Roger Waters Opens 2022 Tour, ‘This Is Not a Drill’

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Roger Waters on opening night of his 2022 tour (Photo: Kate Izor; used with permission)

After a 4-year hiatus from the road, Roger Waters finally opened his 2022 tour, “This Is Not a Drill,” on Thursday night (July 6), at the PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, Penn. The Pink Floyd singer-songwriter-bass guitarist will play 43 shows, in the round for the first time, across the U.S., Canada and Mexico, in a tour delayed two full years due to the ongoing pandemic.

The show’s 23 songs including ones from Pink Floyd’s vast catalog as well as many from Waters’ solo career, including  the spellbinding opening number, “Comfortably Numb,” plus “Us and Them,” “Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2),” “Brain Damage” / “Eclipse” and “Wish You Were Here.” Waters also previewed a new song, “The Bar.”

“I wasn’t completely idle during lockdown,” he told the audience. “I wrote a couple of new songs.”

Watch the spellbinding opening

“Welcome, welcome, welcome, welcome,” said Waters, “to every man and woman in this arena.” He then described a new song, “The Bar,” before premiering it.

Waters is on lead vocals, guitars, bass and piano and is joined on stage by Jonathan Wilson on guitars and vocals; Dave Kilminster on guitars and vocals; Jon Carin on keyboards, guitar and vocals; Gus Seyffert on bass and vocals; Robert Walter on keyboards; Joey Waronker on drums; Shanay Johnson on vocals; Amanda Belair on vocals and Seamus Blake on saxophone.

Towards the end of the first set, Waters and his band performed “Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts VI-IX).”

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Roger Waters, PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, PA, July 6, 2022, Setlist
Set 1
Comfortably Numb
The Happiest Days of Our Lives
Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2
Another Brick in the Wall, Part 3

Roger Waters on opening night of his 2022 tour (Photo: Brian Lima; used with permission)

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)

Set 2
In the Flesh
Run Like Hell
Déjà Vu
Is This the Life We Really Want?
Us and Them
Any Colour You Like
Brain Damage
Two Suns in the Sunset
The Bar (Reprise)
Outside the Wall

Tickets to see Waters’ tour are available here and here.

Related: Our review of the dress rehearsal for Waters’ 2017-2018 tour

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