Fans Walk Out of Roger Waters Concert After He Spends Up to an Hour Reading From His Memoir

Fans attending Roger Waters’ concert at the London Palladium on Sunday got a surprise live book reading along with some live music.

The Pink Floyd co-founder decided to use the intimate gig as an opportunity to read passages from an unpublished memoir, which went on for an hour, according to the Daily Mail.

Billed as a night where Waters would play songs from The Dark Side of the Moon Redux, a recent release with new versions of the songs from the iconic album, Waters instead spent 20 minutes talking about a duck named Donald.

As attendees started getting restless, Waters scolded them as he continued reading from his laptop.

“If you want to tell stories, tell them in your own time to your own audience in your own f—ing theatre,” he allegedly said, per the outlet. “By the way, if you can show constraint and stop shouting again.”

Eventually, some ticket-holders began walking out as Waters’ ramblings continued.

“It had an unrehearsed air,” the Telegraph‘s Neil McCormick wrote in his review of the show, “with a tension exacerbated by Waters’ school masterly demeanour, as he sternly brooked no interruption.”

McCormick continued, “It was awkward, uncomfortable and very un rock’n’roll. A master of stadiums and arenas, playing the showbiz raconteur in a theatre he was, well, a fish out of water.”

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 06: Roger Waters performs on stage at The O2 Arena during the 'This is Not A Drill' tour, on June 06, 2023 in London, England.

LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 06: Roger Waters performs on stage at The O2 Arena during the ‘This is Not A Drill’ tour, on June 06, 2023 in London, England.Jim Dyson/Getty Images

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - MAY 31: Roger Waters performs at Utilita Arena Birmingham on May 31, 2023 in Birmingham, England.

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND – MAY 31: Roger Waters performs at Utilita Arena Birmingham on May 31, 2023 in Birmingham, England.Steve Thorne/Redferns

Lately, Waters has been in frequent hot water — most recently earlier this year when police in Berlin investigated him for wearing Nazi-style costumes at his concerts in Germany.

Additionally, a documentary project called The Dark Side of Roger Waters, released last month on Youtube, accused Waters of having a history of making antisemitic remarks.

Waters responded on his website, calling the film a “flimsy, unapologetic piece of propaganda” that “manipulates footage and quotations to serve its agenda and is seriously misleading in many respects.”

The musician is scheduled to perform a second night at the London Palladium on Monday.

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