Roger Waters 7/8/22

Roger Waters is back on the road, having kicked off his “This Is Not A Drill Tour” on Wednesday night (July 6th) at Pittsburgh’s PPG Paints Arena. Waters, who performed in the round on a massive, rectangular stage, pushed some fans’ buttons with a printed message reading: “If you’re one of those ‘I love Pink Floyd but I can’t stand Roger’s politics people,’ you might do well do well to f*** off to the bar right now.”

The 23-song show was broken into two sets and opened with an acoustic version of The Wall’s “Comfortably Numb.” Alongside newer solo material were Pink Floyd classics from The Dark Side Of The MoonWish You Were HereAnimals, and The Wall — along with a new song, titled “The Bar,” which was also performed later in the show as a reprise.

Throughout the show the omnipresent video screens showed a barage of political statements by Waters and at one point showed a bloody red stamp deeming both Presidents BushBill ClintonBarack Obama, and Donald Trump “WAR CRIMINALS.” Under Joe Biden the tag was amended by adding, “Just getting started. . .”

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported on the screens and graphics while Waters performed “Sheep” from Floyd’s 1977 Animals album: “The song depicting the sheep rising up to crush the dogs, came with a screen full of floating sheep and then a flurry of tweets about the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade. During intermission we were entertained by the flying pig, emblazoned with ‘F*** The Poor’ on one side and ‘Steal From The Poor. Give To The Rich’ on the other. It was adorned, as well, with such defense contractor logos as Raytheon and Elbit Systems.”

Roger Waters explained that rebelliousness and independent thinking have always been part of his makeup: [“Yeah, I always have been that way. I spent a lot of time in the education system in England, which by and large was pretty good. But, when I went to my secondary school, which was a grammar school, they were pretty much of the ‘sit down, be quiet, shut up and listen’ school of education. We had canes and stuff like that, so there was plenty to rebel against — but then I’ve always been politically active, so when I was a kid I was involved in the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and other organizations like that.”] SOUNDCUE (:30 OC: . . .  organizations like that)

The setlist for Roger Waters’ July 6th Pittsburgh show:

Set One:
“Comfortably Numb”
“The Happiest Days Of Our Lives”
“Another Brick In The Wall Part 2”
“Another Brick In The Wall Part 3”
“The Powers That Be”
“The Bravery Of Being Out Of Range”
“The Bar”
“Have A Cigar”
“Wish You Were Here”
“Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts VI-IX)”
“Sheep”

Set Two:
“In the Flesh”
“Run Like Hell”
“Déjà Vu”
“Is This The Life We Really Want?”
“Money”
“Us & Them”
“Any Colour You Like”
“Brain Damage”
“Eclipse”
“Two Suns In The Sunset”
“The Bar (Reprise)”
“Outside The Wall”

  • Roger Waters Tour Dates (subject to change):
    July 6 – Pittsburgh, PA – PPG Paint Arena
    July 8, 9 – Toronto, Canada – Scotiabank Arena
    July 12 – Boston, MA – TD Garden
    July 15 – Montreal, Canada – Bell Centre
    July 17 – Quebec City, Canada – Videotron Centre
    July 20 – Albany, NY – Times Union Center
    July 23 – Detroit, MI – Little Caesar’s Arena
    July 26 – Chicago, IL – United Center
    July 28 – Milwaukee, WI – Fiserv Forum
    July 30 – Minneapolis, MN – Target Center
    August 2 – Cincinnati, OH – US Bank Arena
    August 5, 6 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Arena
    August 10 – Columbus, OH – Nationwide Arena
    August 13 – Elmont, NY – UBS Arena
    August 16 – Washington, DC – Capital One Arena
    August 18 – Raleigh, NC – PNC Arena
    August 20 – Atlanta, GA – State Farm Arena
    August 23 – Miami, FL – American Airlines Arena
    August 25 – Orlando, FL – Amway Center
    August 27 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
    August 30, 31 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
    September 3 – Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center
    September 6 – Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
    September 8 – Salt Lake City, UT – Vivint Arena
    September 10 – Portland, OR – Moda Center
    September 13 – Edmonton, Canada – Rogers Place
    September 15 – Vancouver, Canada – Rogers Arena
    September 17 – Tacoma, WA – Tacoma Dome
    September 20 – Sacramento, CA – Golden 1 Center
    September 23, 24 – San Francisco, CA – Chase Center
    September  27, 28 – Los Angeles, CA – Staples Center
    October 1 – Las Vegas, NV – T-Mobile Arena
    October 3 – Glendale, AZ – Gila River Arena
    October 6 – Austin, Texas – Moody Center
    October 8 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
    October 11 – Monterrey, Mexico – Arena Monterrey
    October 14, 15 – Mexico City, Mexico – Palacio de los Deportes

TL: DR

  • Roger Waters kicked off his “This Is Not A Drill Tour” on July 6th at Pittsburgh’s PPG Paint Arena.

SIDE NOTES

  • Roger Waters‘ touring ensemble is comprised of guitarists Jonathan Wilson and Dave Kilminster, keyboardist/guitarist Jon Carin, bassist Gus Seyffert, keyboardist Robert Walter, drummer Joey Waronker, saxophonist Seamus Blake, and backing vocalists Shanay Johnson and Amanda Belair.

CHECK IT OUT: Roger Waters on Wednesday night performing “Another Brick In The Wall – Part 2 & 3” live in Pittsburgh: