David Gilmour On If He Was Ever Jealous Of Roger Waters

The endless feud and rivalry between Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour and Roger Waters remain a hot topic for the media and music fans. It has been reignited again and again by the two musicians’ public remarks on each other. Though they enjoyed a very successful time together in Pink Floyd, it was apparent that they wouldn’t stay together for long due to their endless personal and creative disagreements during their shared tenure within the group.

Towards the final years they spent together, they could not stand each other even in the studio, which caused them to work separately in the recording process of Waters’ last album with the band, ‘The Final Cut.’ Roger Waters eventually departed from Pink Floyd, yet the feud between the two artists has continued up to this day. Both names have distinctive abilities that make them stand out, but it is also a topic of rivalry, of course. Let’s see what David Gilmour said about his former bandmate’s songwriting skills.

What Did David Gilmour Think About Roger Waters’ Abilities?

From the very early days of Pink Floyd, it was apparent that David Gilmour and Roger Waters had different understandings of music, which was maybe the key point behind the band’s tremendous success and originality. However, this seemingly successful partnership was not enough to hold them together. Gilmour came forward with his musicality and impressive guitar playing, while Waters stood out with his exceptional gift in songwriting.

While the bassist successfully devised good musical concepts and wrote great lyrics, David Gilmour’s unique guitar work was equally influential in the band’s massive success. Although who contributed more to the group’s sound has been a widely discussed topic among the Pink Floyd fans, it is pretty challenging to put one of these two artists ahead of the other.

When asked about their different qualities and whether he was ever jealous of Roger Waters during an interview with Mojo magazine in 2008, David Gilmour admitted that there were some moments of jealousy. Yet, he found it irrational to be envious of someone’s talents. The guitarist explained that he would never exchange his skills with another artist.

Gilmour’s statements on his former bandmate’s abilities:

“There’s no one else’s talent I would have swapped with my own. There are moments when one is jealous, but it’s usually irrational.”

In the same conversation, Gilmour revealed that a natural balance developed within the band when Waters started to invent himself as a lyricist. They found themselves in a situation where Gilmour handled the music primarily, whereas Waters wrote most of the lyrics. Yet, the guitarist’s discontent with the bassist’s dominance over the band’s creative outputs would show itself in the later years and conclude their musical partnership.