Great artists tend to clash a lot. This is definitely the case for the two leading men of Pink Floyd: singer/guitarist David Gilmour and bassist/vocalist Roger Waters. Like Far Out Magazine Details, Gilmour joined the band in 1968 and saw his influence grow until he and Waters were in open warfare for creative control. By 1985 the situation had become professionally untenable and Waters left the band.
But the story was not over. Waters and Gilmour argued in courtrooms, according to Far Out, as Waters insisted the band break up in his absence. Gilmour and drummer Nick Mason fired back, alleging they were still trying to make new music. In a 2013 interview with the BBC, Waters admitted wrongdoing, saying, “I was wrong.”
But the tension has persisted over the years and the various collaborations. “David thinks he owns it,” Waters tweeted, according to the same post, referring to the band’s website. “I think he thinks because I left the band in 1985, he owns Pink Floyd, he’s Pink Floyd and I’m irrelevant and I should just shut up.” He goes on to lament that Gilmour’s wife was allowed to use the site to sell her books, but he cannot use it to promote music.
For his part, Mason thinks this is all a bit immature. “I think it’s really disappointing that these older gentlemen are still at loggerheads,” he said. rolling stone in 2018.