Roger Waters “I am not a part of Pink Floyd
Founding Pink Floyd bassist Roger Waters left the group bitterly in 1985 and famously sued his ex-bandmates at the time for wishing to carry on with the group’s name, but some of his fans appear to have forgotten this. The singer-songwriter has issued a note on Facebook to remind his fans that, while Pink Floyd are indeed issuing their first record in 20 years – the instrumental record The Endless River – he had no role in making it.
“Some people have been asking Laurie, my wife, about a new album I have coming out in November,” Waters wrote. “Errhh? I don’t have an album coming out, they are probably confused. David Gilmour and Nick Mason have an album coming out. It’s called Endless River. David and Nick constitute the group Pink Floyd. I on the other hand, am not part of Pink Floyd. I left Pink Floyd in 1985, that’s 29 years ago. I had nothing to do with either of the Pink Floyd studio albums, Momentary Lapse of Reason and The Division Bell, nor the Pink Floyd tours of 1987 and 1994, and I have nothing to do with Endless River. Phew! This is not rocket science people, get a grip.”
Waters lost his lawsuit over the band name in 1987, and that same year the band issued A Momentary Lapse of Reason. In recent years, Waters has revisited his Pink Floyd past. On July 2nd, 2005, Waters, Mason, Gilmour and keyboardist Rick Wright performed together as Pink Floyd for the first time in nearly a quarter century at the Live 8 concert at London’s Hyde park. Waters has mounted solo tours in recent years, performing the Floyd albums Dark Side of the Moon and The Wall in their entirety, and reunited again with Gilmour and Mason in London at a tour stop for the latter in 2011.
Morello honored with Courage Award
Last night, Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave, Street Sweeper Social Club and the E Street Band guitarist Tom Morello received the Courage Campaign‘s Spirit of Courage Award in a ceremony at the House of Blues in West Hollywood, California. The award is meant to honor “someone who exemplifies courage in the fight for a more fair and just society,” and Morello has established himself as a musician willing to go to the front lines of social unrest to help amplify the voices of those in need.
Dating back to his days with Rage Against the Machine, when the group performed at a benefit to raise awareness about the imprisonment of Native American rights activist Leonard Peltier (for whom they wrote “Freedom”) and up through his recent appearance at the 15Now benefit in Seattle to help increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour, Morello has supported causes big and small. “Yes, I’ve spent time in jail. Yes, I’ve been tear-gassed,” Morello says. “But the element of courage that may be reflected in this award is to – regardless of consequences – put your principles in practice in what you do for a living, and that’s not always so easy to do.”