Roger Waters Refutes Allegations Of ‘Superseding’ Ex-Pink Floyd Bandmates

In the last few years, Roger Waters re-recorded Pink Floyd’s 1973 album, ‘Dark Side of the Moon,’ and received criticism from some fans of the band for it. Speaking on this matter on his YouTube channel, the singer recently shared why he chose to recreate the record and explained whether he wanted to ‘supersede’ his former bandmates. Waters said:

“It is the 50th anniversary of the release of the original record, and you know what? This record actually deserves a reimagining. We could do a Redux of this simply because the message has stood the test of time. The concept has stood the test of time, and it’s a really important thing.”

He cleared up the air about what he was hoping to achieve with the new version:

“It needed to be re-expressed, and it seemed like a really good way to celebrate the 50 years that the original recorded version of this work has survived by making a different version of it. Not to supersede it or to replace it, but to remember it and as an adjunct to it and to progress the work of the original concept of the original record and all those original songs.”

Mentioning his thoughts on the original, the former Pink Floyd vocalist went on:

“I love the original recording, by the way. I love what Nick [Mason] did, or Rick [Wright] did, or Dave [Gilmour] did on the original recording. The new recording is more reflective, I think, and it’s more indicative of what the concept of the record was. It is a reinterpretation, and I hope that we can gain more from it than we did back in 1973 when it first came out.”

Nick Mason got to hear Waters’ version of ‘DSOTM’ before its public release on October 6. During a Q&A at London’s Dolby Atmos Immersive Studio in May, the drummer told the crowd that he initially thought the re-recording would go ‘head-to-head with the original version.’ Then, he explained how his view changed by saying:

“He actually sent me a copy of what he was working on, and I write to him and said, ‘Annoyingly, it’s absolutely brilliant! ‘It was and is. It’s not anything that would be a spoiler for the original at all; it’s an interesting add-on to the thing.”

Roger Waters released the first single from the upcoming album a few days ago as an audio track and lyric video. To hear the song and watch the singer’s recent interview, you can check out the videos below.