Roger Waters Calls Bono “Disgusting” And A “Sh*t”

"Your opinion is so disgusting and degrading..."

Former Pink Floyd musician Roger Waters has lashed out at U2 frontman Bono in a new interview.

U2 recently hosted a residency at ambitious new venue the Sphere in Las Vegas, frequently striking a topical note with their performances. In the aftermath of the Hamas attacks on Israel on October 7th, the Irish band opted to pay their respects to those killed.

Preceding a performance of ‘Pride (In The Name Of Love’ – a song of non-violence, prompted by the life of Dr Martin Luther King Jr. – Bono told the crowd:

“In the light of what’s happened in Israel and Gaza, a song about non-violence seems somewhat ridiculous, even laughable, but our prayers have always been for peace and for non-violence… But our hearts and our anger, you know where that’s pointed. So sing with us… and those beautiful kids at that music festival.”

Changing the words to the song, he sang: “Early morning, Oct. 7, the sun is rising in the desert sky… Stars of David, they took your life but they could not take your pride.”

Watch a clip below.

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Roger Waters has long criticised the state of Israel, and spoke to Al Jazeera over the weekend about the ongoing violence in the Middle East. Referring to his own family background – the English musician’s father was killed in the Second World War – the musician said:

“My mother told me, when faced with difficult problems, the first thing to do is to read—read, read, read. Then, the next part is easy: do the right thing!”

The conversation turned towards his peers, with Roger Waters pronouncing Bono’s comments “disgusting…”

He said: “Anybody who knows Bono should go and pick him up by his ankles and shake him… until he stops being an enormous shit…”

Roger Waters continued: “We have to start saying to these people, your opinion is so disgusting and so degrading… sticking up for the Zionist entity… what he did a couple of weeks ago in the Sphere in Las Vegas, singing about the Stars of David was one of the most disgusting things I’ve ever seen in my life.”

Watch the clip below.

Roger Waters’ opinions on the Middle East, and Israel particular, have frequently landed him in hot water. Repeated charges of anti-semitism have been made, while an attempt by authorities to block a performance in Frankfurt last year was overturned after a legal challenge.

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