Roger Waters Says He Was Wrong To Sue Pink Floyd In The '80s
Roger Waters says that he regrets suing his Pink Floyd bandmates over the group's name in 1985. The suit, which ultimately gave David Gilmour and Nick Mason the permanent legal use of the group's moniker, with Waters retaining the rights to the band's 1979 rock opera The Wall and the prop inflatable pig used on the band's final tours with him.
Waters looked back at the turbulent and ugly era, which ultimately divided a large portion of Floyd's die-hard fan base, telling, Consequence Of Sound, "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. Because 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 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 revealed plans for his first new solo album since 1992's Amused To Death and his first new compositions since the 2005 three act opera Ca Ira, saying, "You know I've had a few breakthroughs recently which I won't talk about, but I am going to make another record. I've had a very very strong idea, and I shall pursue it, and I will make at least one more record and I am really looking forward to getting my teeth stuck into it."
Just prior to his 2008 death, Pink Floyd keyboardist Rick Wright explained that at the time of his firing during the sessions for The Wall, Roger Waters began asserting an incredible amount of creative pressure on him and the rest of the band: "He was believing that he was the band. He believed that he was the only important part of the band. That is when the problem started, and he was wrong. That was the point. He was wrong."
Out now is Pink Floyd's latest documentary, The Story Of Wish You Were Here. The doc, which was directed by John Edginton chronicles the making of the band's 1975 classic. Edgington told us that over 25 years after the legal wrangling with David Gilmour over the Floyd brand name -- and ultimately over who really was the driving force behind the band -- Roger Waters is finally able to see himself within the bigger picture: "I interviewed Roger 10 years ago. I did a documentary about Syd Barrett, and it was the first time that David and Roger had been in anything together because they both have strong feelings about Syd. And Roger's feelings about Syd were very transparent. I mean, he was crying in the interview. So, that surprised me and I thought there was something going on. I think it's kind of got Roger to a place where all this has come together. He's in his 60's and he's realized that actually, y'know, this stuff wasn't necessarily all about him."
Roger Waters will next perform on Saturday (September 21st) in Paris, France.
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