Pink Floyd reunion thwarted by David Gilmour, claims Roger Waters

Bassist claims that Gilmour is 'not interested' in touring, leaving him to celebrate The Wall's 30th anniversary all by himself

David Gilmour is "not interested" in a Pink Floyd reunion, Roger Waters said this week, making it clear that the band have no plans to tour. Although Waters has announced his own solo tour, he is also preparing a stage musical based on The Wall.

"David is completely uninterested," Waters told the Associated Press. "After [Pink Floyd's reunion at] Live 8, I could have probably gone for doing some more stuff, but he's not interested." Instead, Waters has been working "on and off" for the last year with Ian Hall, an English playwright best known for the screenplay (and, later, libretto) for Billy Elliot. "Lee's become a close friend of mine, and I'm touching wood but we think we've finally found a director [who] we want to work with, so that's another project that's in the pipeline. We're on the fourth or fifth version of the book."

In adapting The Wall for the stage, the biggest challenge is apparently the lack of jokes. "My one disappointment with the original rock'n'roll show that we did, and to some extent with the movie as well, there weren't many laughs in it," Waters said. "Humour is a very important part of my life, so part of the reason for wanting to do a production on Broadway is to express the funny side of the characters."

Meanwhile, Waters is celebrating The Wall's 30th anniversary by performing the album himself. A North American tour has been booked for this autumn, with worldwide dates to follow next year. Although it has been 18 years since his last studio album, Waters is also writing new music. "I have a ton of songs," he said. "Some of them are recorded, and some of them are half-recorded, and I keep promising myself that I'm gonna find a collaborator and put them together in some kind of coherent form ... It's strange how time keeps clicking away. And each page turns faster then the last, in my experience."


Sean Michaels

The GuardianTramp

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