Anybody who knows anything about me is well aware that I'm a huge Pink Floyd fan. Additionally, and unlike many Floyd fans, I am a huge Roger Waters fan. If degrees existed for Floyd/Waters knowledge, I'd have a Ph.D.
Imaginery and completely worthless degrees aside, Waters is not known as the greatest interview subject. While articulate and potentially quite conversational, Waters doesn't like to discuss the same things that rock journalists do. Don't ask him too much about Pink Floyd playing together again. Don't ask him about his relationship with David Gilmour. Don't ask him how much money he has. And certainly don't ask him if he skipped Pink Floyd's induction into the the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame because he was "angry."
There's but one person who can (without getting punched) ask these questions, and he is Howard Stern. Say what you will about Stern, but he consistently conducts the most entertaining interviews. Fearlessness is quite the virtue in these circles. So when I heard this morning that he had interviewed Roger Waters yesterday, I was a bit astounded. Regardless, I was confident that Waters had made some sort of mistake, oblivious to the ways of Howard Stern. Questions would be asked, Waters would get annoyed, and the whole interview would devolve into an irritating pageantry of non-answers.
Quite the contrary. I heard Waters discuss many topics for the first time. How his father's death affected his childhood. At what age he became a millionaire. How many times he did LSD. How he cheated on his first wife. Why he wouldn't want to write music with Paul McCartney. Stern even asked him how big his penis was, which thankfully, did go unanswered.
Anyway, this interview won't excite many of you, I'll admit, but for big Floyd or Waters fans, I implore you to give it a listen.