Pink Floyd War of Words: Roger Waters Drops Social Media Bomb on David Gilmour Over ‘Ban’ From Facebook Page
Roger Waters unleashed a tirade on Twitter directed at David Gilmour concerning the lack of his material on the Pink Floyd Facebook social media page.
Waters took particular aim at Gilmour’s decision to include releases from his wife, but not mention of the streaming release of Waters’ film “Us + Them” or his lockdown video of “Mother.”
“Just change the name of the band to Spinal Tap, and then everything will be hunky dory,” he ranted in a video. “All right, I’m not gonna get all weird and sarcastic, although as you know, that is a direction in which I am known to sometimes lean temperamentally.”
“I suggested that because whoever the 30 million of you are who subscribe to the web page, that you do that because of the body of work that the five of us created. That’s Syd (Barrett), me, (the late) Rick (Wright), Nick and David, over a number of years. And in consequence, it seems to me that it would be fair and correct if we should have equal access to you all and share our projects, ” he said.
But, Waters said, Gilmour believes he owns the Pink Floyd name, ranting “David thinks he owns it. I think he thinks that because I left the band in 1985, that he owns Pink Floyd, that he is Pink Floyd, that I’m irrelevant and I should just keep my mouth shut. We’re all welcome to our opinions. But there have been rumblings and grumblings in the ranks I’m told by friends of mine who follow these things, and some of the questions being asked are: ‘Why do we have to sit and watch Polly Samson (Gilmour’s wife) for year after year, month after month, day after day, and the von Trapps reading us excerpts from their novels to get us to go to sleep at night?’ And that’s a very good question. ‘And yet we don’t get to hear about anything that Roger’s doing or about ‘This is Not a Drill’ [Waters’ postponed tour], or when he makes a piece of work, it’s not shown, and so on and so forth. And none of his work is publicized. The fact that his and Sean Evans’ film ‘Us and Them,’ which has just gone out digitally for streaming everywhere, is not mentioned.”
“This is wrong. We should rise up,” he added.
Watch “Mother” Below: