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Watch Roger Waters' intense performance of Pink Floyd classics on late night US TV

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Roger Waters was the musical guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Tuesday night (June 21), and Pink Floyd's former vocalist/bassist thrilled viewers with a typically committed performance of Floyd classics The Happiest Days of Our Lives and Another Brick In The Wall Pts. 2 & 3.

Introduced by his host as "The founding member and creative force behind Pink Floyd", Waters delivered the medley as a taster for his upcoming 40-date North American tour, This Is Not A Drill, which is set to launch on July 6 in Pittsburgh and continue through to October 8 in Dallas.

Watch the performance below:

In a statement, the 78-year-old musician described his upcoming trek as a “new rock and roll/cinematic extravaganza, performed in the round.”

"It is a stunning indictment of the corporate dystopia in which we all struggle to survive," he says, "and a call to action to love, protect, and share our precious and precarious planet home. The show includes a dozen great songs from Pink Floyd’s Golden Era alongside several new ones — words and music, same writer, same heart, same soul, same man.”

Waters announced the rescheduled itinerary for the tour, originally booked for 2020, in April last year.

At the time he stated: "This Is Not A Drill will be a rock and roll show that's about the fact that this is our lives ending. We're standing on the precipice and it needs the slightest little nudge and we'll all be yesterday's news. This Is Not A Drill is me shouting it from my rooftop and hoping that you will all start shouting from your rooftops and we all start acting as one and put an end to this madness."

Paul Brannigan
Paul Brannigan

A music writer since 1993, formerly Editor of Kerrang! and Planet Rock magazine (RIP), Paul Brannigan is a Contributing Editor to Louder. Having previously written books on Lemmy, Dave Grohl (the Sunday Times best-seller This Is A Call) and Metallica (Birth School Metallica Death, co-authored with Ian Winwood), his Eddie Van Halen biography (Eruption in the UK, Unchained in the US) emerged in 2021. He has written for Rolling Stone, Mojo and Q, hung out with Fugazi at Dischord House, flown on Ozzy Osbourne's private jet, played Angus Young's Gibson SG, and interviewed everyone from Aerosmith and Beastie Boys to Young Gods and ZZ Top. Brannigan lives in North London and supports The Arsenal.