Kicking off with Gilmour and Samson Vs Waters
In 2011, Roger Waters gave a performance of The Wall at the o2 Arena in London. He had two surprise guests with him, David Gilmour and Nick Mason, the two fellow surviving members of Pink Floyd. Waters gave a little speech about how he used to be difficult, and yet now all of that had changed and how delighted he was that Gilmour and Mason were with him that evening.
How hollow that feels now.
Over the past few years we have seen an emergence of the caustic Waters, with his attacks on Israel and imagery involving the Star of David that has upset some Jewish Communities, we have seen him as an apologist for Putin and taking a view of Ukraine that is not only wrong, but insults many literally fighting for their homeland and their lives.
Now David Gilmour and his wife, Polly Samson, who have a Ukrainian daughter in law, have waded in
Pink Floyd (aside from a performance at Live 8, Waters quit the band in 1985 and then tried to end Pink Floyd’s existence), recorded a pro Ukrainian anthem last year, their first new work in seven years, but I think it is safe to say that they will not be working with Roger Waters anytime soon, and who can blame them. This is a man who has antagonised and caused problems within the band and many associated with it, even forcing the late and much missed keyboardist, Richard Wright, out of Pink Floyd, although he was successfully invited back after Waters left.
It is sad that it has come to this, but I think that Gilmour and Samson are standing up for Ukraine (the morally correct thing to do) where they feel they can and that will mean at some level or another, a frosty relationship with Waters. I hope they don’t get sued and I hope Waters faces up to the fact that when he lashes out, he causes a lot of justified hurt, and also the incendiary nature of comparing the State of Israel to the Nazis and it’s anti-Semitic tones