Roger Waters has emphatically ruled out a Pink Floyd reunion once and for all – saying the band "was over" in 1985 when he left.
In recent years relations between him and surviving members David Gilmour and Nick Mason have thawed to the point where all three appeared during a performance of Waters’ The Wall in 2011.
But that’s as far as it goes, says the former mainman.
He tells The Sun: "I can’t. I left Pink Floyd for very good reasons, and it was the right and proper thing to do. It was over in in 1985 – and it’s still over."
But he admits: "I’m having dinner with Nick tonight. He’d jump back in a heartbeat."
Despite thinking about retiring after the first round of The Wall shows, Waters has found himself staging more and more performances, with a series of massive open-air editions due this year.
But he admits the idea came from his wife – and he didn’t like it when she suggested it.
"I started to get itchy feet," he recalls. "Laurie said, ‘You should go out on tour again, but if you do, there’s only one thing you can do: The Wall.
"I said, 'Be quiet – you don't understand!' Then I started figuring out whether it was possible. Eventually I told her, 'You know what? You were right.'"
The focus in the storyline has moved since Waters first delivered it as a "frightened youngish man." He says: "I’m much less frighteners and much more comfortable with audiences.
"I was determined that this show should not just tell the story of miserable little Roger Waters, but make it a much broader and theatrical piece about the walls that divide us – north and south, rich and poor, Christians and Muslims."
He promises his concert at Wembley Stadium on September 14 will offer plenty for those who have seen previous performances. "We’re going from 28 projects to 49," he explains. "There will be a lot more detailed information, close-ups of me, the band – you won’t quite be sure of what’s going on."
Thanks for the report to ProgRockMag.com.