He started the announcement by thanking fans for their support for his recently recorded version of the Pink Floyd track Mother. He did note, however, that it called into question why the song wasn’t available on “a website that calls itself The Pink Floyd Website. Well the answer to that is because nothing from me is on the website. I am banned by David Gilmour from the website.”
He continued, explaining that a year ago he had put together a “sort of Camp David for the surviving members of Pink Floyd … where I proposed all kinds of measures to get past this awful impasse that we have, and the predicament we find ourselves in. It bore no fruit, I’m sorry to say, but one of the things that I asked for – I suggested that, because, whoever the 30 million of you are who subscribe to the web page, you do so because of the body of work the five of us created … it seems to me that it would be fair and correct that we should have equal access to you all.”
Waters then goes on to bring up his departure and subsequent clashes with Gilmour: “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, and that I’m irrelevant.”
Waters concludes his video by noting that fans are asking why Gilmour is using his platform to promote his family’s work, but not his former bandmate’s, saying “why do we have to sit and watch Polly Samson 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 yet, we don’t get to hear about anything Rogers is doing … this is wrong.” Then, somewhat jokingly – “We should rise up! Or, just change the name of the band to Spinal Tap. Then everything will be hunky dory.”
He closes the video with a message of peace and unity to his fans – however his dissatisfaction with the content being hosted on the Pink Floyd website (and social media, as he clarifies in the video’s description) is clear.
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