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Roger Waters warns 'This Is Not a Drill' ahead of Aug. 25 date at Target Center

Roger Waters last played in town at Xcel Center on his 2017 Us + Them Tour. / Jeff Wheeler, Star Tribune

Roger Waters last played in town at Xcel Center on his 2017 Us + Them Tour. / Jeff Wheeler, Star Tribune

Roger Waters is up to something big again, and he’s bringing it to the biggest arena in Minnesota.

The Pink Floyd co-founder has confirmed an Aug. 25 stop at Target Center on his newly announced This Is Not a Drill Tour, which will feature a hi-fi in-the-round stage at half-court.

Tickets go on sale next Friday, Jan. 31, at 10 a.m. via AXS.com, the arena box office or 888-9-AXS-TIX. Pre-sale options begin Wednesday. Prices were again not made public in the publicly owned arena. Seats for Waters' last show in town were priced $53-$248, but it looks like this one will feature ample "premium"-level tickets.

Unlike his spectacle-filled production of “The Wall” in 2012, this tour won’t center around any particular album, but it apparently will have a sociopolitcal theme.

Fans who were shocked – shocked, I say! – that the always-outspoken rock legend included some political messaging in his Us + Them Tour stop at Xcel Energy Center in 2017 can probably expect more of that this time around, based on the timing before the presidential election and what Rogers told Rolling Stone in a video posted below. The clip also showed rehearsal footage of the Floyd classics "Comfortably Numb" and "Sheep" along with the solo song "The Powers That Be." Here's some of what he said:

“As the clock ticks faster and faster and faster down to extinction, it seemed like a good thing to make a fuss about it, so that’s why I’m going on the road. To be blunt, we need to change the way we organize ourselves as a human race or die. This tour will be part of a global movement by people who are concerned by others to affect the change that is necessary. That’s why we’re going on the road. That’s why speak to each other in pubs. That’s why this conversation should be on everybody’s lips, constantly, the whole time, because it’s super important. So I hope you’ll all come to the shows. This is not a drill.”

The Minneapolis date falls about halfway through the tour, which kicks off July 8 in Pittsburgh and also includes shows in Milwaukee (Aug. 22) and Kansas City (Aug. 29). Presumably, the shows will feature two Waters sets like other recent tours, and thus no opening acts.

Judge denies founding drummer's right to play with Aerosmith at Grammys

Joey Kramer/ AP photo by Jeff Christensen

A Massachusetts judge has denied founding Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer a chance to perform with the Rock Hall of Fame band at two Grammy-related events this weekend.

Because he was injured, Kramer was forced to recently “audition” for his own job of 50 years, and he apparently failed. So, Aerosmith plans to use a temporary replacement.

Plymouth County Superior Court Judge Mark Gildea denied Kramer’s request to order the band to let him participate in Friday’s MusiCares benefit honoring Aerosmith and on Sunday’s Grammy Awards when the band is expected to perform its 1986 hit “Walk This Way” with Run D.M.C.

Kramer issued a statement late Wednesday:

“Although I’m extremely disappointed by the Judge’s ruling today, I respect it. I knew filing a lawsuit was a bit of an uphill battle considering that the corporate documents don’t reference any process for a band member returning from an injury or illness. However, the band waited until Jan. 15 to tell me that they weren’t letting me play at the awards ceremonies this week. I can hold my head high knowing that I did the right thing.

“The truth speaks for itself. Ever since I injured my foot last August and went through many hours of physical therapy to heal, not once did the band in its entirety offer to rehearse with me. That is a fact. I was also sent the full rehearsal schedule on Jan. 18 and flew to LA the next day to rehearse and have many texts and emails stating the band can’t wait for my return…. When I showed up to rehearse, I was greeted by two security guards who prohibited me from entering.”

When Kramer injured his shoulder last year, his drum tech filled in for a few gigs during Aerosmith’s residency in Las Vegas in April. Kramer did, however, perform in July at the Twin Cities Summer Jam in Shakopee.

On Tuesday, the other four members of Aerosmith – Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Tom Hamilton and Brad Whitford – issued a statement, that said, in part:

"Joey Kramer is our brother; his well-being is of paramount importance to us. However, he has not been emotionally and physically able to perform with the band, by his own admission, for the last 6 months. We have missed him and have encouraged him to rejoin us to play many times but apparently he has not felt ready to do so…. We are bonded together by much more than our time on stage."

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