Nothing subtle here: Roger Waters gets political with Trump imagery on ‘Us & Them’ tour

Waters of Pink Floyd plays the Tacoma Dome on Saturday, June 24.

On his “Us & Them” tour, Roger Waters is re-imagining Pink Floyd favorites with no-holds-barred political commentary.

During “Pigs (Three Different Ones),” an inflatable pig flies throughout the arena while President Donald Trump is depicted as an infant in the arms of Vladimir Putin. Children appear in orange prison jumpsuits during the “The Happiest Days of Our Lives” and take off the suits during “Another Brick in the Wall” to reveal T-shirts with the word “Resist.” The classic ”Money” brings images of Trump’s casinos and the Kremlin. Dark humor and derisive social commentary permeate the show and are used to a higher intensity than in his previous work.

Waters told The Arizona Republic this month that “the show is titled ‘Us & Them,’ and it’s based on my contention that the divisiveness that we see in the contemporary political arrangements on this small planet are counterproductive to the sum of happiness that is available to human beings. That’s why I call the show ‘Us & Them,’ because I believe there is no ‘them.’ There’s only ‘us.’” The tour comes to the Tacoma Dome on Saturday, June 24.

Concert preview

Roger Waters

8 p.m., Saturday, June 24, Tacoma Dome, 2727 E D St, Tacoma; $55-$200 (800-745-3000 or ticketmaster.com).

Best known as the leader and electric bassist of the psychedelic rock band Pink Floyd, Waters, now 73, is one of the major progenitors of the concept album. Pink Floyd performed and toured from the mid-1960s to the early 1990s, after which Waters continued recording solo, penned a rock opera on the French Revolution, and contributed to the soundtrack for “When the Wind Blows.” The scathing “Is This the Life We Really Want?,” released June 2, is his first fresh rock album in 25 years.

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