Former-Pink Floyd leader Roger Waters took time out to slam his ex-bandmates David Gilmour and the late-Rick Wright for attempting to undermine him during their tenure together.

During his recent appearance on the WTF with Marc Maron Podcast, Waters, who’ll be hitting the road next spring for an extended road trek, admitted, “Getting away from Pink Floyd, I think. . . was really important that I got away when I did. . . I was in a very toxic environment where I was around some people. . . David (Gilmour) and Rick (Wright) mainly were always trying to drag me down. . . They were always trying to knock me off.”

When pressed for specifics, Waters said, “By claiming that I was tone-deaf and that I didn’t understand music. ‘Oh, he’s just a boring teacher figure who tells us what to do but he can’t tune his own guitar. . .’ They were very snotty and snippy because they felt very insignificant, I think.”

Waters went on to say, “I’m not putting them down. Those years that we were together, whatever it was like socially, there is no question but that we did some really good work together. . . We didn’t share the vision — but we shared the work.”

  • Roger Waters 2022 Tour Dates (subject to change):
    July 6 – Pittsburgh, PA – PPG Paint Arena
    July 8, 9 – Toronto, Canada – Scotiabank Arena
    July 12 – Boston, MA – TD Garden
    July 15 – Montreal, Canada – Bell Centre
    July 17 – Quebec City, Canada – Videotron Centre
    July 20 – Albany, NY – Times Union Center
    July 23 – Detroit, MI – Little Caesar’s Arena
    July 26 – Chicago, IL – United Center
    July 28 – Milwaukee, WI – Fiserv Forum
    July 30 – Minneapolis, MN – Target Center
    August 2 – Cincinnati, OH – US Bank Arena
    August 5, 6 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Arena
    August 16 – Washington, DC – Capital One Arena
    August 18 – Raleigh, NC – PNC Arena
    August 20 – Atlanta, GA – State Farm Arena
    August 23 – Miami, FL – American Airlines Arena
    August 25 – Orlando, FL – Amway Center
    August 27 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
    August 30, 31 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
    September 3 – Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center
    September 6 – Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
    September 8 – Salt Lake City, UT – Vivint Arena
    September 10 – Portland, OR – Moda Center
    September 13 – Edmonton, Canada – Rogers Place
    September 15 – Vancouver, Canada – Rogers Arena
    September 17 – Tacoma, WA – Tacoma Dome
    September 20 – Sacramento, CA – Golden 1 Center
    September 23, 24 – San Francisco, CA – Chase Center
    September  27, 28 – Los Angeles, CA – Staples Center
    October 1 – Las Vegas, NV – T-Mobile Arena
    October 8 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
    October 14, 15 – Mexico City – Palacio de los Deportes:


  • Roger Waters left Pink Floyd in 1985. He was under the impression that his exit would signal the end of the band forever.
  • David Gilmour and drummer Nick Mason — who now own the name — decided to carry on with then-ousted, late-co-founder and keyboardist Rick Wright once again joining on as a salaried employee. A long and bitter lawsuit was settled with Gilmour and Mason owning and controlling the Floyd brand.
  • Obviously, in the case of reissues or vault releases, Roger Waters is consulted and his approval is deemed necessary before any box sets or retrospectives can get the green light. However, due to the legalities, “Pink Floyd” is ultimately — and legally — a vehicle for David Gilmour, just as “Roger Waters” is one for himself. Two completely different brands.

CHECK IT OUT: The trailer for Roger Waters’ concert film Us + Them: