Roger Waters was one of the founding members of Pink Floyd, along with David Gilmour. The pair, however, were not friends for some time, and now Waters has made some shocking assertions about his relationship with the band. One member has suggested what could have started this feud in the first place.
Nick Mason, the drummer and another of the founding members of the band, one speculated on what he thought caused the big issue between David Gilmour and Roger Waters.
In an interview with Rolling Stone in 2018, he said: “It’s a really odd thing in my opinion But I think the problem is Roger doesn’t really respect David.
“He feels that writing is everything, and that guitar playing and the singing are something that, I won’t say anyone can do, but that everything should be judged on the writing rather than the playing.
“I think it rankles with Roger that he made a sort of error in a way that he left the band assuming that without him it would fold.
“It’s a constant irritation, really, that he’s still going back to it. I’m hesitant to get too stuck into this one, just because it’s between the two of them rather than me.
“I actually get along with both of them, and I think it’s really disappointing that these rather elderly gentlemen are still at loggerheads.”
When Roger departed the group in 1985, there was a lawsuit over the use of the Pink Floyd name, but the band was able to continue to release music.
Speaking to Rolling Stone about his feelings on the fallout, David said: “Why on Earth anyone thinks what we do now would have anything to do with him [Roger] is a mystery to me.
“Roger was tired of being in a pop group. He is very used to being the sole power behind his career.
“The thought of him coming into something that has any form of democracy to it, he just wouldn’t be good at that. Besides, I was in my thirties when Roger left the group.
“I’m 68 now. It’s over half a lifetime away. We really don’t have that much in common anymore.”
David was brought in to replace guitarist and frontman Syd Barrett in 1967, and following this Richard Wright left the band in 1979, then Roger in 1985.
While the feuding between Roger and David has simmered under the surface for a while, recently Roger spoke out, suggesting he had been “banned” from the Pink Floyd website by David.
He posted a video on social media, saying: “One and half million of you have viewed our new version of Mother, which is lovely – it really warms my heart.
“But it does bring up the question: why is this video not available on a website that calls itself The Pink Floyd website?”
“Well, the answer to that is because nothing from me is on the website – I am banned by David Gilmour from the website.”
“David thinks he owns it. I think he thinks that because I left the band in 1985, that he owns Pink Floyd, that he is Pink Floyd and I’m irrelevant and I should just keep my mouth shut.”
Roger went on a personal rant about David, suggesting his projects were not allowed on the site despite David’s wife, writer Polly Samson, using it to promote her books.
He added: “We’re not allowed to even mention [my projects] on the official Pink Floyd website. This is wrong.
“We should rise up… or, just change the name of the band to Spinal Tap and then everything will be hunky dory.”