The podcast ‘The Story Behind The Song’ recently featured Nick Mason. The drummer mentioned the conflict between David Gilmour and Roger Waters while talking about the origins of the song “Time” from Pink Floyd’s “The Dark Side of the Moon” album.
He revealed the one thing that could bring the two back together when asked if they could ever get back together:
“I think it’s highly unlikely, but I would’ve said that before like 8 — 10 years ago or 12 years ago, whatever it was. The one thing I could think would be possible would be if there was some… if by getting back together, we could influence saving the planet, world peace, or whatever. Hopefully, we’d step up. But I don’t think otherwise. It would take a Nelson Mandela or someone like that to lead on it.”
Since they were both members of Pink Floyd, David Gilmour and Roger Waters have had a long-standing feud. The band’s situation deteriorated when the bassist quit, but Gilmour and the other members decided to carry on under the same name. Waters has criticized this choice in a number of interviews.
For instance, when discussing the subject with Loudwire in February of last year, he said:
“‘Faux Floyd’ went touring round the world and made millions and millions and millions of dollars. They said I was autocratic. Well, Nick never pretended [to write songs]. But Gilmour and Rick? They can’t write songs; they’ve nothing to say. They are not artists. They have no ideas, not a single one between them. They never have had, and that drives them crazy.”
Over time, the tension increased and grew to encompass more than simply band-related difficulties. After Polly Samson attacked him for his political utterances, the situation became personal when Waters made contentious remarks about Gilmour’s wife.
During a performance at The O2 Arena, the former member of Pink Floyd said:
“All I have to say about Polly Samson is: imagine waking up to that every morning.”
The guitarist tweeted a photo of his lover with the following caption:
“So lovely to wake up to, this morning as always!”
With regard to the Israeli government and the Russia-Ukraine war, Waters has also drawn criticism. Several people have spoken against him, most notably following a performance he gave in Berlin, including Polly Samson and David Draiman. The debate continues despite the singer’s responses to these critiques on other forums.