Roger Waters has a few things to say about today’s music stars.
At 78 years old, the famed rocker and former Pink Floyd star is showing no signs of slowing down — or biting his tongue. In a new interview, Waters said that while he is not intentionally hitting out at today’s musical acts, he believes they are “far, far, far more important” than Canadian stars like The Weeknd and Drake. Huh.
The discussion began when Waters asked why none of the Toronto newspapers sent a critic to cover his show. The reporter told him that his show was scheduled for the same evening as there were weekend shows across town, which were eventually cancelled.
“I’m not trying to make a personal attack. I’m just saying it sounded weird. And, by the way, with all due respect to The Weeknd or Drake or any of them, I’m far, far more important none of them will ever happen, no matter how many billions of streams they have,” Waters explained. globe and mail,
Waters emphasized that he had to perform two nights in a row, and the content of his work is more reflective of what is currently happening in the world.
“There are things going on here that are fundamentally important to all of our lives,” he said.
The “Wish You Were Here” co-writer clarified that he isn’t particularly familiar with his fellow musicians because he doesn’t really spend time listening to music.
“I don’t know what The Weeknd is or who, because I don’t listen to much music. People have told me she’s a big act. Well, good luck to her. I got nothing against her,” he continued.
Waters also responded to complaints from concert-goers who said that her show was not “upbeat”.
“I don’t know who you are, but I thank you for noticing that this wasn’t just a sing-a-party of old hits,” Waters said, referring to some unknown acts that appeared at the same time as Pink. Floyd rose to fame. “I don’t go to shows like that, because I don’t like them. Older bands go out and trounce through their hits year after year.”
The singer-songwriter, who shares in interviews that his “natural instinct” is to “tell the truth,” doesn’t mince words when it comes to his musical peers. He has previously performed in Israel against singer Nick Cave and Radiohead’s Thom Yorke. Waters also attacked then-presidential candidate Donald Trump during his 2016 Coachella set.