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Roger Waters and Nick Mason have cast doubt on the possibility of a Pink Floyd reunion - and discussed about the fears for the music industry in the digital age.
Speaking to Mark Ellen in The Times, the pair completely rule out the possibility of going back on tour. "We have no plans" said Nick Mason, whose last two performances were at Live 8 in 2005 and the Syd Barrett tribute concert in 2007. "I love touring but Dave's not at all keen. After the last two - and they were big, they were huge - I think he felt he didn't want to do that again. Roger, however, loves touring. But Roger's difficult so it'll probably just be me! But I live in hope."
Mason then outlined the possible causes for a Pink Floyd reunion. "If there's another Live 8, maybe the others would step up for that. Or if some world leader said. 'We need a bunch of artists to come and do a hundred gigs that might in some way change the face of the globe or help bring world peace', we might find we had a lot of fans in Al Qaeda"
Waters was more direct about the band's future plans. "A reunion is out of the question.... Life after all gets shorter and shorter the closer you get to the end of it and time becomes more and more precious and in my view should be entirely devoted to doing the things you want to do. One can't look backwards."
He also described his frustrations with how the music industry has changed with the rise of streaming and the mp3 era. "Most of all I feel enormously privleged to have been born in 1943 and not 1983 - i.e. to have been aound when there was a music business and the takeover by Silicon Valley hadn't happened, and in consequence, you could still make a living writing and recording songs and playing them to people. When this gallery of rogues and thieves had not yet injected themselves between the people who aspire to be creative and their potential audience and steal every fucking cent anybody ever made."
Read the full interview at The Times.
Roger Waters recently announced plans to reissue his solo concept album, Amused To Death.Taking him four years to compete, the album was based around the idea of a channel surfing monkey and saw Waters tackle political themes including the abuse of power, corporate greed, the massacre at Tianamen Square and the first Gulf War.
Last year Roger Waters was forced to clarify that he was not part of the Pink Floyd reunion. In a statement posted to his Facebook, Waters wrote: "David and Nick constitute the group Pink Floyd. I on the other hand, am not part of Pink Floyd. I left Pink Floyd in 1985, that’s 29 years ago. I had nothing to do with either of the Pink Floyd studio albums, Momentary Lapse of Reason and The Division Bell, nor the Pink Floyd tours of 1987 and 1994, and I have nothing to do with Endless River. Phew! This is not rocket science people, get a grip."
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