Roger Waters is enjoying loads of Pink Floyd music throughout his ongoing This Is Not a Drill tour — together with classics from The Wall (“Comfortably Numb”), Wish You Were Here (“Have a Cigar”) and The Dark Side of the Moon (“Cash”). He’s additionally performing a handful of solo songs, amongst them the newly debuted piano ballad “The Bar.”
As of this writing, the singer-songwriter hasn’t launched a full studio recording of the track, which he informed Q1043 New York stretches out to 14 minutes. However because it seems to be a staple of his ongoing North American trek, it is price taking a more in-depth take a look at “The Bar” and its communal message.
The reduce, which recollects the gentler moments from The Wall and The Final Cut, emerged throughout the early COVID-19 lockdown interval. And Waters technically carried out it dwell even earlier than This Is Not a Drill, presenting a keys-and-vocal model throughout an October 2021 event supporting imprisoned WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
“I’m going to sing a track and play the piano on the identical time — one thing that [I] admit I’ve by no means, ever accomplished in my life in public earlier than,” Waters says, introducing the prolonged piece. “Does all people within the bar really feel disgrace? / Lord is aware of I do,” he sings on “The Bar.” “I suppose all of us really feel just about the identical / Type of worn out by this loopy fucking zoo.”
4 months after enjoying that prolonged, stripped-down take, Waters appeared on the YouTube present Live on the Fly With Randy Credico, which launched an “excerpt” of a recorded model, right here fleshed out with drums and a mellotron-styled keys.
Whereas Waters hasn’t mentioned the track a lot in interviews, he’s made it a staple of This Is Not a Drill — performing it at each present for the reason that July 6 launch at Pittsburgh’s PPG Paints Enviornment. (Thus far, it’s appeared throughout a block of solo cuts within the first set, with a reprise showing late within the second, between “Two Suns within the Sundown” and “Exterior the Wall.”)
Hear Roger Waters Play a Portion of ‘The Bar’ Dwell in Pittsburgh
Throughout his Aug. 10 show in Columbus, Ohio, Waters launched “The Bar” by explaining the track’s title surroundings. “The bar is a spot in my head, an imaginary place, but it surely’s additionally an actual place,” he mentioned. “There are bars all around the world. In my head, it’s a spot the place you’ll be able to go possibly have a drink, actually meet your folks, and hopefully meet strangers as properly. And you’ll change opinions with strangers and pals with no concern or favor, and it’s someplace the place you’re welcome and the place you’ll be able to change your love on your fellow man with out concern in anyway.”
He additionally detailed the lyrics from the brief section he performed dwell. “There are two characters in the direction of the top of this little little bit of this track, they usually’re two girls,” he mentioned. “Considered one of them is a homeless Black girl who lives in a cardboard field someplace, with a [chihuahua]. … [The other], youthful girl … is a Lakota Sioux from … North Dakota, who sees this girl and decides to cross over and assist her. And he or she helps her by bringing her to the bar, the place all of us take care of her.”
Past the tour, Waters’ plans for the track stay unclear. However his band appears to like the complete model: In a July interview with UCR, his guitarist Jonathan Wilson briefly teased “The Bar,” saying, “That track, when you hear the entire thing, it’s bought 10 verses or one thing they usually’re unbelievable.” (When our author famous that it will be a “fairly good anchor for a brand new album,” Wilson replied, “Yeah, I don’t know, however that may be enjoyable.”)
For now, “The Bar” serves a thematic objective for This Is Not a Drill. “If my present encourages us all to nurture that feeling — our want to really feel that sense of neighborhood throughout the borders which might be created by politics and worldwide borders and nations and blah, blah, blah — then I’ll have accomplished my job on this tour,” Waters informed Q1043. “That’s crucial factor I’ll ever have accomplished in my life: to nail my coronary heart and my colours to that cross.”
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