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50 Years Of Pink Floyd: Gilmour vs Waters

Poles Apart: 1985 to The Split

When Roger Waters left Pink Floyd, he tried to sue his former bandmates to stop them carrying on without him. Cue a vicious war of words and the aptly titled A Momentary Lapse Of Reason album. How did one of rock’s greatest bands become embroiled in such a bitter power struggle?

When Roger Waters announced that he’d left Pink Floyd, in the wake of the release of his first official solo album, The Pros And Cons Of Hitchhiking in April 1984, and that his departure spelled the end of the band, there was no sense of surprise in the music press. The news was all but shrugged off.

Shrugged off by everyone, that is, except for David Gilmour. As if waiting for the right moment to strike, Gilmour toured his own solo album, 1984’s About Face, playing theatre shows that relied heavily on his new material. He then sat back and watched as Waters launched a solo tour that contained many Floyd songs performed in an ostensibly conceptual Floyd-style show.

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