Thursday night (November 8), Roger Waters will take the stage at New York’s Beacon Theater for the annual Stand Up For Heroes benefit. the show is part of the New York Comedy Festival–not a festival one would immediately associate Waters with.
The event usually features comedians doing standup, although it’s been customary for Bruce Springsteen to perform at the show as well, telling a few jokes and doing a couple of solo acoustic songs.
The show benefits the Bob Woodruff Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to investing in national and community-based programs that connect veterans to resources including physical accommodations, job training and financial counseling; it also addresses larger social issues like homelessness and suicide prevention.
The organization works to educate the public about the needs of service members returning from war, and collaborates with federal, state, and local experts to identify and solve issues related to the successful return of service members from combat to civilian life.
Waters, who wrapped up his mammoth Wall tour over the summer, will perform with a band made up of wounded veterans. According to Rolling Stone, his band will feature eight soldiers and three Marines who will join him for three songs, including Pink Floyd‘s “Wish You Were Here.”
Besides Springsteen and Waters, Stand Up For Heroes’ lineup includes comedians Robin Williams, Jon Stewart, Patton Oswalt, Ricky Gervais and Mike Birbiglia.
Musician John Mayer is also on the bill; he has, on occasion, performed standup comedy, and it’s not known whether he is going to perform music or leave his guitar at home and tell jokes.
– Brian Ives, CBS Local