The Pink Floyd Album Makes David Gilmour ‘Discomfortable’ Playing Without Roger Waters
Formed in 1964, Pink Floyd enjoyed remarkable commercial success from the beginning of its career. David Gilmour joined the band three years later, marking a change for the better in the Floyd. When Syd Barrett departed from the band in 1968, Roger Waters became the primary lyricist and thematic leader who decided on the band’s musical path. They then released successful music efforts during the period known as the ‘Roger Waters Era.’
However, tensions began rising between Waters and Gilmour as there were creative differences between the two. Besides, they had different opinions about each other’s contributions to Pink Floyd. As a result, Waters decided to leave the band in 1985. Despite the tension between him and Waters, Gilmour named one Pink Floyd album as ‘Roger Waters’ baby’ and admitted feeling a little discomfort playing it in his absence.
David Gilmour Would Slightly Prefer To Play An Album With Roger Waters?
After Gilmour’s joining and Barrett’s departure, Waters became the dominant figure in Pink Floyd, who contributed to the band’s success significantly by devising the concepts behind the albums titled ‘The Dark Side of the Moon,’ ‘Wish You Were Here,’ ‘Animals,’ and ‘The Wall.’
They released ‘The Dark Side Of The Moon’ on March 1, 1973, reflecting Pink Floyd’s struggles throughout their career path and their feelings about Syd Barrett’s health issues. One of the most critically acclaimed albums in music history, ‘The Dark Side Of The Moon,’ arose from Roger Waters’ ideas.
In an interview with Music Radar in 2012, David Gilmour argued that ‘The Dark Side Of The Moon’ is Waters’ baby regarding its lyrics. He then admitted feeling uncomfortable performing the record for that reason. However, Gilmour stated that these feelings of discomfort didn’t prevent them from playing it because he spent many times working on that record.
Speaking to Music Radar in 2012, David Gilmour said the following:
“Lyrically, ‘The Dark Side Of The Moon’ is really Roger’s baby. Sometimes, I’d get a slight feeling of minor discomfort doing it without him. But not sufficient to make me think we shouldn’t do it. It’s part of our oeuvre. I spent a lot of time and sweated blood making that record, and doing it again live was always my ambition.”
Despite the long-time feud between him and Waters, David Gilmour didn’t forget to give Roger Waters credit for his outstanding lyrical contributions to the album ‘The Dark Side Of The Moon.’ As Waters decided on the album’s concept and recorded its demos, his efforts are worthy of respect.