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Roger Waters Trashes His Fellow Rock Peers In New Interview

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Roger Waters, a fervent supporter of Palestinian issues, has earned himself few friends in the rock community with his public lambasting of musicians performing in Israel. Once again, the Pink Floyd-co-founder, who’s currently on tour Down Under, took time out once again to trash some of his classic rock peers.

Noise11.com reported while in Melbourne, Roger Waters sat down for a Q&A for the Australia Palestine Advocacy Network (APAN) and spoke frankly about but a few of the rock legends he has an issue with:

On Elton John: “Elton John went and played in Sun City about 500 times when everyone else in the world was anti-apartheid and said you can’t go and play in Sun City and he said ‘yeah I can, I’m the Queen Mum’. You kind of go, well he is just dopey and also he obviously doesn’t give a f*** about anybody else except the lesbian gay whatever whatever community which he does seem to care about. He will make videos protecting his one little area of people who are having violence done to them but he seems blind to (others). We are all human but some people are human in different ways.”

On Aerosmith and Steven Tyler: “Aerosmith went to one of these (Israeli counter-terrorism) training camps. What are they doing? What were they thinking? I ran into Steve Tyler in a sushi restaurant in LA and he leapt up to me. I thought, who is this, a little old lady? He had his hair up and I thought ‘oh God there’s a little old lady who wants to talk to me’ and it was Steven Tyler.”

On Steven Van Zandt: “Little Steven, Steven Van Zandt from the E Street Band. He produced ‘Sun City’. I wrote to him and said ‘Hey Steve, don’t you think it’s time we did one of these about Palestine because the situation is appalling. It is exactly the same situation it was in South Africa, it’s worse. He wrote me a letter back and said ‘I think the situation in Palestine is much more complicated’ and that turned into a threat. He said ‘I think you should be very careful about what you do and what you say because your career could be over in a heartbeat.’ I thought ‘f*** you.’ This guy in his charlady hat is threatening me. He did say however he admired my courage and would love to have lunch so I wrote back and said ‘what about next Friday?’ That was four years ago.”

On Nick Cave: “Your bloke, Cave. Gimme a break, was he really saying that his freedom of speech was being infringed? It doesn’t deserve an answer. I was co-signatory of all the letters sent to him. I didn’t speak to him personally. I don’t want to speak to him. I think it is pitiful to bring that up and say ‘I don’t want Roger Waters bullying me. I’m a musician, I just want to play my music.’ What? They are shooting the f***ing feet of 18-year-olds who want to play soccer. Don’t talk to me about your freedom of speech. Pay Attention.”

On Radiohead’s Thom Yorke: “Thom Yorke said that (director) Ken Loach and I were throwing mud at him. No we weren’t. We were trying to engage him. I had a long email exchange with Thom Yorke and in the end he said ‘that’s it I’m giving up the music business, you have finally convinced me.’ He was just being sarcastic. He is a pr***. At least have a conversation. He is just a self-obsessed, narcissistic, drippy little pr***.”

Last spring, Roger Waters tried to publicly shame Radiohead out of performing in Israel: “Thom Yorke is wrong about not endorsing the policies of the Israeli government by playing there. Spokespersons of that government have said how excited they are that this is the best thing that’s happened to their hasbara, which is the explaining to the rest of the world what a wonderful, precious democracy Israel is — and willy nilly when they cross the picket line. They are making a public statement that they do endorse the policies of the gov — whatever they say, because that is what will be reported in Israel and that is what gets reported around the world. That is why Radiohead are being so roundly criticized.”

Photo Courtesy of  Sean Evans

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