “Dark Side Of The Moon” and “The Wall.”
The issue of war is also very important and personal for Waters, who has written songs about the previous conflicts including “The Wall” and “The Final Cut.” He has also lost two family members to war, his father and grandfather. Before the performance last year, Roger Waters said “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.”
This year, for the annual benefit the 70-year-old rock legend will be joined by fellow rocker Bruce Springsteen, Jon Stewart, Bill Cosby, Jerry Seinfeld, and more. Last year’s benefit included Ricky Gervais, Robin Williams and others in addition to Springsteen and Waters who both performed last year.
Roger Waters is set to play the Stand Up For Heroes benefit on November 6 at Madison Square Garden.