Pink Floyd Co-Founder Roger Waters Working on First Rock Album in More Than 20 Years

Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters — who graces the cover the new issue of Guitar World — has announced that he's working on his first new rock record since 1992's Amused to Death.

"I finished a demo of it last night," Waters told Rolling Stone. "It's 55 minutes long. It's songs and theater as well. I don't want to give too much away, but it's couched as a radio play.

"It has characters who speak to each other, and it's a quest. It's about an old man and a young child trying to figure out why they are killing the children."

In the new issue of Guitar World, Waters discusses the massive The Wall Live tour, which just wrapped up in September. The trek, which visited 219 venues over three years, grossed more than $458 million.

"It's sort of a relief to not have to go out and do that every night, but they're such a great team," Waters said. "There were 180 of us together every day. That piece was very moving every night.

"I can't top that tour. First of all, you have to accept the fact that I'm not going to live forever. I'm 70 years old. You just have to accept that when you do something as enormous as that tour. The hardest thing in the world is thinking of something to do, so going and doing it is a reward in itself."

For two excerpts from our Waters cover story, visit:

Roger Waters on Veterans, Patriotism and 9/11

Roger Waters Explains the Imagery and Symbolism Behind The Wall Live, His Update of the Pink Floyd Classic

By the way, Waters' Amused to Death album features some stellar guitar work by Jeff Beck. One track from the album made our list of the 10 best Jeff Beck guest appearances, which you can read here.

To read more about the Roger Waters issue, which features interviews with the four guitarists behind The Wall Live) and more — including Black Oak Arkansas, the Winery Dogs, Marty Friedman, a guide to the most incredible concerts and roadshows in rock history, a holiday gift guide and John Petrucci's monthly column — check out the Holiday 2013 issue at the Guitar World Online Store.

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Damian Fanelli
Editor-in-Chief, Guitar World

Damian is Editor-in-Chief of Guitar World magazine. In past lives, he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor. He's written liner notes for major-label releases, including Stevie Ray Vaughan's 'The Complete Epic Recordings Collection' (Sony Legacy) and has interviewed everyone from Yngwie Malmsteen to Kevin Bacon (with a few memorable Eric Clapton chats thrown into the mix). Damian, a former member of Brooklyn's The Gas House Gorillas, was the sole guitarist in Mister Neutron, a trio that toured the U.S. and released three albums. He now plays in two NYC-area bands.