Roger Waters Discusses Possible Pink Floyd "Last Hurrah"
Pink Floyd at Live 8 (left to right: David Gilmour, Roger Waters, Nick Mason, and Richard Wright)
In a Friday, January 13, 2006 interview with BBC-TV's HardTalk Extra concerning his recently released opera about the French reveloution, Ça Ira, Roger Waters, former bass player with PINK FLOYD mentioned a possible reunion with the band, calling it a "last hurrah." This is hopeful news to those of us who absolutely adore the legendary band and its' message of perseverance.
Talking with Gavin Esler of HardTalk Extra, Waters mentioned that "it was a lot of fun" playing with the PINK FLOYD again at the summer of 2005's LIVE 8 charity concert. When asked if he would perform with PINK FLOYD again, Roger replied: "Sure," but quickly adds that "I haven't talked to Dave about it."
Here is a short excerpt of that interview:
Gavin Esler - "I know you've been asked this many times before; but its' particularly interesting now obviously because of you playing [together} again at LIVE 8. You spent years not speaking to each other in the PINK FLOYD. How are relations now between you?"
Roger Waters - "Um, sort of fine, you know. I took LIVE 8 as a great opportunity. I had been banging on about a lot of the problems we face in the world, are people at one or another extreme end of some political or religious hegemony, and they're not moving, so you've got Bush over here and Bin Laden here, and it might be that they're both equally insane. And, there's always death and destruction going on in between. We need to find a moderate ground in the middle if our kids are going to be able to go off to school in the morning, and come back in one piece, if we, as a race, are going to be able to lead a more peaceful and joyful life.
So, I was feeling mildly hypocritical, here I was, who hadn't spoken to Gilmour for twenty years, which seems slightly ridiculous, for men approaching sixty, actually over sixty years old. And so, when the LIVE 8 thing came and [Sir Bob] Geldof was scurrying around trying to sort of get us back together again, I was just all for it, which was why I made the phone call to Dave, and said 'Come on, let's do it.'"
Gavin Esler - "Was it hard to pick up the phone after twenty years?"
Roger Waters - "No, it couldn't have been easier. When I was talking to [Sir Bob] Geldof, I said, 'Alright, I'll call him.' And he went 'Great!' And I said, 'Hang on, I don't have his phone number.' And so, he gave me his phone number, and Dave answered the phone, which was also great."
Gavin Esler - "Well, he could have told you to get stuffed."
Roger Waters - "Well, he could have done ..."
Gavin Esler - "But, he didn't."
Roger Waters - "No, he's not a man who goes off like that."
Gavin Esler - "You cannot put all of that to one side, but you can put most of it to one side. Could you play again with [David Gilmour]?"
Roger Waters - "Sure."
Gavin Esler - "Obviously, your fans want PINK FLOYD together again."
Roger Waters - "I have absolutely nothing against it, in one way or another, where it was a little one-off like [LIVE 8] or whether we were to do something together as a sort of a last hurrah. I have no idea, and I haven't spoken to Dave about it. I've spoken to Nick about it, 'cause Nick and I are friends."
Gavin Esler - "So, you're sort of open-minded about it?"
Roger Waters - "Yeah."
Gavin Esler - "If it comes up, you'd do it. It's not as if there's a big weight pressing on you, tells you you cannot?"
Roger Waters - "No, absolutely not."
Gavin Esler - "Was it fun [playing with PINK FLOYD again]?"
Roger Waters - "Yeah, it was. Yeah, it was a lot of fun. I mean, it was obvious from the first ten minutes of the first rehearsal. We rehearsed on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday --- that it was going to be easy, you know?"
So, let's see if anything develops from this. I, for one, would really enjoy one last chance to see this legendary band perform with all four members. Time will tell, won't it?
The following sources were used in the creation of this Kentroversy Paper . . .
BBC News HardTalk Extra: Roger Waters - Still Progressive? (January 16, 2006 4:54pm)
BBC HardTalk Extra - Interview with Roger Waters (January 13, 2006)
Roger Waters Online: Ça Ira What's Known? (May 20, 2005)
Ça Ira: Roger Waters Interview (November 2005)