By: Annie Scaramuzzino
The feud and subsequent lawsuit between Roger Waters and his former Pink Floyd bandmates is one of the most famous in Rock and Roll history.
As the story goes, Waters quit the Pink Floyd lineup in 1985, and then later sued David Gilmour and Nick Mason for their continued use of the band’s name.
Nearly thirty years later, the lawsuit has been settled and the feud has certainly died down, but Roger Waters apparently still lives with some regret of the situation. Consequences of Sound reports that in a recent interview with the BBC show HARDTalk, hosted by Stephen Sackur, Waters expressed that he now thinks he was in the wrong to take his bandmates to court, if only at a personal level.
“I did, I did think that was wrong, and I was wrong! Of course I was. Who cares? It was a commercial decision and in fact it’s one of the few times that the legal profession has taught me something,” Waters told Sackur in the interview set to air tonight (September 19.)
However, the rocker then went on to defend himself in the situation, equating Pink Floyd in the ‘80s to a brand that was failing.
“…When I went to these chaps and said ‘listen we’re broke, this isn’t Pink Floyd anymore’, they went ‘what do you mean? That’s irrelevant, it is a label and it has commercial value, you can’t say it’s going to cease to exist, you obviously haven’t looked back to Runnymede, you obviously don’t understand English jurisprudence…It’s not about what you think, it’s about…it’s what it is’….The law is everything what we have, that’s what the Wall is about,” Waters explained.
According to Consequences of Sound, Waters also talks about a new solo album in the BBC interview, which will mark his first release since his 2005 opera Ca Ira and his first studio album since 1992’s Amused to Death. The singer is currently wrapping up his ‘ Wall’ tour, which has been his main focus for the past three years.
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