Roger Waters on Pink Floyd: ‘It Was Over in 1985′
Former Pink Floyd maestro Roger Waters may be riding high with a hugely successful touring version of ‘The Wall,’ but that doesn’t mean he would ever consider touring with his former band again. In a recent interview, the singer-songwriter and bass player spoke succinctly about the matter, saying, “It was over in 1985, and it’s still over.”
Waters spoke to Britain’s Sun newspaper about his preparations for staging his touring spectacular at Wembley Stadium in September, and when asked if he could ever see performing again with Floyd’s surviving members, David Gilmour and Nick Mason, he didn’t hesitate. “I can’t,” he replied. “I left Pink Floyd for very good reasons, and it was the right and proper thing to do.”
After Waters left, Floyd went on to record and tour without him, which exacerbated their already deep-seated differences. But against all odds, the band re-formed in 2005 for a one-off gig at Live 8. Keyboardist Richard Wright passed away in 2008, and though Waters says Mason would “jump back in a heartbeat,” he just doesn’t see it happening.
In fact, he was initially reluctant to even undertake ‘The Wall’ again. When his wife suggested the idea, Waters dismissed her outright. “I said, ‘Be quiet, you don’t understand,’” he laughingly admits. “Then I started figuring out whether it was possible. Eventually I told her, ‘You know what? You were right.’”