Roger Waters has admitted that he regrets his protracted legal dispute with his former Pink Floyd bandmates in a new interview.
The founding member of the legendary prog-rock band also revealed plans to release a solo album.
Lyricist and bassist Waters, who founded Pink Floyd in 1965 with Syd Barrett, Nick Mason and Richard Wright, left in 1985. He took legal action against Mason and fifth member David Gilmour for their continued use of the Pink Floyd name and material.
But in an interview with the BBC’s HARDtalk, Waters says he was wrong to go to the courts:
“I did, I did think that was wrong, and I was wrong! Of course I was. Who cares? It was a commercial decision and in fact it’s one of the few times that the legal profession has taught me something. Because when I went to these chaps and said ‘listen we’re broke, this isn’t Pink Floyd anymore’, they went ‘what do you mean? That’s irrelevant, it is a label and it has commercial value, you can’t say it’s going to cease to exist, you obviously haven’t looked back to Runnymede, you obviously don’t understand English jurisprudence…It’s not about what you think, it’s about…it’s what it is’. The law is everything what we have, that’s what the Wall is about.”
After nearly 20 years of acrimony, Waters, Gilmour, Mason and Wright reunited in 2005 for a performance at Live 8. Barrett died in 2006 and Wright in 2008. In 2011, Gilmour and Mason joined Waters at one of his The Wall Tour shows at the O2 Arena in London.
Waters, who is currently touring The Wall in again, also said he wants to release a new solo record, his first since Ça Ira in 2005:
“I’ve had a few breakthroughs recently which I won’t talk about, but I am going to make another record. I’ve had a very very strong idea, and I shall pursue it, and I will make at least one more record and I am really looking forward to getting my teeth stuck into it.”