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Roger Waters Slams 'Grubby' Journalist

21 February 2023 | 8:46 am | Mary Varvaris

"It’s the usual, sh*t-stirring, ill-informed nonsense..."

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Roger Waters has gone to town on an article in The New Statesman written by the journalist Stuart Maconie in a new social media post.

His announcement about re-recording the Pink Floyd classic album, The Dark Side Of The Moon, has understandably brought plenty of attention to Waters, but this is an article he claims entailed "shit-stirring, ill-informed nonsense."

In "a note from Roger," Waters began:

"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," he wrote. However, the bulk of the article drew Waters' ire.

In the article, Maconie mentions David Gilmour's guitar solos and claims that Waters called them "horrible" - which is what Waters felt the need to clarify for his fans.

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.

Waters announced his intentions to re-record The Dark Side Of The Moon earlier this month. In a new interview with The Telegraph and shared by Brooklyn Vegan, the singer, bassist and songwriter said, "I wrote The Dark Side Of The Moon. Let’s get rid of all this 'we' crap."

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Waters added, "Of course, we were a band, there were four of us, we all contributed – but it’s my project, and I wrote it. So… blah!" As Brooklyn Vegan reports and Pink Floyd fans know, Waters is credited as the sole songwriter on three of the album's ten tracks - Money, Brain Damage and Eclipse - and credited as a co-writer on Time and On The Run.

The Telegraph notes that the re-recorded album was due for release in March, but it's been pushed back to May. The Telegraph's Tristram Fane Saunders also heard the album and wrote that some songs, including On The Run, have "Waters talking all over them."