Roger Waters talks about the staunchness of Kiwi crowds

News 23/01/2018

Roger Waters has spoken with admiration about how New Zealanders express their joy at rock concerts - by standing still and folding their arms.

The Pink Floyd legend made the comments during a live studio interview on The Project NZ ahead of his concerts in Auckland and Dunedin.

"I have a memory of an audience here. A few years ago I played in a rugby ground... and they [crossed their arms] for almost the whole show," Waters said.

"They weren't trying to be funny or unpleasant, they were just like - Scottish or something.

"They bloody loved it, but there was not a flicker of a response. Which is pretty... you should be proud of yourselves."

The 'Money' and 'Time' rocker says every country's audience is different and many leave a lasting impression on him.

"When you're doing a gig, you're performing and you experience something. Part of what you experience is who the audience are and what they're like," Waters said.

"It's very different playing in South America than playing in Belgium."

Waters also touched on his outspoken political beliefs while on The Project NZ, although he didn't mention his involvement with the pro-Palestinian rights BDS Movement that was recently associated with Lorde cancelling a gig in Israel.

"I do a lot of normal stuff. I'm quite active politically, which is something that has maybe kept my feet on the ground."

His current show is overtly critical Donald Trump, but Waters said he isn't concerned about the fans this may cost him.

"I'm happy to say, there are only a few of them - and they leave," he said, smiling.

Waters plays in Auckland on January 24 and 26, then in Dunedin on January 30.