Roger Waters has published the dates for his upcoming North American tour. Called This Is Not a Drill, the tour will begin in July in Pittsburgh, PA, and wrap up three months later in Dallas, TX.
Accompanying the announcement is a three-minute video in which the Pink Floyd co-founder explains the meaning of the tour’s title.
“As the clock ticks faster and faster and faster down to extinction, it seemed like a good thing to make a fuss about it,” Waters says as “Another Brick In The Wall” plays in the background. “So that’s why I’m going on the road.”
These days Waters is known as much for his political activism as he is for his music. Last September he gave a speech and performed at a rally for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has been incarcerated in Belmarsh Prison in London since last April. Assange and his legal team are currently fighting efforts by Donald Trump’s administration to have him extradited to the US to face espionage charges.
At the rally, Waters dedicated his performance of “Wish You Were Here” to Assange.
But the main theme of This Is Not a Drill is environmental activism.
“To be blunt, we need to change the way we organize ourselves as a human race—or die,” he says. “This tour will be part of a global movement by people who are concerned for others to effect the change that is necessary.”
The promotional video has Waters emphasizing how much he still enjoys touring.
“I still love playing in a band,” he says. “It is good fun, I promise you. If I look as if I’m having fun while I’m on the stage, it’s because I am.”
This Is Not a Drill will be different from Waters’ previous tours in that he will be playing arenas.
“We’re doing a show in the round,” he says. “Why are we doing that? It’s something new. To us, to me. And I look forward to the challenge.”
Below are the dates.
July 8 – Pittsburgh, PA @ PPG Paints Arena
July 10 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
July 14 – Detroit, MI @ Little Caesars Arena
July 17 – Toronto, ON @ Scotiabank Arena
July 21 – Quebec City, QC @ Videotron Centre
July 23 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
July 25 – Albany, NY @ Times Union Center
July 28 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden
July 30 – Washington, DC @ Capitol One Arena
August 1 – Cincinnati, OH @ Heritage Bank Center
August 5 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
August 11 – Raleigh, NC @ PNC Arena
August 13 – Orlando, FL @ Amway Center
August 15 – Miami, FL @ AmericanAirlines Arena
August 18 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
August 20 – Atlanta, GA @ State Farm Arena
August 22 – Milwaukee, WI @ Fiserv Forum
August 25 – Minneapolis, MN @ Target Center
August 27 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
August 29 – Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
September 2 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
September 4 – Las Vegas, NV @ T-Mobile Arena
September 10 – Los Angeles, CA @ STAPLES Center
September 14 – Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena
September 16 – Edmonton, AB @ Rogers Place
September 19 – Tacoma, WA @ Tacoma Dome
September 21 – Portland, OR @ Moda Center
September 23 – Sacramento, CA @ Golden 1 Center
September 25 – San Francisco, CA @ Chase Center
September 30 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Vivint Smart Home Arena
October 3 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center