David Gilmour Rejects Roger Waters’ Peace Plan, ‘I Bet All Pink Floyd Fans Are Sorry To Hear That’

Disagreements over small and large issues are unavoidable in a band, and if they develop, they can mean the end of not only friendships but also the band. This was also true of Pink Floyd. The two members, Roger Waters and David Gilmour, have had a long-running feud that appears to have transformed them into rivals. Despite the fact that the two have been bashing each other on several occasions, Waters revealed in a 2019 interview with Rolling Stone that the two former bandmates had an essential meeting to come to terms. The former bassist even devised a peace plan. The last time the two bandmates communicated was two months before the interview. Waters revealed whether the meeting concluded in a positive or poor outcome, saying:

“We talked in June. We had a great meeting, and I came up with a big peace proposal, which unfortunately did not work.” The supporters, too, hoped for a happy ending, but it did not pan out. He went on to say: “I’m sure all Pink Floyd fans are disappointed to hear that.” They all thought that we’d kiss and make up and that everything would be fine in our little, perfect world. For me, it wouldn’t be as snug or nice, because I left Pink Floyd in 1985 for a reason. The reason for this was that I needed to get back to work.”

Nonetheless, Waters continued with his task. He came to the conclusion: “Well, at least I’ve been able to get back to work.” Work is its own form of reward. I was pleased to see in Variety’s review of the film that they were able to connect the dots between ‘Dark Side of the Moon,’ ‘Animals,’ [Waters’ solo album] ‘Amused to Death,’ and ‘Is This the Life We Really Want?’ That made me happy. Anyway, we won’t go any further. I’ve probably said more than I should.” In 1986, the bassist went to court against Gilmour and drummer Nick Mason to prohibit them from using the name Pink Floyd, declaring the band a “spent force creatively” and claimed he was forced to leave the band. The remaining members were eventually allowed to use the moniker, while some concept rights reverted to Waters. Waters later confessed that he regrets suing the band. A year after the interview, the bassist claimed that he was barred from accessing the Pink Floyd website, implying that the rivalry is still ongoing.

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