«The 2020 tour will be called‘ This Is Not a Drill ’and will be even more political than‘ Us + Them ’»
The former Pink Floyd talks about the upcoming concerts, about the project he proposed to David Gilmour, about Bono copying his ideas. And a new song called ‘Time Keeps Slipping Away’
Roger Waters spoke to Rolling Stone‘s Kory Grow. Not only did he reveal that he tried to make peace with David Gilmour a few months back and fell so painfully short that the guitarist won’t even let him promote his new Us + Them tour documentary on Pink Floyd’s social media accounts, but he also said that he’s planning a new tour that will hit American arenas next summer.
“It will be even more political than Us + Them was — political and humane,” Waters said. “We were listening to songs and looking at set lists 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.”
snippet showing him and his band playing The Dark Side Of The Moon classic Us And Them.
The film is full of images of Trump. Aren’t you tired of seeing his face every night?
I don’t look at him much. But I’m glad it’s in the movie. I like zooming in on his tiny cock (he talks about a montage, ed). I think it’s important to show Trump, he’s a clearly childish man and I’m sure he has a tiny cock. Anyway, it’s stupid to waste your breath talking about him. The problem is that he is now engaged in conspiring to destroy the United States piece by piece.
The footage for the two-hour film was captured during Waters’ four-night stay at Amsterdam’s Ziggo Dome on June 18, 19, 22 and 23 last year and was co-directed by Sean Evans.
Waters said: “I’m so looking forward to the launch of the movie in October. Us + Them is not standard rock’n’roll fare. Some in the audience may ‘yee ha!’ which is OK, but many will weep. That is what I hope for.
“Us + Them is a call to action. Homo sapiens stand at a crossroads – we can either pool our love, develop our capacity to empathise with others and act collectively for the good of our planet, or we can remain Comfortably Numb, and continue, like blind lemmings, on our current omnicidal death march towards extinction.
Some in the audience may ‘yee haaaa!!!’ Which is OK, but many will weep,” Waters says of film that will screen in theaters this fall
Roger Waters has announced a new concert film which was made during his recent ‘Us + Them’ tour.
“Waters collaborates once more with Sean Evans… to deliver this creatively pioneering film that inspires with its powerful music and message of human rights, liberty and love,” a synopsis promises.
Us + Them will be screened in cinemas on October 2 and 6 only, and tickets go on sale next Wednesday (July 17). You can find out more information about the film here.
The ‘Us + Them’ tour quickly became notable for its anti-Donald Trump imagery; the use of which angered some supporters of the President. Waters responded to those critics by saying that they should “go see Katy Perry or watch the Kardashians” if they didn’t want to be confronted by political messages at his shows.
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The former Pink Floyd musician concluded the mammoth tour back in December, having performed to over two million people across 150 shows which spanned 18 months
The film will get a global release this fall.
The film of the tour is currently in production and has yet to be named. It will capture moments from several gigs during the tour.
Waters is renowned for live performances that become immersive sensory experiences. “Roger has been the innovator of theater in arena and stadium rock-n-roll since the early ’70s,” said his manager, Mark Fenwick.
“He is legendary for pushing the boundaries of surround sound and visual entertainment with his message of love and humanity through ‘Us + Them.
’” Event cinema specialist Trafalgar has fared well recently with music releases from bands including BTS and Coldplay.
It has worked with Waters before, on the release of “Roger Waters – The Wall” in 2015. “Roger Waters’ contribution to the music landscape is unrivaled,” said Trafalgar CEO Marc Allenby. “His spectacular shows across the world, in the greatest stadiums and arenas, are always poignant, relevant both creatively and as a champion of human rights. It’s a great honor to be collaborating with Roger and his team again.” The film will get a global release this fall.