Roger Waters under investigation for wearing The Wall’s satirical “Nazi” outfit at a show in Berlin

Roger Waters under investigation for wearing The Wall’s satirical “Nazi” outfit at a show in Berlin

It should be remembered that the co-founder of the English rock band Pink Floyd has been wearing this suit for years, associated with the legendary 1979 rock opera “The Wall” and in its 1982 film version.

Roger Watersis investigated by the German Police for incitement to hatred, after he appeared at a show in Berlin on May 17 wearing the famous Nazi-style military suit immortalized in the live concerts of the legendary 1979 rock opera “The Wall” and in its 1982 film version.

“The clothes worn on stage are likely to exalt or justify the National Socialist regime and disturb public order. The outfit resembles that of an SS officer,” he explained. Martin Halwegspokesman for the Berlin security force, to the AFP news agency, referring to the black coat and red bracelet worn by the artist and the paramilitary organization that operated during Nazism.


Now, the musician is under the eye of the Police after the show he performed at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in that capital, where, according to German and Israeli media, based on the content of social networks, he projected inscriptions in red letters on a screen with names Anne Frank and of Shireen Abu Aklehthe Palestinian-American journalist for the Al Jazeera channel killed during an operation by the forces of the State of Israel in May of last year.

“We are investigating and once the procedure is finished, we will transmit it to the Public Ministry for a final legal evaluation,” said Halweg, who pointed out that it will be the prosecutor’s office that decides whether to open legal proceedings against the composer and bassist.

The story behind the “Nazi” clothing worn by Roger Waters

It is part of the iconography created by Waters and the illustrator Gerald Scarf for the launch of “The Wall”one of the most recognizable concept albums in history that follows the story of Pink, a fictional rock star who is increasingly shutting himself away within imaginary “walls” as a result of his traumas and the inhumanity of the system and society , a character based on the musician’s own experiences and Syd Barrett, the group’s late first leader.

The Nazi-inspired aesthetic, from the military regalia to the animated hordes of marching red and black hammers, is born when the protagonist, on the verge of self-destruction and drugged to get on stage, is the victim of a hallucination into which he transforms in a fascist dictator who attacks ethnic minorities as a symbol of the step towards madness.

The album and its images alluding to different forms of oppression were brought to the big screen three years later by Allan Parker and with the irish Bob Geldoff – later known for being the organizer of charity concerts such as Live Aid – in the role of Pink, and have defined Waters’ live performances of the album ever since, perhaps the most important of which was also held in Berlin in 1990, in occasion of the fall of the wall that divided it in the framework of the Cold War.

Roger Waters in Argentina 2023

Roger Waters returns to Argentina with his farewell tour “This Is Not A Drill” (“this is not a drill”). It will be presented on November 21 and 22 at the River Plate stadium. Tickets for his second show can still be obtained through the official All Access site.

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