Roger Waters revealed that his first mainstream solo album in 20 years was inspired by a 1996 John Travolta movie. Waters, who recently wrapped his mammoth sold out world tour revival of Pink Floyd's The Wall, told Rolling Stone that the album is tentatively titled, Heartland, and explained, "I'm not sure what it will be called. I'll tell you what the first line is -- I haven't told anyone else, and I may be sticking my head too far above the parapet -- but the first line is, 'If I had been God. . . '"
He went on to say: "The Heartland idea sort of came from another song I wrote maybe 15 years ago, or longer even, which was a song that I wrote for a movie -- a really, really bad movie called Michael that was about an angel. I'm absolutely determined to make another album. And I think this new song may give me the chance to do that. It provides a cornerstone and a core idea for me to write a new album about. You know, it's just one of my obsessions, which is, I'm sort of obsessed with the idea that religious extremism is a maligned factor in most of our lives."
Waters will perform on Thursday (November 8th) with Bruce Springsteen and John Mayer at the annual Stand Up for Heroes benefit at Manhattan's Beacon Theatre.
Roger Waters gets his inspiration from a wide range of places -- from politics, the movies, and especially history. He told us a while back that even fan feedback on his own website (Roger-Waters.com) finds its way into his work: "I've got reams and reams of stuff that's come in that I wade through, and I am hoping that some of what's coming in from people who've seen my stuff on this website will prove useful raw material as the new studio album develops. I like the idea of people who connect with me and my ideas reconnecting back to me and helping me write a new record."
No release date has been announced for the new Waters album.