Roger Waters Legal Battle With Pink Floyd Was a Mistake, Rocker Says

Friday, 20 Sep 2013 05:35 PM

By Morgan Chilson

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Rock star Roger Waters is sorry he sued former Pink Floyd band members when the group split up.

Waters took David Gilmour and Nick Mason to court in the late '80s, after he had left the band, saying the group was “a spent force creatively” and they couldn’t use the Pink Floyd name.

“I was wrong! Of course I was. Who cares?” Waters said on BBC's HARDtalk, which aired Thursday.

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The two-year case eventually was settled outside the courtroom, and Waters said he learned a lot about the law from that case.

“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 … you obviously don’t understand English jurisprudence,’” Waters told BBC.

The case may have been a failure in court, but it was heavily covered in the media during those years, The Independent reported in a June 2005 in a story called “The Greatest Feud in Rock.” Highlighting the dysfunctional relationship of Pink Floyd through the years, the article touted the 2005 reunion of Gilmour, Mason, and Waters for a show on Live8.

Waters today continues a solo career, and he’s working on another record.

“I’ve had a very, very strong idea and I shall pursue it,” he told BBC. “I will make at least one more record, and I am really looking forward to getting my teeth stuck into it.”

He’s also continuing to tour “The Wall Live,” which has ignited controversy for its use of the Star of David. He said the images he uses in the show are satirical and that even the Anti Defamation League backed off in its criticism after seeing the show.

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