Published May 19, 2020A global pandemic has done little to bring former Pink Floyd bandmates Roger Waters and David Gilmour together, as the two continue to pass their time on respective livestreams. But the former has felt a little left out online lately, claiming Gilmour has "banned" him from sharing news and updates through the band's website and social media.
"Nothing from me is on the website — I am banned by David Gilmour from the website," Waters said in a new video shared today, elaborating, "David thinks he owns it. I think he thinks because I left the band in 1985 that he owns Pink Floyd, that he is Pink Floyd and that I'm irrelevant and that I should keep my mouth shut. We're all welcome to our opinions."
Waters noted that he addressed the issue a year ago during "a sort of Camp David for the surviving members of Pink Floyd" he held in London. It was there where he "proposed all kinds of measures to get past this awful impasse that we have and the predicament we found ourselves in, and it bore not fruit, I'm sorry to say."
"One of the things I asked for, I suggested that because whoever the 30 million of you are that subscribe to the web page, you do so because of the body of work the five of us created," he explained. "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."
Waters pointed out that Pink Floyd socials have made nary a mention of his recent livestream appearances, in addition to the digital rollout of his Us + Them concert film and the postponement of his "This Is Not a Drill" North American tour.
"Why do we have to watch [Gilmour's wife] Polly Samson for year after year, month after month, day after day... and the Von Trappeds reading us excerpts from their novels to get us to go to sleep at night? We don't get to hear about anything that Roger's doing, or "This is Not a Drill," or when he makes a piece of work...this is wrong," Waters explained.
He then jokingly told fans, "We should rise up or just change the name of the band to Spinal Tap and then everything will be hunky-dory," adding, "I'm not gonna get all weird and sarcastic."
You can watch his video message below.
Waters left Pink Floyd in 1985, and soon launched a lawsuit against his former bandmates over continued use of the name and material. The band would reach a settlement to usher in what is recognized as the group's "Gilmour era," leading to the release of 1987's A Momentary Lapse of Reason, 1994's The Division Bell and 2014's The Endless River.