Roger Waters Debuts “The Bar” at This Is Not A Drill Tour Kick-Off in Pittsburgh
Last night, Pink Floyd bassist Roger Waters kicked off his This Is Not A Drill Tour at the PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, Pa. Rogers and his backing band tossed out a stockpile of Pink Floyd favorites, cuts from his solo work and debuted a new track titled “The Bar.”
Rogers and his crew–comprised of Waters, Robert Walter (keyboards), Jonathan Wilson (guitar), Seamus Blake (saxophone), Joey Waronker (drums), Gus Seyffert (bass), and Dave Kilminster (guitar), Amanda Belair (backing vocals) and Shanay Johnson (backing vocals)– shared 23-songs for the much-anticipated tour kick-off which was originally scheduled for 2020 but postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Waters production team addressed the current and controversial views towards Waters by sharing a written message on screens ahead of the performance that read, “If you’re one of those ‘I love Pink Floyd, but I can’t stand Roger’s politics’ people, you might do well to fuck off to the bar right now.”
Waters opened the show with an acoustic rendition of “Comfortably Numb” and continued with Pink Floyd covers “The Happiest Days Of Our Lives,” “Another Brick In The Wall, Part 2” and “Another Brick In The Wall, Part 3.” He followed with some of his solo work, playing “The Powers That Be” and “The Bravery Of Being Out Of Range.” After the electricity was clearly bouncing off the walls, Waters took a seat at the piano to formally welcome guests to the show, before sharing the debut of his song “The Bar.” He closed the first set of the evening with some of Pink Floyd’s most beloved songs, including “Have A Cigar,” “Wish You Were Here,” “Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts VI-IX)” and “Sheep.”
Rogers and company started the second set with a coupling off The Wall “In The Flesh” and “Run Like Hell.” He followed with his only songs of the evening from his 2017 LP Is This The Life We Really Want? “Déjà Vu,” followed with the project’s title track. Next came the bells of The Dark Side Of The Moon‘s “Money,” on which Wilson handled lead vocals. They continued to play Side B of the 1973 album with “Us And Them,” “Any Colour You Like,” “Brain Damage,” and “Eclipse.” They followed the standout arrangement with “Two Suns In The Sunset,” which was followed by a reprise of “The Bar” before closing the show with “Outside The Wall.”
Rogers and company will continue the This Is Not A Drill Tour with a two-night run at the complete performance of The Dark Side Of The Moon’s second side was followed by The Final Cut standout “Two Suns In The Sunset.” Roger Waters capped the tour opener with a reprise of “The Bar” and “Outside The Wall.” The This Is Not A Drill Tour continues on Friday and Saturday at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto on Friday, July 8 and Saturday, July 9.
Listen to a clip of last night’s show below.
Roger Waters This Is Not A Drill Tour
PPG Paints Arena – Pittsburgh, Pa.
July 6, 2022
Set I: 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 II: In the Flesh, Run Like Hell, Déjà Vu, Is This the Life We Really Want?, Money, Us and Them, Any Colour You Like, Brain Damage, Eclipse, Two Suns in the Sunset, The Bar (Reprise), Outside the Wall