Roger Waters Admits Regret for Suing Pink Floyd, Confirms New Album

Waters quit the band in 1985 then sued them for continuing without him - now he reveals he was wrong to do it, and unveils plans for a brand new solo album.

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Roger Waters has admitted his regret for suing his former band mates in Pink Floyd, and confirms that he plans to release a brand new solo album.

Waters quit the band in 1985, but went on to sue David Gilmour and Nick Mason for continuing to use the band name and songs without him.

Now, in a new interview to be broadcast tomorrow on the BBC (via NME), Waters will say he was wrong to pursue legal action and that regrets taking the path of legal action.

"I did, I did think that was wrong, and I was wrong!" Waters told the host of BBC World News' Hardtalk. "Of course I was. Who cares?

"It was a commercial decision and in fact it’s one of the few times that the legal profession has taught me something. Because when I went to these chaps and said, 'listen we’re broke, this isn’t Pink Floyd anymore.' They went, 'what do you mean? That’s irrelevant, it is a label and it has commercial value. You can't say it’s going to cease to exist.'"

Waters also reflects that "the law is everything we have - that's what 'The Wall' is about."

Waters also detailed plans to release a brand new solo album - his first in more than eight years.

"I’ve had a few breakthroughs recently which I won’t talk about, but I am going to make another record. I’ve had a very very strong idea, and I shall pursue it, and I will make at least one more record and I am really looking forward to getting my teeth stuck into it," he said.

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    Lets also not forget that Waters didn't really start dominating the songwriting until The Wall era, and arguably Animals right before it. Before then, it was a much more collective effort, and if you go back far enough it Syd Barrett who was dominating the songwriting. Good to hear though that Roger is finally making amends with the rest of the band, but its too bad that its taken this long and Rick Wright is no longer with us
    I'm pretty sure Waters made amends with the band back in 2005 when they played the Live 8 concert, when Rick was still around.
    Nero Galon
    I am just happy they get along now
    Not really. Gilmour has expressed that he really wants nothing to do with Waters or Floyd outside of the one-off guest appearances he's had on The Wall tours. I think there's still tense feelings over things that were said years ago.
    Not really. Gilmour has expressed that he really wants nothing to do with Waters or Floyd aside from the one-off guest appearances he's had in The Wall tours. Seems like there's still tense feelings over things that were said years ago.
    The common misconception with the Floyd is that Roger wrote EVERYTHING. He and Gilmour, and even Wright, wrote together on almost everything that ever came out before the Wall. You can even buy a physical copy and look at the credits. I already have.
    I'm a guitar player and as much as I love gilmour, and everyone else I do feel they did their best work with waters in the band, the division bell is ok and I can't really stand a momentary lapse of reason waters just brought so much in the way of lyrics and the ****ed way he sang haha
    I'm hoping that one of the "breakthroughs" on the new record will be him working with Gilmour again, clearly not as Pink Floyd but more in a guest collaborator role. Although Roger may have written a lot of classic Floyd tracks David's (& Rick's) contribution was always to add melody and colour to Water's black and white songs
    I think since he wrote the MAJORITY of the music that Gilmour, Wright and Mason were playing he was 100 percent in the right to sue. I love them all but they were his songs. A shame Pink Floyd ended like that, the whole has always been greater than the sum of its parts.
    It's the fact that he wrote those songs as a member of Pink Floyd, not that he solo-wrote them. Sueing the whole band for playing songs that they released together as a group isn't really a right thing to do. If Roger Waters wrote the songs without being in Pink Floyd, then it would atleast make some sense.
    Who really cares about this grumpy old FK. This old fool is so out of touch he did his band mates favour and set them free. Roger Water can co play to him self in his corner.
    It's good to hear that. Maybe he'll go further and persuade Gilmour to go back on tour again, which would've been the best music news I could ever imagine.
    The Wall isn't about everything Rog. How was the fishing this summer?