Roger Waters, co-founder and principal songwriter of Rock & Roll Hall of Fame band Pink Floyd and one of the most influential touring and recording artists of all time, will do the Keynote Q&A at the 10th Annual Billboard Touring Conference in New York, set for Nov. 13-14 at the Roosevelt Hotel.
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Roger Waters is currently wrapping up the final European leg of his groundbreaking tour of "The Wall Live," one of the most successful and critically acclaimed tours in history. By the time it wraps this month, "The Wall Live" will be among the Top 5 highest-grossing tours in history.
For decades, Waters has been known for engaging fans and pushing the aural and visual boundaries of the live experience, and The Wall Live, which captured Top Tour honors at the 2012 Billboard Touring Awards, is no exception. Waters was a finalist in four categories at last year’s awards –- Top Tour, Top Draw, Top Boxscore and Top Manager -- winning Top Tour and Top Manager for his manager, Mark Fenwick.
“Roger Waters is one of the most compelling subjects I’ve ever interviewed, and I am thrilled that he will be our Keynote Q&A at our 10th annual Touring Conference,” says Ray Waddell, Billboard’s executive director of content and programming, touring and live entertainment, who will conduct the interview with Waters. “His impact on music and the live experience is undeniable, but his interests and opinions transcend the music industry. This is guaranteed to be a fascinating session.”
2013 marks the 10th anniversary of Billboard’s Touring Conference & Awards, which takes place on November 13-14th. The two-day event features unique programming that informs, educates and provides a forum for all touring-related businesses about the industry's latest opportunities and current challenges. It culminates in the Billboard Touring Awards, which honors the industry’s top artists, venues, and professionals and recognizes true box office success based primarily on achievements on the Billboard Boxscore chart between October 1, 2012 and September 30, 2013.
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