Roger Waters claims David Gilmour won’t let him access Pink Floyd fanbase

News 22/05/2020

Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters has said former bandmate David Gilmour refuses to give him access to the band's online following of 30 million fans.

Waters released a new version of Pink Floyd's 'Mother' on the 17th May - which you can listen to and watch here - and was delighted by the response to it, but regretted that he wasn't able to advertise it to more people who may want to hear it. 

"One and a half million of you have viewed our new version of 'Mother,' which is lovely," Waters said in a video message posted to his Twitter account. "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."

He goes on in the video to discuss the 'Camp David' summit meeting he held last year with Gilmour and drummer Nick Mason, which he said failed to reach any outcome.

"I proposed all kinds of measures to get past this awful impasse that we have," he said. "The 30 million of you who subscribe … do so because of the body of work the five of us created: That's Syd [Barrett], me, Rick [Wright], Nick and David over a number of years."

"It seems to me that it would be fair and correct if we should have equal access to you all and share our projects."

Waters also addressed his 1985 departure from Pink Floyd, which left Gilmour in charge and resulted in years of bitterness between the pair - but that appeared to have been resolved over the past decade. "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," Waters said of Gilmour. 

To support his argument, Waters pointed out that artistic projects by GIlmour's wife, Polly Samson, receive regular coverage on Pink Floyd's media channels, and suggested that those works were of little interest. "We should rise up. Or just change the name of the band to Spinal Tap and then everything will be hunky dory."