Waters announced the 28-date tour at a press conference in central London today (May 27), saying the gigs will feature a new visual interpretation of the album and be “a lot more political” than the original tour.
In the UK, he’ll play three nights at the London O2 Arena on May 11, 12 and 17, followed by two nights at the Manchester Evening News Arena (20, 21). A further show will take place at Dublin‘s O2 Arena on May 23.
Speaking to NME about the tour, which also includes a series of dates in the US, Waters hinted that it could be his last of such magnitude.
“I can’t imagine that aged 80 I’m gonna be one of those guys who does 55-date tours,” he explained.
“I’m 66 now, so I think there will come a point where I just don’t want the physical demand. At the moment I’m pretty fit and I have no qualms about doing this one. But I have started to work out regularly, because it is physically quite demanding.”
Waters also confirmed that, due to technological advances, the shows will feature a 240-foot projection onto the wall built in front of the audience, a feat that could not be realised when the album was originally toured.
The album’s illustrator Gerald Scarfe is joining up with Waters on the project, and will contribute new images for the gigs.