Roger Waters Reveals the Pink Floyd Album That “Ended the Band” Forever

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After nearly 40 years since their split, the contentious relationship between Roger Waters and Pink Floyd continues to be a topic of discussion.

Although they have since pursued their separate paths, it doesn’t mean that the events leading to their breakup have been forgotten, particularly for Roger Waters.

According to the 79-year-old guitarist, the album that is widely considered Pink Floyd’s greatest masterpiece was the one that marked the end of the band.

We’re, of course, referring to ‘The Dark Side of the Moon’ (1973), which brought us timeless classics like “Time” and “The Great Gig on the Sky.”

When asked why he believes ‘The Dark Side of the Moon‘ was the “nail in the coffin” for Pink Floyd, he said:

“But, of course, ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ ultimately put an end to Pink Floyd. Achieving that level of success is every band’s goal, and once you’ve reached it, it’s over.

In hindsight, I think Pink Floyd had been done for a long time.”

In retrospect, Waters believes that the immense success of ‘The Dark Side of the Moon’ and the realization of their musical dreams were what inevitably led to their breakup.

Commenting on this stance, he said:

“It’s incredibly well-balanced and constructed, both dynamically and musically, and I believe its humanistic approach is appealing. It’s fulfilling.

I also think it was the first album of its kind. People often mention The Pretty Things’ ‘S.F. Sorrow’ as a similar work – both were recorded in the same studio around the same time – but I think it was probably the first fully cohesive album of its kind ever made.”


  1. Roger Waters isn’t usually referred to as a guitarist. His main instrument is bass. Just saying.

  2. Agree with Tomas… This article is interesting, as most of us thought that the album that “ended the band” was the Final Cut, where Dave, Nick and Rick seem almost missing in its inspiration… But please again, as Tomas said, do not refer to Roger as a guitarist, even if you can sometimes see him singing with a guitar… He’s a bassist, and a very good one.. 😉

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