ROGER WATERS – ” The Lockdown Sessions “

Posted: April 27, 2023 in MUSIC

Roger Waters will issue a new mini-album called “The Lockdown Sessions”, in June.

These are re-recordings of old songs, three are from Pink Floyd’s “The Wall“, two are from the last Floyd album with Roger Waters, 1983’s “The Final Cut” and one track (‘The Bravery of Being Out of Range’) is from Waters’ 1992 solo album “Amused to Death”.

‘Comfortably Numb 2022’ is the last song on “The Lockdown Sessions” and is an exception to the ‘lockdown’ rule, since this was recorded during Waters’ This Is Not A Drill North American tour last year.

The Lockdown Sessions are 5 seminal tracks from Waters time with Pink Floyd his solo career: “Mother” and “Vera” from Pink Floyd The Wall; “Two Suns In The Sunset” and “The Gunner’s Dream” from Waters final Pink Floyd album, The Final Cut; and “The Bravery of Being Out Of Range” from his highly acclaimed solo album, “Amused To Death”. Additionally, Waters new version of the classic Pink Floyd song “Comfortably Numb” features as the final track on “The Lockdown Sessions”.

“Our Us and Them Tour lasted three years…At every gig we did an encore after the main show closed with “Comfortably Numb”…the encore was always “Mother” I can’t remember why I decided to start doing other songs?…Anyway, at some point after the end of the tour…I started thinking, “It could make an interesting album, all those encores”…“The Encores”. ”Yeah, has a nice ring to it!” Then…I’m in England doing the Ginger Baker tribute gig one Tuesday night at the Hammersmith Odeon with Eric Clapton and…the following Saturday marching from The Australian Embassy to Parliament Square to make a speech in support of Julian Assange, when bugger me, Covid…Schlummmm! For me it was Friday March 13th 2020. Lockdown! So much for the “Encores” project. Unless… 

We’ve tacked C. Numb on the end of the collection, as an appropriate exclamation point in closing this circle of love.”

The Lockdown Sessions were produced by Roger Waters and Gus Seyffert. Appearing on the recordings are Roger Waters – Vocals, Guitar and Piano; Gus Seyffert – Bass, Cellos and Vocals; Joey Waronker – Drums and Percussion; Dave Kilminster – Guitar and Rhythm Guitar; Jonathan Wilson – Guitar and Vocals; Jon Carin – Keyboards and Vocals, Lucius (Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig) – Vocals; Bo Koster – Hammond (on all tracks except “Mother”) and Ian Ritchie – Saxophone (“Two Suns In The Sunset”).

Videos have been made for the songs which were produced and directed by Sean Evans. Roger’s This Is Not A Drill is currently on tour in Europe, and we know he has more recordings in the bag waiting to be released, namely his reworking of Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon.

“The Lockdown Sessions” are released on CD and vinyl on 7th June, via Colubmia/Sony Music.

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