British musician and former Pink Floyd member, Roger Waters, has re-ignited the age old feud between himself and David Gilmour. Waters took to his solo YouTube channel to address some issues he was having with the current state of thing with a video titled, ‘ANNOUNCEMENT’.
In the video, Roger Waters sets the tone with a strange, iMovie generated introduction, and gets straight to the point – he’s been banned from the official Pink Floyd website.
Roger Waters first makes it a point to thank fans for their positive responses to the new version of “Mother” he arranged with his band. “Mother”, which features on the career defining album “the Wall” by Pink Floyd, would go on to be one of the band’s most popular songs. Well, Waters hopped aboard the video call performance trend, and gave audiences a brand new version of “Mother”, arranged and performed with his new band.
In the subsequent video, Waters thanks fans saying: “One and a half million of you have viewed our new version of Mother, which is lovely. It really warms my heart, I have to say.” He goes on to say: “But, it brings up the question of why is this video not available on a website that calls itself “The Pink Floyd Website”.”
Roger Waters claims that he is banned from the website by David Gilmour. He goes on to reveal that, about a year ago, he and the surviving members of Pink Floyd met at a hotel in an airport in London, where Waters proposed different ways in which they could move on from the tough situation they currently find themselves in. He laments, saying: “It bore no fruit, I’m sorry to say”.
With regard to the ban, Roger Waters says: “In consequence, it seems to me that it would be fair and correct if we should have equal access”. He goes on to strike Gilmour with a jab, saying “David thinks he own 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.”
The age-old drama between Roger Waters and David Gilmour has been a never ending saga of subtle and not-so-subtle jabs, and we can only sit back and see where this goes.