Roger Waters tried to make peace with David Gilmour but was ultimately rejected

News 04/10/2019

During an interview with the Rolling Stone magazine, Waters discussed his current relationship with ex-Pink Floyd bandmate, David Gilmour and how his "big peace plan" went to shambles.

Waters said, "I wish [Gilmour would] let me advertise this movie [Us + Them] on the Pink Floyd website. It's not allowed. He censored it, and I'm not allowed to announce anything on it."

When asked upon the last time Waters spoke to Gilmour, he indicated that they spoke recently in June. "We had a big meeting where I came up with a big peace plan that has come to nothing, sadly."

"... I bet all Pink Floyd fans are sorry to hear that. They all hoped that we could kiss and make up, and everything would be wonderful in a cosy, wonderful world."

"Well, it wouldn't be all that cosy or wonderful for me, because I left Pink Floyd in 1985 for a reason," Waters emphasised. "The reason being that I wanted to get on with my work."

"Well, thank goodness I've been able to get on with my work. Work is its own reward. I was very happy to see in the Variety review of the movie that they managed to connect the dots between 'Dark Side of the Moon,' 'Animals,' [solo album] 'Amused to Death,' and 'Is This the Life We Really Want?' That was gratifying."

Variety writes that the concert film affirms the "timelessness of Waters' thematic concerns". It also proves that "fresh material doesn't have to be the medicine we're forced to swallow to hear the classics.'

Anyway, let's not go there any further. I've said more than I should.

The interviewer asked Waters about his thoughts on his other ex-bandmate, Nick Mason, and their surprise reunion earlier this year.

Waters said that he was "pleasantly surprised" by Mason's Saucerful of Secrets band and "really enjoyed it".

"I love Nick. He's a very old friend, and luckily all those bridges have been rebuilt. We see each other often, and I adore him."

He went on to describe the wonderful atmosphere at the show that night. "... and I couldn't have been happier than to be allowed to share the stage and sing one of my songs with that band."

Roger Waters also quashed the idea of doing a tour to perform Pink Floyd's older material. "Why would I want to do that? I'm writing new shit all the time. I will go on doing what I've always done. My work is to think, 'Well, how can I make rock 'n' roll more interesting or theatrical or exciting or visual or musical or whatever?'," he firmly explained.

"That's what I've spent the last 50 years doing, expressing myself. And I shall continue to do that. I can't think of anything I want to do less than go and sing 'Set the Controls' in a pub."

Academy Cinemas is holding a matinee screening of 'Roger Waters: Us + Them' on 6th of October 2019 at noon. For more information visit HERE