July 31, 2021

Pink Floyd: why Roger Waters and David Gilmour broke up and are ‘enemies’

If someone asks about the history of Pink Floyd, if you know that Roger Waters Y David Gilmour they are practically ‘enemies’ and that there can never be a meeting because relationships are broken.

Well, it is known that Waters and Gilmour have buried the hatchet on some occasions, always for good-hearted reasons, such as charity events or fundraising concerts.

Namely, the well-known one-off meeting for the ‘Live 8’ festival in 2005, still with Rick Wright alive, and the duet that both starred in 2010 in a small gig for the benefit of Palestinian refugee children.

Then, in 2011, Waters closed his world tour of ‘The Wall’ by inviting Gilmour by surprise and Nick Mason at one of his concerts in London. They even later shared dinner in a restaurant, with images that were captured by the public and later shared in the press.

The rumor spread, at the time, that after the successful concert at the ‘Live 8’ in Hyde Park they were offered 150 million dollars for a tour of the United States, but that they allegedly rejected it due to irreconcilable differences within the group . All hopes were sunk in 2008 with the death of cancer-stricken Wright.

It seemed that, although there were no reunification plans, the 3 aforementioned specific reunification events pointed to an improvement in personal relationships, but in recent years things have been complicated again between the 2 alpha males of the group.

Specifically, in this past 2020 Waters and Gilmour had finished breaking any possibility of rapprochement when the former denounced that the latter never promoted his solo work on Pink Floyd’s digital and social media platforms as he had complete control of them. However, he reproached him that Gilmour did use Floyd’s official profiles to promote his wife’s professional jobs, Polly Samson.

How it all started

The break began in 1985. After several years of creative differences between Waters and Gilmour and many tensions, especially due to the recording of ‘The Wall’ and the subsequent and exhausting world tour, the total distancing was noticed on the album ‘The Final Cut ‘(1983), Waters’ formal farewell to the group.

In 1985 Waters announced his departure and thought it meant the breakup of the band. Or a hibernation, but that the creative stage of the group was exhausted. In fact, he requested it to the courts when he found that his former colleagues expressed the will to continue with the Pink Floyd name, to Waters’ ‘surprise’.

“I was wrong, of course I am … it is one of the few times that legal matters have taught me anything,” he went on to tell the ‘BBC’ in 2013, almost 30 years later.

A first agreement made the 3 remaining members continue with the band and that Waters could exploit all the composite material in Floyd, something he did for example to celebrate the fall of the Berlin Wall, with special concerts of ‘The Wall’.

Nick Mason gave his own vision in 2018, in the magazine ‘Rolling Stone’: “In my opinion, I think the problem is that Roger does not respect David. He feels that composing is everything, and that playing guitar and singing is something that, I will not say that nobody can do, but that everything must be judged by the composition and not by the execution. I think Roger is annoyed by the mistake he made when he left the band thinking that without him he would collapse. “

“It is really disappointing that these older gentlemen continue with their quarrels,” Mason concluded, always quite on the sidelines of the band’s fights to profit from Floyd’s formula at all times. Now, as is known, he formed his own group of versions of the first stage of the group, the psychedelic, called Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets.

Also passed time, in 2014, Gilmour, who usually flees from controversies in public, also opened up in the ‘Rolling Stone’ about why he can not maintain a group with Waters: “I can not even imagine why anyone can think that what we do now would have something to do with him … it’s a mystery to me. Roger was tired of being in a successful group. He’s very used to being the only leader in his entire career. “

And he finished: “The idea that he entered a system that works democratically, it would not fit.” In addition, he considers that it is already a thing of the past that is well over: “I was 30-something when Roger left the group. I am 68 now. I have been more than half my life without him, so the truth is that we don’t have much in common anymore “.

And it really is like this: Gilmour started in the band in December 1967, already really in 1968, and in 1985 Waters left. 17 years of coexistence compared to 35 without sharing a band.