David Gilmour says it’s “pretty unlikely” that he and Roger Waters will resolve their differences over a planned reissue of the classic PINK FLOYD album ‘Animals’.
Last week, Roger had posted a lengthy statement on his personal website to explain, from his point of view, why the album’s re-release has yet to see the light of day. Waters revealed that he and Gilmour are at odds over the liner notes in the album that were written by PINK FLOYD biographer Mark Blake.
“This is a small part of an ongoing campaign by the Gilmour/Samson camp to claim more credit for Dave on the work he did in Pink Floyd, 1967-1985, than is his due,” Waters stated. “Yes he was, and is, a jolly good guitarist and singer. But, he has for the last 35 years told a lot of whopping porky pies about who did what in Pink Floyd when I was still in charge.”
Waters revealed that he has now agreed that the album can be released without the disputed liner notes… before posting Blake’s essay in full on his website.
In a new interview with Rolling Stone, conducted before Waters issued his update, David Gimour says that it’s “pretty unlikely” that the two will resolve their differences anytime soon, yet he did acknowledge that their disagreement over the inclusion of the new liner notes was the main issue.
“A very lovely Animals remix has been done [by James Guthrie, who worked as Floyd’s studio engineer from 1978],” Gilmour stated, “but someone has tried to force some liner notes on it that I haven’t approved and, um, someone is digging his heels and not allowing it to be released.”
Referring to Waters, Gilmour added, “he’s just getting a bit shirty. You know how he is, poor boy.”
When Rolling Stone writer Kory Grow mentioned that things may hopefully calm down between the two sometime in the future, Gilmour replied, “Pretty unlikely, I’m afraid.”
“There’s a lot of misinformation,” he said. “And I’m not keen on constantly responding to every bit of untruth that I hear about myself and what I’m doing. There are packs of lies and information I’ve allowed to sit out there but my general view is to swallow and … it’ll all come right one day in one way or another.”
After the release of Waters’ update, Rolling Stone asked Gilmour if he wished to respond to his former bandmate’s comments, to which he had no further comment.