Pink Floyd drummer and co-founder Nick Mason has expressed his disappointment that Roger Waters and David Gilmour are “still at loggerheads”.
Speaking to Rolling Stone to promote Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets’ upcoming US tour, Nick said he got the blessing of both David Gilmour and Roger Waters before starting his new project and he still gets on famously with them both.
However, commenting on David and Roger’s ongoing tensions, Mason said: “It’s a really odd thing in my opinion.
“But I think the problem is Roger doesn’t really respect David. He feels that writing is everything, and that guitar playing and the singing are something that, I won’t say anyone can do, but that everything should be judged on the writing rather than the playing.”
Also citing David’s decision to continue with Pink Floyd in 1985 after Roger quit as one of the sources of the contention, Nick added: “I think it rankles with Roger that he made a sort of error in a way that he left the band assuming that without him it would fold.
“It’s a constant irritation, really, that he’s still going back to it. I’m hesitant to get too stuck into this one, just because it’s between the two of them rather than me. I actually get along with both of them, and I think it’s really disappointing that these rather elderly gentlemen are still at loggerheads.”
Pink Floyd at Live 8 in 2005 © REX/Shutterstock
Nick also explained that tension "comes and goes," and "can be exacerbated by some specific difference of opinion on a re-release and how it should be approached or what should be done.”
Asked if the pair will ever fully reconcile, Nick responded: “I live in hope. I mean, I don’t think we’re going to tour as Pink Floyd again. But it would seem silly at this stage of our lives to still be fighting.”
After Pink Floyd’s final gig at Live 8 in 2005, five years later Roger and David performed together in front of just 200 people at the Hoping for the Children of Palestine charity concert in Oxfordshire.
In May 2011 David performed ‘Comfortably Numb’ at Roger’s show at London’s O2 Arena and also played mandolin on set closer ‘Outside the Wall’ with Nick Mason.
Back in November 2016, Roger took a swipe at David Gilmour and the late-great Richard Wright claiming they thwarted him musically and constantly put him down in Pink Floyd.
He told Marc Maron’s WTF podcast: "Getting away from Pink Floyd I think, I'm serious, I really think it was important that I got away when I did.
"It was a very toxic environment, when I was around some people. David and Rick mainly who were always trying to drag me down and trying to knock me off whatever that perch was by claiming that I was tone deaf and that I didn't understand music. 'Oh, he's just the boring teacher figure who tells us what to do, but he can't tune his own guitar.'
"They were very snotty and snipey because they felt very insignificant I think. I'm not putting them down. Those years that we were together, whatever it was like socially, there is no question that we did some really good work together."