Roger Waters reimagining of Comfortably Numb for the modern age is one of our favourite pieces of music from the last year, and we play it every day. We were this thrilled by the rumour that Waters has re-recorded the entirety of Dark Side of the Moon to fit his current style.
Someone else who was excited to hear about this was Stuart Maconie, because it gave him a chance to slate Waters in a New Statements piece called ‘The war within Pink Floyd.’ Waters has seen this, and replied in the strongest terms:
“There is a crappy article in The New Statesman, written, if you can call it writing, by a chap called Stuart Maconie. It’s the usual, shit stirring, ill informed nonsense… However, there is, in the article, something upon which I need to set the record straight. When talking about a new recording I have made of ‘DSOTM’, he writes, with an unearned condescending authority, about the process of making this new recording, and I quote, ‘Part of this will involve him removing, as quoted in Spain’s El Pais newspaper, Gilmour’s ‘horrible guitar solos’…Now, I don’t know who he thinks he’s quoting when he says Gilmour’s ‘horrible guitar solos’ but it sure as shit ain’t me. I was there, I love Dave’s guitar solos on ‘DSOTM’, both of them, and on ‘WYWH’ and on ‘ANIMALS’ and on ‘THE WALL’ and on ‘THE FINAL CUT’. In my, albeit biased view, Dave’s solos on those albums, constitute a collection of some of the very best guitar solos in the history of Rock and Roll. So, Stuart Maconie, you little prick, next time, please check your copy with the subjects of your grubby little piece, before you go to print.”
Well that’s cleared that up then.