By Randy Economy
Roger Waters, the main figure behind the legendary rock band Pink Floyd exploded into a political diatribe directly attacking Donald Trump, the Republican Party, and even those in the Middle East during his concert on Sunday night at Desert Trip here in the Coachella Valley.
I get when musicians have a political message.
I get when they use their public persona as a platform.
What I don’t get is why I had to sit and be a victim of Mr. Waters hate speak during a concert that cost me hundreds of dollars to attend.
Politics and music go hand in hand. I get that.
However, the legendary music that Mr. Waters has produced over my entire lifetime with his band mates with Pink Floyd, need to tone down their hatred for those they do not see eye to eye with and stick to do what they do best, entertain the masses.
80,000 to 90,000 had just watched The Who prior to Pink Floyd taking the stage. Did Roger Daltry and Pete Townsend get political in their music set? Yes. They simply asked those attending Desert Trip to “VOTE” and “VOTE your conscience” this November. That was refreshing.
I also got a horrific case of food poisoning when I attended the concert on Friday night. Yep. Bad street tacos that were priced at $16 for two. My guests flew all the way up from Mexico to attend Desert Trip. They laughed over the piss poor quality…and beers started at $12 a bottle…
Desert Trip was a trip alright.
A trip that I will not soon forget.
I hope the organizer can get it right next year.