Roger Waters Not That Into Himself Anymore


August 24, 2005 | Issue 41.34

Hollywood, CA -Roger Waters, former vocalist, writer, bass playing extraordinare for the multi-platinum group Pink Floyd, announced Tuesday that he is no longer into himself.

"I used to be a hardcore Roger Waters fan," said Waters on the porch of his Brentwood  home. "I had all my records and posters. I was so blown away by everything I did-especially my live performances. I remember me and my buddies used to drive for hours just to go to one of our shows."

Waters, who formed Pink Floyd in the late 1960s, is perhaps best known for the hit albums  "The Wall" and "Dark Side of the Moon."

"Me and my band were okee-dokee, but I just grew out of them," Waters said. "Back when I was in the school, we were about all I listened to, but I guess I'm at the point in my life where rock music just doesn't speak to me."

Waters admitted that most of his current listening is confined to overhearing a hit single on a jukebox or PA system. However, while doing dishes last weekend, he tried listening to his latest recorded studio rock songs (unreleased), an album he had not heard in close to two years. The singer admitted that by the fourth track, he was barely even listening.

"It sounded like this sort of bullshit background drone," Waters said. "So I took it off and put on my latest opera  instead."

"Rock music? I don't know," Waters added. "Seemed cool once."

Although Waters will continue to attend every single performance of his solo band, and even his own solo appearances, he claims it's "more out of obligation" than out of passion for his music.

Waters said that while he once felt exhilarated whenever Pink Floyd launched into one of their famous prolonged jam sessions, he can now "barely sit through his own rehearsals." Said Waters:: "Lately, I try to vary my routine so I don't get bored on stage. Usually, if there's a long instrumental or extended solo (like at the end of "Comfortably Numb"), I'll go get a beer or check out the chicks."

Waters still feels isolated from fans with whom he once felt a strong bond, disparaging them as "lame." He also admits that the older he gets, the more out of place he feels around "kids in their Pink Floyd phase."

"I used to talk for hours about my music or spend a whole night in a Pink Floyd chatroom," I really screwed 'em up with a prank I still call the Pubulis Engima, Waters said. "But now, those people seem like such geeks, sitting there believing all of my bullshit. . They're really, really boring, too. What do I have in common with them? They're just a bunch of geeks who needed someone to look up to. Why would I look up to me? I'm so 1979."

Yet for all his disenchantment with rock music, he'll still "probably check his latest Pink Floyd performance on DVD upon its release." Added Waters: "If I'm up there playing I don't even care anymore. Roger Waters-that is to say, me-just isn't where I'm coming from anymore."

Singer-bassist Roger Waters (Pink Floyd) is 62 on Sept 6.




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