Pink Floyd Co-Founder Roger Waters Announces New Tour

Published on January 26, 2020

A Roger Waters concert is a major event. The co-founder of Pink Floyd is hitting the road again with his “Not a Drill” tour, starting in Pittsburgh in July and concluding in Dallas in October. Expect Rogers to play Floyd classics and his remarkable solo work. 

What to Expect From Not a Drill 

Waters’ concerts are known to be explosive in their creativity, visuals, and yes, politics. Waters detests President Donald Trump and lets his audience know it. Would we expect anything less of the Pink Floyd co-creator? He’s always written forward-thinking songs, filled with humanity and peace. When the artist sings “Pigs (Three Different Ones),” Trump appears on screen. While politics usually isn’t ideal during concerts, a Waters’ concert is as much of an art show as it is a rock show, so getting political isn’t out of place. He’s a political and humanitarian artist. On his last tour, he went big with some short films playing on the screens, depicting real world horrors fitted to his songs, thematically. 

Gilmour and Waters’ Relationship 

We’re blessed to have Waters still playing his music live. Those Pink Floyd songs will last forever. Hearing them with a stadium-sized crowd, it must be something. As for Waters’ current relationship with fellow co-founder David Gilmour, it’s still rocky. Not long ago in an interview with Rolling Stone, Waters confessed he tried to patch things up with Gilmour but it didn’t pan out the way he had hoped: 

I bet all Pink Floyd fans are sorry to hear that. They all hoped that we could kiss and make up and everything would be wonderful in a cozy, wonderful world. Well, it wouldn’t be all that cozy or wonderful for me, because I left Pink Floyd in 1985 for a reason. The reason being that I wanted to get on with my work. Well, thank goodness I’ve been able to get on with my work. Work is its own reward.

North American Tour Dates

More than likely, tickets will come at a hefty cost to see Waters play these stadium gigs. Then again, it’s Roger Waters, so can you blame promoters for charging what Waters is worth? Here’s where fans of Waters can find him jamming this summer:

07-08 Pittsburgh, PA – PPG Paints Arena

07-10 Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center

07-14 Detroit, MI – Little Caesars Arena

07-17 Toronto, Ontario – Scotiabank Arena

07-21 Quebec City, Quebec – Videotron Centre

07-23 Montreal, Quebec – Bell Centre

07-25 Albany, NY – Times Union Center

07-28 Boston, MA – TD Garden

07-30 Washington, DC – Capitol One Arena

08-01 Cincinnati, OH – Heritage Bank Center

08-05 New York, NY – Madison Square Garden

08-11 Raleigh, NC – PNC Arena

08-13 Orlando, FL – Amway Center

08-15 Miami, FL – AmericanAirlines Arena

08-18 Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena

08-20 Atlanta, GA – State Farm Arena

08-22 Milwaukee, WI – Fiserv Forum

08-25 Minneapolis, MN – Target Center

08-27 Chicago, IL – United Center

08-29 Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center

09-02 Denver, CO – Pepsi Center

09-04 Las Vegas, NV – T-Mobile Arena

09-10 Los Angeles, CA- STAPLES Center

09-14 Vancouver, British Columbia – Rogers Arena

09-16 Edmonton, Alberta – Rogers Place

09-19 Tacoma, WA – Tacoma Dome

09-21 Portland, OR – Moda Center

09-23 Sacramento, CA – Golden 1 Center

09-25 San Francisco, CA – Chase Center

09-30 Salt Lake City, UT – Vivint Smart Home Arena

10-03 Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center

Other Major Upcoming Tours

Summer 2020 is shaping up to be a helluva good time for music lovers. This summer is stacked with can’t-miss tours from Waters, Pearl Jam, Alicia Keys, Bon Jovi, Harry Styles, Halsey, and the list goes on and on. Concert lovers, get ready to save up some cash for this summer, because I know I already am.

Jack Giroux is a Staff Writer at Grit Daily. Based in Los Angeles, he is an entertainment journalist who's previously written for Thrillist, Slash Film, Film School Rejects, and The Film Stage.

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