The straw that broke the camel’s back 1985. This was the year that Pink Floyd “broke up,” or founding member Roger Waters decided to leave the band. Fans were devastated to hear the news, but at the same time tensions within the band were growing, and it was only a matter of time before they reached a tipping point.
Recently in an interview, Roger Waters recalled the dark days of the band and revealed the one thing David Gilmour and Richard Wright told him that ultimately led to his decision to leave!
“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.’“– Waters revealed-
Some people have been asking Laurie, my wife, about a new album I have coming out in November. 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 went on to say that he doesn’t mean to put either of them down, but wanted to clear things up for factual purposes. Waters also said he is extremely grateful for their time together, because their art left a lasting impact on the music world. He also took personal credit for bringing theater to rock n’ roll. Can’t blame him, though because he truly brought his ideas to life!
During and after the recording of The Final Cut, it was pretty clear that there was no way that Dave and Roger were going to record together again. The artistic and personal differences between the two had just grown too strong. Whether this meant that Pink Floyd was dead or not is an open question — suffice to say that Floyd was certainly not going to continue with the same membership. But there was never an offical statement disbanding the group or stating its future intentions.
So following TFC’s release, Roger went off and did his “might have been Floyd” album, The Pros n’Cons of HitchHiking, while Dave worked on his own solo album, About Face. Both were released in ’84, and both went to about #30 on the Billboard charts. At the time, Dave said “there are three of us in what is laughingly called the Pink Floyd, and none of us have any plans at the moment to work together on any project.” [The three being Rog, Dave, and Nick.]