Roger Waters has weighed in on what’s been widely reported as the first proper Pink Floyd LP in 20 years. In an open letter to fans on Facebook, the classic rock icon wrote, “Some people have been asking Laurie, my wife, about a new album I have coming out in November. Errhh? I don’t have an album coming out, they are probably confused. David Gilmour and Nick Mason have an album coming out. It’s called Endless River. David and Nick constitute the group Pink Floyd. I on the other hand, am not part of Pink Floyd. I left Pink Floyd in 1985, that’s 29 years ago. I had nothing to do with either of the Pink Floyd studio albums, Momentary Lapse of Reason and The Division Bell, nor the Pink Floyd tours of 1987 and 1994, and I have nothing to do with Endless River. Phew! This is not rocket science people, get a grip.”
To be clear, Waters hasn’t completely sworn off his Pink Floyd connection; he’s simply refused to return to the band itself. In September of 2010, Waters launched The Wall Live, a record-breaking three-year tour that featured the fan favorite performed in full. One stop — May 12, 2011, at London’s O2 Arena — even featured Gilmour on lead guitar during “Comfortably Numb,” and Mason’s tambourine playing on “Outside the Wall,” a song Gilmour added mandolin to.
“The music (some written by Pink Floyd’s guitarist, David Gilmour) has barely changed, give or take a few more guitar solos onstage,” The New York Times wrote of a Madison Square Garden show. “But with three decades of added perspective Mr. Waters has moved ‘The Wall’ away from personal confession and toward its other theme: an indictment of power and authority misused.”
Those ideas were also echoed in Waters’s letter, which included his thoughts on the Gaza conflict: “My recent trip to Bruxelles was very moving. To listen to the testimony of some of those present in Gaza during the euphemistically named Operation Protective Edge, July and August 2014 was deeply disturbing. I am still non plussed by the acquiescence of the governments of the USA, UK and EU to the policies of the current Israeli administration. Should we encourage our leaders to sue for a peaceful solution or not? Here is a link to the findings of The Russell Tribunal on Palestine emergency session 2014. Please study these findings and any rebuttals and then make up your own minds. Whatever you decide, let us all agree that, ‘To stand by silent and indifferent is the greatest sin of all.’”
Pink Floyd’s new album is due out November 10. Check out a short clip from it below.