Roger Waters Says: “Me and David Gilmour will never be friends” – Classic Rock World
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He was a baby when his father was killed in that war. Profound personal loss and hollow political justification were forever entwined on that day in In many ways, his latest opus is a bitter lament for 74 subsequent years of human folly.
It was kind of weirdly musical and meaningful and coherent. There was a kind of magic in the combination of the four of us working together. It's just vaguely disguised. Everybody believes whatever they're told by those who are determined to keep us at each other's throats. A huge body of scientific evidence [tells us] that we're all African if we go back far enough.
We're all brothers and sisters and it would behove us now, in our time of peril, to accept that simple and basic fact. It is a device used by our rulers to unify us in support of their great wealth, and to [make us] give our lives to repel the barbarian at the gate.
They are destroying the world but they're doing it in the name of freedom and democracy and consumerism and capitalism and all of the things that they hold dear.
Sure, there is a thread of redemption in the new album, based as always on the power of love and empathy. But the bleakness of his big picture is as panoramically overwhelming as a battery of Rollios.
Also like Pink, Tommy withdraws into himself as a result of psychological pressures brought to bear by his mother. Pink becomes a rock star. Tommy becomes a messianic guru, not unlike a rock star. Tommy and Pink both turn authoritarian on their followers toward the end of their respective stories. Pink undergoes an awakening of sorts when a wall is torn down.
Tommy undergoes a similar jolt to consciousness when a mirror is smashed. But what sets The Wall apart from Tommy is its tone. Tommy is much lighter in mood, reflecting the spiritual aspirations of its author, Pete Townshend, as much as his doubts about rock stardom. They have the cruel stench of real human beings. Much like Lennon, Waters was traumatized by the early death of a parent.
My father was missing in action. I think that is maybe one of the things that makes people performers. I think it engenders in you a tendency to jump through hoops. But I really think that. I suddenly was able to explain dreams that I had had periodically throughout my life.
And I came to the realization that, on some subconscious level, I felt that I had killed my father. I was born and he died. Korn, for instance, hit a tremendously responsive chord in its young audience by dealing with the early life psychological traumas and purported childhood abuse of band leader Jonathan Davis.
And its protagonist also develops a Nazi alter ego, just like Pink. But after a few sessions they were informed by management that, owing to tax issues stemming from their recent financial difficulties, they would have to make the album outside of England. So the quartet moved operations to Superbear studios in France and then completed the album at Producers Workshop in Los Angeles.
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The album was still only partially written when sessions got underway. We should include them.
We changed the key of the opening section from E to B, I think. And it was all done before the orchestration was added. But there were arguments about how it should be mixed and which backing track should be used. I think it was more of an ego thing than anything else.
We actually went head to head over which of two different drum tracks to use. But it seemed important at the time. So it ended up with us taking a drum fill out of the one version and putting it into the other version by editing a track tape—splitting it down the middle so you have two strips of tape, one-inch wide. A particularly heated confrontation between Gilmour and Waters took place over dinner one night at an Italian restaurant in North Hollywood. And I was right in the middle of it.
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I was fighting at that point for the introduction of the orchestra and the expansion of the Pink Floyd sound into something that was more theatrical, more filmic. Roger sided with me on that particular point. What we ended up with is the body of the song being more heavily orchestral, and then the end clears out somewhat and is more rock and roll.
Given their financial predicament, Pink Floyd badly needed a hit single. The group had never really released singles or catered to that market and were reluctant to do so now. Engineer Nick Griffiths arranged for some children from Islington Green School, just around the corner from Britannia Row, to come into the studio.
We just had one conversation. I knew it was a hit record. There were a lot of great moments like that, when we were working at Producers Workshop. Satirical cartoonist Gerald Scarfe wound up collaborating with Waters on the sleeve design for The Wall. Released on November 20,the Wall album was an instant commercial success.
But after The Wall, it certainly became a bit more of a dominant feature of our relationship. Rock Royalty These days, at 62, Gilmour is a royal British rocker with a big country estate. By his own admission, he is less obsessed and engaged with music than he was as a young man. But his unmistakable, sweetly calm and melodic guitar sound is still very much in evidence. For those "Floydophiles" holding out hope that Pink Floyd would get together for one last hurrah, the death of Richard Wright may create some impetus for the remaining members to make nice, as they did at Live 8 in But before the death of Wright, Gilmour said that fans might not want to hold their breath for more Pink Floyd albums or tours.
I suspect I can live without it.