Roger Waters Stresses That New ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’ Isn’t A Replacement

Roger Waters recently shared a clip from the studio, inviting his fans to take an exclusive dive into the new ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’s mixing sessions on Instagram. The singer also noted that this remastered version of the cult record wasn’t a replacement for the original one, nodding at his part-time rival David Gilmour and other Pink Floyd bandmates.

It’s not an exact secret that Waters has been going through one of the most challenging times of his personal and professional life. From a German festival canceling his shows due to antisemitism accusations to Gilmour’s wife, Polly Samson, calling him a megalomaniac, Roger’s had been making the headlines with numerous conflicts.

So, it might be refreshing to see news solely about his future musical projects, away from all the disputes. That being said, the bassist had recently released the ‘Lockdown Sessions,’ reimagining a few iconic pieces from Pink Floyd’s discography. And it seemed that during those sessions, Roger realized the fiftieth anniversary of ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’ was approaching, so he had an idea.

After sharing his thoughts about remastering the iconic record with director Sean Evans and musician-producer Gus Seyffert, Waters was determined to reimagine ‘DSOTM’ to pay tribute to its legacy. In his Instagram caption, the singer clarified that this newly remastered version didn’t intend to replace the original and undermine his bandmate’s works; it was solely to pay tribute and take pride in it.

Roger on remastering the cult record and paying tribute:

“When we recorded the stripped-down songs for the Lockdown Sessions, the 50th anniversary of the release of ‘Dark Side of The Moon’ was looming on the horizon. It occurred to me that ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ could well be a suitable candidate for a similar re-working, partly as a tribute to the original work but also to re-address the political and emotional message of the whole album.

I discussed it with Gus and Sean, and when we’d stopped giggling and shouting ‘You must be f*cking mad’ at one another, we decided to take it on. We are now in the process of finishing the final mix. It’s turned out great, and I’m excited for everyone to hear it. It’s not a replacement for the original, which, obviously, is irreplaceable.

But it is a way for the seventy-nine-year-old man to look back across the intervening fifty years into the eyes of the twenty-nine-year-old and say, to quote a poem of mine about my Father, “We did our best, we kept his trust, our Dad would have been proud of us.” And also, it is a way for me to honor a recording that Nick, Rick, Dave, and I have every right to be very proud of. Happy 50th to ‘Dark Side Of The Moon.’”

It seemed that Waters wanted to re-record ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’ as he wished to pay tribute to one of the most iconic pieces from Pink Floyd’s discography while taking a bit of pride in himself for all the groundbreaking work he did alongside his former bandmates.