Roger Waters was in Studio One at London’s famous Abbey Road Studios today (Oct. 19), where with Pink Floyd he recorded many of the band’s best-known songs, to announce his In The Flesh 2002 world tour. The massive 45-date itinerary stretches over four months beginning Feb. 28 in Cape Town, South Africa, and proceeding to Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Venezuela, Mexico, Japan, Korea, Australia, and India before commencing a European leg in Portugal on May 4.
The tour concludes June 26 at London’s Wembley Arena, one of three British shows that mark his first performances anywhere in his home country for 15 years.
It’s easily Waters’ biggest world tour as a solo artist, since his departure from Pink Floyd in 1983, and follows the commercial and critical success of his North American tours in the summers of 1999 and 2000. He explained that he had wanted to mount the international tour this summer, but decided against it as key members of his band, including guitarists Andy Fairweather Low, Doyle Bramhall II, and vocalist Katie Kissoon, were already booked to tour with Eric Clapton.
The tour also follows the release late last year of the live Columbia album “In the Flesh,” for which the release of a delayed, complementary DVD version is due soon. Waters was asked about the release early next month of “Echoes,” EMI’s Pink Floyd compilation, in which he said he had “very little” involvement. But he did suggest the title, chiefly because he thought that Dave Gilmour’s suggestion, “Sum of the Parts,” was “horrible.”
Of starting the tour in South Africa, Waters said that he “couldn’t think of anywhere else he’d rather be” to kick off the itinerary, and that rehearsals will also take place in Cape Town in February. The show and set list will be the same as that on the North American dates, with Waters’ trademark sound and lighting effects, a 360-degree quadraphonic sound system, and other state-of-the-art features.
Meanwhile he is continuing work on “Ca Ira,” an operatic history of the French Revolution on which he has been working since 1989, although its planned live debut next year has now been postponed. Waters has also recorded “about 10” songs for his next rock-oriented album, which will eventually become the successor to his last studio set, 1992’s “Amused to Death.”