George Roger Waters (born 6 September 1943 in Great Bookham, Surrey) is an English rock musician, singer-songwriter, and composer. He is best known as the bass player, co-lead vocalist, lyricist and principal songwriter in the rock band Pink Floyd.
Following his departure from Pink Floyd in 1984 Waters began a solo career, releasing three studio albums The Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking (1984), Radio K.A.O.S. (1987), and 1992's Amused to Death. In 1990 Waters staged one of the largest rock concerts ever, The Wall - Live in Berlin on the vacant terrain between Potsdamer Platz and the Brandenburg Gate.
In 2005 he released Ça Ira, an opera in three acts to a French libretto based on the historical subject of the French Revolution. Waters reunited with Nick Mason, Richard Wright, and David Gilmour for what would be a final one-off performance at the 2 July 2005 Live 8 concert in London's Hyde Park, Pink Floyd's only appearance with Waters since their final performance of The Wall at Earls Court London 24 years earlier.
He has toured extensively as a solo act since 1999 and played The Dark Side of the Moon in its entirety for his world tours of 2006-2008. Waters recently confirmed to David Frost that he is hoping to tour The Wall in late 2010. Waters told Frost he is "crunching all the numbers at the moment".
Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon (1973) "is one of the most acclaimed albums of all time. A stunning exploration of madness, death, anxiety, and alienation", it stayed on the Billboard 200 chart for 724 weeks—the longest ever consecutive run for an LP—and has sold over 30 million copies worldwide. It still sells around 5,000 units every week. RIAA ranks The Dark Side of the Moon number 22 on its "Top 100 Albums" list, with 15 million certified units sold in the US.
Pink Floyd's album The Wall is largely based on Waters' life story and having sold 23 million RIAA certified units in the US is one of the top three selling albums of all time in America.
The RIAA and the National Endowment for the Arts named the Waters composition "Another Brick in the Wall (Part II)" one of the "365 Top Selling Songs of the 20th Century". "Another Brick in the Wall (Part II)" was also ranked number 375 on Rolling Stone's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time" list.
Pink Floyd has sold over 200 million albums worldwide including 74.5 million certified units in the United States.
"What God Wants, Pt. 1" from Amused to Death, reached number 35 in the UK in September 1992.
His first solo album, The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking, has been certified Gold by the RIAA, and his opera Ça Ira reached number 5 on the Billboard Classical Music Chart in the US.
Waters has been inducted into the US and UK Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Pink Floyd; he has also received a "Media Event of the Year" award for staging The Wall Live in Berlin. In February 2009 he received a "Cinema for Peace" award for The Wall.