Roger Waters will embark on what he’s cheekily teasing as his “first farewell tour,” officially dubbed This Is Not a Drill, summer 2022. He was supposed to launch the trek last year, but pandemic lockdowns sidelined his plans. The new run of dates will kick off in Pittsburgh on July 6th, 2022.
Tickets are on sale now via RogerWaters.com. Those who held onto tickets for the 2020 dates will get an email with further information about the new dates. Those tickets will be valid for the new dates.
“This Is Not A Drill is a groundbreaking new rock & roll/cinematic extravaganza, performed in the round,” Waters wrote in a statement. “It is a stunning indictment of the corporate dystopia in which we all struggle to survive, and a call to action to love, protect, and share our precious and precarious planet home. The show includes a dozen great songs from Pink Floyd’s Golden Era alongside several new ones — words and music, same writer, same heart, same soul, same man. Could be his last hurrah. Wow! My first farewell tour! Don’t miss it. Love, R.”
When Waters announced the tour last year, he promised an all-new production, following his Us + Them and the Wall tours, that would be presented in the round.
When he was originally planning it, he had timed it to run up to the 2020 election. “[The new tour] will be even more political than Us + Them was — political and humane,” “We were listening to songs and looking at setlists today. We were talking about, what should we call it? I shouldn’t be giving this away, but I don’t give a shit because it will probably all change, but imagine the iconic helicopter that normally comes before ‘Happiest Days’ and ‘Brick 2’ — that noise that we all know and love — and imagine a megaphone, somebody abused this device before, I know — but, ‘This is not a drill.’ I thought that could be a good title for the show: This Is Not a Drill. The ruling class is killing us.”
2022 Band Lineup
Roger Waters – Bass Guitar / Guitars / Vocals
Jon Carin – Keyboards / Guitars / Vocals
Robert Walter – Organ
Jonathan Wilson – Guitars / Vocals
Gus Seyffert – Bass Guitar / Guitar
Dave Kilminster – Guitar / Vocals
Joey Waronker – Drums / Percussion
Seamus Blake – Saxophone
Amanda Belair – Vocals
Shanay Johnson – Vocals
2nd July 2022 – Roger Waters is kicking off his “This Is Not A Drill Tour” on July 6th in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and fans will be able to catch some of the action during iHeartRadio Opening Night Live with Roger Waters.
Waters’ “This Is Not A Drill” Tour kicks off on July 6th in Pittsburgh, PA, and stops in cities across the country including Boston, Detroit, Chicago, Philadelphia, Nashville, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles and more, before wrapping up in Dallas, Texas on October 8th. Tickets are on sale now, see the full list of tour dates below.
In a statement, Waters explained of the tour, “‘This Is Not A Drill’ is a groundbreaking new rock and roll/cinematic extravaganza, performed in the round, it is a stunning indictment of the corporate dystopia in which we all struggle to survive, and a call to action to LOVE, PROTECT and SHARE our precious and precarious planet home. The show includes a dozen great songs from PINK FLOYD’S GOLDEN ERA alongside several new ones, words and music, same writer, same heart, same soul, same man. Could be his last hurrah. Wow! My first farewell tour! Don’t miss it. Love R.”
During iHeartRadio Opening Night Live with Roger Waters, fans will get to hear from Waters himself during an exclusive interview with Jim Kerr, and live performances from his tour’s opening night.
Fans can listen and tune in free for a stream of the exclusive iHeartRadio Opening Night Live with Roger Waters on Wednesday, July 6th at 10pm ET/7pm PT via iHeartRadio’s Classic Rock Channel.
26th June 2022 – In preparation for his upcoming 2022 This Is Not A Drill Tour, Roger Waters took to using his Instagram social media platform to showcase a preview of the current production rehearsals.
23rd June 2022 – Ian Ritchie producer of Roger Waters Radio K.A.O.S album and long-serving saxophone player in his touring band 2006 – 2016 minus The Wall tour has just announced that he is stepping down from Roger’s upcoming This Is Not A Drill Tour.
In a statement released on his official website blog 23/06/22 that following was said
“Thursday, 23rd June 2022 : London : Hello all. This will be my last post on this TINAD tour blog. The reason is as follows. I have had a physical problem for some years that has made controlling the saxophone more challenging than on the Dark Side tour. I was able to keep it in check during Us+Them. Unfortunately, the problem flared up during rehearsals this time and I was unable to perform to my, or Roger’s satisfaction. Consequently, we mutually agreed that I should step down and pass the saxophone chair over to another player. It is with sadness I make this final blog entry. My best wishes go to Roger, his great band and wonderful crew. The TINAD tour is going to be amazing and I urge you all to see it. “
22nd June 2022 – The creative force behind Pink Floyd, the legendary Roger Waters, returns to The Late Show to perform a medley of songs including one classic that fans can expect to hear on his 40-date North American tour, which will be performed in-the-round, titled “This Is Not A Drill.”
17th June 2022 – Ian Ritchie, Producer of Roger Waters Radio K.A.O.S and saxophone player with Roger Waters‘ current touring band and previous incarnations, has just opened his Tour Diary section on his official website.
A firm favorite amongst fans over the globe, it features exclusive photography and gives an insight into the day and life of a touring band member within Roger Waters’ touring arsenal.
Fans can also read previous entries from Ian’s involvement with Roger on his 2006–2008 Dark Side Of The Moon Tour, 2016’s Desert Trip performances, and the 2017–2018 Us And Them Tour.