Contact Us

Us & Them: The Great Pink Floyd Debate Returns [POLL]

David Gilmour, Roger Waters, Nick Mason & Richard Wright at 2005's Live 8 - Us & Them: The Great Pink Floyd Debate Returns by Eric Senich
(L-R) David Gilmour, Roger Waters, Nick Mason & Richard Wright as Pink Floyd at 2005′s Live 8 in London / Getty Images

Ring The Division Bell, it’s time to dust off one of rock & roll’s greatest debates: Is David Gilmour disrespecting Roger Waters by making another Pink Floyd album without him?

Mike Portnoy took the match and lit the fire, I’m gonna stoke that fire some more. Portnoy, the former drummer for Dream Theater and currently with The Winery Dogs, said the following on his Facebook page last week:

“What’s this about a new ‘Pink Floyd’ album? Last I checked, [Roger] Waters is no longer in the band and [Richard] Wright and [Syd] Barrett are dead … If these are leftovers from ‘The Division Bell’ sessions, then just put ‘em up on a ['The Division Bell'] special edition release! It’s disrespectful to Roger and everything he built for all those years! Just do a solo album, Dave [Gilmour]…”

With all due respect to Portnoy, who must be a passionate Pink Floyd fan otherwise he wouldn’t feel so strongly about this topic, he’s not making any sense.

Pink Floyd w/ Syd Barrett In The Late 60s - Us & Them: The Great Pink Floyd Debate Returns by Eric Senich
(L-R) Roger Waters, Nick Mason, Syd Barrett and Richard Wright As Pink Floyd In The Late 60s

Any long-time Pink Floyd fan will tell you that Syd Barrett was not only a founding member of the band but he also came up with the band’s name and, more importantly, wrote and composed most of the songs in the early days including Arnold Layne and See Emily Play, two early Pink Floyd hits.

After Barrett was out of the band, Pink Floyd continued.

This is where Portnoy’s point loses its thunder.

If Gilmour is disrespecting Waters then that must mean Waters disrespected Barrett for continuing the band way back in 1968. As far as I know Barrett never gave Waters his blessing to do that. He never gave any of the band members permission to continue. He didn’t take Waters, Gilmour, Wright and drummer Nick Mason to court for continuing under the name Pink Floyd. You’ll recall Waters did just that to Gilmour and company back in 1986.

David Gilmour At Live 8 (2005) - Us & Them: The Great Pink Floyd Debate Returns by Eric Senich
David Gilmour With Pink Floyd At Live 8 / Getty Images

No doubt that Pink Floyd was legendary when it was Waters and Gilmour working with, against or off each other in the studio. It was magic. Dark Side Of The Moon is, in my opinion, the greatest rock album ever. But Pink Floyd can go on with or without Waters.

If fans like Portnoy don’t like it they don’t have to buy the album or download the songs. They’re also entitled to their opinions. My problem is Portnoy’s opinion just doesn’t add up.




More From I95 Rock

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://i95rock.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on I95 ROCK quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here

Register on I95 ROCK quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!