Roger Waters concludes current leg of tour; bee makes surprise appearance
Written by Matt   
Sunday, 11 June 2023

Roger Waters at the O2 Arena, in LondonLast night, in the English city of Manchester, Roger Waters, his band and crew, concluded the current leg of his This Is Not A Drill tour, which also looks like it has seen the end of the use of the "in the round" staging.. Show 40 of the 2023 tour - this leg, visiting various locations in Portugal, Italy, Spain, Germany, The Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Hungary, Switzerland, France, Belgium, Czech Republic, Scotland and England - saw Roger back in the Arena in Manchester which he has played in previous years, and which in 2017 was subjected to the atrocity of an Ariana Grande concert, full of young people, being bombed.

There is significance in mentioning that fact - the worker bee has long been the symbol of the city, its heritage built on industry, but the bombing gave the bee extra significance as it represented the indomitable spirit of the locals after the attack, rebuilding and standing strong. In a totally unexpected moment, Roger was performing The Bar during the show, and he realised that (somehow) a bee was in the arena, and had rested on his hand as he was playing piano! He remarked: "That is unbelievable. That has been on my hand for the whole last chorus."

Our thanks to those who have contributed their thoughts about the shows so far, and we're still adding some recent reviews and pictures to the show pages. If you want to share your thoughts, or pictures, and haven't done so yet, please get in touch. We really love to see all your contributions!

As it stands, the next show on the 2023 Roger Waters This Is Not A Drill tour is on October 24th in Brasilia, Brazil, as he starts the South American leg. If you are going to any of these, we hope you enjoy them and would obviously love to see your pictures and reviews of the shows.