It appears that Roger Waters has put another brick in the wall between him and his former Pink Floyd bandmate after he launched a blistering attack on the guitarist and claimed he'd been "banned" from the band’s website.
Speaking in a video message posted on Twitter, Waters also said the group should "just change the name of the band to Spinal Tap, and then everything will be hunky dory", adding: "All right, I’m not gonna get all weird and sarcastic, although as you know, that is a direction in which I am known to sometimes lean temperamentally."
Waters had originally posted the update to thank fans for their reaction to a new version of Pink Floyd’s track Mother, which originally appeared on the band’s 1979 album The Wall, and which he recently re-recorded during lockdown.
However, Waters then said that the new version, "does bring up the question of why is this video not available on a website that calls itself the Pink Floyd website?"
"The answer to that is because nothing from me is on the website," he continued. "I am banned by David Gilmour from the website. About a year ago, I convened a sort of Camp David for the surviving members of Pink Floyd at a hotel at the airport in London, where I proposed all kinds of measures to get past this awful impasse that we have and predicament that we find ourselves in. It bore no fruit, I’m sorry to say."
Waters left the band in the 1980s and sued the other members unsuccessfully. The last time the group members played together was at Bob Geldof’s Live8 concert in 2005.
In his video message, Waters added: "I suggested that because whoever the 30 million of you are who subscribe to the web page, that you do that because of the body of work that the five of us created. That’s Syd (Barrett), me, Rick (Wright), Nick and David, over a number of years. And in consequence, it seems to me that it would be fair and correct if we should have equal access to you all and share our projects."
Aiming his criticism at Gilmour, Waters said: "David thinks he owns it. I think he thinks that because I left the band in 1985, that he owns Pink Floyd, that he is Pink Floyd, that I’m irrelevant and I should just keep my mouth shut. We’re all welcome to our opinions.
"But there have been rumblings and grumblings in the ranks I’m told by friends of mine who follow these things, and some of the questions being asked are: 'Why do we have to sit and watch Polly Samson (Gilmour’s wife) for year after year, month after month, day after day, and the von Trapps reading us excerpts from their novels to get us to go to sleep at night?’ And that’s a very good question.
"And yet we don’t get to hear about anything that Roger’s doing or about ‘This is Not a Drill’ [Waters’ postponed tour], or when he makes a piece of work, it’s not shown, and so on and so forth. And none of his work is publicised. The fact that his and Sean Evans’ film Us and Them, which has just gone out digitally for streaming everywhere, is not mentioned."
"This is wrong. We should rise up. Or, just change the name of the band to Spinal Tap, and then everything will be hunky dory."
Concluding his message, he said: "Stay safe, all of you. We live in dire, dire, desperate times and we need to find ways to communicate with one another so that we can act cooperatively to stop the man destroying this fragile planet that we all come home. That is the elephant in the room."