Sunday, May 03, 2009

Surprising Pink Floyd Interviews from 2000

Classic Rock Magazine is pretty big in the UK but I don't think it's available very widely in the States. But thanks to the Web I am able to get a look at the content now and again.

So I wanted to let you know that the magazine has been re-running interviews from 2000 when Pink Floyd put out the live Wall performance Is There Anybody Out There.

Now really. I thought I knew all there was to know about Floyd and its internal strife and the break with Roger Waters after The Final Cut. But in the interviews with Waters and especially Gilmour, I learned a lot. For example, the two were not really fighting during the recording of The Wall except for a couple of artistic arguments. It was really during the filming of the movie that things got bad.

Also, both Gilmour and Waters were very disappointed with Richard Wright at the time, who both say was contributing absolutely nothing to the band or the albums by that point.

In classic form, Waters said, "he played less and less and less and generally wasn’t interested, really. If he thought he’d written a good keyboard part he’d hoard it and put it on one of his awful solo albums. He didn’t want to share anything with anybody, he just got really anal."

Waters fired Wright sort of behind Gilmour's back, but Gilmour puts the blame mostly on Wright, who did nothing fix what was broken.

Anyway, this is the tip of the iceberg. There is loads of info in these interviews.

If you dig Floyd, make a few minutes to check out the article and Waters interview here and especially the Gilmour interview here.


Barbara(aka Layla) said...

Great stuff! I am going to link to you today to make sure none of the PF fans miss this!

Seano said...

I always sided with Waters for some strange reason...I love Mr. Gilmour but I think he's just too rich and lazy and living on islands to want to reunite for any reason. His work is done and he's ok with that. Although I loved On An Island....great hot summer night music.

VoxMoose said...

Interesting material. However, I found Waters' description of Rick Wright rather petty and unprofessional ("he's not very articulate" etc.).