David Gilmour Reflects On Roger Waters Leaving Pink Floyd In New Interview
Words by Riley Fitzgerald
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“By 1984, Roger had very obviously decided that enough was enough for him,” David Gilmour says in conversation with Uncut Magazine for a special Pink Floyd themed feature.
“I hadn’t decided that enough was enough for me,” he then continues. “So I imagine I thought, ‘Yes, we’ll go back to doing [Pink Floyd].’”
“I think David led on the idea [of continuing],” Nick Mason adds, referring to the group’s to decision forge ahead after Roger Waters acrimoniously left the band and then sued them in 1985. “It wasn’t that I didn’t want to carry on – I did – but I don’t think I cared as much as David did.”
“We’d be partly in the studios and partly in the lawyers’ office.” Floyd’s founding member continues, “‘Was Roger going to injunct?’ And the answer was, of course he couldn’t, because he’d left the band, and the one thing clear in all our contractual arrangements was that if someone left, they left, and the band continued without them… That gave David and me the authority to carry on.”
“We laid everything on it,” Mason recollects. “There was a sense of trepidation over what it would be like without Roger, so we slightly over-egged the pudding in terms of lots of session players. Some of [post-Waters album A Momentary Lapse of Reason is] overproduced, far too much stuff on it…”
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