Roger Waters released a socially distanced rendition of Pink Floyd’s “Mother” Sunday, with the bassist performing The Wall classic with his touring unit via video.
“Social distancing is a necessary evil in Covid world,” Waters tweeted. “Watching ‘Mother’ reminds me just how irreplaceable the joy of being in a band is.”
Social distancing is a necessary evil in Covid world. Watching "Mother" reminds me just how irreplaceable the joy of being in a band is. pic.twitter.com/F4fxQCfbd6
— Roger Waters (@rogerwaters) May 17, 2020
Waters was scheduled to begin his This Is Not a Drill U.S. tour in July, but the coronavirus pandemic forced the postponement of the trek to 2021. However, Waters and company provide fans with a taste of what they can expect next year with the lengthy, full-band version of “Mother” with every member of the touring unit performing from their respective home studio.
In the latest issue of Rolling Stone, Waters discussed his life in isolation, a failed Pink Floyd peace summit in 2019, his friendship with Prine and his preparations for the now-2021 tour.
“We haven’t stopped work,” Waters said. “We didn’t stop for a single second. The show is part rock & roll arena show, part cinema. It’s couched on this idea that we are divided between the ruling classes, who I characterize as living in the iCloud. They live in the sky — it’s all white up there, and they live in great luxury. And then there’s the netherworld where the rest of us shuffle around, uncomfortably numb.”