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This Is Not a Drill (Roger Waters tour)

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This Is Not a Drill
Tour by Roger Waters
  • North America
Start date2021
End date2021
No. of shows38 in North America
Roger Waters concert chronology
  • Us + Them Tour
  • This Is Not a Drill

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This Is Not a Drill is a concert tour by English songwriter Roger Waters. The tour is set to take place in 2021. Waters first talked about a new live spectacle following his Us + Them Tour on a Rolling Stone interview in September 2019.[1]


In 2017, Waters released his fourth solo album Is This the Life We Really Want?, conceived as a radio play about a man and his granddaughter investigating why children are being killed in other parts of the world.[2] Waters described the play as "part magic carpet ride, part political rant, part anguish".[3]

To promote the album, Waters embarked on the Us + Them Tour, visiting the Americas, Europe and Oceania between May 2017 and December 2018. A portion of the show featured extensive anti-Donald Trump imagery set to songs released by Pink Floyd,[4] which led some attendees to boo or even walk out of the show.[5] Waters responded to the anti-Trump critics by saying, "I find it slightly surprising that anybody could have been listening to my songs for 50 years without understanding", and said to those critics if they didn't like what he was doing, "Go see Katy Perry or watch the Kardashians. I don't care." [6]

After finishing the tour, a film about it, called Roger Waters: Us + Them, was released. In September 2019, in an interview promoting the film, Waters talked to Rolling Stone about his plans for the future, where he first mentioned the main concept for a following tour:

It will be even more political than Us + Them was — political and humane. 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.[1]


In January 2020, Waters officially announced the tour, named This Is Not a Drill. "This tour will be part of a global movement by people who are concerned by others to affect the change that is necessary", said Waters in a video announcing the tour. "That’s why we’re going on the road. That’s why speak to each other in pubs. That’s why this conversation should be on everybody’s lips, constantly, the whole time, because it’s super important. So I hope you’ll all come to the shows."[4] The show will see him performing in a 360° stage for the first time, and the final show on the United States was due to take place exactly one month before the 2020 presidential election.[4]

On March 27, 2020, Waters posted a statement on his website and social media, announcing the postponement of the tour to the following year due to the coronavirus pandemic outbreak, declaring that the situation was a "Bummer, but if it saves one life, it’s worth it".[7][8][9][10]


In February 2020, following the showing of advertisements for the tour on some Major League Baseball platforms, Jewish organization B'nai B'rith ciriticized its decision of showing the ads and sponsoring the tour. The organization wrote a letter to commissioner Rob Manfred where they stated Waters’ views on Israel "far exceed the boundaries of civil discourse".[11] The controversy led the league to the decision to stop the running of tour ads in all its platforms and cutting ties to Waters.[12] Waters has supported the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement in solidarity with Palestinians against Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories since 2011.[13]

This is not the first time Waters faces this kind of situation. In October 2016, Waters lost $4 million in sponsorship after American Express refused to fund his Us + Them Tour due to his anti-Israel rhetoric at a previous festival sponsored by the financial company.[14] In November 2016, Citibank joined American Express in cutting ties to Waters.[15]

Suspended shows[edit]

List of suspended concerts, showing date, city, country, venue and reason for suspension[4]
Date City Country Venue Reason
North America Coronavirus pandemic[8]
July 8 2020 Pittsburgh United States PPG Paints Arena
July 10 2020 Philadelphia Wells Fargo Center
July 11 2020
July 14 2020 Detroit Little Caesars Arena
July 17 2020 Toronto Canada Scotiabank Arena
July 18 2020
July 21 2020 Quebec City Videotron Centre
July 23 2020 Montreal Bell Centre
July 25 2020 Albany United States Times Union Center
July 28 2020 Boston TD Garden
July 30 2020 Washington Capital One Arena
August 1 2020 Cincinnati Heritage Bank Center
August 5 2020 New York City Madison Square Garden
August 6 2020
August 11 2020 Raleigh PNC Arena
August 13 2020 Orlando Amway Center
August 15 2020 Miami American Airlines Arena
August 18 2020 Nashville Bridgestone Arena
August 20 2020 Atlanta State Farm Arena
August 22 2020 Milwaukee Fiserv Forum
August 25 2020 Minneapolis Target Center
August 27 2020 Chicago United Center
August 29 2020 Kansas City Sprint Center
September 2 2020 Denver Pepsi Center
September 4 2020 Las Vegas T-Mobile Arena
September 10 2020 Los Angeles Staples Center
September 11 2020
September 14 2020 Vancouver Canada Rogers Arena
September 16 2020 Edmonton Rogers Place
September 19 2020 Tacoma United States Tacoma Dome
September 21 2020 Portland Moda Center
September 23 2020 Sacramento Golden 1 Center
September 25 2020 San Francisco Chase Center
September 26 2020
September 30 2020 Salt Lake City Vivint Smart Home Arena
October 3 2020 Dallas American Airlines Center
October 7 2020 Mexico City Mexico Palacio de los Deportes
October 8 2020


  1. 1.0 1.1 Grow, Kory (September 30, 2019). "Roger Waters Talks 'Us + Them' Film, Why Pink Floyd's Songs Remain Relevant". Rolling Stone. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved January 23, 2020.
  2. "How Roger Waters Will Fight Trump With Upcoming Tour, Concept Album". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 13 June 2018. Retrieved 2018-04-26. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  3. "Roger Waters Talks New Album, Moving Past 'Spectacle' for Tour". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 26 April 2018. Retrieved 2018-04-25. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Grow, Kory (January 23, 2020). "Roger Waters Plots North American Tour, Calls on Human Race to 'Change' or 'Die'". Rolling Stone. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved January 23, 2020.
  5. Gaca, Anna (July 10, 2017). "Some Pink Floyd Fans in New Orleans Booed Roger Waters For Showing Anti-Trump Images Onstage". Spin.com. Spin. Retrieved July 10, 2017.
  6. Maine, Samantha (August 5, 2017). "Roger Waters tells anti-Trump tour critics to 'go see Katy Perry' instead". NME.com. NME. Retrieved August 5, 2017.
  7. "Roger Waters 2020 Tour Postponed". Roger Waters official website. March 27, 2020. Retrieved March 27, 2020.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Kreps, Daniel (March 27, 2020). "Roger Waters Postpones This Is Not a Drill Tour Due to the Coronavirus". Rolling Stone. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved March 28, 2020.
  9. Irwin, Corey (March 27, 2020). "Roger Waters Postpones 2020 Tour Due to Coronavirus". Ultimate Classic Rock. Townsquare Media. Retrieved March 28, 2020.
  10. Mims, Taylor (March 27, 2020). "Roger Waters Postpones 'This Is Not a Drill' Tour Dates". Billboard. Billboard-Hollywood Media Group. Retrieved March 28, 2020.
  11. Kreps, Daniel (February 8, 2020). "Major League Baseball Halts Roger Waters Ads After Advocacy Group's Criticism". Rolling Stone. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved March 28, 2020.
  12. "MLB cancels promotion of Roger Waters' tour due to BDS support". The Jerusalem Post. The Jerusalem Post Group. February 9, 2020. Retrieved March 28, 2020.
  13. "Roger Waters voices support for Israel boycott". Haaretz. 6 March 2011. Retrieved 6 March 2011.
  14. "Roger Waters Loses $4 Million Sponsorship Over 'anti-Israel Rhetoric'". Haaretz. 30 October 2016.
  15. "Wish You Weren't Here: Citibank Joins American Express in Cutting Ties to Roger Waters". The Tower.

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