David Gilmour’s Advice To Roger Waters To Have A Better Career


The disputes between Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour and Roger Waters were one of the most known incidents in music history. A long-lasting tension started between the pair due to their opposing views on their creative processes within the band. It did not become possible for them to somehow meet on a common point starting from the earlier times of the group. Far from reaching a consensus, disagreements increased over time.

Especially during the creation process of the band’s 1983 album ‘The Final Cut,’ the tension between the pair reached the top level. They even completed the album’s recording sessions separated from each other. After these ongoing disagreements, Roger Waters left the group in 1985. However, the disputes between the duo did not end even after Waters parted ways with the band. So much so that in a 1988 interview, Gilmour again criticized Waters and advised him to make his music the right way if he wanted to succeed.

David Gilmour Suggested Roger Waters Create His Music Right To Become Succesful


In a 1988 interview, Elsewhere reported, David Gilmour talked about Waters’ lawsuit against Pink Floyd to prevent them from using the group’s name. According to Roger, the band continued to succeed without him using that name. Gilmour stated that the incident did not restrain them, and they kept working as they always did.

David Gilmour said about Roger Waters’ lawsuit:

“But that’s all he’s done. He hasn’t done anything which stops us from working, so we don’t have any problems in that sense. We’re trying to ignore it and just get on with things, actually.”

Gilmour continued in the same interview, pointing out Waters’ inability to achieve a successful solo career. According to the guitarist, Waters’ solo career was not at a good point because he was recording his songs and arranging tours simultaneously with Pink Floyd. Gilmour indicated that the singer would be better in his solo music career if he spent time doing his work ‘right’ instead of trying to beat the band.

David Gilmour advised Roger Waters:

“He thinks it’s going to do us some damage, whereas all it’s doing is damaging him. If he spent half as much time and energy making his records and getting his tours right, he could have had a better career than he currently has.”

Between David Gilmour and Roger Waters, the ice never melted, and they could not reach a common point. Although both sides went in different directions in their careers for a while, there were still conflicts between them. According to Gilmour, Roger could not succeed in his solo career because he had somehow competed with the group instead of doing his job correctly.