Roger Waters is the latest artist to slam streaming music as the Pink Floyd great accused Silicon Valley execs of being "rogues and thieves" for the way they have reshaped the music industry. In a new interview, Waters talks about how difficult it is for an artist to thrive in an age where their music is nearly given away. He also clearly states that, for him, a Pink Floyd reunion "is out of the question."
However, the Times UK asked Waters whether he could rejoin Gilmour and Mason in the future, and the bassist reiterated that his Floyd days are over."I feel enormously privileged to have been born in 1943 and not 1983," Waters told the Times UK (via NME). "To have been around 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."
"A reunion is out of the question," Waters said. "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."
Last October, after Waters was barraged with questions about The Endless River, he wrote a note on Facebook alerting fans, "I am not part of Pink Floyd. I left Pink Floyd in 1985, that's 29 years ago." Waters is currently working on a reissued, remixed version of his 1992 solo album Amused to Death.
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