While Pink Floyd recently began their online livestream concert series, there’s very little chance that Roger Waters will be teaming up with his former bandmates for a high-profile reunion.
Waters, who co-founded the band and fronted it once Syd Barrett was ousted, left Pink Floyd in miserable circumstances in 1985 when he opened a legal battle with the band regarding their continued use of the name and material. The court case, which was eventually settled out of court two years later, left a sour taste.
A prolific solo career would follow for Waters before, remarkably, he reunited with Nick Mason, David Gilmour and Richard Wright for their final performance together at the 2005 Live 8 concert in London’s Hyde Park. while Waters and Gilmour still had differences, they “agreed to roll over for one night only” in order to get through the show.
Their ability to get together for a barnstorming performance has always left a hint of optimism in the minds of avid Pink Floyd fans. However, in a recent interview with Rolling Stone’s Brian Hiatt, Waters discussed a failed “peace summit” with surviving members Mason and Gilmour: “I wrote out a sort of a plan because we’d come to sort of a—I don’t really want to talk about this—but my plan didn’t bear fruit,” he said.
Waters then detailed his idea, which, admittedly, was relatively simple: “This was just, ‘Can we release the remastered vinyl version of Animals without it turning into the Third World War?’ Wouldn’t that be nice? I actually suggested going democratic. I said, ‘Why don’t we just have a vote? There’s only three of us…’ No, no, they wouldn’t have that. God knows why. Not that there is a God — you know what I mean?”
Given his failed talks, Waters made it perfectly clear that a reunion is not on the cards” “No, it wouldn’t be nice. It would be fucking awful,” he said. “Obviously if you’re a fan of those days of Pink Floyd, you would have a different point of view. But I had to live through it.
“That was my life. And I know in the wake of it, I’ve been cast as something of a villain by whoever, whatever, I can live with that. But would I trade my liberty for those chains? No fucking way.”