Roger Waters Says Promoters Push Him To Play Pink Floyd Materials

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Pink Floyd icon Roger Waters recently appeared on Q104.3 New York for an interview to discuss his ongoing tour. The rocker stated that the show’s promoters pushed him to include more Pink Floyd on the setlist.

Roger Waters first announced his ‘This Is Not a Drill‘ tour in January 2020, which was going to take place between July and October 2020 until the tour dates had to be rescheduled to 2022 due to the coronavirus pandemic. The tour finally kicked off at the PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, United States, on July 6, 2022. Waters will return from the road after his final performance in Mexico City on October 15, 2022.

The show sees Roger Waters perform on a 360° stage for the first time. The singer and his band play in the middle of the in-the-round stage, surrounded by catwalks and large LED screens for dramatic effect, some photos, and political messages. The show’s 23-song setlist includes some tracks from Pink Floyd’s vast catalog, like ‘Comfortably Numb,’ ‘Wish You Were Here,’ and many from Waters’ solo career.

In a recent appearance, the singer talked about how he chose the setlist and whether he collaborated with others while deciding. Waters explained that it wasn’t a decision he made alone, so he collaborated with some team members. Yet, he admitted that other considerations were beyond his wishes.

The show’s promoters constantly pushed him to include more Pink Floyd material, but he had a different plan than theirs. Roger Waters was also sure of his solo works’ quality and wanted to convey another message with the tour, so they somehow compromised and crafted the setlist together.

Waters speaking on the setlist of his ongoing tour:

“No, I don’t do that in a vacuum. I collaborated mainly with Sean and my co-workers, the people I’m working with, on the content of the thing and discussing it. I’m also under a huge amount of pressure from the promoters of the show, who are AEG, who understandably might have a slightly different agenda than I do. So they are constantly trying to put my thumb harder and harder on the Pink Floyd button.

I’m constantly trying to move my thumb off the Pink Floyd button onto the ‘This is how I feel about my brothers and sisters all over the world, and we have to act collectively to stop our appalling cretinous leaders from destroying the world.’ My thumb is always drifting over to that button, so we arrive at a compromise.”

You can watch the entire interview below.